Holiday villa to rent near Pistoia — Borgo Raffaello is an elegant, period villa set high on the hills between Florence and Lucca, boasting unrivalled views over olive groves, vineyards and the medieval city of Pistoia, only three minutes away by car.
The villa is adorned with antiques, family heirlooms, paintings and open fireplaces with stylishly decorated bedrooms featuring wrought-iron beds and detailed trompe-l'oeil frescoes dating back to the mid 19th century. Just outside the living area, the large terrace is usually the guests' favourite spot. Experience Italy's authentic lifestyle as you dine al fresco with a glass of good wine produced by the owners and soak up the magnificent panorama of the valley below.
The property's enviable location makes it an attractive base to explore Tuscany's major cities and hilltop villages within a comfortable driving distance. Pistoia's Duomo is a striking landmark of this beautiful city which has preserved all its original charm and appeal. Fine buildings, art masterpieces and galleries, as well as designer boutiques, pavement cafes and restaurants contrubute to Pistoia's reputation of elegance and style. From here you can choose to follow the wine route into the Chianti region and taste some of Italy's most acclaimed wines or discover the immense artistic heritage of Tuscany by visiting Florence, Lucca, Pisa, San Gimignano, Volterra or Siena. Alternatively, especially if you are travelling with children, you may want to spend some time at the long sandy beaches of the Versilia coast, which offer all sorts of water-sports. After dining in one of Viareggio or Forte dei Marmi's trendy restaurants, you can stroll along the beachfront promenade and enjoy an ice-cream as you watch the world go by.
Pistoia 1.5 miles (shops, bars, restaurants & tennis court), Prato and spa town of Montecatini 15 mins, Florence 30 mins, Lucca 45 mins, Pisa 50 mins, Viareggio 45 mins, San Gimignano/ Siena one hour, Bologna 1 hr 15 mins.