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Paola Fiocchi Van den Brande

Italy is one of our most popular destinations. Understandably, when you consider the beauty and magnificence of the country’s landscapes; the sophistication and elegance of its cities; the charm of the countryside villages; the artistic heritage: and the wonderful cuisine. The list of captivating reasons to visit Italy could be almost endless, but how do you choose a property for your holiday, retreat or special occasion? To help you navigate our curated collections of villas, mansions, farmhouses and retreats we like to highlight our favourite properties from different destinations. This

Milan is full of excellent spots to grab a bite. Here’s some of the best places to have breakfast, lunch, aperitivo, dinner and brunch…and take beautiful pictures to post on Instagram too! Gelsomina (Via Carlo Tenca, 5 – tra Repubblica e Porta Venezia) it is an hidden gem. This bakery inspired by southern Italy style and cooking (Sicily and Campania in the lead!) offers a great variety of exquisite pastries and sweets, from ricotta-filled cannoli to pistachio croissants and Neapolitan sfogliatelle. You cross the threshold and immediately feel in a

Inspiration for your best seasonal get-away ever The Algarve is undoubtedly one of Europe’s finest golf and beach destinations. Yet there is surprisingly more to captivate the visitor, and there is no better time to discover this beautiful south facing coast than in early autumn.  This is the season to indulge in authentic gastronomy, discover a fascinating cultural heritage away from the summer crowds, whilst staying at some of the best properties in our portfolio. The coast spectacular, not only sandy beaches, but impressive coastal hiking routes, as well as

Our guide to making your island getaway the most delicious holiday ever We adore the Mediterranean whatever the season; although really, it’s the quintessential summer escape. For a sophisticated slice of island life, choose the Balearics, the sun-drenched Spanish archipelago that offers beautiful villas and country estates; wonderful coves and bays with stunning beaches; clear, aquamarine waters; and sensational food & wine. Formentera This chic, boho style island is a real discovery. It’s a short boat transfer from Ibiza, but worlds-away; a corner of the Caribbean in the Mediterranean. Think

Make your Destination Wedding the most memorable possible, by choosing a unique and luxurious private property for your special day.  Here at Passepartout Homes, we’re experts are helping you find the Best Luxury Wedding Villa. Creating a Destination Wedding is more than the joy of combining your wedding with a dream honeymoon; it’s also a special way to create a beautifully intimate day that is shared with family and close friends in spectacular surroundings. Let us take you on a pre-honeymoon trip across Europe, to inspire you with picture-perfect possibilities

Italy is without doubt one of our most popular and most requested destinations. With a seductive combination of rustic simplicity & urban grandeur; together with homespun charm & cultural sophistication, it appeals to all. The choice of accommodation is amongst the best in the world; including rustic farmhouses, luxury villas, Renaissance mansions, and even castles.  Yet despite the diversity, certain areas of Italy, like glorious Umbria, sometimes get overlooked, in favour of Tuscany or Puglia. Yet Umbria is a joy to visit. Having emerged late to international attention, this special

So, you have a family with teenagers; and you want your time together on holiday to be special. We understand that. At Passepartout Homes, we’ve become well recognised for our knack for finding just the right holiday home for our clients. Browse our curated collection, and you’ll discover unique properties from the Americas; Caribbean; Asia; and North Africa; to across the most beautiful destinations in Europe.We’re here to help make that collection come to life; to find exactly the right property for you. When it comes to family holidays with

The top 4 coolest places in Brussels for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner.  I had the pleasure of interviewing our ultra-glamorous and Brussels connoisseur friend, Paola Carattoli Di Clemente, who definitely knows a thing or two about the coolest places to eat in Brussels. Here are Paola’s recommendations. You won’t be disappointed. Breakfast La Table Rustique, located along the chic Avenue Louise. Great for reading the morning papers while eating a healthy and delicious breakfast. Start your morning at La Table Rustique, located in the Louise area. A cozy spot,

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