Travel challenge: A late summer break in Tuscany

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Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a seven-night holiday in Tuscany in mid-September. Prices are for two people travelling together.

Cottages to Castles

£500: Apartment Bellavista, Siena

Includes self-catering accommodation in a one-bedroom apartment at Podere le Coste farmhouse, in the spa town of Rapolano Terme. Travel to Italy is not included. "This represents excellent value for money – a comfortably furnished apartment for two people in a quiet, countryside location with the benefit of a shared swimming pool. The property is within easy access to all of the main tourist attractions of Tuscany – Siena, Florence, San Gimignano and Cortona," says Sarah Gillem of Cottages to Castles (01622 775217;


£1,090: Fattoria Montignana, Chianti

Includes self-catering accommodation in a three-star-plus studio, flights with BA from Gatwick on 11 September, six bottles of wine, dinner and a tour of the wine cellar. "In the heart of the Chianti wine region, Fattoria Montignana is surrounded by vineyards from which the estate wines are produced, making it an ideal base for wine lovers wanting a true taste of Tuscany," says Louise Williams of Cresta Italy (0844 879 8014;


£1,370: Grotta Giusti Spa Hotel, Pistoia

Includes accommodation with breakfast at the four-star natural spa resort and flights from Gatwick to Pisa on 12 September. "Elegant accommodation and delightful grounds provide an ideal retreat to escape the stress of everyday life," says Stefano Nirta of Citalia (0871 664 0253;