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Tuscany is a region in central Italy which is thought by many to be one of the most beautiful places in the whole of Italy. Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo were both born in Tuscany, as was the Italian Renaissance. It is also widely known for its famous wines such as Chianti. Due to its stunning scenery and deep history, Tuscany is a very popular place for tourists, especially those who require accommodation in a Tuscan farmhouse. This accommodation is preferred to hotels for various reasons, the main ones being how much cheaper it can be when compared to hotels and how much more comfortable it is to be able to come and go as you please rather than being tied to a schedule.
When renting a Tuscany farmhouse, you feel like you are actually living there like the locals rather than going on vacation. You can do as you please day by day whether that involves going for a walk down one of the many hiking paths in the area or just lounging by the pool which most Tuscan farmhouses have . You are free to prepare and eat whatever you like rather than picking from a set menu and you can also invite company around to while away the hours over great conversation and beautiful wine. For the cost of a 2 week holiday in a hotel, you can often stay for 4-6 weeks in a Tuscan farmhouse, making it a great deal for money.
Accommodation in a Tuscan farmhouse can vary from having a small family of four staying in a relatively small farmhouse to an entire family of twenty or thirty people staying in a much larger farmhouse or villa. This can be an exhilarating and cost effective way of having a 'back-to-nature' holiday with friends and family. There is plenty for everyone to do and even more for everyone to see with green fields and hills as far as the eye can see. No-one in the family, young or old will be disappointed they visited Tuscany.
It is also possible to stay at a Tuscan farm with a host family and other guests if you like to meet new people. When staying with a host family, there is often a good selection of activities put on by the families including horse riding, wine tasting and cooking lessons. This can be great if you are on vacation with your children as there is no better feeling than seeing you child's face when they are raised onto the horse for the first time not to mention the pride you will feel when you first make your very own Italian pasta. This can be the best option for those who require a holiday on a budget as it is often much cheaper to stay with a host family than rent out an entire Tuscan farmhouse for yourselves. You will also find you meet a great deal of other guests from different parts of the world who have similar interests as yourself. Gaining friends is never a problem on these trips.
Examples of interesting farmhouses in Tuscany, are