I’ve been watching Call Me By Your Name on repeat lately. There is just something so classic about the villa in the film with its sun-drenched swimming pool and the outdoor dining table. Although the film actually takes place in Northern Italy, I’ve gone down a rabbit hole of looking at villas to rent in Tuscany with a pool. After living in Italy for several years, I have been lucky to enjoy many weekend trips to Tuscany.
Villas are the perfect place to spend lazy, summer days by the pool and evenings with a deep pour of red wine and a plate of pasta. In this post, I’ll share some properties that are ideal for doing just that. I’ve also included some general tips for renting an entire villa and an idea of how much it will cost. All of these villas have a pool, because who doesn’t want to lounge by the pool after a morning of touring hilltop towns?
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How much is it to rent a villa in Tuscany?
The cost of renting a villa depends on a number of factors such as how many bedrooms there are, where it is located, if it has a pool and the overall furnishings of the interior. The range is very wide with small rustic villas charging only 200 euros a night, while palatial estates with manicured gardens can cost 10,000 euros a night (I’m looking at you Villa Cetinale).
Some booking sites will also charge an additional cleaning fee and/or a service fee if renting a whole villa. I add up the price of the rental with additional fees and divide it by the number of nights, then by the number of bedrooms. With that smaller number you can get a better idea of the actual cost and overall value.
Tips for renting a Villa in Tuscany
Location is one of the most important factors when renting a villa. Consider the best towns in Tuscany and what you want to see most during your trip. Use directions on Google Maps to make sure the driving distance to said towns is doable for your agenda in a day, however relaxed or ambitious your itinerary might be.
Be sure to read all the recent reviews to make sure a property is right for you and your needs. Rental properties “off the beaten path” are usually just that. A dirt road with potholes is not uncommon, but all part of the journey. You might also be required to rent the villa for a minimum amount of nights.
Large villas that are divided into smaller one and two apartments shouldn’t be overlooked. This style is perfect for a couple who still want a villa experience or groups that want separate spaces.
Sometimes it is possible to just rent a room in a villa. These properties are ideal for short stays and travelers who could go without a full kitchen.
If you’re looking for something specific, like a pool in this instance, it is nice to narrow down your search with the filters on VRBO.
Villas in Tuscany with a Pool
Villa Cozzano is right on the Tuscan border and actually in Umbria, but that’s not going to stop me from including this beautiful villa in this post. This villa is complete with nearby vineyards, sunflower fields, a pool and stunning sunsets (see their Instagram for proof).
One and two bedroom apartments available, sleeps 2-6. Check pricing and availability.
Lupaia is a 17th century luxury estate with smaller houses and beautifully decorated suites. This is a great option for travelers who want that private villa experience, and are happy to forgo a full kitchen in place of a daily breakfast offering and on site restaurant. A trade I’d be willing to make for that beautiful pool!
Deluxe rooms, one and two bedroom suites. Check pricing and availability.
The photos of Borgometato say it all. Charming outdoor dining options, unique pools and cozy Tuscan interiors await at this small villa near Lucca. Spend days lounging by multiple pools with incredible views and nights cozied up to the outdoor fireplace.
3 bedroom villa, sleeps 6. Check pricing and availability.
Medici Villa of Lilliano
The Medici garden in front of this large historic estate gets a lot of attention as a destination wedding location, but you might not know it is divided up into small villas to rent as well. The villas are an excellent value with access to the gardens, pools and modern amenities all just 30 minutes from Florence.
One to five bedroom villas, sleeps 2 to 10. Check pricing and availability.
A borgo is a small village with clusters of small villas. I first saw Borgo Lucignanello a few years ago in a magazine as a wedding venue. With several options for two and four bedroom villas, this property is an excellent choice no matter what your group size.
2-4 bedroom apartments, sleeps 4-7. Check pricing and availability.
Get the best of both worlds with this villa just a mile from Florence. You’ll be able to relax by the pool and feel like you’re in the country, but you’ll also be just minutes away from the center, shops, restaurants and museums.
5 bedrooms, sleeps 10. Check pricing and availability.
During this last year of restricted travel, it has been a joy to follow the sisters behind Villa Pienza on Instagram. See for yourself and book this charming villa in Pienza. From the colorful tiles to the thoughtful furniture, this villa has so much character.
6 bedrooms, sleeps 12. Check pricing and availability.
At about $10,000 a night Villa Cetinale isn’t exactly your usual vacation villa pick, but it is one of the most beautiful villas in Tuscany. Renting this 17th century villa means experiencing a bit of history with its antique interiors, famous gardens and statue-lined pools. With 13 bedrooms sleeping 24 people, any special event here would be memorable. Check pricing and availability.