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How to Save Money on Holiday Accommodation in Tuscany

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Holidaying in Tuscany can be an experience that is never forgotten. This beautiful area is filled with historical sites, beautiful surroundings, and some of the finest foods in the world. It is a top destination for travelers all over the world, with many returning each year. Taking a holiday in this beautiful area does not have to drain your bank account. The two largest expenses associated with any type of holiday are lodging and food. The great news is that when you stay in Tuscany villas instead of hotel rooms you can reduce the expense of both. This is a farmhouse in Cortona, Tuscany. It sleeps up to 6 people and is available at great daily prices. Renting a villa as your holiday accommodation will allow you to enjoy all of the luxuries of a hotel stay with...

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Immaculate Bridge

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This is not a bridge that exists between two river banks or mountains forming a gorge. It is a bridge that connects two holidays. What on earth am I talking about? Bridge is an Italian term extending the concept of a concrete bridge to describe one or two days between two holidays. Therefore, if you have the Immaculate conception day (today December 8), and an upcoming weekend, Friday and Saturday become a holiday, the actual “bridge” connecting the two official festive days. It is therefore more than a long weekend. By the way, instead of bridge you may read or hear the Italian term “ponte”, which is indeed bridge. Sometimes a ponte is made official by firms, sometimes it is implied; the majority of workers will take a day or two off...

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Last Minute Tuscany Offers Roundup

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The Holiday Season 2011-2012 is approaching fast, and I suggest spending your Christmas vacation in Tuscany. Whether it will be a farmhouse apartment, a private villa or a city hotel it doesn’t matter, as long as you can take advantage of the many last minute offers that are ongoing. At Lebbiano Residence you can enjoy the splendid setting near Florence, amidst fir woods that in the winter time get covered in snow for a very romantic effect. 10% discounts are offered on the property apartments. Villa Nievolina offers discounts of 30% on selected weeks. This lovely private villa is located near Pistoia in the renown thermal town of Montecatini Terme. From here you are also near the Mount Abetone, with splendid ski slopes, very convenient even for just a day...

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Christmas in Florence Apartments Discounted 30%

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There is a new property on ThriftyTuscany.com, actually, they are two Florence apartments that were just added by the owner and coming with a great offer: a staggering 30% discount on stays (weekly or for the weekend) from December 23, 2011 until January 8, 2012. Let me tell you about these two welcoming apartments in the heart of Florence. One is for two people, but also has a sofa bed in the living room, which would make it perfect for a family with two small kids or one grown-up. The other one is larger and has two double bedrooms, but also has a sofa bed in the living room. The one for four people includes two bathrooms with shower, while the smaller apartment has one full bathroom with shower. Both have been entirely renovated in recent times and offer all...

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Bosniak President Bakir Izetbegović in Tuscany

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This one comes a little late, but for security and privacy reasons requested by Izetbegović himself, it was impossible to publish it any earlier. It is not something that happens very often, so you can imagine the excitement when villa in Siena Il Villino on ThriftyTuscany.com was chosen by Bakir Izetbegović as his holiday residence. He is one of the three presidents of the Bosnia and Herzegovina parliament. The three presidents rotate with intervals of eight months to maintain ethnic equality, and Izetbegović decided to spend one week of his time off duty in Tuscany at Il Villino. He arrived on September 24 and left on October 1st with quite a number of bodyguards that were then moved to their rooms in the city center of Siena at the NH Excelsior Hotel. The...

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Cameron in Tuscany

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It seems that accommodating British prime ministers for their holidays is becoming a tradition for Tuscany accommodations. While Tony Blair was in office his summer stays in Tuscany were usual business. His successor, David Cameron, decided to follow his steps this year for the first time. It must be said that English artists were among the first discoverers of the beauties of Tuscany, of whom writers contributed to spread the word narrating their travels in this land. Cameron is arriving this coming Saturday in the province of Arezzo, and he is lucky enough the weather forecast speaks of full sunshine from the coming Sunday. One interesting fact that strongly distinguishes Blair from Cameron is the stature of the rental property. Cameron will stay at Villa...

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