Tuscany. The picture postcard destination. Tuscany. The location of rolling hills, elegant cypress alleys, medieval villages and impressive cities. The land of lovely weather, cooling shade and ethereal light. The home of fine art, fascinating museums, historic buildings and famous churches. The setting for exquisite wines, delicious home-made cuisine and stately accommodation. The back drop for exploration on foot, by bike, in a cabriolet and on horse-back.But above all, the destination for a warm welcome and a blissful experience never to be forgotten.With all these superlatives embodied by the Italian region of Tuscany, travellers need a helping hand to ensure they get the very best out of their vacation. LUXURY LIFE MAGAZINE has found just the right point of contact for premium travellers who nevertheless want to discover authentic Tuscany. View PDF article Tuscany Now & More − “Don't Just Visit Tuscany, Live It.” Founded in 1990, Tuscany Now & More has made a name for itself as the agent for stand-out villas in Tuscany, catering to the needs of the luxury traveller. All the residences are hand-picked by the team of experts to ensure the quality its clients expect. They all boast private pools, accommodation to suit the most discerning guests and a concierge service that takes away all the worry and the work, allowing holiday makers to concentrate fully on their wonderful Tuscan experience. The helpful, knowledgeable staff are more than happy to assist with individual queries and are skilled at finding just the right property to match your needs. Additional services, such as personal chefs, maids and wedding planners, can be arranged. Most of the 145 properties are in Tuscany, however Tuscany Now & More also brokers villas in places as far afield as Venice, Umbria and Rome. This award-winning agency was the starting point for our wonderful Tuscan holiday. In the summer, we at LUXURY LIFE MAGAZINE were treated to a once-in-a-lifetime stay in this fascinating, idyllic region. Accompany us as we relive the glorious days and balmy evenings spent in the Villa le Cipressae, hosted exclusively by Tuscany Now & More. Villa le Cipressae. A 17th century Tuscan paradise. With our heads full of images of tree-lined avenues, undulating landscapes, pretty hamlets and olive groves, we headed off to the Villa le Cipressae, located on a delightful hillside just 9 km from the unspoilt medieval city of Lucca. On arrival we were not only hit by the stunning landscape views that surpassed our expectations but also by the fragrant aromas and fascinating light which are only to be found in this part of the world. No wonder artists, travellers and writers, from Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci to Charles Dickens and E.M. Forster, have been inspired by this area for centuries. The villa itself was everything we could have wished for – and much more besides. The layout, with its 6 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms, plus a variety of elegant communal areas – is perfect for large groups who want to enjoy each other’s company but still have the opportunity for quiet moments alone or in small clusters. The ground floor comprises, for example, one of three sitting rooms – this one with a well-stocked library – a country-style kitchen with a full range of modern equipment, plus a dramatically decorated dining room with ample space to seat 12 guests. The upper two floors house the air-conditioned bedrooms, sumptuous marble bathrooms (some of which are en-suite) and two further sitting rooms, a small dining area and a kitchenette. The unobtrusive, daily maid service ensured that everything was kept perfectly clean and tidy. No expense has been spared with the décor and the amenities, but the villa has retained its historical feel. We loved spending time together in the villa, chatting, relaxing, cooking (provisions can be obtained nearby) and enjoying the results of our endeavours. We also had the pleasure of trying out one of the additional services that can be booked at the villa – the private chef. We were treated to delicious homemade, regional dishes from a master of the trade. As one would expect from a villa of this quality, modern facilities are not lacking, despite the old-world charm. Ranging from a dishwasher, Nespresso coffee machines and barbecues to satellite TV, CD players, an iPod dock and wireless internet, every need is catered for. The grounds of the villa have just as much to offer as the interior. One of our favourite pastimes was congregating at the al fresco dining table or in the comfy sitting area under the elegant colonnade to report on the day’s activities, enjoy a delicious glass of local wine or simply take in the amazing views. The well-maintained, tiered garden also features beautiful grapevine arches, ornamental features, fragrant Tuscan plants and a variety of quiet little spots offering seclusion and tranquillity. Many pleasant hours were whiled away relaxing on the sunbeds by the 10 x 3m pool, with the more active amongst us challenging others to a game of table tennis or visiting the small gym. A glorious day was spent in nearby Lucca: we marvelled at the well-preserved historical buildings, soaked up the sun in the town square, ate delicious local food and returned loaded with shopping bags. Other activities within a 10 km radius include horse riding, golf and tennis. Pisa and the stunning coastline are also just a short drive away. But guests at the Villa le Cipressae do not actually need to venture out of the grounds. This quintessential, grand Tuscan home-from-home for travellers looking for authenticity coupled with luxury has enough to offer all on its own and is the ideal destination for magical experiences.