Tuscany Private Villa Rental

  • September 7, 2013 · 2:30 PM

Tuscany is one of Italy's best-loved regions. It combines a beautiful countryside reminiscent of the landscapes of Renaissance masterpieces, a rich artistic heritage including exquisite art and architecture, a glorious history, excellent wines and delicious food.

Set down between the blue-green Apenines and the turquoise Tyrrhenian Sea, Tuscany is the joyful heart and soul of the ancient Etruscan civilisation which lives on in every city, town, and village.

Join us on a week-long trip to this region as we tour Tuscany while staying in our own private villa. Our price is $2699 per person and everyone will have their own private room.

Please contact Paul Cathcart at [masked] or [masked] to arrange the $800 deposit.

- PRICE IS LAND ONLY. Our price is $2699 per person and everyone will have their own private room.
- Group host for the entire week.
- Tours and admissions for all attractions listed on the itinerary.
- 7 Nights Accommodations at a private villa in Tuscany. Due to the high amount of RSVP's on past trips with such a low amount of people actually going, we will not choose the villa until after we have received the initial deposit payments of $800 from at least 5 people. The final villa picked will be in the Tuscany region, sized for our group, and will be private to us. No other groups other than the homeowners will be there. It will either be one main villa or a property with smaller, converted buildings. Everyone will have their own room but everyone might not have a private bathroom. Rooms will be assigned on a first-come, first-deposited system. When we arrive at the villa, we will choose our rooms in the order of who deposited first.
- Welcome Get Together.
- Roundtrip transfers from Florence Airport to our group villa.
- All transportation listed.
- All admissions listed.
- All wine tastings listed (currently 5).
- All taxes, surcharges, and porterage charges.
- Tips for all tour guides and bus drivers.

* Meals will be on your own. I will be stocking the fridge with some food for breakfast and snacks as well as with wine, assorted meats, cheeses, breads, and fruits to bring with us during the day.

Here is our tentative itinerary. We will be filling it in more in the upcoming months.

09/07/13 (SAT) – Our private bus will pick up our group from the Florence airport at 2:30 PM.  From there, we'll be transferred to our private Tuscan villa.

09/08/13 (SUN) – This morning we'll take our bus to the city of Pisa, home of the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. We'll climb to the top where we'll enjoy picturesque views of the city (please note we will have to go up in two groups 30 minutes apart due to space constraints). After visiting the nearby Cathedral, we'll head to Lucca for a guided tour of this ancient Etruscan city and Roman colony. Tour highlights will include the dazzling church of San Michele with its wedding-cake façade; the imposing Piazza Napoleone; Via Fillungo, the poshest shopping street in town flanked by stunning medieval buildings and towers, including the tree-topped Torre Guinigi; and the Piazza Anfiteatro, the miniature Coliseum converted centuries ago into a condominium, nowadays one the most picturesque squares in Tuscany. This will be a long day since it will be a 1 ½ – 2 hour drive each way from most villas we will be staying at.

09/09/13 (MON) – After a morning tasting at a winery, we will have a quick stop in Pienza, famed for its sublime sheeps-milk cheeses and its delightful Renaissance architecture. Then it's off to Montepulciano, a medieval town with rare beauty perched on a hilltop in the Orcia valley. We'll spend the afternoon walking in charming squares and hidden corners. On the way back to the villa, we will visit a vino nobile estate to taste the famous wine.

09/10/13 (TUE) – Today we'll explore the castles of Chianti and do some more wine tasting. We'll head to two castles in the area where we'll be able to taste some of the local wines.

09/11/13 (WED) – Free day to explore on your own.

09/12/13 (THU) – We'll take the train to Florence to explore for the day. We'll have tickets for the hop-on, hop-off bus to explore the city before taking the train back to our villa.

09/13/13 (FRI) - After a morning tasting at a winery, we will have a guided tour of Volterra before heading back to the villa.

09/14/13 (SAT) – Private bus transfer to the Florence airport at 9:00 AM.

*** Please note that the cities, activities, or their order may change to circumstances beyond our control. In the event this happens, we will try our best to make similar tours or changes. ***

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  • Kirsten

    Did anyone from our Group actually go?? Would love to see pics, hear about it if so!

    September 17, 2013

    • Paul

      The trip never happened because nobody paid a deposit. Over 150+ "YES" RSVPs from various groups. Business as usual with Meetup members!

      Everyone that RSVP'ed "YES" and didn't update their RSVPs as requested won't be going on future wine trips I organize.

      September 17, 2013

    • Scotty

      That's a negative, Ghostrider. Looks like the trip didn't work out.

      September 17, 2013

  • Mike B.

    When and where is next local wine event?

    August 19, 2013

    • Paul

      Click on the Upcoming Events link.

      August 19, 2013

  • Anastasia M.

    Sorry I found this too late to join in on this trip, but looking forward to the next thing!

    August 19, 2013

  • Robyn

    Hi I'm kinda confused is this part of that Tuscany trip or a separate event? And is this meeting just informational?

    August 1, 2013

    • Paul

      This is the trip Meetup as described in the description above.

      August 2, 2013

  • Joel W.

    Wish I could go this year (:/
    Have fun all :)

    July 27, 2013

  • Myrna

    Sorry, not this year.

    July 24, 2013

  • Gwen

    Have a wonderful trip everyone. I visited Tuscany a few years ago, and it is so beautiful. The people are warm and wonderful. I would like to visit the coast line the next time I am in Italy, and spend a couple days in Tuscany again. If a trip is planned for the coast line I will see you then. Tuscany has great spas too; try to fit in a spa during your trip. There are large, outsize whirlpools; the size of an olympic swmming pool with gorgeous mountain views.

    July 20, 2013

  • carolina

    not this year new member just found out. would love to next year

    July 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hope a summer trip gets planned sometime.......as a teacher this is the worst time to ask for time off! Bummer as Tuscany is on my bucket list :)

    June 8, 2013

  • Bonnie L.

    Hello all. I just joined and Tuscany is not do-able right now, so I am looking forward to a local get together.

    May 8, 2013

  • Carolyn

    Wow, this sounds great! I had to cancel my trip to Tuscany last fall because my traveling companion was ill. Do you still have room? How many people have given their deposit?

    April 11, 2013

    • Paul

      Yes, we still have room. A couple of people have deposited so the trip is on!

      April 12, 2013

  • Rodolfo

    Been planning on visiting Tuscany next year.

    March 11, 2013

  • John B.

    My wife and I basically did this trip on our own to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. Highly recommend going to Tuscany if you've never been. We can't participate in this excursion because of my wife's schedule, but will look for another opportunity to go back.

    March 6, 2013

  • Loretta B.

    Can't clear work during that time.... wish you could do something during the summer, less day trip organized tours to offset the lodging costs.

    January 15, 2013

  • Genise

    Can't afford this.

    January 15, 2013

  • Natalie

    I would love to participate if there is room.

    January 11, 2013

  • Natalie

    I'm interested and may be able to bring a guest.

    January 11, 2013

  • Susan

    Would love to join in on this if there is still room.

    December 29, 2012

  • Teresa

    interested, pending details

    December 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would love to go, but can't afford it right now.

    October 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Now THIS is a Meetup! Would love to join, but have to pass this time around :(

    October 11, 2012

  • Joel W.

    I certainly am interested in attending this.
    When do you need a definite yes/no on this?

    September 13, 2012

    • Paul

      I'm currently researching the trip so that I can ensure that I have accurate pricing and that we're able to get a good week of excursions. I should have most of the details out by early December at the latest. At that point, it will be first-come, first-served with past trip people getting first crack.

      September 13, 2012

  • Candy

    Been planning on visiting Tuscany as well! Would love to join the group on this trip.

    September 13, 2012

  • jasmine

    Is this Labor Day weekend? So it is the 7th - 14th? Not a great week for me unless I find another job but I am super interested in the concept if you were to do it at another time

    September 12, 2012

    • Paul

      @Nita - If you want to go on the trip, you are in. Preference for all of our trips will be given to anyone who has been on a previous trip. That is one of the reasons it looks to be sold out for one week is because of the number of previous travelers who wish to go. At this point, I may be adding a second week if there is enough interest for that, too.

      September 12, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      That's fab, thanks Paul!

      September 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member


    September 12, 2012

  • Rodolfo

    Been planning on visiting Tuscany next year.

    1 · September 12, 2012

  • Alicia

    I am interested in the trip, but I'm not sure if I will be able to attend on Sat.

    September 12, 2012

  • CY

    Looking forward to this!

    September 12, 2012

  • Terri

    Sounds like a great trip if I can swing it.

    September 12, 2012

  • Scotty

    Paul, how static is the date for this? I ask because late August and all of September is the "busy season" for my job, so taking a week off in that time frame gets tricky, at best.

    September 12, 2012

    • Paul

      It's going to be pretty static for this trip because of the villa costs and weather for September. Trying to push it to October and it's a lot cooler and trying to do the summer is extremely cost prohibitive (villas are 25% - 50% more in cost!).

      September 12, 2012

  • Jeannie

    1 guest maybe

    September 12, 2012

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