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SPRING SPECIAL OFFERS
TOURIST TAX INFORMATION
Buongiorno,

Spring has truly arrived in Italy, the flowers are blooming and the trees are blossoming and its the perfect time to visit before the weather gets too hot and the queues get too long!

We have some fantastic offers for visiting from now until June - the full list can be viewed here but below are some of the highlights.

Our Facebook and Twitter communities are growing fantastically - over 500 'likes' now! If you havent yet joined us, now is the time!

There has been much talk about the recently introduced Tourist Tax across Tuscany in particular, so we are taking some space in this bulletin to let you know the most recent news.

As always, please feel free to let me know any suggestions for items you would like us to cover in our newsletters.

Dympna

dympna@to-tuscany.com


SPRING SPECIAL OFFERS

With the children back at school, its the perfect time for couples to head to Tuscany to enjoy the Spring sunshine, the flowers and the lower prices. May and June are great times to visit to avoid queues at historic sites or museums and take part in many pre-summer festivals throughout Tuscany and beyond.
To encourage you to visit at this time of year, the main Airlines are offering good prices for these months - Ryanair flights East Midlands to Pisa on 5/5-12/5 are as little as 33 per person (40 from London Stansted)! Its a great incentive to get away for a last minute break.
Girasole at Ceperano The pretty one-bedroomed Girasole apartment at the Ceperano hamlet (for 2-4 people) is offering 10%-15% off bookings until the beginning of June and for the April flight dates shown above, the property is available for 456 GBP for the week. This means that if there are 2 of you, you could have a week in Tuscany from 261 GBP per person (using the flight example & accommodation); and if there are 4 of you its from just 147 GBP per person (using the flight example & accommodation).
Ceperano hamlet has 3 apartments which share the large swimming pool. It is surrounded by the owners vineyards and sits just below the pretty Chianti town of Radda where there are a number of restaurants, shops and a supermarket. If you are active you will be able to use the vineyard track leading up to the village or alternatively its 2km on the road.

Val di Prulli If you prefer to be more alone, Val di Prulli is a small cottage with private swimming pool a few kilometres from Cavriglia where there are restaurants, a cafe and a supermarket. This cosy 1 bedroomed cottage is attached on one side to the (very discreet owners) house but you are the only people using the fabulous swimming pool. The villa is just 491 GBP for 2 people at the end of April/beginning of May.


Villa dell'Angelo
If there are a group of you wanting to all get away together, there are some great offers from 10%-29% off the price of our private villas with swimming pools.
Located close to the Spa towns of Monsummano Terme and Montecatini Terme, lies the luxurious Villa dell'Angelo. This spacious villa sleeps up to 8 people and is around an hours drive from both Florence and Pisa. With 29% off the normal rental price between 21st April to 19th May, or 275 GBP per person (based on 8 people) its certainly worth looking at!
Il Villino 10If you wish to be closer to Siena, then our villa Il Villino 10 could be the answer. As the name suggests, the Villa can sleep up to 10 people. It is located on the outskirts of Siena with the historic Campo (where the famous Palio horserace is held every summer) just 4km away. The views from the property are fantastic and the sunsets are worth toasting with a glass of the local Chianti!
In April and May, there is a 15%-20% discount offered depending on the dates that you choose. You could be staying here for as little as 152 GBP per person (based on 10 people). The villa is also rented as Il Villino 6

Click for details of all of our special offers or contact us for specific recommendations.

THE TOURIST TAX ARRIVES IN TUSCANY!


Tourist Tax The local government bodies of Tuscany and other regions first put forward the idea of charging a 'transient visitor levy' back in 2010 following a change to a regional law which allowed them to collect taxes in this way.

Tourist taxes are popular with authories and law makers because the people who pay them do not generally vote locally as they are visitors. Local authorities are latching on to the idea that some of the financial burden for public services can be shifted to non-residents as the municipal tax receipts are simply too small to finance the running costs of the facilities and attractions on which tourist areas such as Tuscany depend on.

It was decided that a Tourist Tax would be introduced and initially this was imposed in places such as Venice, Milan and Rome. Last year, the Tourist Tax was introduced in Florence, Pisa and Siena cities and this year (just a short time ago) the decision was made that the scheme will be implemented across almost the whole of Tuscany this year.

The Tourist Tax is arranged, consulted upon and finally set by each Municipality/Commune in the Region and because of this, there is no 'set charge' being made as each local Commune can decide on the daily limit and any exemptions. The information that we have at the moment for Tuscany is that the charges will range from as low as 50 cents up to 5 Euros per person per night. The idea is that the lowest charges are for places such as hostels and campsites and the highest rate is supposed to be for 5 star luxury hotels within the largest Cities. Private villas and apartments should fall somewhere in the middle or lower end of these charges although there is now a movement to 'reclassify' the category for rental properties so that the charge is raised.

The Communes can also decide for how many nights they will implement the charge (between 4-10 nights) and they can even decide not to introduce the Tax at all. It is also likely that for some properties To Tuscany rent, they will be exempt from the Tax altogether! There are some strange vagaries in the Italian tax system! ;-)

suitcasesAs some Communes and areas within Tuscany have yet to make a decision about the Tourist Tax, To Tuscany are working hard to try to bring information as quickly as possible to our guests and to make this available on our website. You can read updated information on the Tourist tax by clicking here (this will take you to the Tourist Tax information page on our website) please note that there was updated information added to this page on 18/4

To Tuscany are also updating each property description page as soon as we know the amount that you will be charged (this is shown under the prices/calendar where we show "important booking information" and detail any charges made locally)

Taking the payment for this Tourist Tax and paying it in to the local municipality offices is the responsibility of the owner and you should be issued with a receipt to show that you have paid.

Please contact us if you have any questions about the Tourist Tax and dont forget to check the Tourist Tax page or check your Villa information pages for updates on the costs.

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