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Amalfi Coast31 villas
Portobello14 villas and apartments
Positano20 villas and apartments
Verona3 villas and apartments
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PURE HEAVEN Just back from a wonderful 2 weeks in this charming, rustic property. We spent the days listening to the sounds of nature and smelling the gorgeous scents of rural Sicily. At night we, sat with a glass of local wine, by the fantastically illuminated pool, watching the stars and listening to the hypnotic sound of crickets. After a particularly trying few months this magical place has recharged our batteries. If you are looking for a relaxing, peaceful place, far enough away but near enough to visit the local towns (we did the Montalbano areas), then this is the place. Piero, the owner, is the most accommodating and helpful host who gave us tips on local towns and local restaurants. Giarratana is a short drive away and is a friendly place in which we enjoyed many good meals and excellent morning coffees. We loved this cottage and intend to return!Read more
We highly recommend this property. You need a car to get there but it is within short but steep walking distance to the town (no more than 20 minutes uphill home) so we walked in most of the time. Excellent bars, restaurants and a gelateria what more can you want. The drive to Scario was about 25 minutes winding down the hill and the same distance to Marina di Camerota. All in all great location. The house itself is private with neighbours near but not within sight. The overnight sprinkler system kept the grass in front of the property lush and was well tended so we enjoyed sunbathing on the sun beds. Well equipped kitchen and good sized bedrooms. We never return to the same place but on this occasion .... well we are tempted.Read more
Fantastic villa with excellent views over the bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. Our host Francesco was very good and ensured our stay was enjoyable, he couldn’t do enough for us and helped with restaurant and excursion bookings. The pizza making night at the villa was one of the highlights of our holiday! This villa has the wow factor, both outside and in, the pool is a nice temperature and there are many different terraces to relax. Highly recommended!Read more
From the moment we arrived and were greeted by Giuliana, the owner we could not have asked for more. The location of the property is stunning, situated high above the beach with panoramic views along the coastline. The property itself is well appointed with four bedrooms, two on the ground floor, ideal for either young or more mature, two on the first floor. There is plenty of seating in different areas, full sun, fully shade, or partial shade depending on your requirements. Giuliana made our stay very special, she was always available with advice on sites to visit, location of supermarkets, both in Porto Palo and in the larger nearby town of Menfi. She was also able to give us a steer on the local restaurants, again both in Porto Palo and in Menfi as to which were the better ones and which were best avoided, together with an indication of cost. Whilst Giuliana told us to use her home as our own, we did so with respect, which was reflected in the way we were treated by the owners. I speak very little Italian, Giuliana speaks a little more English, but between us, and with the help of Google Translate, we have had a wonderful holiday, which I will look back on for many years with fond memories. I really can't see how our experience could have been improved upon.Read more
Stayed in this lovely away from it all area last year House is just so rural and yet everything u need is provided Very hot spell when we there so some sort of electric fan for bedroom would have been good but rest of house very cool Please be aware it’s very much off the beaten track and you need a car full stop The 3km journey up the hill is shall we say interesting but not impossible and is made up for by the beautiful views and isolation Will be back for a chill next year for sureRead more
This is a great location (down a track from the SP50 road) and is generally quiet apart from obvious agricultural activity in the vineyards. The property is 3 bedrooms but note that one of them (the twin) is the thoroughfare from one side of the house to the other. The house is effectively two apartments linked together. You can access each separately from the outside if needed. There are two bathrooms (the third is under the house in the utility area). The property has everything you’d need for your stay. Nearest supermarket is the Coop (huge) in Certaldo. The pizzeria a couple of km from the house is excellent, but go early as it is very popular with locals later on. Visit the Certaldo old town it’s really attractive. It’s a short walk up the hill from the main square or use the funicular if it’s open. Street parking in town is very cheap.Read more
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Italy holidays are rivalled by few in their authentic charm, culture and history. In the heart of Italy, our villas in Umbria are perfect for exploring the untouched Italian countryside and enjoying traditional Italian food and wine. Alternatively, staying in one of our Tuscany villas will allow you to visit the historical jewels of Pisa and immerse yourself in the Renaissance culture of Florence and its world-famous cathedral. Beach holidays in Italy are relaxing as well as stylish and the best sun-kissed sands in mainland Italy can be found on the shores of Puglia. So, whether you want to wander through the quintessential streets of Sorrento, dine alfresco on the signature fresh seafood of Sicily, swim in the piercing turquoise waters of Sardinia, or take a romantic gondola ride in Venice, our luxury villas with private pools give you the perfect base from which to enjoy it all...
Key holiday info
- Italy has a vast choice of International Airports, while the most visited is Rome Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino. A direct flight from the UK takes approx. 2 hrs, 45 mins.
- Italian summers are hot and dry, with a climate that varies from region to region. It is generally cooler in the north and mountain regions.
- Puglia, San Fruttuoso, Capo Testa, Chia and Baunei are excellent beach holiday locations.
- The Alps mountain range separates Italy from the other European countries of France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia.
- Booking museum and gallery visits online is a great way to cut down the queueing time.
Where to go in Italy
Sardinia is a Mediterranean island of natural beauty, home to 2000km of coast, where you'll find some of the finest sandy beaches. Its rugged cliff landscape is a paradise for hikers. Make sure to visit the medieval city of Alghero!
Ruled over by magnificent Mount Etna, Sicily is an island of traditional charms and ancient civilisations. Explore the vast mountains, relax on the stunning coast, wander Palermo’s markets and enjoy its famous seafood.
Enjoy the ultimate Italian experience in one of the country’s most beautiful regions. Think signature cuisine, world-famous wines, Renaissance art and inspiring history. Our highlights include Pisa and Florence Cathedral.
Popular for romantic escapes, the canals of Venice are unlike anywhere else in the world. The best way to enjoy this city built on water is to take an iconic gondola ride and enjoy the sights with a glass of signature prosecco.
At the foot of the Lattari Mountains, the Amalfi Coast in Campania boasts some of the most stunning views in Italy. From the colourful fishing villages to the picturesque lemon groves, get lost in a paradise of natural beauty.
From the inconic Duomo to the breathtaking Uffizi Gallery, cultural Florence is home to some of the world's most famous works of art and architecture. Often cited as the most beautiful city in Italy, it is a true Tuscan gem.
The heel of Italy's boot, Apulia is the 'Florence of the South', scattered with traditional whitewashed villages, crystalline water coves and bordered with chalky cliffs. Enjoy a low-key break in this charming southern region.
Facing the Bay of Naples, Sorrento is the perfect base to explore the Campania region. Wander unspoiled countryside, climb to the top of Mount Vesuvius, discover Pompeii, or take a boat trip to the fabled island of Capri.
A beginner's guide to villa holidays in Italy
From the untouched beauty of the Amalfi Coast, to the exquisite Renaissance art and architecture of Florence, Italy is a truly one-of-a-kind holiday. This beautiful boot-shaped country that lies in-between Spain and Greece is overflowing with UNESCO World Heritage Sites, abundant in glorious fine sand beaches and loved for its world-class cuisine. With over 50 million tourists visiting each year, Italy has charm and character in abundance. And here's why:
The Amalfi Coast The stunning 50km stretch of coastline is a paradise of pretty little beaches and coves, while the coastal road connecting Salerno and Sorrento is filled with the scent of lemons and orange blossom. Discover a landscape dotted with colourful fishing villages and vineyards, while the lively port of Vernazza is the perfect place to watch the sun set. To make the most of this beautiful region, take a luxury private boat tour, or hike the ancient pathways, scattered with historic hermitages, grazing goats and wildflowers.
Tuscany From its cultural capital, Florence, where all roads lead, to the natural beauty of Sienna, Tuscany offers incredible art and architecture, a sweeping landscape of mountains, olive groves and vineyards, and an absolutely breathtaking countryside just waiting to be explored. Discover the masterpieces of Uffizi Gallery, Palazzo Pitti, Duomo and Florence Cathedral with its exquisite Renaissance dome. Of course a trip to Tuscany wouldn't be complete without seeing the famous tower of Pisa.
Sardinia boasts 2,000km of coastline and is the second largest island in the Mediterranean after Sicily. Home to stunning white sand beaches and coves, bordered by vast mountains and mysterious Bronze Age ruins, dive into the piercing blue sea and enjoy a traditional Italian coastal escape. Discover the medieval village of Alghero, with its Catalan and Gothic architecture and don't leave without visiting the 13th century palaces of Cagliari, the capital city.
Did you know...
- Italy has more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other country in the world!
- Italy has 2 independent states: the Republic of San Marino and the Vatican City.
- The world's favourite food, pizza, was invented in Napoli/Naples around 1860!
- The capital Rome (also known as the 'Eternal City') is almost 3,000 years old.
- Monte Bianco in the alps is 15,771 feet high and the highest peak in Europe!
- Italy has more volcanoes than any other European country.
Take a look at our blog posts about where to go in Italy and what to do on your holiday in Italy.
8 February 2019 Posted in Top Lists, Italy
When you tell someone you're travelling to Italy, the picture that often comes to mind is filled with colourful buildings, brilliant architectural triumphs and charming historical landmarks. The simple idea of Italy is filled with so much charisma, glamour and allure, whether you're contemplating brilliant city escapes like Venice and Florence, or luring coastal retreats like the Amalfi Coast or Sorrento. With so much beauty and pizzazz (and pizza) in one country, it's impossible to only visit once. So whether its your first, second or tenth visit endlessly appealing Italy, here are some places you simply MUST visit at least once...
5 August 2019 Posted in Italy
We didn’t want to be the ones to tell you this, we really didn’t, but if we don’t then who will? The fact of the matter is this: Italy is an icky place and to consider holidaying there is an insane idea. You’re probably thinking ‘What? But, Italy is great! Italy’s got it all!’. Well, dear friends and esteemed colleagues, you’re wrong, so wrong and here are 4 reasons why.
8 February 2019 Posted in General
Italian food; even those two simple words conjure up images in your mind of thin crusty pizza, topped with patches of smooth mozzarella and a base of fresh tomatoes. No doubt you can imagine yourself sitting in a small, rustic restaurant in Italy, with a mouthful of flavoursome pasta, lovingly crafted from an old family recipe. A glass of perfectly paired red wine on the table next to you. It’s a dream many of us share, foodie or otherwise. But the big question is, how well do you know your Italian food? Think you can name the origins of pizza? Or where margherita got its name? Well take the quiz and find out how much of an Italian foodie you really are.
17 April 2019 Posted in Family Holidays, Top Lists
We know it’s a controversial one, but after many years in the industry and with a healthy love of travel, it’s our firm belief that Italy isn’t worth your time as a holiday destination. Don’t believe us? No problem, here are 5 reasons why you should avoid Italy and trust us, by the time we’re done you’re going to have a whole new outlook.
20 September 2019 Posted in Family Holidays, Top Lists
As if it hasn't already got enough going for it, Italy has got some of the best beaches in Europe. We pick the very best Italian coastal towns, beaches and seaside resorts.
11 March 2019 Posted in Destinations, Italy
As one of the worlds top holiday destinations, Italy has a little of everything. This country is perfect for backpackers, culture vultures and even for those looking for a more relaxing holiday. Filled with charming cities and breathtaking bays, we've put together our highlights of this captivating country to inspire a trip to Italy.
24 September 2019 Posted in Family Holidays, Top Lists
If you're looking for a family seaside holiday in Italy then check out the most beautiful coastal towns and get inspired!
8 March 2019 Posted in Top Lists, Italy
Vespas, the Vatican, a warm espresso there’s so much that comes to mind when someone mentions Italy, from its rustic beauty to a fascinating ancient history. But, there’s one part of the country we all know and love; the food. Italians pour so much passion, as well as freshly chosen ingredients into each dish, with food that has been perfected over generations. These are just a few of the mouthwatering Italian dishes you could be trying on your next adventure to Italy...
8 February 2019 Posted in Italy, Inspirations
Italy holidays are rivalled by few in their authenticity and charm. From the rolling green hills of Umbria to the iconic and historical jewels of Rome, this beautiful and diverse country has something to offer everyone. Whether you want to relax on the sun-kissed sands of Sardinia or wander the quintessential streets of Florence, here are 10 magical photos that will make you want to holiday in Italy and experience la bella vita - the beautiful life...
29 March 2019 Posted in Italy
Italy has been the backdrop to some of the most influential travel books of our time, including Eat, Pray Love and Under the Tuscan Sun, and it’s easy to see why. Italy is a hub of enchanting beauty, from the bustling streets of Rome, to the gilded beauty of Venice, and although it may be a tourist’s paradise, there are still parts that are untouched by hordes of sightseers with 'selfie' sticks. So, whether you’re going for a day, a week or longer and you're looking for a complete break from the usual hustle and bustle of daily life, then you may want to consider some of these amazing Italian cities.