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Visit Tuscany: stay in the Florence region

The Antica Torre apartments are set a short stroll from the historic village of Lamole in the stunning area of Tuscany. Lamole is positioned between Florence, (40km) and Siena (48km), so it makes the perfect base for you to be able to enjoy a few day trips when you next visit Tuscany.

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This superbly restored Tuscan farmhous,e which houses the Antica Torre apartments, makes for the cosiest accomodation in great surroundings. There is a charming piazza only 600m away and there you will find the chiesa (local church). Churches in Italy are always worth taking a walk around; they are generally very beautiful and complete with stunning frescoes. We recommend that you read our post regarding local customs and make sure that your arms and legs are covered.

The owners of Antica Torre have lovingly restored this delightful farmhouse to create two equally stunning apartments, each boasting 3 double bedrooms, an open plan living/dining room, complete with large open fireplace, and a lovely private seating area which is perfect for a spot of quiet reading when everyone else is enjoying a siesta! The 18th century vaulted ceilings and exposed brick walls will leave you feeling as if you have stepped back into a different era, and the original bread oven will allow you to cook as they did in days gone by, too.Antica Torre 2

Marina, the owner, has gone out of her way to ensure that you have a charming time at Antica Torre; she owns a shop in the village which sells deliciously scented soaps and products made from the local olive oil. As she brings the products home, you will simply adore the smells wafting around the interior. Marina is also related to Dario Cecchini, the world-famous butcher we have already talked about in this blog, who owns three restaurants in the village whose aim is to provide quality food at affordable prices. As a guest at the Antica Torre, you can be sure of a warm welcome at any of them! Both apartments have a private garden, internet access and outdoor barbecue; in fact, everything you could need to ensure a wonderful holiday in this little corner of paradise.

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Take Your Time: the Città Slow Movement

Tuscan Villa View

In 1999, Paolo Saturnini, the past mayor of Greve in Chianti, had the intuition that a change in the manner in which people approach life, and especially urban life, is needed. Instead of promoting globalisation, corporisation and standardisation, the movement which was to become known as CittaSlow puts the emphasis on local assets and specialities. The ideal is for the entire community to channel their efforts towards restoring or preserving the town, with people still being the main protagonists of the slow and healthy change of seasons, the local traditions and the towns’ peaceful and quite living.

The attraction of this almost philosophical way of life, rich in authenticity and local customs, has been felt all across the globe. Although the longest list of participating towns is still Italy’s, there are now countries belonging to 4 different continents that have accepted the CittaSlow values, with the UK represented by Aylsham, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Diss, Mold and Perth.

If you want to experience the CittaSlow way of life, there is no better place to start in than Italy. Browse through the list of towns, pick one, and then travel to experience locally the richness of crafts, the squares, shops, cafés, restaurants, places of the spirit and unspoiled landscapes. Our villas in Italy are spread all across the CittaSlow network – from Tuscany to Sicily – where the air speaks of a recovered time and little treasures are but steps away. And when you come back, let us know in the comments what you have discovered.

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