Clustered on a small hilltop, Artimino is a charming medieval walled village less than 15 miles from Florence.
The village has Etruscan roots dating as far back as the 4th century BC, and was once an important location thanks to its prime setting and commanding views. Most of the settlement now dates from the 17th and 18th centuries and is remarkably well preserved, offering a glimpse into what life was once like.
Today, the village offers guests a handful of attractions, including the Municipal Archaeological Museum, which showcases important finds within the local area, plus a smattering of restaurants serving flavourful Tuscan fare. The nearby Villa La Fernandino is the village’s main attraction and is one of Tuscany’s finest Ducal homes. Completed in 1600, it was built in traditional Medici style reminiscent of the palazzos of Florence, and is adorned with glorious frescoes.
The city of Florence can be reached in around 40 minutes. Packed with some of Italy’s most recognisable attractions and sights, we highly recommend spending a day here.
The majority of international flights arrive into Pisa airport (PSA). Direct flights to Pisa are available from Belfast, Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Liverpool, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton, London Stansted, Manchester and Newcastle and take approximately 2 hours.
Tuscany is predominantly a summer destination, with the main tourist season generally running from April to October. Temperatures are at their hottest in July and August, this is also when Tuscany is at its busiest. However, Tuscany also enjoys a mild climate in spring and autumn with temperatures rarely going beneath 20 degrees which makes it perfect for visiting at the beginning or end of season too. The coast has wonderful sea breezes and the hilltop towns are much cooler than the lower countryside villages. The best time to visit is during the quieter season, from April to June and September to October when the weather is good, prices are a bit lower and there are fewer crowds. There are many festivals and events throughout the year in Tuscany and Easter and Christmas are always busy.
At the current time, British citizens do not require a visa to visit Italy.
You don’t have to leave a tip in Italy – most Italians don’t tip for restaurant meals, bar drinks, taxi rides or hair and beauty treatments. However if you do leave a tip, you might receive quicker service.
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