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EASTER 2010 NEWSLETTER
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Dear Newsletter Reader
 
Happy Easter to all our readers!

The days and months are flying by and summer is nearly upon us.

If you haven't already booked your holiday, we have some new properties to introduce to you and as they are new to our website, there is good availability - even for the school holiday dates.

Also featured are three of our private properties each with their own individual reason for booking.

Dympna
dympna@to-tuscany.com
 
Introducing... 
 
San Regolo in BrolioSan Regolo in Brolio is an exciting new development of 8 properties just 1km from the famous Brolio Castle.  There are 8 villas in total, offering 1, 2 or 3 bedroom accommodation.  All the properties share the fenced swimming pool from where the views across the vineyards are breathtaking.  Each villa has an unusual amount of garden space and more than one terrace, cleverly situated to enjoy the magnificent views.  All have a private underground garage and wi-fi access and are tastefully decorated with good quality furnishings.

Brolio Castle viewThe nearby Brolio Castle is the home of the 32nd Baron Ricasoli (one of Italys oldest families) and is open for visitors with just the private family residential area closed off.  Parts of the Castle date back to the 12th Century when the family started to produce wine on the vast Castle estate.  It was the Brolio blend of red wine that became the basis for the Chianti Classico wine that many of us enjoy today.  Wine is not the only thing that the Ricasoli family have influenced in Tuscany and Italy; Bettino Ricasoli was the first Prime Minister of Italy and Simone Ricasole was a famous botanist who brought in many new species of trees and plant to Tuscany.  There is a restaurant within the castle grounds and therefore within walking distance to the hamlet of San Regolo.

Podere AmpellaThe hamlet of Ampella that we mentioned in our last newsletter has now been added in full to the To Tuscany portfolio. There are 11 properties for rental including 2 private villas with private swimming pools. The location overlooks the stunning Val d'Orcio area of southern Tuscany.  A few minutes drive (or a comfortable walk) brings you to the lovely village of Montisi where there are a handful of restaurants, shops and grocery stores.  When in Montisi, make sure you visit the local cinema - even if you dont understand Italian - located through the back of one of the bars, the atmosphere in this tiny 'gem' (seats approximately 50 people) beats the more modern 'surround-sound' multi-screen complexes most of us are more familiar with!

 
Dont forget....

Borgo tra gli UliviBorgo tra gli Ulivi is a pretty villa for 11 people in a great location halfway between Siena and Cortona.  There are 6 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms and a fenced in pool for added safety for the children. Within walking distance is a pizzeria and the Castello di Montecchio Vesponi which has regular exhibitions and historical re-enactments.  Just 3km away is a train station with regular trains to Florence and Perugia which allows you to 'let the train take the strain' out of driving and finding parking spaces.  Florence needs little introduction but did you know that Perugia is host to a summer jazz festival - this year featuring Mark Knopfler, Manhattan Transfer, Melanie Gardot and Sonny Rollins - and the EuroChocolate Festival held in October.

Antica FornaceAntica Fornace (the Old Furnace) is a well presented villa for 6 people located on a family wine estate. All the bedrooms at the property have air-conditioning and there is wi-fi throughout the villa. The family produce red wine and white wine and you are able to sample their products during your stay. The name of the villa comes from the ruins of a brick kiln that were discovered when the property was being developed. The bricks made in the kiln were used in the building of the nearby Meleto Castle and possiby even the Brolio Castle mentioned above. The owners have incorporated the remains of the furnace in to the villa by creating a dining area with a glass viewing floor over it - it is quite unique!

Villa MontalbanoLeonardo da Vinci is possibly the most famous Italian throughout history and in his home town of Vinci you will find a fabulous museum depicting his early life, his inventions and copies of his art work.  Just 5km from Vinci is Villa Montalbano.  Villa Montalbano has amazing views across the local countryside and can sleep up to 14 people - 12 in the main house and 2 in the private detached annex.  You are able to walk to the nearest town for restaurants and grocery stores.

 
Feel free to contact us with any questions regarding travelling to Italy or anything within our newsletter. We can be reached at http://www.to-tuscany.com/contact-us
 
Sincerely
 
Dympna Docherty
To-Tuscany
dympna@to-tuscany.com