Category: Cities and villages

09 May 2018

Vivere l’arte-design in your apartment

“Design and Happiness have always been interlinked – and bad design leads to unhappiness”

Herald Alice Rawsthorn 

Tuscany Forever is not only a touristic destination, it’s the way to find a unique blend of good taste and simple tranquility. This tuscan venue is a reflection of a particular life style project, consisting of aesthetics and design mixed with the idea of creating a different family getaway.  The intention of bringing this place into existence came across naturally a few years ago. Nobody knew what to expect but time flew by so fast that all of us who were involved in this project didn’t even notice how it deeply became absorbed by tuscan reality. It’s quite easy to understand why we decided to be a part of Tuscany Forever.

The visual form of how the interiors were designed is owed mainly to architects, designers, artists and other friends who not only selected every piece of furniture, tone of the wall paint, ceramics and decorative details but also had a tremendous impact on the sustainability of the Residence’s atmosphere. Color, Shape, Pattern, Line, Texture, Balance, Scale and Proximity, all of those elements brought together became a crucial part of Tuscany Forever’s existence. However, the venue wasn’t thought to be a place for unforeseen encounters of design experts but more as a thread that connects and gathers families who desire some leisure time in a lovely designed ambience.

Mid-century design is fashionable, we could even say that the world burned up with fever in front of MCM (Mid Century Modern) interiors. Why? The answer is quite obvious: simplicity and classic forms that can be incorporated in many ways and bring about feelings of coziness and restfulness at the same time. If you are looking for examples, we will now begin our journey through different aspects of decorative patterns, various motifs and unordinary forms that were meticulously and consciously chosen to be a part of Tuscany Forever, your holiday residence, your particular apartment.

Shall we start?

Italian modern design first appeared under the name of „Bel Design”. The need of experimenting and searching for new modern expressions led Italian manufactures to turn design into the most valuable product. Italian designers worked constantly with a creative curiosity that probably derived from their mentality and attitude and that was and still is the most visible characteristic of their their body artwork. Marco Zanusso, Franco Albini, Pier Giacomo Castiglioni Gian Carlo Piretti, Gianfranco Frattini, Gianni Moscatelli and many more designers and architects were known not only in Italy but also across Europe and other continents. That was a new and fresh beginning for Italy, with the entire world breathlessly waiting for novelties coming from the Italian ateliers.

If you look attentively at your apartment you can probably recognize the most precious traces from MCM forms and be sure that the main challenge was to puzzle out how to fit it together with the whole interior.  The quest for vintage furnishings and beautiful decorative elements took serval years and it’s not finished yet. The final look of the apartments has probably been reached but the adventure of pursuing the beauty of those times is very contagious. In Villa Tempo you can sit comfortably in our Donato D’Urbino’s armchairs encompassed by an amazing view, in Villa Terra you can touch the beautifully renovated Giancarlo Frattini’s style chairs, in Villa Famiglia 7 you simply cannot miss the ceramics of San Marino with the face of a pretty and mysterious girl, in all villas there are Franco Albini’s shelves where you can find books and other decorative treasures, in Villa Aria you can admire the lamps that follow the design of Pier Castiglioni and many more.

In the next articles we will see who were those extraordinary Italian creators, what is hidden inside Tuscany Forever’s apartments that you have to discover, where to find those unique objects and whether the items that you recognized are really what you expect them to be…



Matteo Vercelloni, Breve storia del design italiano, Carocci editore S.p.A., 2014.

Aldo Colonetti, Elena Brigi, Valentina Cross, Design italiano del XX secolo, Giunti Editore, 2009.






16 Mar 2018

October in Tuscany Forever

Tuscany in autumn is less crowded than in the summer but, more importantly, this season recalls to the original tradition of the region: food, wine and culture.

Check the list of October events in our area. We hope you find it useful and encouraging to come to discover the beauty of  Tuscany in October.

Tuscan tradition and culture are closer than ever in this time. We listed top 5 events, for you.


     1.Wine & Olivies

September and October are the months of wine and olives harvest, A visit in a vineyard is a must-see experience and there are plenty of them in the neighborhood to choose.

When: September/October

      2. Montescudaio DOC wine festival –

Montescudaio produces its own “doc’ wine. This is widely celebrated in the whole city with music, free degustation of wine and local food. 

When : 1st weekend of October


 7th of October is  a free-admission time when museums in Pisa, Florence , Siena and the archeological sites in Tuscany are opened to the public.

Museums in Siena and Pisa are normally very crowded. This is your chance to admire them without hassle.

When – 7th of October

See here for details

4. Palio dei Cacci 

This funny event represents a traditional signature of an medieval discipline cultivated by Volterra inhabitants.

The challenge is to get a “caccio” (in form of a piece of cheese) to its destination along the track using sticks.

When: 28th of October, Sunday

5. Volterra-Gustothis yearly exhibition of local wine and food producers is a tasteful event you cannot miss if you are around.

When: 27th October to 4th of  November



14 Jan 2018

City of alabaster

Did you know Volterra is one of the unique cities to still cultivate the old etruscan craftmanship?

Alabaster is being used to bring to life scluptures and objects like thousand years ago. This nobel-tradition is present in the every-day life walking trough Volterra streets.

For our guests we can organize a special workshop to learn how to elaborate alabaster themselves!

The Photos are the courtesy of the Tourist Councel of Volterra.


14 Jan 2018

Castello di Querceto

Castello di Querceto located in the small village of Querceto is undoubtedly one of them.

It was build around 1000 .a.c and was passing from hands to hands as a strategic stronghold for the city of Volterra and Republic of Florence later on.

Today, the beautiful castle is a property of the old Ginori Family who inherited it from other nobles „The Lisci” after their marriage.

Today’s Querceto is an old, Tuscan Borgo where only few people live. This makes it really unique to be there.
Stay tuned, we are organizing an extra tour to let you fall in love with this unforgettable place 🙂

The photos are the courtesy of Tourist council of Volterra.


09 Jan 2018

Castelnuovo val di Cecina – small town located in the beautiful valley

Castelnuovo val di Cecina is a small town located in the beautiful valley of Cecina. This Tuscan Borgo is known among others for using a sustainable, thermal energy thanks to the natural phenomenon of the territory. This energy is not only used to heat the houses but also to produce clean electricity.

In the past, Castelnuovo was a medieval hilltop settlement used to guard the territory by Etruscans and the republic of Florence later on.

Today’s Castelnuovo offers a pleasant trip in the old medieval Borgo town with its beautiful view over the surrounding woodland.

if you love visiting historical areas, a trip to the old Etruscan natural thermal complex „Bagnone” is highly recommended.

All of this beautiful attractions are 40 km from #TuscanyForever – making it perfect for a one-day trip.