Countryside Vacations

Dreaming of Christmas in Tuscany

Holiday market in Italy

It’s been several years since we last spent the holidays in Europe and managing our accommodation reviews is a constant reminder of what I’m missing.

Most families visit Tuscany in the warmer months when they can travel for longer periods of time and outdoor activities are plentiful. Despite the rain and cold weather typical of the winter months, I love the opportunity to get closer to the local way of life, as countryside villages are not packed with tourists. Even the Christmas period is comparatively quiet, although there are always special themed activities like holiday markets and restaurants featuring festive menus.

La Foce apartment over the Christmas holidays

There are a handful of our rural properties that are open over the Christmas/New Year’s period in Tuscany. One of my favorite options for a cozy experience is La Foce in the UNESCO-protected Val D’Orcia. This vast historic estate has wonderfully atmospheric apartments decorated in an authentic local style with large and open wood-burning fireplaces. One of our clients described her holiday experience there as the best family bonding time they had in years playing games by the fire and reading together between excursions to the gorgeous local villages.

Further North in the heart of Chianti, the apartments at La Poggiolaia and Al Gelso Bianco will be open during the holidays and are offering a 10% discount to Ciao Bambino clients. They are not featuring special onsite activities, but both properties provide easy access this area’s plentiful tourist attractions including Florence, Siena, and San Gimignano.

For families looking for luxury and gourmet cuisine, Alain Ducasse’s L’Andana in the Maremma is offering a 4-night Christmas Flavour Package including Christmas Eve Dinner and Christmas Lunch. Packing pricing starts at 1,384€.

Some properties offer special New Years Eve dinners too.One notable option for families is Monsignor Della Casa, located 45-minutes Northeast of Florence. These apartment-style rooms provide ample space for celebrating and their 4-night packages including the New Year’s Eve dinner start 1,284€ for a family of 3.

For an up-to-date list of up-to-date offers, see our Special Offers page.

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