Besides the obvious reasons to rent a villa in Tuscany—storybook scenery, escaping from your everyday routine—there are numerous benefits to choosing this type of accommodation over a traditional hotel or an apartment rental by owner. If you opt for an independent home rental, privacy, freedom and flexibility are three of the top perks; you can give a big bacio (kiss) goodbye to crowded hotel breakfast spaces, lobbies and common areas. Plus, if you’re traveling with kids (or partying friends who make the same amount of noise), you can rest assured that you won’t be disturbing anyone else—except perhaps the wild boar in the woods nearby!
Additionally, you’ll be able to both save money and experience culinary culture the way real Tuscans do by doing your own cooking in your own kitchen rather than dining out daily at restaurants or ordering room service.
If the idea of staying (mostly) alone in the countryside worries you, many larger villas have discreetly staffed services on-site, making the experience slightly more like a traditional hotel, but with a less frenzied atmosphere.
Finally, if you’re going on a group vacation with multiple families or a big contingent of friends, or if your budget is too tight to rent a whole home for yourself, a sizeable number of Tuscan villas have restructured their spaces into individual apartments so you can absorb the homey atmosphere at a fraction of the cost.