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Casa Solagne in San Benedetto del Tronto, Le Marche

Explore the Adriatic From Italian Villas in Le Marche

The Brief

Today we received an email from Jean asking if any of our Italian villas would suit a couple that wanted a base to explore the Riviera of the Palms on the Adriatic coast. She specified a simple property and one that was comfortable, functional and close enough to the attractions in the area. Continue reading

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Villa Tropicale in Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily by Cottages to Castles

Villas in Sicily Are Perfect for Spring Sunshine

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We had a call last week from a lady who wants to book one of our villas in Sicily for herself, her husband and another couple. They are all teachers and need to go in the holidays but want to avoid the heat of July and August. They are looking to go in March/April but want it to be warm enough so that they can eat outside and still enjoy some warm weather. Continue reading

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Casa Dei Limoni in Bonassola, Liguria by Cottages to Castles

Villas in Italy’s Liguria: Fabulous Coastal Accommodation

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Lianne got in touch with us about staying in one of our villas in Italy in Liguria. She has recently retired and she and her husband, along with son and daughter-in-law, are really keen to visit the Cinque Terre, somewhere she had heard plenty about but never visited. Continue reading

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Villa Don Guido in Limite sull'Arno, Tuscany by Cottages to Castles

Villas in Tuscany Perfect for Corporate Groups

The Brief

We have several villas in Tuscany ideal for corporate groups, so when David called us to ask if we had anything suitable for his team of investment bankers, we were happy to advise. He requested that the villa has the feel of a country retreat but also has the advantage of being close enough to a city for day trips. Continue reading

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Planning A Uni Reunion? Choose From our Villas in Italy!

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What better place for now grown up students to enjoy a university reunion than Italy? We were very excited when Mrs Green called up with her request. She is looking for one of our villas in Italy that would be suitable for 5 friends who first met at university, and their spouses. The group are now in their 50s and are looking for a classic Italian holiday with great food, wine and culture too. Continue reading

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Villa Garda Special in San Felice del Benaco, Lombardy by Cottages to Castles

Lakeside Italian Villas are Perfect for Romantic Breaks

The Brief

We believe that Lake Garda is one of the most romantic places in Italy and Mr Hopwood, who called the office yesterday, couldn’t agree more. He was looking for one of our Italian villas for himself and his wife right on the shores of the lake. They have always been in love with the Italian lakes but have never stayed on Lake Garda and this was their chance! Continue reading

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Italian Villas in Tuscany Perfect for Food and Wine Lovers

The Brief

Janet called us here at the office last week inquiring about Italian villas in Tuscany that would make the perfect holiday venue for three retired ladies that love to cook, drink wine and indulge in all things Italian. She admitted she had her heart set on Tuscany and that the romantic idea of this region had really captivated her. Continue reading

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L’ Antico Casale in Lubriano, Lazio by Cottages to Castles

Discover Family Friendly Villas in Italy’s Lazio Region

The Brief

Mr Grey’s email landed in the office yesterday and rang true with many of our team. He wants to take his family on holiday to one of our villas in Italy and wants it to provide a little of something for everyone. He would like to be near Viterbo and Rome for the art and culture but it is also important that the villa has a pool and is safe for children. Continue reading

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Giro d’Italia 2016: Your front-row view

Its glorious rolling hills and classic Tuscan charms have long made Chianti a hit with discerning travellers worldwide. And on Sunday 15 May 2016, they’ll have an added reason to visit – one of the most decisive stages of the 99th annual Giro d’Italia (Tour of Italy) will race through the region’s vineyards.

We’ve been tailor-making holidays to coincide with this Lycra-clad spectacle for as long as we’ve been in business. Each year we utilise our local contacts to ensure we can offer our guests the kind of front row experience they won’t get anywhere else – and 2016 is no exception.

This year we’re delighted to offer four very special properties, which, along with that authentic Italian holiday experience our guests have come to expect from us, will put you up close and personal with the elite athletes as they navigate the winding tracks of this luscious part of the country. Call us today to find out how the eager-to-please owners of these wonderful Tuscan hideaways are going the extra mile to ensure you witness this colourful display at its most intimate.


Cottage Malafrasca (Siena; sleeps 2)


This beautiful barn conversion offers a beautiful spot to mix a little city bustle with a little country peace. Stay for seven nights on an ‘accommodation only’ basis for £500.

Antico Pastificio (Greve; sleeps 2)


An oasis of calm for couples, this former pasta factory sits snugly in the centre of a bustling little Tuscan town. Stay for seven nights on an ‘accommodation only’ basis for £470.

Apartment Torre 1 (Castellina; sleeps 4)


A ruined 16th-century farmstead, imaginatively and sympathetically given new life for small families. Stay for seven nights on an ‘accommodation only’ basis for £680.

Casa Angelica (Tavarnelle Val di Pesa; sleeps 4)


This character apartment full of historic touches, just 25km from Florence, is the perfect base for exploration. Stay for seven nights on an ‘accommodation only’ basis for £470.

Call Daniela today to discover which of our Giro d’Italia properties is the perfect choice for you.

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Choose your own adventure: holidays with date flexibility in mind

Changeover days have become so synonymous with both package and tailor-made breaks that travellers are used to having to arrange their precious holidays around the calendars of the providers.

We know that sometimes you need a little more flexibility in your schedule, whether it’s a midweek arrival to coincide with a special occasion or time off work, tweaking your start and end dates to ensure you get the very best flight deals, or squeezing an extra few days out of your weeklong stay. That’s why we’ve been busy negotiating with owners to bring you a unique collection of properties that give you just that bit more room for manoeuvre.


Cottage Romino (Chianti; sleeps 3)


15th-century cottage located within a family-run vineyard estate in the Tuscan countryside. Prices range between £580 and £870 for seven nights on an ‘accommodation only’ basis.

Cottage Talluria (Chianti; sleeps 5)


The perfect family base, this rustic retreat lies a short drive from the lovely hilltop village of Castellina. Prices range between £690 and £970 for seven nights on an ‘accommodation only’ basis.

Apartment Torre 2 (Chianti; sleeps 4)


This ruined 16th-century farmstead has been lovingly restored to its characterful present condition in the Chianti slopes. Prices range between £680 and £1,050 for seven nights on an ‘accommodation only’ basis.

San Rocco 21 (Lombardy; sleeps 4)


This former Franciscan monastery perches hilltop, overlooking the beautiful blue waters of Lake Garda. Prices range between £490 and £740 for seven nights on an ‘accommodation only’ basis.


Villa Passione (Tuscany; sleeps 6)


Stretch out your week with a 9-night stay at this classically beautiful villa from 25 August, at just £2,970.

Villa Maddalena (Lazio; sleeps 9)


Can’t stretch to a fortnight? Enjoy a 13-night break from 28 August at this luxurious country villa for £4,950.

Cottage Talluria (Lazio; sleeps 5)


An 11-night stay at this family Chianti cottage comes in at just £1,527 from 23 July.

As always, our goal is to create an authentic Italian experience that matches your exacting needs. Call Daniela today for more information on any of the above holidays or a personal recommendation.

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