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Welcome to the Essential Italy blog. Here we'll be posting travel tips, articles on places of interest, food and wine and cultural news from mainland Italy, Sicily and Sardinia. There will also be in-depth features on selected properties to help you find the perfect holiday accommodation – be it a family villa high in the Tuscan hills, a chic apartment in Cortona or the perfect beach hotel in Sardinia. and travel tips

Five Must-See Pieces of Architecture in Florence

If you’re planning a trip to Florence soon, you might want to spend a few days taking in some slightly different sites to what you may expect. Tuscany is a hotspot for architecture, and where better to spend a couple of days revelling in the spectacular structures than Florence? If you’re thinking about booking a trip soon, why not have a look at our range of Tuscany family holidays? The cultural experience that you and your family will gain will be worthwhile, and seeing the structures, in reality, is a really special experience! Take a look at our top five places you have to visit below.

A cathedral in Siena in Tuscany


Join in the Palio celebrations in Siena, Tuscany

If you’re after exciting Italian holidays, there is no better time to visit than the month of August, with festivals and events running throughout the month. August 15th marks the start of the national holiday of the Ferragosto, commonly known as Assumption Day. Many places in Italy, even the sleepy villages, come alive with music, food, parades and fireworks as Italians celebrate this special day.

Palio de Siena Tuscany horse race August festival Italian holidays