The Antica Torre apartments are set a short stroll from the historic village of Lamole in the stunning area of Tuscany. Lamole is positioned between Florence, (40km) and Siena (48km), so it makes the perfect base for you to be able to enjoy a few day trips when you next visit Tuscany.
This superbly restored Tuscan farmhous,e which houses the Antica Torre apartments, makes for the cosiest accomodation in great surroundings. There is a charming piazza only 600m away and there you will find the chiesa (local church). Churches in Italy are always worth taking a walk around; they are generally very beautiful and complete with stunning frescoes. We recommend that you read our post regarding local customs and make sure that your arms and legs are covered.
The owners of Antica Torre have lovingly restored this delightful farmhouse to create two equally stunning apartments, each boasting 3 double bedrooms, an open plan living/dining room, complete with large open fireplace, and a lovely private seating area which is perfect for a spot of quiet reading when everyone else is enjoying a siesta! The 18th century vaulted ceilings and exposed brick walls will leave you feeling as if you have stepped back into a different era, and the original bread oven will allow you to cook as they did in days gone by, too.
Marina, the owner, has gone out of her way to ensure that you have a charming time at Antica Torre; she owns a shop in the village which sells deliciously scented soaps and products made from the local olive oil. As she brings the products home, you will simply adore the smells wafting around the interior. Marina is also related to Dario Cecchini, the world-famous butcher we have already talked about in this blog, who owns three restaurants in the village whose aim is to provide quality food at affordable prices. As a guest at the Antica Torre, you can be sure of a warm welcome at any of them! Both apartments have a private garden, internet access and outdoor barbecue; in fact, everything you could need to ensure a wonderful holiday in this little corner of paradise.
Up to now, you might not have thought of paying a visit to the Lazio region in Italy. Lazio might make you think of football and not holidays, but that is about to change with today’s post!
Villa Concetta in the central region of Lazio is a delightful property that you will love as soon as you arrive. This beautiful property sits in a secluded location where you can enjoy the peace and quiet of the area in the extensive lawned grounds. The gem of Villa Concetta is undoubtedly the fantastic swimming pool that you can enjoy between the 15th May and the 30th of September as long as the weather allows. We are sure that you would agree that, measuring 6m x 12m and 2.2m x 1.2m deep, this swimming pool would provide the whole family with refreshing swims and play time for the whole of your holiday. You can also enjoy the outside patios and the eating area with barbeque, although there is a restaurant close-by if you do not fancy cooking…
The closest town is Caprarola, in the province of Viterbo, where you will be able to find shops, restaurants and other day-to-day necessities such as banks and chemists. But of all the interesting sights located nearby to this holiday villa, we bet Lake Vico is the one where you will spend the most time. Unknown to many people, Lake Vico is the oldest volcanic lake in Europe. We find this lake location most desirable, as, unlike other similar spots around Europe, Lake Vico offers quieter shores where you will be able to find many clean beaches as well as bars and charming restaurants where you can taste the local delicacies.
And last but not least, do not forget the most important city in the Lazio region is Rome. You can get to Italy’s capital in an hour’s drive and enjoy all that this wonderful metropolis has to offer.
With a perfect mixture of relaxing time by the pool, trips to the lake and visits to the Roman monuments, we can’t think of a more desirable place to enjoy your holidays than Villa Concetta! Why not visit Lazio in your next family break?
If you are looking for a summer destination that can offer you the best of all aspects of Italy, we suggest you look no further than the lovely villa of Trullo La Quercia, a couple of miles away from Lorocotondo, in the Pugliese province of Bari. Restored and renovated in 2004, this villa has two rooms, which makes it perfect for four people to share, and ideal for two couples to visit together or for a family to enjoy as a location for their summer break.
The nearest airport is Brindisi, which is just over 45 minutes away from the property. While we consider this a countryside villa, you can be in the coast at Torre Canne in just 20 minutes, or enjoy all the distractions of the capital, Monopoli, in just under 25 minutes’ drive!
Satellite TV, washing machine, dongle Internet connection and insect screens are some of the basic facilities we offer in this villa. But the real gem of the property is the 10m x 5m private pool: open the door of your villa and you can jump in the pool for a refreshing swim, just for yourself! You will only have to walk twenty paces. The pool is a blissful commodity that you can enjoy between 15th May and 30th September (as long as the weather allows!). For the budding summer chefs, the villa offers exclusive use of an outdoor stone pizza oven and barbecue area.
So don’t think about it anymore! Come and visit Puglia – enjoy the views of the Apulia countryside while sitting outside in your private terrace and sipping a glass of Italian wine. The peace and quiet of the olive groves only makes the sunset even a more impressive show every night!
Call us on 01622775217 for more information on Trullo La Quercia or click here for more information about this and other family and luxury Italian villas.
In 1999, Paolo Saturnini, the past mayor of Greve in Chianti, had the intuition that a change in the manner in which people approach life, and especially urban life, is needed. Instead of promoting globalisation, corporisation and standardisation, the movement which was to become known as CittaSlow puts the emphasis on local assets and specialities. The ideal is for the entire community to channel their efforts towards restoring or preserving the town, with people still being the main protagonists of the slow and healthy change of seasons, the local traditions and the towns’ peaceful and quite living.
The attraction of this almost philosophical way of life, rich in authenticity and local customs, has been felt all across the globe. Although the longest list of participating towns is still Italy’s, there are now countries belonging to 4 different continents that have accepted the CittaSlow values, with the UK represented by Aylsham, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Diss, Mold and Perth.
If you want to experience the CittaSlow way of life, there is no better place to start in than Italy. Browse through the list of towns, pick one, and then travel to experience locally the richness of crafts, the squares, shops, cafés, restaurants, places of the spirit and unspoiled landscapes. Our villas in Italy are spread all across the CittaSlow network – from Tuscany to Sicily – where the air speaks of a recovered time and little treasures are but steps away. And when you come back, let us know in the comments what you have discovered.