Why not see the gorgeous Tuscan countryside from above in a hot air ballon? In Val D'Orcia you can float majestically over the green fields, rolling hills and endless vineyards. For the kid in all of us - a view not soon forgotten.
The Romans frequented the hotsprings at Saturnia for their medicinal and heeling properties and not much has changed since. The springs area is a fabulous way to spend the day and afterwards you can frolic in the waterfall that cascades into the pools.
Tuscany is replete with fortresses and impressive castles be it in the countryside or in the heart of any city. Many castles can be found in small “borghi” (hamlets) scattered all through the countryside such as Fighine near San Casciano dei Bagni or Meleto Castle in Chianti. Kids can also have fun climbing to the top of famous towers such as Giotto’s Bell Tower in Florence – a mere 414 steps with an award-winning view. History and fun all at the same time!
Gelato! Have fun tasting and deciding which gelato is your very favorite. Try a different flavour every day at a new gelateria in all the places you visit on your vacation – keep a photo journal and descriptive diary so you can tell all your friends. Remember each day of your “vacanza in Italia” with a gelato flavor! Evviva gelato!
If visiting in summer, don't miss the countless fairs and festivals that almost any of the small towns have throughout the season. Usually in the village center, many showcase local artisans, food and games. Of course, no fair would be complete without face-painting and your favourite gelato!
Travel experiences touch us in many different ways, often finding the incredible while in pursuit of the amazing. World-famous works of art and local cultures sit in equality in their ability to inspire us to the WOW moment every journey should include.
Immerse yourself in everything your chosen destination has to offer; experiencing the gastronomic delights accompanied by a glass of the local specialty. Whether a Michelin-star restaurant in Spain, a wine tour in France, or a rum festival in Barbados, our Food & Drink experiences will create lasting memories for all our connoisseur guests.
For many of us, the pace of modern day life can get in the way of the healthy lifestyle we aspire to and we often look at our vacations as an opportunity to hit the reset button and find some inner tranquility. There is much to be said for returning from a vacation with a healthy mind and body and from rustic yoga retreats to luxury private escapes we have a villa to create your personal sanctuary.
Umbria, in the heart of Italy, has long been known for its ancient towns that cling to the sides of rolling hills that seem to tumble into the lush green valleys below. Uncrowded and serene, Umbria offers the visitor delights not to be found anywhere else in Italy.
Provence is a land where mountains spill into soft rolling hills covered in flowers and vineyards that eventually merge into the deep blue of the Mediterranean Sea. Provence is everything you've heard, and so much more.
Show up in Burgundy hungry and thirsty when staying in one of our luxury villas. This land of rolling hills, historic towns and gastronomic delights will leave you breathless and spoiled.
Perched high above the magnificent Val di Chiana, Villa Visconti is the principal home in a group of 5 houses in Borgo San Michele. Impeccable and tasteful decor, cozy living spaces, comfortable bedrooms and stunning gardens create a convivial atmosphere for families.
Villa Boschetto is surrounded by woods, vineyards and olive groves. You'll be easily lost in the breathtaking, panoramic views of the San Gimignano skyline. This villa is equipped with everything you need for an unforgettable family getaway.
Set on a sixty-acre estate surrounded by private vineyards and olive groves sits this fully restored, 17th-century stone farmhouse. Tastefully decorated interiors are highlighted by antique furnishings, providing a simple but refined atmosphere that is perfect for a large group of friends or family.
Previously used as a "watch tower" in the 14th century, Torre della Guardia is a historic villa that boasts remarkable vistas across the Chianti countryside. While the villa’s character and fine décor will charm, you’ll also appreciate the many hotel-quality details, large pool and extensive living spaces.
This magnificent 17th century farmhouse near Siena sits in the heart of a large private estate. Recently restored, with modern amenities including air-conditioning, the house retains many of its original features both inside and out, ensuring a pleasant and relaxing Tuscan getaway for the whole family.
A mere stroll from the luxurious thermal baths of Fonteverde, Campo Dell'Amato is a classic Tuscan villa, recently restored with sophisticated simplicity. The heart of the house is the kitchen with ample space for everyone to contribute to the culinary experience. Take your meals al fresco while the sun sets across the hills.
Podere due Preti combines the charm of a 300 year old stone farmhouse with the best of Italian modern interior design to create a unique blend of old and new. Space and comfort define this villa, indoors and out, accentuated by the gorgeous views of the medieval town of Trevinano across the valley.
This welcoming country villa began life over 500 years ago as a working farmhouse, complete with livestock on the lower floors and family living quarters upstairs. Today, there are still some reminders of a long and fruitful past but recent refinements have brought this property back to life.
Set in the heart of a large 50 acre estate of woods, fields and olive groves, panoramic views on all sides stretch over the Tuscan hillscape to the horizon beyond. The spacious sun-filled rooms and colorful vintage style decor set the tone for a relaxed and carefree vacation in this Tuscan farmhouse.
Casa Civetta is named after a small owl, one of several kinds familiar in the Italian countryside. This villa is surrounded by superb rolling hills dotted with cypress and olive trees. Traditional materials of stone and brick, massive timbers and gleaming tiles are matched with typical Senese hues.
Perched high above the magnificent Val di Chiana, Borgo San Michele is a collection of five houses, all lovingly restored. A gathering hall, church and several other buildings form part of a picturesque hamlet within the shadow of an impressive 11th Century castle.
Villa dei Cortili is one of three houses making up a small hamlet at the heart of an olive oil and wine producing estate. A recent restoration honors authentic Tuscan style with choice antiques, contemporary design and colorful art. Set splendidly in the verdant landscape of richly endowed Chianti.
An 11th century tower, around which a mansion was built in the 1600s, stands majestically at the pinnacle of this Tuscan town. The villa has been restored by its aristocratic owners with timeless style and grace. While offering spacious interiors the real living should be done outdoors.
This villa is superbly located in Chianti, halfway between Florence and Siena, close to delightful towns and abundant vineyards, so typical of this part of Tuscany. Contemporary and minimalist decor, spacious rooms and excellent amenities characterize this idyllic countryside property.
From its superb position on the crest of a hill, this classic 18th century villa has commanding views over the Val di Chiana. Lovingly restored to create a colorful and comfortable home, Casa Passerini welcomes you with spacious living areas opening onto the gardens and two elegant pools.
Anyone who ever attended a small village schoolhouse will appreciate this clever 1960s designer conversion to a contemporary private home. Glimpses of its former life are easily imagined however, its focal point is a lovely courtyard, swimming pool and terrace loggia.
This stunning Tuscan villa offers breathtaking wraparound views, best appreciated as you dine al fresco on the terrace or linger by the infinity pool with a refreshing aperitivo. Lovingly restored, Cerretone features magnificent beamed ceilings, gleaming terracotta floors and imposing fireplaces.
This classic 16th century Tuscan farmstead features original beamed ceilings, terra cotta floors and Italian textiles. The bedrooms are spacious and the grounds just perfect for playing or relaxing in the sun. In 15 minutes you can be in the center of Siena or alternatively take a scenic country drive to explore Chianti.
Designed on three levels with an adjacent guest house, La Farfalla can host up to 12 people in a natural, yet modern setting overlooking nearby Lucca. The first house ever to feature a hydraulic roof that allows natural air flow and star gazing in a contemporary setting full of design pieces and stylish living.
With its superb rural location and proximity to Florence, Villa delle Colline provides the perfect base for four couples or a family to explore both city and country life in Tuscany. The interior decoration combines antiques with contemporary pieces and the housekeeper is an excellent cook!
Il Vallone has been lovingly restored to combine the charms of Tuscan country living with a contemporary touch. Historically a watchtower, today modern comforts abound in the main house and annex. Surrounded by fragrant gardens and woods, il Vallone is the perfect family getaway.