Archive for the ‘Day trips’ Category

With your beautiful relais as a base, there are many day trips in Tuscany available, and plenty of wonderful Tuscan villages to visit. Your holiday villa is near San Gimignano, the city of towers, and is also well positioned to visit the picturesque Chianti area. Have a look at these articles to discover more about these villages, medieval castles in Italy and where you can see the San Galgano sword, which is the real sword in the stone!

What about spending your anniversary in Tuscany? Maybe you’d like to be in Tuscany. Maybe you’re planning to visit Tuscany with the one you love and you’re looking for some special spots to pick up. Anyhow, here are many romantic places in Tuscany next to Relais Villa Sensano and here are some of them! San Galgano abbey The [...]

The Christmas Family This is a tradition that celebrates the very origins of the Christian holidays, the physical representation of the birth of “bambino Gesù“. The Italian word for nativity scene or crib is “presepe”, and it is here in Italy that the tradition of representing the Holy Family at Christmas time became popular. Though the [...]

All the reasons why visiting between September and November and in April make perfect sense! There are many good reasons for avoiding Tuscany during the summer months, including not experiencing some of the heat common in July and August. The high season for Tuscany starts with good weather between April and May and ends in [...]

From a small Italian community in 15th-century Florence, the Medici family would rise to rule Europe in many ways. Using charm, patronage, skill, duplicity and ruthlessness, they would amass unparalleled wealth and unprecedented power. They would also ignite the most important cultural and artistic revolution in Western history–the European Renaissance. But the forces of change [...]

Everybody knows the popoularity of the Italian olive oil, expecially the one of Tuscany. But do you know how it is produced? Have you ever experienced the ‘olive harvest tradition‘ in Italy/Tuscany? October and November in Tuscany can mean a lot of things, like a great variability both in weather conditions and in temperatures, chestnut [...]

The walls and gateways of  Volterra bear witness to the grandeur of the Etruscan period. This Etruscan city wall was built during a period of time that stretched from the sixth century BC to the last decades of the fifth century BC. It northernmost segment boasts a surplus area known as the ‘Guardiola’; this segment [...]

A Kermesse of food & wine Volterragusto, one of the most important and awaited for food & wine fairs in the Pisa area, celebrates, in the spring edition, the Marzuolo Truffle, and in the autumn the fine White Truffle which the hills of Volterra are rich in. “Autumn 2017″ Very Special Edition… TRUFFLE, EXCELLENCE GOURMET, [...]

The elegant and suggestive Tuscan (and Chianti) countryside is the refined expression of an equilibrium between a rough and essential farm life with an actual “working” home and elegant showy estates. The harmony between the landscape and architecture developed slowly, year by year, and reflects the eternal dispute between Siena and Florence who fought for [...]

“We have just returned from a really amazing trip to Tuscany staying in Villa Sensano. We were a family of four and the apartment was well appointed, spacious and very clean. It is part of a beautifully restored country house complex that is set in an idyllic Tuscan hills location, close enough to all the [...]

Life in Villa.


“We returned to Villa Sensano 4 years later when we wanted to do some more exploring in Tuscany and we knew we would be returning to a great property, great hosts and great accommodation! We were so happy we did. The hosts are so friendly that it makes such a comfortable place to stay. We [...]

The two sisters…


“Just back from Tuscany where we spent 2 wonderful weeks at the Villa Sensano as a family of 2 adults and 3 children. Cannot praise Federica and Lavinia highly enough, who were always helpful and available with local suggestions and recommendations but not intrusive in any way. Really appreciated their assistance when our 5 year [...]

Volterra A.D. 1398 3rd and 4th Sunday in August The 19th edition of Volterra A.D. 1398 has two unforgettable settings: the town centre, with its imposing palazzi and squares, and the Archaeological Park, over which the Medici Fortress reigns. The high point of the programme is the “Festival Day of A.D 1398”, on Sunday 2oth [...]



“A very good place to spend your holidays in Toscany. Near of the most beautiful village as Volterra and San Gimignano. You can also visit for a day Siena, Florence and Pisa. The appartments are very nice, comfortable and really quite and and relax. The restaurant near the house – at 30 meters- is really [...]

“We booked Villa Sensano, as we had read very positive reviews of the host couple, Federica and Lavinia. This was for sure true. We felt really really welcome. On top of that, it was great to find out the place was very nice also. You drive down a cypress alle, with valley on each side [...]

“It’s  really a wonderful place to stay, Villa Sensano is run by two sisters who are extremely welcoming and helpful. They provide a level of service which really elevates this place above other similar properties. It is in a beautiful location – at the end of a Cyprus lined road – surrounded by rolling Tuscan [...]

When I travel to a new place, I prepare a list of things and towns that I absolutely have to see to make the most of each day. If this is your first time in Tuscany, I imagine that you’re looking for top itinerary tips. This post is for you! When planning your first trip [...]

Have you ever tried to imagine how life was in Medieval times? Well, you don’t have to imagine it anymore: you can be part of a real Medieval festival in Tuscany! Summer in Tuscany is like stepping back in time: countless cities and towns celebrate their traditions with re-enactments and medieval festivals. The Middle Ages have left a [...]

I nostri ospiti spesso ammettono di sentirsi a casa e di soggiornare a Villa Sensano come se fossero venuti a trovare degli amici dopo tanto tempo. Ecco alcuni esempi: E’ stato come tornare a casa Angolo di paradiso in Toscana   Atmosfere quasi cinematografiche   La serenità, la bellezza del paesaggio, le ore passate sotto [...]

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“We stayed at the villa for the second time, for a period of 4 weeks. It was like coming home meeting our familie!The hosts Federica and Lavinia were most helpfull in every way. Thank you for all the good tips and suggestions. They went with us to an amazing pecorino shop where we bought excellent [...]

The Carai Brothers are five and come Sardinia; in 1959, their father, pastor, moves to Tuscany to one of the abandoned farms around the region previously managed by sharecropping. With his sardinian cattle, personally selected and very suitable for milk production and cheese making, he decided to settle on the same hill where we are [...]