tuscany, long stay vacations

Tuscany offers that certain light and scenery, perfect for artists and photographers. Add in wonderful dining experiences, wine and plenty of history, you’ll want to stay and explore. When you have plenty of time for a vacation, you are privileged and this privilege lies solely in the domain of seniors, boomers, anyone over 60 years of age and retired. You won’t have to dash off on a one or two week vacation. One of the best values around for people who want to take long vacations in another country is to rent a villa, an apartment or house in their destination of choice.  If you divide up the total cost between two couples or yourself and three friends, you are really getting a price saving deal – paying less than a hotel would cost for the same length of time.  Today, we are going to discuss a long stay vacation in Florence in the province of Tuscany, Italy.

Florence, also known as Firenze, is the birth place of the Renaissance and the city of culture, historical buildings, art galleries, fine dining, cafés,  and historical town squares, such as the Piazza Dell Signora and the Piazza San Giovanni. Famous artists’ names such as the great Michelangelo, Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Perugino, and Raphael- all their works are here on display in the local art galleries of Florence.

There are plenty of places you can walk and enjoy the scenery, especially in the town center and the not-to-be-missed bridge of the Arno River, the Ponte Vecchio where you’ll find little shops selling gold and silver. The scenery is fantastic and Tuscan cuisine is really as delicious as its reputation has always boasted.

As far as Florence accommodation is concerned, there are an abundance of hotels, villas, pensions, (bed and breakfasts) to choose from. But if you are a senior and retired, you will probably want to stay longer in Florence to enjoy its culture, art and food. Renting an apartment or villa long term is one of the best ways to experience Florence and stay within a reasonable budget for your vacation.

The ultimate way to see and experience Florence is to rent a long term accommodation right in the center of the city so that all of the best that Florence has to offer is within easy access. You’ll be able to save money by not have to take a taxi or public transportation while in Florence and at the same time, you can walk almost everywhere. Famous tourist sights, restaurants and museums will all be within reach.

When in Florence, you won’t want to miss any of the following  tourist attractions, including – here’s the list:

  • Piazza Dell Signora
  • Loggia della Signoria
  • Duomo (cathedral), the Cattedrale de Santa Maria del Fiore
  • Palazzo Vecchio
  • Baptistery of John the Baptist
  • Piazza San Giovanni
  • Campanile, bell tower, in the Piazza del Duomo
  • Galleria degli Uffizi
  • Galleria dell’ Academia
  • Boboli Garden and Pitti Palace

Any tour guide or book will take you to these famous medieval and renaissance buildings, cathedrals and art galleries or if you have a map, you can explore on your own. You’ll be surrounded by history, art and culture. Florence is really a brilliant city and no one should miss visiting here at least once in their lives.  For long stay holidays in Florence, go for something centrally located. Florence is a small town and it’s very walkable but you’ll want to be close to all the attractions so it’s best to stay central.

As far as Florence accommodations go for long term stays, look for an apartment or villa you can rent that is centrally located. Vacation rental homes are available that suit any budget. If you are traveling with family or a group of retired friends, this is the way to go. You’ll find the overall price for a month would be cheaper than what you would pay for a hotel stay. Staying in a rented apartment or villa lets you settle in more and experience the Florentine way of life. For the nights you don’t go out for dinner, you can try cooking some of that fresh organic food Tuscany is known for and make your own Tuscan meal. Add some of the fine Tuscan wine and you’ll end up having a night of memorable food, not soon forgotten.

My advice for booking a long stay apartment in Florence:  Vacation rentals in Florence provide amenities such as air conditioning, central heating, hot and cold running water, fully equipped kitchens, laundry facilities, television, Wifi internet, linens and towels. When you rent, check exactly what amenities are included. Read the description attentively. Take note if the place you want to rent has wheelchair access if you need it or is designed for the elderly traveler in mind. Some buildings don’t have elevators so make sure to check out exactly what the accommodation offers.The location, the price of rental, the amenities are listed. You usually deal directly with the owner of the apartment or villa by email from a site such as Tripadvisor which has over 1,400 different apartments and villas in Florence listed. You will enter your travel dates, email address, number of travelers, phone number and any message that you want to send to the owner. Some of these accommodations for long stays in Florence are owned by one owner and you will deal directly with them. Other properties are owned by a property management company. Before you book, check to see if the villa or apartment has reviews by other travelers and find out what they have to say about the place you want to rent.

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