It’s difficult to talk about Tuscany without mentioning its beauty, although the region is most famous for its landscapes during summertime. When picturing Tuscany, most of the world automatically thinks of its famous green hills, stretching on for miles under the Italian sun.

Due to the popularity of visiting Tuscany during summer, few experience Tuscany when it truly comes into its own: during Autumn. As valleys lined with vines and fields full of crops ripen for harvest, the rolling green hills of the summer have transformed into the oranges, reds and rich browns as Autumn takes the changing landscapes.

 

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Tuscany enjoys warm, mild weather and sun long into September and October, making it the perfect time to appreciate the countryside without the intense dry heat of summer. Tuscany is home to many national parks; from the Tuscan Archipelago to the Apuan Alps, there are endless opportunities to explore the unique landscape and wildlife of the area.

Some of the best ways to truly take in the changing landscapes of Tuscany is on horseback. Enjoy a relaxed amble and a guided tour through forests, hilltops and olive groves. The traditional Tuscan riding style is similar to a western saddle – perfect for beginners. This method of transport allows you to fully immerse yourself in nature, experiencing the centuries-old Tuscan tradition of horsemanship. It also ensures a comfortable seat that saves your legs from walking as you ride over miles of rolling countryside.

 

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For those who prefer a higher energy experience, the iconic Tuscan roads lined with cypress trees provided excellent tracks for cycling and offer a new perspective of Tuscany as Autumn begins. If you’re in search of a challenge, you can cycle to the ancient town of Pienza – the route takes you through beautiful countryside steeped in history. Enjoy some gelato as your wander around the town, before heading back to Cignella for a relaxed meal or dip in the pool.

You don’t have to wander far from Cignella before you find yourself nestled in to the Val d’Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and inspiration for many great Renaissance painters. The rich warm colours of the changing landscapes, with farmhouses scattered across hilltops, capture the true soul of Tuscany. As the sunsets creep in earlier and earlier, sit back with a glass of wine on the terrace at Cignella and watch the splendid colours dance over this iconic region.

 

 

Looking to visit Tuscany this Autumn? Check out our offers page to see what discounts we can arrange for you. See our range of villas, rooms and apartments or book directly here.

Tuscany in Autumn can be described as a captivating display of smells, tastes, colours, emotions, landscapes and more. Here at Cignella, Autumn is one of our favourite times of year to experience the Val D’Orcia – particularly due to the wonders of harvest time!

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Harvest time in Tuscany

The harvest, like in many countries, is an incredibly important time of year. Tuscany is world-renowned for its delicious cuisine and beautiful landscapes – and as such, much care goes into tending the land and creating high quality products. Autumn is a critical time for the harvest of some of Italy’s most famous and well-loved exports. A time of year when the transition in colour, weather and menus highlights a side of Tuscany that is rarely appreciated, but incredibly important.

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Vendemmia

The arrival of autumn is filled with great meaning in Italy. It is associated largely with the ‘Vendemmia’ – the grape harvest that will go on to make the year’s supply of wine across the region. The Vendemmia begins in late August, with the harvest lasting until early October. The event itself is crucial, determining the flavours and overall success of the wine vintage for that year. This means that for the locals harvesting the grapes, everything must be timed right to ensure that the region’s wines are as delicious as possible until the next harvest. In Italy, people have been cultivating vines for the past three millennia – this ritual cannot be done with machines and has served as a way of maintaining centuries-old traditions and practises across the region.

Harvest time in Tuscany is incredible to witness, so why not take this time to tour Tuscany’s most famous vineyards? Many smaller vineyards hold regular tours during Vendemmia where you can help with the harvest and see the process for making wine. In North Tuscany, it is possible to visit Capezzana and Castello di Nipozzano. In Chianti, a stone’s throw from Cignella, are the Castello di Ama and Antinori vineyards – definitely worth a visit! In the south of Tuscany there is the extensive Bolgheri Wine region and Meramma, full of vineyards and wineries to explore and tour to your hearts content. Due to the centrality our location, Cignella is a perfect base to visit these places and tour the region.

 

Olive Harvest

In Tuscany, the tradition of harvesting olives begins in late October/early November and usually continues until mid-December, depending on the climatic conditions in order to harvest the fruit at the optimal time. Farmers lay out baskets and sheets under the trees so as not to miss a single piece of fruit during harvest time.

Why not visit a local oil mill to see the machinery involved in the process of making the extra virgin olive oil? Many mills have a tasting room where you can sample the freshly pressed extra virgin olive oil and other local products in a delicious lunch.

 

Mushroom Foraging

Join local foraging groups to collect porcini mushrooms, a wonderful harvest time activity. Porcini are in abundance in early autumn, favouring forests with predominantly horse chestnut and oak trees. These fragrant mushrooms are a wonderful ingredient and common in many Tuscan dishes. Be sure to research the ideal areas for picking mushrooms and check the guidelines and rules before heading out.

Truffle Hunting

Truffle hunting is an historic practise that has been taking place in Tuscany for centuries. Truffles can be found all year round under the right environmental conditions, but are famously plentiful in the autumn. Traditionally the first truffle hunts of the season begin after the first rainfall, creating the perfect conditions for their growth – it is after this when you find the best truffles!

Truffle hunting around Cignella is a fun and casual affair. You will head out with a guide and their trained truffle dog to fill your wicker baskets whilst they teach you about the Tuscan traditions tied with the landscape – make sure you pick enough truffles to use with your dinner!

 

If you choose to stay with us at Cignella, we can organise all of these activities for you! Simply let us know what you would like to do during your stay and leave the rest to us. When you’re finished seeing all of the wonders of harvest time in Tuscany, relax in our gardens or inside of your villa with a glass of wine and wonderful meal.

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From the picturesque views, incredible food, beautiful weather and stunning architecture, there are so many reasons why you should travel to Tuscany. But the region isn’t known for just its rolling green hills, mouth-watering dishes and luxurious villas in the sun. When you visit us, you can also choose from an entire range of activities to do alongside your relaxation.

 

 

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Authentic Tuscan Cooking Classes

Immerse your senses and take part in a delicious Italian cooking class by a local chef using fresh, local ingredients. They can teach you how to make pasta from scratch the Tuscan way, as well as a range of other delights to choose from. The best part is… you get to eat everything you made! Take home your new skills and show off at your next dinner party.

 

 

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Local Vineyard Tours & Wine Tasting

One of the most famous exports from Tuscany is the wine, particular those made using the native Sangiovese grape variety. See how the grapes are grown, cultivated and picked by hand in the regions’ most famous vineyards. On the tour you will see what most only get to view on a postcard, it is truly a beautiful sight. In addition to the views, most vineyards also offer wine tasting and dinner. Taste for yourself the results of generations of hard-working Tuscans, all leading to that perfect glass of wine with your meal.

 

 

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Olive Oil Tasting

It’s not just wine that the region is famous for. Tuscany has been the source of some of the world’s best olives and olive oil, with the olive tree a famous contributor to the region’s picturesque landscape, alongside the local vineyards. Sample both the olives and olive oil the way true Tuscans do, with home-baked bread, bruschetta and other delicious aperitifs. Learn about their colours, tastes and smells, and witness for yourself the importance of the fruits of the olive tree to the area. It’s a really wonderful day out, and the perfect way to broaden your palette to delicious delights native to the region.

 

 

Cheese Tasting

It just wouldn’t be Italian food without cheese. Tour a cheese farm and see how fresh, home-made organic cheese is produced by Tuscan locals in the area. Witness the quality, quantity and variety of cheeses made in Tuscany on a daily basis. You usually end the tour with glass of wine and a cheese-tasting, sampling some of the regions’ most exquisite cheeses, with home-made bread and olive oil. The majority of the world will only be able to try these once they have been delivered all over the globe, but you can taste for yourself samples of produce where they were made on the farm itself. Most cheese-farms also have a wonderful restaurant on the farm, so we definitely recommend staying for lunch if you can!

 

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Truffle Hunting

Another delicacy you must try when you travel to Tuscany is truffle, one of the most traditional foods found in the region. A popular component for many Italian dishes, Tuscan truffle is known for its flavour, scent and the powerful way it can transform a meal. At Cignella, you can truffle hunt on our own driveway! Attend a truffle-hunting session in the afternoon where you look for truffles the traditional Tuscan way, and then take them home to cook into your meal for the evening!

 

All of the activities listed above can be booked and organised for you by Cignella. We serve as a wonderfully central base, the perfect location to see everything the region has to offer when you travel to Tuscany, and then relax in luxury.

In addition to these, browse our Cignella Experiences offered onsite. Contact us to book for your next stay, or send us a WhatsApp for more information.

 

 

 

 

We had the pleasure of having local artist and blogger Francesca Matteoni at Cignella in the summer of 2020. Check out her blog below on the most instagrammable places in Tuscany!

By Francesca Matteoni | Me&Tuscany

 

Let the summer begin with a road-trip into one of the best know and more beautiful regions of Italy: my dearest Tuscany!

The world knows it as the region of Florence and Pisa, the land of hills and cypress trees. Not everybody knows that Tuscany has a variety of landscapes and those typical “Tuscan postcards” mainly belongs to a specific area called: Val d’Orcia! I think this is the most spectacular corner of the region and even if you randomly find your-self driving its roads you’ll see ‘lunar’ landscapes, endless hills and romantic farms all over.

Today, with the help of Cignella Villas I could stay in the area and take time to organize a special Photo-tour-guide of the most iconic places of Tuscany, all of them very close this romantic accommodations surrounded by nature and silence; but first things first!

 

If this guide contributed to inspire your Tuscan trip please share this with your friends and don’t forget to tag @meandtuscany in your Tuscan pictures, I LOVE to see people enjoying the places that I suggested !

 

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POGGIO COVILI

Probably the most iconic and Instagrammable straight-cypress-tree-line of the world!

It is set in the area of Castiglione d’Orcia and it is only 15km away from the well-known Bagni di San Filippo!

Don’t get stressed if you need to wait your turn to take a picture here! Everyday people stop just for that.

The cypress-tree has a prevalent role in Tuscany as a decoration for roads and pathways. How-ever it is also a spiritual symbol and it is associated with death (with the most natural and positive meaning); in fact you’ll often see these trees as loyal guardians of the Tuscan’s cemeteries. In this case (and all the others I am going to mention) they cypress lines are there only as a decoration.

If you set “Poggio Covili” on google maps you should be able to find it easily. If not, these are the coordinates: 43.024580, 11.638191

MONTICCHIELLO 

The Cypress trees will always be the protagonists of this land! The road you see is leading to a small little borgo in between Pienza and Montepulciano. It became famous for this iconic serpentine-road that you can shoot from a particular spot. It is really hard to be efficient and describ it in words, that’s why I saved the coordinates in my phone notes. Basically, along the road “sp88” (coming from Pienza and before reaching Monticchiello) there is a little tiny way on the right side of the street: less that one minute and you’ll see the serpentine-like road on your left. Here are the exact coordinates: 43.062028, 11.722854

 

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VITALETA

Here you will find a little chapel literally lost in the countryside and nowadays protected by UNESCO. You’ll be surrounded by an ocean of waving hills, and again you’ll see the Tuscan trees as loyal guardians of this little gem.

It has ancient origins (like more or less everything in Italy ;) ) and it was built on an more antique sanctuary. What you see today is the result of a late restoring in the 17th century. It is set in the area of San Quirico d’Orcia, a village nearby, and one beautiful thing to know is that there are also walking tracks crossing this site.

This site isn’t on a main road, it is signaled by a brown signal on “sp146”; from there you’ll access to a dirt road, after like 3 minutes by car you’ll see a group of parked cars and there is the access to the short way taking to the chapel. Cars aren’t allowed in.

In case you visit Vitaleta on an off season and you are that lucky not to find any parked car ..well..you’ll have to drive slowly and pay attention looking for an anonymous gate on the left! Sorry, I know that it sounds weird, but the small signal they put at the gate entrance isn’t really so easy to see by car if you don’t know the place already! Use the following coordinates for a better guide.

Also, the chapel is at a close contact with a private farm, please just stay about the church and be respectful of other’s property, including the cultivated lands as they are farmers.

Here are the coordinates : 43.070951, 11.634435

 

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BACCOLENO

The queen picture of all the Tuscan pictures. This perfect Tuscany skyline, the sun setting right behind it, the framing of an untouched nature creates The Tuscan shot!

You cannot see it from the main road, you’ll only see a nice gate with a signal saying “Baccoleno Agriturismo”. On the left of the gate you’ll shortly climb a little hill and follow the way in the grass left by all the photographers! The top moment for a picture here is the sunset of course, but be prepared to share this wonderful place with many other photographerswho arrive early to claim their spot for the perfect shot! Be kind and don’t step into other people’s video or pic! I think early morning could be an option to find your-self alone here, even in the peak season.

Little tip: want to see the yellow flowers? Then visit here in April-May !

Find Baccoleno along the “sp60” right in this spot: 43.201518, 11.590821

 

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CIPRESSINI DI SAN QUIRICO 

Also known as Cipressini (little cypress trees) of UNESCO. This site is really close to the village of San Quirico d’Orcia and nowadays it is a symbol of the Tuscany landscape.

People say that originally they were planted for every new born of the village nearby, in an historical moment in which people were abandoning the countryside to go living in the cities. This is what is left and now under the protection of UNESCO. On the internet you’ll find that this group of trees is mainly useful for bird hunting, but I heard the other version from a local and I am keen on believing that one! Also because things like that still happens today (the village I come from planted a number of cypress trees along a road and entitled them one by one to the new born of a certain year).

Again, you’ll see a number of cars parked right in front of it. You can see them very well from the main road “sr2”, precisely here: 43.064239, 11.558381

 

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BAGNI DI SAN FILIPPO

Just look at this! How incredible is this hot spring?! Truly nature is the best designer of all! One other beautiful thing of this amazing hot spring is that it is completely free. You may don’t know that, because of a law of Mussolini’s times, all of these natural hot springs must be kept free and available for all. Private businesses can use the waters but never completely close them to the public. The only thing you’ll need to pay for is the car-parking. You can actually come here also at night, to enjoy the warmth of these waters when the temperature is nicely chilly. Also a little warning: you’ll smell as rotten egg after a bath in here ! Sulfuric waters smell like this. However this is an experience that cannot be missing from your trip in Val d’Orcia.

*Please notice: this picture was taken in 2018 and the water’s streams where still coming down from the higher peaks of the “white whale”(the name of that big white stone you see. Nowadays there have been changings so that it is forbidden to climb up there. Please respect the rules and signals for your own safety and to protect the integrity of Tuscany’s nature. We are blessed to have such a free spot where everybody can enjoy a beautiful moment, let’s respect the rules and keep it clean, thank you !

 

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HOW DO I REACH FOR ALL OF THESE SITES?

Please notice: you cannot reach these places by bus or trains! You need to rent a car for this tour of Tuscany. Even if some of them might be on the way of a bus (and just some) I find it not reliable because every city in Tuscany has its own bus system, website, rules and it is very confusing. I can tell this as a local: I had troubles my-self looking for them in the past, I might find bus-timetables but my experience is that I can never trust them; there might be changings or festives that aren’t well communicated (and/or not in English) and you might find yourself very disappointed. Busses and trains are perfect to travel from city to city(and into the cities as well). Every time you’ll want to go in the countryside in Tuscany (and Italy??) I recommend having a car.

Also, all the sites of this list are free and unguarded. Some of them are, or are about, private property, so I recommend to have a respectful behavior for locals and nature. Just take a picture, enjoy the view and go ;)

 

WHERE TO STAY

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You want to visit all of this sites in one day? My slow-living Italian heart suffers but..it’s possible ! Just joking guys, the suggestion is –as always- to take 2-3 days to enjoy not only the most imstagrammable places of Tuscany but also the charming villages nearby such as Bagno Vignoni, Pienza, Monticchiello, Montepulciano, Trequanda, Castiglione d’Orcia.

To have a better experience of Tuscany I recommend finding an accommodation in a good position and I suggest Cignella Villas if you are nature lovers as much as I am!

The building is perfectly matched with our countryside. Lots of privacy, no noises AT ALL and a breathtaking view on the whole valley and even further reaching Trasimeno lake (across Tuscany’s borders).

I felt really restored to stop there after a long day of travelling, shooting, visiting, sweating ‘under the Tuscan sun’. The villas are isolated and also perfect for families, with a nice big pool, lavender plants and again a relaxing quiet. I only regret I didn’t stay longer!

Meet Luca, a very gentle host, that can support your days with so many good advices for places, restaurants, car rentals and everything you might need or want to see.

I felt really at ease in those big-ceiling rooms, with a minimal and classy interior décor. Here you’ll have your private kitchen and an access to all the main sites of Val d’Orcia, including the good recommendation for activities such as wine and olive-oil tasting, cheese tasting, cooking classes and more.

Also, here in Tuscany weather can be really hot in summer: those of you who experienced Florence in august might know what I am talking about!  Cignella is a little high up on a hill, they have a better fresh air, nicely chilly at night and they are also blessed not to have all those mosquitos that are my biggest trouble in summer.

 

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Here a little extract of my personal diary that I wrote the last day of my stay at Cignella:

“I am sitting on a sofa in my apartment-for-the-week-end right now. In front of me there’s a window opening on a crazy beautiful panorama. I can see the whole Val d’Orcia and more from my seat, and I felt inspired to start writing here. This is when I am proud of leading people to virtually explore this amazing corner of the world and possibly inspire their next road-trip. Here at Cignella there is silence the whole day long, guests are quiet and there is a permanent fresh wind which is the equivalent of a natural fan! After 2 days I really feel like staying longer, because I firmly believe that one needs time to soak in new places.

Days like the Tuscan summer ones make you believe time isn’t just flowing. There’s no rush, nothing really that important to let you perceive pressure.

I think the plans for the day will be some editing, a nice restaurant and a swimming pool break before getting back home. I adored this accommodation in Tuscany and I sincerely wish I can get back or even have such a place that I could call home one day. Yes. That’s how I liked it here.” Francesca       –       Note to self, Cignella July 2020

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Cignella has always prided itself on being an escape from the crowded cities – a truly transformative and immersive Tuscan experience with social distancing built in. Cignella’s secluded location lends a feeling of tranquillity and oneness with nature. We know that now more than ever guests will want to travel, leave the city behind and be free to treat themselves to good food, fine wine and the beautiful scenery Tuscany has to offer. We would like to share the changes we have made to Cignella so that when guests visit this summer, they feel safe in the knowledge that they and others are not put at risk.

Outdoor Excursions

Outdoor excursions are the heart of summer. Cignella is surrounded by miles of natural open space which guests are free to explore without bumping into anyone else. In the absence of tourists from overseas, Tuscany will be an uncrowded place this year. So, take a picnic, breathe the clean air, soak up the sun and enjoy the beauty of nature.

Meals and Dining

Tuscany is home to wonderful food and wine; we want our guests to continue enjoying these authentic Italian experiences safely. Therefore, we will be conducting our food and wine tastings for smaller numbers and keeping within the regulations of social distancing. To keep our common spaces less busy and maintain social distancing rules we will be offering table service for your meals and breakfast included in your stay. On request evening meals will be provided by Cignella too. With 4 different authentic Tuscan menus to choose from, there will be plenty for the whole family to enjoy. We will also be offering a grocery shopping service, takeaways, and poolside lunches. All you need do is choose!

Space for All

Cignella is blessed with plenty of space and all our 13 apartments have independent entrances to guarantee privacy, social distancing, and total safety. This will be even more apparent as we slightly reduce availability during peak season. This will minimise social friction and ensure we keep to social distancing guidelines. If you are booking a room in an apartment, we have arranged it so there is a safe distance between you and other guests. This summer you will feel as though you have got the place to yourself!

Pool

On hot days, our pool will be in high demand. To protect us all we have made some changes to the use of this communal space. As well as regularly sanitising the sun loungers we have set up disinfecting stations at the entrance to the swimming pool. We will be maintaining social distancing by spacing out the pergolas by 1.5m and limiting the maximum number of people in the pool at any time to 13. With some planning and patience whilst relaxing, all guests will be able to enjoy the pool. We count on your spirit of sharing to help us achieve this.

 

We look forward to welcoming you to Cignella very soon.

Ciao!

Whether holidaying with your family, jetting off with your partner or getting away with friends, at this point in the year, everyone needs a holiday. For some, hotels are usually the first places that people turn to. But in truth, there is nothing better than a villa vacation.

 

All of the space that you need

Villas such as those we have at Cignella usually accommodate up to around 6 people, with multiple bedrooms and loads of living space. You have ample room to spread out, socialise, cook, sleep and relax. With a large abundance of storage space for you to unpack, it’s easy to feel at home and unwind. Our villas especially have plenty of bathrooms and shower rooms, so sharing with your family and friends is completely hassle-free.

Perfect for destressing and escaping your 9-5 schedule, the seclusion and privacy they ensure make villas the only type of accommodation that offer the pure relaxation that you couldn’t get at home.

 

Functioning on your own schedule

The kitchens are fully loaded with utilities, including a dishwasher, fridge, washing-machine and oven, so rustling up delicious evening meals and lunches is a breeze. You can do everything by your own time and choose exactly when and where you eat, sleep and relax. The small town of Trequanda is just a short drive away with a choice of supermarkets, so you can stock up your villa on groceries to suit everyone’s tastes.

Don’t worry if you don’t fancy cooking. There are really incredible restaurants only a short drive away that serve authentic and delicious traditional Italian food made from scratch with fresh, local ingredients. You can dine at Cignella in the morning for breakfast if you choose, and we offer packed picnics for people on request if you’re out and about for the day.

Plenty of ways to spend the day

Maybe a spa treatment at a local hot spring is just what you need, or perhaps a wine tasting tour, truffle hunting or a spot of antique shopping. The area is full of activities that you can do, and the countryside is absolutely gorgeous.

For those who prefer staying and relaxing onsite, our lovely pool (open seasonally) enjoys the perfect location, offering wonderful views of the surrounding countryside landscapes. If you simply want to sit back with a good book, we have loungers, hammocks and parasols on the pool terrace. If you would rather relax in private, our villas have gorgeous verandas or balconies to soak in sun only a step outside of your door.

 

We can organise trips, dinners, celebrations and more!

At Cignella we don’t simply give you the key and leave. We can help you organise any day trips, dinners, excursions, celebrations and more. If you were marking a special occasion at Cignella, then guests simply have to let us know in advance and we can help to make it a trip to remember. Perhaps you would like a private chef to cook a celebratory meal in your villa, a restaurant recommendation for a special meal, or a memorable trip such as a hot air balloon or horseback riding? We know the area and speak the language so can make it happen and take the stress away from you.

 

The price may also be better than you thought! Villa’s sleeping up to 6 people are available for as little as €172 per person per week, leaving you plenty of euro’s to treat yourself.

So once you have the date agreed, just check our availability, it will be easier than you think, we promise!

 

We look forward to welcoming you soon!

January blues? You need a holiday.

There are legitimate reasons based upon health, well-being and psychology that determine that you are need of a vacation.

Improves health

According to several studies, going on holiday improves your health and well-being. Taking a break drastically reduces your stress levels, lowering the risk of stress induced illnesses like coronary heart disease. Relaxing and putting your feet up ensures that you are taking care of your body, giving it time to unwind from the hustle and bustle of your everyday life.

Psychologists have also proved that going on holiday helps mental health, decreasing depression and anxiety. By giving your mind a chance to rest, you have less of a build up of the hormones that cause negative mental health, allowing your mind to heal from the pressures of stress.

Disconnect from your everyday life

Stepping outside of your daily-routine and off of a plane into the warmth of a holiday has huge benefits. By disconnecting from your everyday life you give yourself a well-deserved break from the pressures of your 9-5.

Not only is this good for your mental health, but it’s extremely beneficial for your productivity on your return. By taking a step back and resting, you are more likely to come back with fresh ideas and a new perspective. This increases creativity, productivity and energy, as well as decreasing the chance of burnout and a negative mind-set.

Gaining new skills and knowledge

When you go on holiday to somewhere like Cignella, you are exposed to a new culture. You take in elements of a new language and a different way of thinking and living to your own. You try new experiences and gain fresh skills, whether this be something like truffle hunting, wine tasting or cooking classes, you develop an understanding of how to do something different.

In the process, you are helping to open your mind to newer ways of viewing things, which can be extremely helpful to bring back with you.

Create new memories with your loved ones

By going on holiday and trying new things, you create new experiences for yourself, which in turn develop into wonderful memories. You have stories to tell on your return, memories to cherish and experiences to last you a lifetime.

All of these are shared with your family or loved-one. A holiday allows you to spend more time with them outside the stresses of everyday life. By enjoying the peace of a relaxing trip together and embarking on adventures, you improve your relationships and create shared experiences to look back on.

 

So book yourself a holiday with us at Cignella, you deserve it! Have a browse of our stunning villas here.

 

Searching for the perfect gift

We’re officially in December, and the time for gift-giving is getting closer and closer… but have your organised all of your gifts?

Trying to think of meaningful things to buy for your loved ones is becoming more and more difficult. There are so many choices, but still nothing seems to be quite right. You can spend hours looking, searching online and going from shop to shop. No matter where you look, you want to find the perfect gift to let people know that you appreciate them.

 

The gift of a getaway

This season is about spending time with those that you love, so choose a gift for you both to enjoy together. At Cignella, we believe that the best gift you can buy for a loved one is quality time away with you.

We may be biased, but our opinion is that the best location for a holiday escape is Tuscany. Offering a perfect balance of adventure and tranquillity, you have ample choices of luxurious villas or beautifully traditional Tuscan apartments all to yourself.

 

Why Cignella?

With this gift, you and your loved one can immerse yourselves in authentic, delicious Italian cuisine. Feel your stresses wash away as you pour yourselves some locally produced Tuscan wine and relax by the pool, enjoying the simple serenity of our gorgeous green hills. Outside of Cignella, you can go hunting for truffles, partake in a wine tasting at a vineyard or even enjoy a horse ride around our stunning region. In town you can visit picturesque markets, see some spectacular architecture, explore the cobbled streets and visit some of the loveliest cathedrals we’ve ever seen.

There really is something for everyone. It’s perfect for couples looking to getaway, for families looking to disconnect from their busy routines and for those who simply need a break from everyday life. Whether you’re looking to relax or explore, a Cignella getaway is the perfect gift for your loved ones this Christmas.

So stop scrolling online trying to find a gift that just won’t hit the mark. Choose a gift to top all gifts, choose Cignella.

 

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The most tremendous event of the year is on the horizon and we don’t think you should miss it! From stunning horse racing to extravagant costume parades and historic, traditional ceremonies. This fantastic Sienese event only occurs twice a year and it is sure to be a day out that will be a firm, family favourite!

With festivities beginning from 8am on the 16th August 2019, it will be an outing to remember. Cignella is just a short drive from Siena, offering gorgeous scenery and views along the way! Be mesmerised by the rolling hills along the Val D’Orcia before starting your day of excitement and adventure in the piazza of Siena!

The Palio di Siena holds great heritage throughout Italy and is known as the most momentous occasion in Siena! When the tradition began hundreds of years ago, it focused on celebrating each “contrade” of Siena – the areas in which the cities were divided. Originally, there were 59, but now only 17 still remain. Each contrade parade through the piazza highlighting their colourful flags and emblems.

Over the years the contrade have become very competitive with one another! The prize for winning the race is a “Drappellone,” a large painted canvas or drape designed and created by a different artist and which the winning contrada displays in their contrada museum. It really is a truly spectacular day with trial runs starting first thing in the morning and the final race not concluding until 7pm.

At Cignella, we want to ensure you get the most from your trip to Tuscany and are able to spend from dawn to dusk exploring the beautiful region.

Join us at our estate for this fantastic occasion and receive a complimentary survival kit that will ensure you make it through all the fun festivities! Enjoy a cosy superior double room with private en-suite, access to an exclusive terrace area to enjoy your morning coffee with views, and a kit including water, sandwiches, fruit and snacks to take with you to Siena! We have lots of different packages available, view them here!

Experience a tradition that has been taking place in the heart of Tuscany since the early 1600’s. Make memories with all your family and friends and enjoy comfortable accommodation that offers plenty of privacy so that you can receive the perfect balance between exploration and relaxation for your getaway to Italy.

Should you wish to find out more about the event, read this article!

See you soon!

Escaping to the countryside should offer peace and tranquillity from the get go! Planning, organising and research on what to do can make going on a summer holiday much more stressful than it needs to be.

That’s why Cignella have put together packages to offer a single click solution!

Book your stay in Tuscany with Cignella and have your trip to the region planned from the moment you click BOOK.

Wine tasting, 3 course Tuscan style dinners, aperitifs and prosecco on arrival… what more could you want from your Tuscan retreat?

Tuscany is a stunning region to be experienced by all from family run restaurants with delicious, authentic dishes to gorgeous greenery stretching as far as the eye can see.

Booking a holiday isn’t as simple as booking accommodation and flights; what is there do? We’d like to participate in an experience, but where should we do it? Recommendations are everything and with Cignella we use our local partnerships throughout Tuscany to offer you the best experiences that offer insight into Etruscan culture and memories to reminisce for years to come.

3 course dinner at Cignella

3 course dining experience at Cignella with wine

Enjoy endless experiences during your stay at Cignella with spacious, luxury accommodation that allows you to reboot and relax after your days of adventure!

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