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Our Italian Villas

 

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Your passport should be a collection of stories. Not destinations.

When traveling abroad, you deserve an unforgettable experience that is uniquely yours. Feel the pulse of the local scene, see what the locals see, eat what the locals eat, do what the locals do. And at the end of the day, relax in a comfortable home away from home.

Hosted Villas is a collection of uniquely fabulous villas, castles, casas, chateaus and more. With locations in Europe, Asia, Mexico, and the Carribean, a Hosted Villas vacation will leave you with a memorable experience. With a group of genuinely interesting, friendly and knowledgable Local Hosts and Experience Managers, you will be left with an authentic, yet luxurious getaway.

From 2-bedroom apartments, to 15-bedroom estates, there is a level of detail and sophistication to every decision we make about our travel destinations. We appreciate the uniqueness of people and places and we know how to find the best of both. We are always adding more dots to our map.

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Villa Delle Colline

Bedrooms: 4Bathrooms: 5Children: YesMax Occupancy: 8
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Casa Dell’Ambra

Bedrooms: 5Bathrooms: 4Children: YesMax Occupancy: 10
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Campo Dell’Amato

Bedrooms: 7Bathrooms: 7Children: YesMax Occupancy: 13
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Casale Armonia

Bedrooms: 6Bathrooms: 4Children: YesMax Occupancy: 12
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Villa dei Fiori

Bedrooms: 4Bathrooms: 4Children: YesMax Occupancy: 8
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Villa Del Lago

Bedrooms: 5Bathrooms: 5Children: YesMax Occupancy: 10
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A Concierge Tells. A Local Host Shows.

Imagine a vacation abroad with a friendly, knowledgeable Local Host who understands your passions, desires, and interests. Someone who can give you a vacation experience customized especially for you.

Our Local Hosts are what truly set us apart from the rest. They aren’t just the typical on-site concierges. They don’t just serve as your guides, we think of our Local Hosts as so much more. Using the itineraries you created with your Experience Manager, our Local Hosts get to really know and build relationships with our guests so they can serve as more of a friend in the area. They are in essence your guide, concierge, translator, trouble-shooter, and they guarantee that your Hosted Villas stay will be nothing short of brilliant, every time.

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Elizabeth, Tuscany, Italy

“If I only had 24hrs to spend in Tuscany I would start with breakfast at the villa where a driver would pick us up, winding through the scenic roads with its cypress trees and rolling hills, to visit a historical town, its museums, and archeological rests. In the afternoon, we would stop off at a biologic farm and enjoy a nice lunch made with their products, followed by a quick visit to a famous Brunello winery where they play Mozart to the vines. In the late afternoon, we would return to the villa for a massage around the pool and aperitif on the porch. Sitting and watching the sunset over the valley or lake with a prosecco we would make our way to a starred restaurant near town or enjoy a meal at the villa that the chef had cooked. Perhaps my favourite, Pici al sugo di anatra(fat roll hand made spaghetti with duck sauce ) with aglione (garlic and tomato) sauce.”

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Jessica, Umbria, Italy

“By living in Italy, I can help people dive right into the local lifestyle. By opening up my own life here in Italy, I can only hope to give our guests an insider’s view that they would normally not get on any other trip. The challenge lies in making a guest feel like a true friend and local. Come along while I go to the super market or the butcher, visit my friend the ceramist, dine out with a special menu only for you – these are the simple things that make the Hosted Villas vacations exceptional.”

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Valeria, Rome, Italy

“Rome has over 900 churches. Not only are they masterpieces themselves, but some of them treasure priceless artwork of Italian artists. Give yourself a day to walk and explore these hidden secrets. Head towards Termini station to see the stunning mosaics of the Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore and the Basilica di Santa Prassede. From there, visit the Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli to admire Michelangelo’s Moses statue. Stop for lunch in the Monti neighborhood, in Via Urbana, for a taste of local gourmet sandwiches at Zia Rosetta or Tricolore. Walk on one of Rome’s most evocative streets, Via dei Fori Imperiali, that goes from the Colosseum, through the Roman Forum and ends at Piazza Venezia. Head to the Roman temples at Largo di Torre Argentina where Julius Caesar was killed. Close to the Pantheon is the Basilica di Santa Maria Sopra Minerva where you can see a famous elephant sculpture designed by Bernini and Michelangelo’s Christ the Redeemer statue. Finish your day by admiring Caravaggio paintings in two churches, Chiesa di San Luigi dei Francesi and Basilica di Santa Maria del Popolo. Reward yourself with an aperitivo at Bar Rosati in Piazza del Popolo.”

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Theresa, Rome, Italy

“Live like a King and Queen for a day. Just 30 miles outside Rome is the most unique archaeological site in the world made of thousands of Etruscan tombs that resemble Egyptian pyramids. Get picked up from your villa residence in the late morning and enjoy a nice drive through the Rome countryside to arrive at Cerveteri, a medieval town with Etruscan foundations where you will visit the necropolis. The Etruscans were the first aristocrats in Italy. They buried their dead in luxury funeral homes with all of their fine jewelry and other personal items. A new digital reconstruction inside the tombs, where videos show rituals performed inside the burial space, bring these early kings of Rome to life. After a 2-hour tour of the archaeological site, it is time to really live like a royal at La Posta Vecchia. This seaside dining establishment with a Michelan star is located in a Renaissance villa that functioned as the Pope’s guest house for his medieval castle next door. Enjoy fine dining along the sea among original ancient and Renaissance art works and maps that decorate the walls. Special access can get you to the Etruscan port ruins underneath. After a relaxing lunch and your 5-hour excursion you will be dropped back in your villa in Rome.”

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Olivia, Tuscany, Italy

“The driver will pick you in the morning and will drive you to Monteplulciano through the Mount Cetona panoramic road. It is a little winding (that’s Tuscany!), but you will be rewarded by the incredible view. You will meet me in the main square of the town where I will walk you through the streets and alleys of the historical center framed by the “palazzos” designed by some of the greatest Italian architects of the 16th century. Dinner will be served at home, under the pergola: you will enjoy the sunset in front of a glass of wine, while the chef will surprise you with a special menu, all based on traditional Tuscan recipes.”

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Rosaria, Tuscany, Italy

“You will start your day having breakfast at the Villa, in the garden under the beautiful lilac patio, surrounded by the greenery and the sun. After, head to Florence and have fun with the little local train from Compiobbi and arrive at the railway station in the heart of this Renaissance city. Here you will have a guided tour of the exclusive Corridoio Vasariano, the secret walk from Palazzo Vecchio to Palazzo Pitti where a unique portrait gallery can be found. There you can look into the eyes of Rubens,Velazquez, Rembrandt, Canova, Ingres. After the arts, you can relax in the Santo Spirito square, a lively and bohemian place with many little cafès. This is the perfect spot to enjoy the Italian “aperitivo”, after which you can have lunch in a typical trattoria, where you will taste the traditional Tuscan food.”

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Tanya, Tuscany, Italy

“If you had just 24 hours to spend in this region, I would organize for a driver to take you to some of the most scenic spots in Lucca, such as the Ponte del Diavolo, or the many beautiful towns and villas nearby. We would then head towards a vineyard to take a tour of their cellar, followed by wine and olive oil tastings and lunch on a veranda overlooking the city. We’d head back to the villa for an afternoon nap or perhaps jump into the pool then lay in the sun to dry off. In the evening we would visit another beautiful town, such as Montecarlo, and dine on local specialties while taking in the twinkling lights and lively atmosphere. Afterward, we would enjoy some live music and drinks with friends to toast a wonderful day.”

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Kim, Tuscany, Italy

“My perfect day in Tuscany would start with a stop for breakfast (a quick Italian espresso and a fresh baked cornetto pastry) at a local torrefazione coffee bar, then off to a nearby small winery (while enjoying the drive and the view of the famous Tuscan landscape) to taste some local wines. Then lunch at a simple trattoria for some fresh, hand-made pasta with Tuscan meat sauce, usually made of wild boar. After lunch head to some of the famous historic towns in the area, which would include una passeggiata – a nice walk to a museum or art gallery or just some window shopping. Checking out local artists is always a fun way to really see the area’s special character, and you might even discover the Michaelangelos of the modern world! Afterwards, have another espresso for your afternoon spuntino! For dinner I would definitely suggest Siena, a destination not to be missed. The grand square, Piazza Del Campo, with it’s medieval backdrop of the illuminated city hall and tower is dramatized by the night sky. To spend the evening enjoying dinner al fresco in the square with this monument as your view is nothing short of magical.”

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Gina, Tuscany, Italy

“What has it been like to work for Hosted Villas?  Simply wonderful!!  I met Jessica Russell about three years ago when she asked me if I would be interested in doing some Local Hosting in a villa not too far from where I live.  It turned out to be so much fun and I actually still hear from the guests that were staying in the villa that I first hosted. I must say that for me, Lucca is one of the loveliest cities in the world.  In the last couple of years, we have actually had more and more visitors coming to see the walled city. To me, I feel that Lucca is in the heart of Tuscany!  We are surrounded by great places such as Florence, Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, the Versilia Coast, Abetone (skiing resort) and many more authentic and historic towns. Food, wine, scenery, beaches and mountains … what else could one ask for?”

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