Why Tuscany could be your perfect destination this Christmas

While Christmas is a wonderful family time of year, it can also be very stressful with endless planning, hosting and cooking, which leaves you feeling far more exhausted after the break, than you did before.

So why not escape the madness and book you and your loved ones in for some true relaxation and quality time, this Christmas?

If this sounds like an option, here are a few good reasons why Tuscany could be your ideal location to ensure you are in fine festive fettle!

Christmas markets: December is a beautifully festive month in Tuscany with gorgeous decorations throughout the towns and villages and a wonderful array of Christmas markets; quaint grottos (where the children can meet with ol’ Saint Nick! Delicious traditional foods and deserts, fantastic shopping – great for those looking for some unique and different gift items and entertainments and activities for all ages.

Idyllic mountains & trails: If Christmas morning walks have been a must-have activity for as long as you can remember, Mount Amiata, located just over 60km from Trequanda, Tuscany, will be the idyllic location for you. With trails for every walker, from experienced to novice, Mount Amiata offers the perfect escape into the countryside with outstanding views and scenery. Traditions vary from family to family, but Tuscany can cater to them all!

Chianciano Terme: A top destination in Tuscany for wellness spas! With the cold and crisp air of December, nothing could be more relaxing than a dip in a hot spring, with treatments to follow! During the Christmas holidays, independently owned spas are known to offer great discounts – why not treat you and your significant other to a couples massage?

Glorious vineyards: In December the vines will be bare as they have already been pruned – but the wineries will remain open for delectable tasting; be the first to enjoy the first vino novello of the season!

Italian cuisine: While Christmas as we know it is full of turkey, pigs in blankets, Christmas pudding and brandy, Tuscany does things a little differently. Their festive meals contain delightful crostini and olive oil, pici maremmani and ragout and fantastic wine. If ever there is a time to truly taste Italian food, Christmas is the time to do so!

Those that are native to Tuscany know that Christmas is the most popular holiday of the year! They even supposedly have a phrase that depicts the importance of a family Christmas, ““Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuoi”, meaning spend Christmas with your family, Easter with whomever you want.”

With restaurants open on Christmas day, forget about slaving over the stove for hours and truly enjoy the day with your loved ones – play games, sip Chianti & bask over the beautiful scenery that Tuscany has to offer.

Where to stay?

If Tuscany seems like the dream destination for your Christmas break, then why not choose Cignella? This former Tuscan Farmhouse, nestled in the Tuscan hills, boasts stunning views and is perfectly situated to enjoy all that Tuscany has to offer.

The spacious and airy villas and apartments have been lovingly renovated from their former use as a traditional Tuscan farm to offer modern and extremely comfortable accommodation. They are all complete with quality appliances, ample lounge and dining areas.

Italians are proud of their reputation for outstanding hospitality and the staff at Cignella are no exception! As a small independent resort, they are happy to help you before you arrive and during you stay. Knowing the region well, staff can offer local advice and book activities and tours to ensure your stay is perfect in every way.

With so many reasons to choose Cignella this year there is no reason to stay anywhere else. Enjoy a Tuscan treat with us and create memories to last a lifetime!

Our Christmas offer: a 3 night stay at Cignella, with a Christmas themed hamper & prosecco breakfast!

A 3 night stay in a Classic room: €300

A 3 night stay in a Superior room: €350

A 3 night stay in a Deluxe room: €340

Go to www.cignella.com for more details.

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