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The Italy - Tuscany Untour


Tuscany beckons in spring, with lush green hills dotted red with poppies. Summer tempts with fields of sunflowers. In the fall winemakers welcome the grape harvest. Stay in a restored farm house near Buonconvento or Montalcino. Contact Untours to book your Tuscany vacation rental and look forward to savoring Italian food, visiting village shops, and drinking in all the sights, including the beauty of Florence.

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WHAT TO DO ON YOUR TUSCANY VACATION

Day trips: Siena, Pienza, Montepulciano, San Gimignano, and, of course, Florence. Lucca, Volterra and Pisa are also longer day-trip possibilities.

Sightseeing: The flower-lined, cobblestoned streets of Pienza, the unforgettable Duomo and Piazza del Campo of Siena, the wonderful scenery of the Chianti Valley, and the 13 medieval towers of San Gimignano. Right in your own backyard, wander the streets of the classic hill town of Montalcino, one of Untours’ home villages, admire the austere beauty of the Sant’Antimo Abbey framed by cypress trees, or visit the open-air market on Saturday in your hometown of Buonconvento before enjoying an unpretentious but delicious meal at Da Mario, one of our favorite local restaurants.

Off-the-beaten-track treasures that can’t be beat: Wander the tiny little medieval village of Murlo, very near our hometown, visit the Medicean mineral bath at Bagno Vignoni and stop by to take a dip in the bathing pool of a natural spring at Bagni di San Filipo. Discover Montepulciano by getting lost on the back road through Monticchiello, picnic at Abbazia di San Galgano, the ruins of a sixteenth-century abbey, still a beautiful and well-maintained piece of architecture, ruin or not!

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THIS UNTOUR?

The Italy - Tuscany Untour Includes:

  • Suggestions for booking your international flight from the U.S. to Florence, or we can purchase tickets on your behalf. (More information on Untours' air policies here.)
  • One or two weeks in a farmhouse apartment, often on a working vineyard with stunning countryside views.
  • Airport meeting upon your arrival (set arrival time only; normally at 1pm) and assistance with your rental car pick-up and transfer to your apartment. (Or detailed instructions that allow you to reach your apartment independently with ease.)
  • A 7 or 14-day Avis rental car, with unlimited mileage.
  • Lots of pre-trip planning advice from our staff, available by phone or email right up until you leave.
  • An orientation with our acclaimed local staff person, Harriet, who is full of excellent recommendations for your sight seeing, practical advice on driving and parking, and a listing of local events going on throughout your stay.
  • An Untours gathering for lunch and a guided tour of a local abbey.
  • All Untours' publications including our own On-Site Guides researched and written by Untours staff, full of the best suggestions for day trips. Plus a comprehensive driving map.
  • Use of a cell phone for calling locally or internationally. We loan you the phone and you pay for the calls. Some nominal local fees apply.
  • A stash of groceries upon your arrival, so you don’t need to dash off to the grocery store right away..
  • Ongoing support via telephone with our local representative - help available when you need it.

Here's what our customers say about how much there is to do in Tuscany:

"We had an absolutely great trip. This morning I put my Firenze Card pass around my neck on the way to the kitchen for coffee in case Lois had another museum planned for the day. I also asked for cappuccino. And I asked if we were going to have wild boar in one of the many manifestations for one of today’s meals. Sadly there was no museum today, nor a cappuccino nor wild boar, although Lois thawed out some pork for me to make stir fry tonight, THANKS so much for your assistance and Untours great job!!" Mark Jones

"The beauty of the the Tuscan countryside and the hilltop villages. It surpassed my expectations." John Fletcher

"This is our third Untour. We love to travel the Untour way. We will be traveling with Untour again. We want to try another area, but we are so drawn to Tuscany we may take a third trip there." Alex Marmolejo

"Our apartment, the location, the ease of touring Tuscany on our own schedule, Harriet, our hosts, quietly observing everyday life in Tuscany." Linda Cregan

"Harriet is fantastic. She is a gracious and wonderful host and representative for your company. She was helpful, without being overly so, she was gracious and kind and the event she planned (both of them) were wonderful and really assisted all of us to get to know one another. It was truly magical and Harriet was the reason. She is a delight!" Belle Edson

"Best was Le Chuise--its views, apartments, pool (first rate), our Untourist friends, and the magical proximity to Montalcino--the walk up the hill to town was fantastic. Very central to many lovely sights. And knowing Harriet was always there even if we rarely needed to call. Untourist group lunches (we had 2) were just perfect for our family." Evelyn deFrees and Brad LaRoche

"We loved the area and the farm and appreciated all the suggestions on driving, parking, customs. It was nice to be a part of a local town and visit when we could with the people of the area." Nancy & Andy Mactavish

"The combination of support and freedom is ideal. I go to Italy to paint more than to do a lot of touring. I look forward to these 2 weeks for the remaining 50! It’s a place and time untied from the stresses that normally define life, so it’s a terrific gift." Vicki Ingham

"What more can I say but it was magical, enchanting, beautiful, life-renewing and a little bit of Nirvana." Kerry & Ken Washburn

"It would be impossible to choose one aspect of my Tuscany Untour trip that was my favorite as every day turned out to be more fun than the last." Stephanie Graves

"It was beyond my wildest dreams. That sounds so phony but it's true. I had been dreaming about doing this for years and it was better than I imagined." Deborah Moulton

"The beauty of the area made for an ambiance that was peaceful, calming, heavenly." Marlilyn Mendelsohn

"The setting of our apartment was supurb." Maureen Kenealy

"The area is magnificent and we just loved it!" Julia White

"Le Chiuse is a stunningly beautiful property; the peace and quiet was wonderful and we loved the birds and wildlife." Jonathan Austin

"The best thing about our Tuscany Untour was the beauty and peacefulness of LeChiuse." Carla Selvey

"Our location couldn't have been better." Karen Cuppernull

"LeChuise was the best...we loved being there...sooo beautiful. Beyond anything we could have imagined. Our 2,800 photos say it all!" Ellyn Caiazza

"It surpassed my expectations." John Fletcher

"Wow, this was a great vacation!" Chris Gallan
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Sue Baker - Team Member - Italy, Austria, Germany, Eastern Europe, and Greece Untours
I've been to 18 of our locations while working at Untours. While my main focus is Italy, I also help clients on our Untours to Germany, Austria, Eastern Europe, and Greece. And I've worked on the French and Spanish Untours. You could call me a cross trainer.
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