Character Properties - Memorable Experiences

Authentic Tuscany

Authentic Tuscany offers characteristic and stylish vacation rentals in and around the small Medieval town of Vicopisano in Tuscany, close to Pisa, Lucca and Florence.

All of the properties have been hand-picked and inspected by us and we act as the go-between – between our guests and the property owners.

We have an eye for detail and we know what makes a great characteristic home from home and we aim to offer our guests much more than just a regular vacation rental.

We live in the village so we are always on hand and we look forward to helping you discover a more authentic Tuscany.

In addition to offering hand-picked properties we also offer a personal and customized service to all of our guests so they may get the most out of their holiday.

About Us

lorenzo and MarieThe company was started by husband and wife team Marie and Lorenzo who wanted to create the opportunity for visitors to experience the more ‘authentic Tuscany’ that they have come to love and enjoy.

With more than 30 years of experience between us we have worked in both hospitality and customer service, with the majority of our experience coming from the hotel and travel industry.

Lorenzo is originally from Turin and has worked for more than 20 years in the hotel industry where he has gained valuable experience in this ever-changing environment both in Italy and overseas.

Marie, originally from the UK, has worked for a leading British airline as cabin crew for the past 18 years delivering first class service – spending many nights in hotels she has come to understand the expectations and needs of both the customer and traveller.

Our Journey

It started in 2007 with the purchase of a Medieval tower house in the centre of Vicopisano – then came the painstaking and loving restoration of each of its floors including a 12th Century tower room, but as  with many historic restoration projects the budget ran out before the project was finished!

To inject some more income into the project, the top floor of our new home became an overnight vacation rental – we took some photos and posted our details on the web and within 24 hours we had received four enquiries and hence our journey began.

Our little village soon had a steady stream of visitors from overseas and both our guests and the locals were loving it.  Our guests loved the idea of staying in an historic building full of character as well as discovering the authenticity of the local area.

Before we knew it the local residents were asking if they could open their homes to visitors and share with them the traditions of their village.

We liked the idea and hence Authentic Tuscany was born.

Our Service and Vision

Our aim is to share this lovely undiscovered place with a wider audience – an audience which is looking to discover a genuine Tuscany without pretention.

We offer all of our guests an opportunity to… live like a local … with modern day comforts… in a characteristic home from home… and in addition take home some authentic and memorable experiences!