May is National Walking Month when we are encouraged to walk more whatever our fitness level. Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to be active, lose weight and become healthy. Combining walking with a holiday is the perfect way to improve your health and wellbeing.

Tuscany is well known for its beautiful countryside and stunning cities. To truly experience its nature and feel part of its history, many choose to explore on foot.

Florence has a compact historic centre, perfect to discover on a self guided walking tour. Follow an itinerary to make sure you don’t miss anything and you will save time by covering ground efficiently, at your own pace and you can stop for refreshments when you want! Start early to avoid crowds, miss the midday heat and take amazing photos in the morning light.

Pienza is a great place to enjoy walks outside the village walls. The town itself is very small and won’t take long to explore. Equipped with a map you can embark on long walks across the Val D’Orcia, gentle strolls through wooded hillside and rambles along river beds. Just ask at the tourist office opposite the public gardens for a map and suggested routes.

Siena has coined the phrase “Urban Trekking” by creating wonderful walking routes which are great exercise, suitable for all ages and accessible all year. They even celebrate “Urban Trekking Day” on 31 October with special tours and new itineraries. Away from traditional routes and suited to all fitness levels, walkers can discover the region. For more information see http://bit.ly/2rhN7U4

Experienced hikers may prefer long walks over varied terrain. There are many books and websites which give first-hand experience, some from bloggers and some by regional tourist boards. Great ideas for hiking routes can be found on http://bit.ly/2qJ1Pau

This is just the tip of the iceberg but hopefully we have given you some great ideas for walks in Tuscany. Forget jumping off the bus a stop early and go that extra mile…..literally! Book a holiday to Cignella and start exploring Tuscany on foot. After a wonderful day hiking, the only place you will want to be is with your feet up in a luxury villa, ready to plan your next walking route!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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With half term approaching, it’s not too late to book a last minute break, and where better to choose than Tuscany for the perfect family holiday.

There are loads to do and a villa holiday means there is plenty of space for the children to run around and let off steam, while you put your feet up and take time out to relax.

Here are a few child-friendly tips we know will come in handy:

The Uffizi gallery is a must-see on a trip to Florence so to avoid the queue, especially with impatient children, book your tickets in advance. Use this link to bookhttp://bit.ly/2qHqLMi

Florence can be tiring for little ones but the Biboli Gardens is a great place for the kids to relax in the shade by the cooling fountains. Or if they still have some energy, a game of hide and seek amongst the sculptures is lots of fun!

The Maggiolatta Festival is Lucignano’s flower festival and takes place on the last 2 Sundays of May. Only 30 mins from Cignella, the colourful blooms and flowered floats accompanied by a marching band will be captivating for little ones.

Marina di Grosetto beach, just 2 hours away, is a well-tended beach with bars and restaurants while Fiumara Beach, around the headland, is less busy and natural. Whichever you choose it’s a great day out for everyone!

Torre del Mangia, the tallest tower in Siena, is a fun climb with kids – although with 400 steps young children may want to give it a miss. Views from the top are wonderful and the climb will burn off some steam.

In most towns, you will find a park, and there are many piazzas where the kids can run about chasing pigeons. Eating out in Italy is never a problem as delicious pizza and yummy pasta is always on the menu!

A villa holiday offers independence and privacy, and with space for up to 6 people, there is room for grandparents too! And don’t forget that we provide cots and bedding, along with high chairs and children’s’ bowls and cups to make packing a little easier.

With a few villas and apartments still available, make this half term a Tuscan adventure for your family!

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The internet offers a wealth of information at your fingertips and social media is a major influence when choosing a holiday destination.  You may be searching for a holiday set in a rural location, a place with endless things to do or maybe food and wine is the key factor? Alongside travel agents and booking websites, social media provides a catalogue of destinations including photographs, reviews and experiences to help you make your decision. According to Adweek, 52% of Facebook users said that their friend’s photos inspired their travel plans.

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We are proud that in the world of social media, Cignella scores great reviews and the surrounding region is full of amazing attractions and wonderful restaurants which many websites happily list. As we don’t always like to talk about ourselves, just check out the below websites, they do all the talking for us!

And if that is not enough our social media accounts give you updates on what is happening at Cignella, including stunning images, and we always list our great seasonal offers here so you get the best deal when you book.

If you are still undecided then check out our website as we show layouts of all our accommodation, guides to the local area and suggest activities which we can arrange for you when you arrive.

Our collection of accommodation suit couples, families and groups, and our wonderful location is unbeatable. Cignella overlooks beautiful countryside and is close to many world famous attractions. We are surrounded by vineyards, cheese farms, olive groves, cities, hiking trails and much more… everything you could need! We also offer massages and beauty treatments so you can be pampered in the comfort of your own villa.

The views from Cignella are so mesmerising that it can be tempting to simply spend the day on your terrace looking out across the stunning landscape – with a glass of wine if you wish!  All of our villas and apartments offer spacious and comfortable living spaces and a well-equipped kitchen with everything you need for a self-catering holiday. We have decorated Cignella in authentic Tuscan style, with all furnishings sourced from outlets in the surrounding countryside so you are always reminded of the traditions of the region and the beautiful setting you are in. We offer exceptional value with villas and apartments starting from just €800 for a week.

So make sure you book the perfect holiday this year by using the online tools we suggest as well as asking your friends of course! Make sure you follow us by clicking on the links below.

Let us help you decide on where to go on your next break to Tuscany.

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Everyone looks forward to a holiday so it’s important to get it right. Where do we go? Where do we stay? Where will we all sleep? Is it within our budget? All questions commonly asked. At Cignella our villas and apartments offer space, freedom, privacy and value, which might just be the answer you are looking for!

Privacy/peace – set in private, gated grounds with only 8 villas and 4 apartments, so even in peak season the resort is peaceful. All accommodation is spacious and airy so if you want some quiet time away from everyone, there’s always somewhere cosy to sit.

Value – a self-catering holiday puts you in charge of your budget. Dining out can be expensive but with a fully equipped kitchen including dish washer you can easily prepare meals and not have to worry about washing up! Guests who book direct with us receive a Welcome Kit including essential groceries so you won’t have to rush to the shops the moment you arrive.

And don’t forget Cignella release great deals throughout the year so keep an eye on our website, or sign up to our mailing list to hear about them first.

Space – hotel rooms can get cramped, especially with kids! Our smallest 2 bedroom apartment is a spacious 84 sq m and our largest 3 bedroom villa an enormous 221 sq m so whichever accommodation you pick you will be able to tuck your belongings away…..and find them when you need them!

Independence –it’s nice to enjoy your holiday at your own pace. A self catering holiday allows you to eat breakfast when you wake up, instead of setting an alarm to catch breakfast before they stop serving! If you are heading out for the day, you can take a packed lunch and enjoy it at a scenic spot. And as you sit outside in the evening, you can pop inside for a chilled bottle of wine then relax back out on your balcony.

 

Group holiday/celebration – if you are travelling in a group, our 3 bedroom villas and apartments are the perfect option. There are plenty of bathrooms, a large open plan lounge and with our 3 bedroom villas set over 2 storeys you won’t be tripping over suitcases during your stay! Or, if you are celebrating a special occasion we can make the perfect day for you, just drop us an email and we will arrange everything you need!

At Cignella we pride ourselves on offering wonderful self-catering accommodation in an enchanting setting. If you choose a villa or apartment holiday this year we hope that you choose us – our aim is to make your holiday as perfect as it can be and we are only happy when we know our guests are too!

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Italy has so much to offer all types of holiday makers from families to couples, and honeymooners to friends travelling together. With its rolling landscapes, long coastline, luxury hotels and shopping, and fascinating history it has been attracting tourists for decades. When it comes to choosing where to go in Italy, Tuscany is top of the wish list for many people.

To narrow it down to 5 good reasons is a tricky task but here we go:

  1. Beautiful historic cities – the world famous cities of Florence, Arezzo and Siena are known for their magnificent fine art, medieval history and architecture. Other “must-see” gems are Cortona, Pienza and Perugia , all just a short drive from Cignella.
  2. Food & wine – the region is famous for its premium olive oils, pecorino cheese, succulent steaks and exquisite wine. Producers of these culinary delights can be found all around Cignella such as in Pienza, the Chianti region and the hilltop villages of Montalcino and Montepulciano which are within a 30 min drive.
  3. Captivating scenery– the region boasts stunning countryside peppered with quaint villages and pretty hilltop towns which reward visitors with outstanding views. Cignella nestled in the heart of Tuscany overlooks the beautiful Val di Chiana and guests can enjoy mesmerising scenery from their terrace, balcony and all around the resort.
  4. Relaxation – spa retreats with thermal baths are in abundance within a short drive of Cignella. Known for their healing powers they are a popular choice. For those wishing to stay closer to home, massage treatments can be arranged at Cignella and the wonderful resort pool is the perfect place to unwind and relax.
  5. Italian hospitality – Italians love to welcome guests and always extend a warm and friendly greeting. Cignella is no exception and staff are always on hand to help guests both before and during their stay. Nothing is ever too much trouble, we promise!

The list could go on and on….fabulous restaurants, great walking trails, colourful markets and of course delicious ice-cream! Whatever reason brings you to Tuscany we hope you have a wonderful time and choose Cignella as your place to stay. If you need any help before you arrive, just drop us an email as we would love to help.

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Tuscany is one of the most beautiful regions in Italy and for good reason! There is so much to see and do that it can be a challenge to include everything during your visit. With Cignella so conveniently located, it is the perfect place to stay while also being able to enjoy the wonders of the area. Basing yourself in one place saves time on packing, moving and unpacking again, allowing more time to spend exploring, reading or simply relaxing by the pool.

To make your trip planning a little bit easier, we have put together some itineraries that include all the best bits, but also allow time to rest, relax and unwind….after all the most memorable holidays include a little bit of everything! We recommend 7 days to see the best of the region however shorter trips can still give you a wonderful introduction to the beauty of Tuscany. A car will be essential to make the most of your time here.

If you have questions or would like to make any bookings before you arrive then please contact info@cignella.com. Once you arrive, our staff are always on hand to help with your day-to-day planning and any local information you need during your stay.

Savour the highlights of Tuscany on this 7 day itinerary which encapsulates all the best bits the region has to offer – stunning scenery, history towns and wonderful wines and cheese. With some down time included, you will return home rested and with wonderful memories to last a lifetime!

 

DAY 1

Arrive at Cignella and start your Tuscan discovery with a visit to Pienza, just 15kms away. Set atop a hill, this tiny village offers extraordinary views over the Val d’Orcia valley. Narrow streets and squares boast wonderful Renaissance architecture – don’t miss the Cattedrale dell ‘Assunta with its octagonal bell tower and the Palazzo Piccolomini, considered one of the finest Renaissance buildings in Pienza.

In the afternoon enjoy some relaxation time at Cignella, by the pool or on your terrace. Alternatively, a visit to the vineyard of Donatella Cinella Colombini called Fattori del Colle, will give you your first taste of exquisite Tuscan red wine – each bottle made lovingly from the grapes surrounding the estate.

Pienza


DAY 2

No trip to Tuscany is complete without a visit to Florence. Known as the birthplace of Rennaisance and Italian Art, it is 122km from Cignella. The entire historical centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site so there is something to see and do around every corner. Visit the Uffizi Gallery which houses some of the greatest art treasures in the world and admire the open-air sculpture gallery at the Loggia dei Lanzi. Climb the dome of the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore for breathtaking views of the city and walk along the Arno River and across the Ponte Vecchio, one of the most photographed bridges in Italy. Crowded in summer, an early start is recommended to get the best from your day!

Florence


DAY 3

Just over an hour from Cignella is Siena, known as one of the finest medieval cities in Italy. Sitting on three hills, its’ heart is the central piazza known as Il Campo which is dominated by the red Palazzo Pubblico and its tower Torre del Mangia. The Duomo is a great Gothic building which will take your breath away. Its’ stunning exterior is matched by a fascinating interior with magnificent black/white striped marble columns, a pavement decorated with incredible story-telling mosaics and it is home to treasures by Pisanto, Donatello and Michelangelo.

A 20 minute drive from Siena is SanGimignano,a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990. Encircled by a 13th century wall, you can step back in time and immerse yourself in medieval architecture and towers that rise above the other buildings and offer impressive views of the valley.

Siena


San Gimignano

DAY 4

Time for some relaxation! Sunbathe beside the pool at Cignella, book a massage (contact the Resort Manager to arrange) or simply put your feet up in your villa. If you need groceries, Sinagula just 12 km away has a several supermarkets.

Being a region bearing natural hot springs you may like to visit a thermal bath or “terme” for some extra pampering. We recommend Rapolano Terme which is only 20km from Cignella. Here you can enjoy the restorative waters at the San Giovanni Hotel or experience one of the rejuvenating treatments on offer.


DAY 5

Time to find out if Tuscany really does produce some of the best wines in the world! With the villages of Montepulciano and Montalcino on your doorstep, you are perfectly placed to find out. In Montepulciano, only 34 km from Cignella, visit the wine cellars of Contucci and Poliziano close to Piazza Grande. Close by is Cantine del Redi whose impressive wine cellar is often considered the most beautiful in the world.

Inside the magnificent fortress of Montalcino is Enoteca La Fortezza which offers exemplary wine tastings from a huge selection of quality Brunello di Montalcino and other Tuscan wines.

If you have time to spare, close to Montalcino is the 13th century Medieval abbey, Abbrazia di Sant ‘Antimo. This charming former monastery, possibly dating back to the 4th and 5th centuries, is worth a visit. You may even be lucky enough to hear the Gregorian chants which are performed every 2 hours.

Montepulciano

 

Montalcino


DAY 6

Known for its delicious regional produce, we recommend a visit to Podere il Casale, an organic farm close to Pienza. The cheese tasting tours provide a unique insight into production of their cheese and general farm tours of the are also available, both must be booked in advance. With a wonderful restaurant at the farm which uses only seasonal organic ingredients, it is definitely worth staying for lunch!

If you have time, you must visit Mount Amiata, a dormant volcano which is ideal for hiking and offers great views from its peak. The pretty hill-top village of Monticchiello is also close by. Easy to explore, you can stroll through the quaint village streets beside the ancient city walls, towers.

Pienza


DAY 7

Before you leave there may be time to squeeze in a visit to Arezzo, 55 km from Cignella. Formerly one of the most important cities in Tuscany, the main attractions today are the Church of San Francesco, the Medicean Fortress and the Roman Amphitheatre. With fewer tourists and more locals it is a nice place to spend a morning.

Alternatively perhaps Orvieto, 90 km south of Cignella, can be included on your last day? The site of this town is among the most dramatic in Europe, sitting high above the valley floor atop vertical cliffs of volcanic stone. A visit here is rewarded by an almost perfectly preserved and virtually traffic-free town. The colourful cathedral is beautiful inside and out with the highlight being the Chapel of San Brizio. Guided tours of the Etruscan era caves, wells and tunnels, underneath the town, give a fascinating insight into how ancient Italians lived.

Arezzo

Looking for a last minute holiday this Easter?

If you are dreaming of sparkling sunshine, warm rays on your skin and a flight that is not too long, then a holiday at Cignella is just for you. We still have some stylish villas and apartments waiting to be filled with suitcases, suntan cream and swim suits and friendly staff waiting to greet you.

Easter is a great time to travel to Italy. It is one of the biggest holidays in the Italian calendar and if you think you will miss out on yummy Easter eggs, no need to worry as the Italians love colourful and delicious Easter eggs as much as we do!

With longer sunny days and temperatures between 46°F and 66°F, Italy is perfect at this time of year – some say at it best. Evenings can be cool in the hills but the villas and apartments have an environmentally friendly heating system so you won’t need to worry about feeling cold.

All accommodation is spacious, airy and set in vast grounds surrounded by stunning views so if you are looking for some time to relax, catch up on reading, or perhaps painting is your pleasure, then we have it all here.

Or maybe you fancy a culinary trail through Tuscany? Surrounded by world famous wine producers, you can try some of the most distinguished wines in the world and with local farms and hilltop towns within a short drive you can taste some incredible cheeses and olive oils…..and take some home of course!

For lovers of history, architecture and art, Cignella could not be better placed. The wonderful towns of Florence, Siena, Arezzo and Cortona can be visited in a day. And save time for other gems such as Montepulciano, San Grimignano and of course the thermal spa towns scattered across the region.

 

 


The closest airports are Perugia, Pisa, Rome and Bologna, so start tapping on those keys and book up your flights. You’ll need a hire car to make the most of your time with us and we have ample parking to make life that little bit easier.

We look forward to creating some Tuscan memories for you!

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