NEWSLETTER - February 2014 

Dear Newsletter Reader,  
 
Both January & February have been very busy with inquiries & bookings for 2014 & 2015---yes, some people are planning that far ahead! We have had lots of contacts from both new & returning clients in North America and we thank you for considering us
for your first or next trip to Tuscany.

We are continuing to add new properties to our website, so we still have plenty of apartments & villas available-- check them out at
www.to-tuscany.com
 
We also have special offers on some properties for all open weeks in May 2014. To take advantage of these, bookings must be completed by the end of March, so please look for those by using the link above.

Please contact me via email or phone if you have any questions on any of our properties.

Stay warm and be safe --- spring is on the way!  

 
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Information & Tips
2013 PHOTOCOMPETITION WINNER

CONGRATULATIONS!! 

to Frédéric Deharre of Belgium, the winner of our

To Tuscany 2013 travellers photocompetition with

'Cortonne - Avant le spectacle (Cortona - after the festival)'

 

SECOND PLACE

 Steve John with 'Pisa from a different aspect' 

                          

THIRD PLACE

Lucie Spurway with 'The long and winding road'

 

Runners up and photos entered can be seen on:

Photocompetition 2013

     

Fancy yourself as a bit of a photographer? Or just have a natural, creative eye for all things beautiful? Find out  how you can enter for 2014 on the link below. Good Luck! 

Photocompetition 2014

 

Choose To Tuscany for your Special Occasions!
By the time you read this newsletter, Valentines Day will have passed and you may be kicking yourself for not taking your loved one away for a romantic trip to Italy. It is never too late! There is always another good reason or special event to celebrate, be it a honeymoon, anniversary, 60th birthday, family get-together..... 
 
Read this recent review from a couple who spent their honeymoon in one of our villas in Puglia:
 
'We booked a (belated) Honeymoon in Puglia, & were lucky enough to find this beautiful Trulli, just outside Ostuni. The fact Trullis can only be found in this region of Italy gives it a real uniqueness. The location was perfect, as it felt secluded (it has plenty of private, surrounding land to walk around) but only a short drive into Ostuni, as well as being in a great area from which to discover other parts of Puglia. (which we did!)
The Trulli itself was just stunning! A cross between a fully (and tastefully) furnished cave, and a Fairy cottage! The interior was fascinating, whilst keeping well in with the historical age and type of cottage this was. We were impressed with the quirky nooks and crannies built into the stone/brick walls to provide storage... we really liked those! The pizza oven outside was not only used by us, but it provided the perfect evening focal point to sit outside, and enjoy the local food (ahem, and wine... a bottle of which was very kindly left for us by the owners on our arrival.) I can't say enough about how absolutely lovely this place was. Then again, it's not got a 50" Plasma screen, 24hr Internet access or remote controlled lighting and curtains... and nor should it. This is somewhere to escape from the modern world, to drift back in time, and experience a simpler, more rural way of Italian life.  
Whether you enjoy warming yourself on the ample terrace areas outside, wandering amongst the Fig, almond and Olive trees, or just keeping cool in the quirky stone-walled rooms inside, BOTH are possible here, and are highly recommended! Ostuni provides a great place to visit for evening strolls, getting yourself lost amongst the narrow streets, as well as some truly great dining (not to mention the Ice-Cream... unlike anything you can get anywhere else!) Overall, our stay was perfect, we couldn't take enough photos of the Trulli, and had a hard job describing just how wonderful and quirky this place was to everyone back home. Words can't really do it justice, you'll HAVE to see for yourself! Forget 5* Hotels surrounded by package holiday tourists... This was 10* of pure Italian relaxation... and a glimpse into another way of living. Would recommend again and again!' 
 
Clients own photograph
 'The rooftop terrace was a lovely spot from which to watch the sunrise on the horizon'

We really hope you've enjoyed reading our newsletter and look forward to the 2014 season with you!
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