Villa Gamberaia at Settignano, near Florence.
On many websites offering vacation accommodations in
Tuscany, almost any stand-alone house in Tuscany is referred to as a
"villa". In fact, a true Tuscan villa is almost always a much
larger structure than a Tuscan farmhouse, for example, and has a very
different style of architecture. Tuscan
farmhouses, on the whole, are the result of "organic"
growth over long periods of time and are among the most attractive examples of vernacular
architecture in the world. Tuscan villas range from the vast
numbers of large 19 C structures that you will see dotted throughout
Tuscany, to the classic Renaissance and Renaissance-inspired villas
very often characterised by the integration
of the villa and its formal garden. Villa Gamberaia, above,
is a wonderful example of this. True Tuscan villas differ from farm
houses basically because they are the result of conscious initial
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