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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

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

Are you one of those travellers who always likes to take souvenirs back from your trips? Anything from a fridge magnet of the Tower of Pisa to a carpet from Marrakech? Let us help you with some ideas should you visit the wonderful and captivating region of Puglia, the heel of Italy.   1 – CERAMICS FROM FASANO CERAMICHE IN GROTTAGLIE The city of Grottaglie in the province of Taranto is has since the 17th century known for the production of plates, vases, ornaments, cups, tiles, ceramics. The Fasanos have

Masserie are characteristically Puglian manor houses which formed the heart of rural estates. Today, many of them have been converted to luxury residences, but they retain their timeless charm as a feature of the countryside in this very special part of Italy. They once housed local nobility and their guests, but were also part of working farms, with arable land, gardens, stables and staff living quarters. The most sympathetically restored masserie have retained some of these evocative features, whilst also offering the highest spec modern comforts. Masseria Della Croce enjoys

For the October half term holidays, which for many schools last a fortnight, there are four truly inspiring destinations that are hard to beat for a genuine change of scene and pace. Morocco does cool down somewhat in the autumn, but still has temperatures in late October which bear very favourable comparison with Northern Europe. Though not its capital, Marrakech is Morocco’s cultural mecca, and has countless exotic and fascinating experiences for adventurous families. In addition to a tennis court and pool onsite the French Colonel villa also offers easy

Making a marriage proposal ranks right up there as one of life’s most exciting yet nerve-wracking experiences. Once you have decided to pop the question, where soon becomes a pressing query. It’s essential to make sure you’ve found the perfect place to hear that one word “yes”. As fuel for the imagination, here are five gorgeous places for lovers. Each one is more than enough to inspire anyone to get down on one knee and put a ring on it. Apartment La Duchessa, in the heart of the timeless Tuscan

These days, most luxury holiday properties come with the expectation of a swimming pool. There are some rare and aspirational European chalets, however, where the aquatic features couldn’t be further removed from the traditional cold and heavily chlorinated rectangle. San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge, for example, is a stunning South Tyrol former aristocrats’ hunting lodge within the imposing Italian Dolomites mountain range. It combines its swimming pool with a world class set of sophisticated wet spa facilities. They include an indoor whirlpool, Turkish bath, Finnish sauna and mood shower. The outdoor

Most children visiting the Amalfi Coast are probably excited to see the two things I was most excited about seeing too. I wanted to go to the island of Capri and I wanted to see the ruins of Pompeii. We sailed to Capri from Naples and there was only a very short wait to board a fast boat, and none of us were seasick. I even managed a short sleep, which I was glad about because once we got to Capri I did a lot of walking. The walking is

Capri is one of those unusual places which has an instant, and positive, resonance for everyone who hears its name. It immediately invokes glittering celebrities, the height of Italian chic, extraordinary history as a holiday retreat of emperors, and scenic beauty. It would be easy to believe that Capri is hard to reach without a private yacht, but it is actually a very easy, pleasant and good value journey from either Naples or Sorrento. The latter in particular offers an extremely speedy transit across calm blue seas. Little can prepare

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