The Tuscan farmhouse is among the most attractive of all forms of vernacular architecture, perhaps equalled in aesthetic appeal only by the villages of the M’zab in the Algerian Sahara. In contrast to the M’zab, Tuscany is, of course, easily accessible to all and a great many of these beautiful Tuscan farmhouses have been sensitively restored and can be rented as holiday homes for a few days to a few months.
The interior decoration of these holiday homes in Tuscany is usually “Tuscan country style” which often includes genuine Tuscan antiques that have been in the family for generations, as well as comfortable modern furniture created in the style of the countryside. Bathrooms and kitchens are almost always completely modern in terms of utility while retaining the look of the original farmhouse – large fireplace, long wooden tables, terracotta floor tiles and so on.
I think that few vacation experiences surpass staying in rural Tuscany in a farmhouse surrounded by cypress trees and vineyards, perhaps a swimming pool discretely placed among the pine trees, and yet with the great art cities of Florence, Sienna and Pisa less than an hour away. With the increase in the number of vacation rentals in Tuscany, as I have proposed recently, Europe’s most affordable vacation destination could be Tuscany.
Maybe now is the moment to take advantage of it!