Below are links to sites with useful information on Florence, Tuscany and Italy as well as events, the arts, transportation and weather.
Things to see and do
ANTICA PORTA DI LEVANTE – restaurant in Vicchio, cooking classes in the villa
GOLF – Poggio dei Medici Golf and Country Club, 18km from the villa
AUTODROMO DEL MUGELLO – International Formula 1 and Motorcycle racetrack, 15km from the villa
LAGO DI BILANCINO – nearby lake offering sailing and wind surfing, 20km from the villa [in Italian] VICCHIO – nearby village, birthplace of Giotto and Fra Angelico
SCARPERIA CASTLE – castle of a nearby village
LIFE OF GIOTTO – biographical information on the Florentine painter and architect
Useful Travel Info
METEO TUSCANY – weather in Tuscany
ITALIAN RAILWAYS – timetables and routes
Guides to Florence and Tuscany
FIRENZE – art and architectural treasures in Florence
FLORENCE ART GUIDE – a guide to the art and monuments of Florence
UFFIZI – official site of the Uffizi Gallery In Florence
VIVI FLORENCE – events in Florence and Tuscany
WINDOWS ON ITALY – TUSCANY – general information on Tuscany
Art and Guided Tours
FRATELLI TACCINI – the Taccini Brothers’ historic ceramic studio near Vinci, producing unique ceramic works of art
GALLERIA MASINI – art gallery in Florence
FLORENCE GUIDES – professional tourist guides authorised by the Florence City Council
BALLOONING IN TUSCANY – hot air balloon tours of Tuscany
TOURS AROUND TUSCANY – guided tours of Tuscany’s cities and the Tuscan countryside
CICLOPOSSE BIKE COMPANY – guided cycling and walking tours in Tuscany and other areas of Italy.
ODYSSEY TOURS – wide variety of english speaking walking and bus tours of Rome, Tuscany, Pompei and historic Italy
A LA CARTE ITALY TOURS – Private luxury tours across all areas in Italy with your own driver-guide.
FLORENCE TOURS – we organize Florence and Tuscany tours for all most important attractions
ENOTECA DE’GIRALDI – wine tasting, cooking lessons, wine tours
KYLE PHILLIP’S ITALIAN WINE REVIEW – the authoritative consumer newsletter about the wines of Italy
ITALY AND WINE – offers tours of the wine country of Tuscany as well as wine tasting courses in Florence.
Italian Language Schools
KOINÈ CENTER – language school with locations in Florence, Lucca, Cortona, Orbetello and Bologna
IN VENICE TODAY – Venice guide to discover both museums and exhibitions. Photos of all the Venetian churches. Besides, suggestions for accommodations, restaurants and nightlife: concerts and events.
BED & BREAKFAST ASSOCIATION OF ROME – accommodation in B&B and apartments in Rome
SELECTED ROME HOTELS: Online guide for tourism in Rome, hotels and apartments database with online reservation, photographs, descriptions and pricing.
DOLCE ROME HOLIDAY HOUSE: Eleganty decorated B&B apartments in the center of Rome just steps from the Colosseum and many of Rome’s most important sites.
VENICE HOTELS: Choose a great location in Venice, four independent hotels, managed directly by the hotel owners.
Accommodations in Europe
HOLIDAY VACATION RENTALS ANDALUCIA SPAIN – Costaholidays offers a wide selection of Holiday Vacation Rentals all over Andalucia southern Spain
HOLIDAYS IN UNITED KINGDOM- UK VACATION RENTALS – Vacation rentals in United Kingdom- stay in an apartment, villa, bed and breakfast or a castle in the most exciting parts of the UK.
ABERFELDY COTTAGES – Scottish self catering holiday home, cottage and log cabin accommodation in the Highlands of Perthshire, Scotland
PARIS VACATION RENTAL – Luxury river boat moored at the foot of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
CHÂTEAU DE LA FLOCELLIÈRE – accommodations in the Loire Valley Region of France
HOLIDAYS IN FRANCE- FRANCE VACATION RENTALS – Spend unforgettable holidays in France with France Habitat-we offer vacation rentals in the most beautiful parts of France.
SWISS CHALET LE CERISIER – Luxury affordable Alpine Swiss chalet with Finnish sauna. Near Villars and Verbier ski resorts, in the perfect location for your Winter sports or Summer holiday.
ELEGANT IRELAND – Luxury Castles, Country Houses and Cottages to rent in Ireland. Elegant Ireland represents the best vacation properties in Ireland.
TURKEY & GREECE TOUR OPERATOR – offers hotels in Istanbul, throughout Turkey, in Athens and Greece as well as Greek island cruises and travel in Turkey.
Accommodations in Canada and the USA
SHORELINE OBX VACATION RENTALS – offers premium Outer Banks rentals with properties in Corolla, Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head. All of our rental homes offer the top amenities and accommodations ranging from oceanfront views, to balconies, and close proximity to all the best North Carolina attractions.
WESTERN CANADA BED & BREAKFAST INNKEEPERS ASSOCIATION – visitor’s guide to over 130 member Bed and Breakfast establishments throughout British Columbia and The Canadian Rockies
VANCOUVER GUIDE – Vancouver furnished apartments plus Vancouver travel information.
KAUAI VACATION RENTALS – Island-wide accommodations directory of beachfront condos to secluded cottages to oceanfront luxury homes with photos and 360° virtual tours
CHARMING COUNTRY INNS – Directory of Country Bed and Breakfast Inns throughout USA and Canada
SOUTH BEACH VACATION RENTALS AND VILLAS – Find vacation rentals on the exciting South Beach, Miami. Look at the selection of vacation apartments and exclusive villas. Luxury and discount!
MIAMI VACATION RENTALS- MIAMI HABITAT – Miami vacation rentals, Miami vacation rental apartments, vacation villas and houses in Miami and Miami Beach.
TAHOE CABIN RENTALS – vacation cabins for rent at Lake Tahoe
NC COAST VACATION RENTALS – Great family, golf, fishing, honeymoon vacation rentals on the beautiful coast of North Carolina
LAKE TAHOE WEDDING ACCOMMODATIONS – Luxury vacation rentals for weddings in Lake Tahoe, the jewel of the Sierra.
ORLANDO VILLAS FLORIDA VACATION RENTALS – Executive pool homes close to Disney World in the exclusive Windsor Palms Resort, Orlando, Florida
Accommodations in Mexico and the Caribbean
CASA DEL SECRETO – luxury vacation home rental near Cancun and Playa del Carmen, Mexico
VILLA FINISTÈRE – deluxe villa near Flamands Beach on St. Barthlémy Island, French West Indies
Accommodations in Australia and New Zealand
BED AND BREAKFAST FARMSTAY – Luxury Accommodation in Hannam Vale, Mid North Coast, NSW, Australia.
NEW ZEALAND SELF CATERING VACATION HOMES – specialising in the letting of ”self catering” holiday houses, flats and apartments throughout New Zealand
KIWI STAYS – a directory of New Zealand holiday accommodation
ACCOMMODATION IN THE SNOWY MOUNTAINS OF NSW AUSTRALIA – Stay at the Beaufort Guesthouse with luxury suite, motel or homestay B&B accommodation choices halfway between Sydney and Melbourne Australia
BETWEEN THE BAYS RETREAT – Victoria accommodation on Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula. Luxury bed and breakfast accomodation including exclusive golfing packages at The National Golf Course.
SEASCAPE ON McCRAE – Accommodation on Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia. Luxury beach holiday self-contained accommodations with magnificent bay views from Melbourne to Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula.
NUTMEG GROVE TROPICAL RAINFOREST B&B – Well established luxury, rainforest retreat. Experience true Australian hospitality in Tropical North Queensland, Cairns. Home of where the Rainforests meet the Great Barrier Reef.
Accommodations in Asia
VILLAS AGUNG BALI NIRWANA – Luxury, beachfront, eco-friendly private villas resort in Bali, Indonesia. With sea-spa, beach restaurant, pure water swimming pool and living coral reef directly offshore.
Holidays in Dubai – One World Travel and Tourism LLC is a tour company in Dubai that provides business and leisure travelers with exciting discounts on their tour packages.
Accommodations in Africa
GARDEN ROUTE GUEST HOUSE ACCOMMODATION – Located on the Garden Route, Hilltop Country Lodge offers elegant, self catering guest house accommodation.
MAKAPA LODGE SOUTH AFRICA – Makapa Lodge, comfortable bed & breakfast or self-catering accommodation in quiet, safe surroundings and only 35 minutes from Cape Town.
LUXURY CAPE TOWN SELF CATERING VILLAS – accommodation in vacation rentals and penthouse apartment in Bantry Bay, Cape Town, South Africa with an African-colonial ambiance.
GUIDE2VACATIONS.COM – Vacation Rentals World-Wide
GOIN2TRAVEL.COM – Vacation rentals around the world
WORLDWIDE VACATION RENTALS – Worldwide vacation rentals- apartments, vacation villas, ranches, bed and breakfast and more. Great rentals for all budgets!
Cruises & Package Tours
MEDITERRANEAN CRUISES – Discover with Royal Olympia Cruises the unique Greek islands, Turkey, Italy and Spain. Special discount cruise rates and bonus offers.
TRAVEL GUIDE GREECE – Greek Vacation & honeymoon packages, hotels, tours, car rentals for Greece and the Greek islands. Special discount fares on cruises.
General Travel Resouces
SLOW TRAVELERS – community of people who like to travel and experience new places.
VIRTUAL ITALIA – the resource for enthusiasts of Italian culture
TRAVEL INSURANCE – ultimate guide to travel insurance
TRAVEL HACKING – the complete beginner’s guide to travel hacking
TRAVEL INDIPENDENT – your honest travel guide
For holidays in south Tuscany:
Other suggested links:
AddictionResource.com, who raises awareness on the dangers of addiction and helps local communities stay drug-free
the American Society of Addiction Medicine, who also promotes drug abuse prevention and treatment
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