Hi. Any recommendations for a reasonably priced villa (under $1.5K for 4 nights) for 6 persons, upscale agri-tourism or nice hotel in smaller village or countryside near train station (or short taxi ride) that gives us easy access without a car. We'd also like easy access to wineries/tours, and a few good restaurants. So far, I've only found Casagrande in Figline Valdarno, with easy access to Florence but too far from Siena, Lucca, etc. Otherwise, I'll just make Florence our base, but dreaming of under the Tuscan sun.... thanks, elaine
You might want to look at Booking.com or Google "Tuscan Villas" for places to stay. We prefer to stay around San Gimignano, Certaldo or even Poggibonsi.
Let me just say that it will be difficult to see much of Tuscany without a rental car or a private driver. The roads are well paved, well marked and easily driven. They're just a little curvy.
We drove throughout the region south of Florence, and had a great time. Lucca's northwest of Florence and north of Pisa--a little out of the way.
You might want to look at Booking.com or Google "Tuscan Villas" for places to stay.
thanks. Did that for a few hours, which is how I got Casagrande. Hoping for some RS forum insight.
How stuck are you on Tuscany? I can highly recommend Casa del Poggio right in San Gemini, Umbria. We stayed in the larger half of this villa and both halves are spectacular. You can park right behind it, and be in the countryside, or walk out the front into a beautiful medieval town. Private pool, great cooks if you want them. Price seems to be in your range for a week. I don't know if they would rent for just 4 nights, but I would encourage you to squeeze out days for a full week. You'll never want to leave. While we were there, an American family was in the Casa del Poggio side for the fourth summer in a row.
The TuscanyNow villa provider is very reputable and has many great choices. However, most of them are out in the country where you would need a car. A car would be useful here too, as the nearest train station is 20 minutes away in Terni. I didn't look into buses.
Gusto Wine Tours is an absolutely top-notch provider of wine tours in Umbria, highly recommended. It was the best day of our vacation.
This may not be ideal for your wishes, but the site is a good place to start looking for villas. Agriturismi are more likely to rent just for a few days, but I haven't stayed in one so I hope you get other recommendations.