My friends own a recently restored holiday rental accomodation in Tuscany that I highly recommend for its peaceful atmosphere and excellent hospitality. Il Poggiolo Tuscany ( offers two large, beautifully decorated accommodations in the heart of the Valdarno, the area of Tuscany equidistant from Florence, Siena, and Arezzo.

Il Poggiolo is a great base for exploring not only those larger art cities, but also the many wonderful small towns within about an hour’s driving distance, like Cortona, Perugia, Pienza, Montepulciano and more.

Owners Sara and Allen are academics who live on the property and rent out two spaces in the renovated farmhouse. Prices are very reasonable. If you write to enquire, do mention that you saw it on arttrav!

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