Italy’s big guns roll off the tongue: Rome, Florence, Venice… but then there’s the art, the history, coastline and vineyards, too.

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Villas in Italy

Our Italian villa holidays span across six different regions. From countryside villas in the rolling hills of Tuscany down to picture-perfect Trulli in Puglia, the heel of Italy’s beautiful boot and everything in between; not forgetting splendid sea views in Sicily and Sardinia too.

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Amalfi Coast

All of our villas on the Amalfi Coast can be found in two lovely locations. Stay in chic Positano – the poster child of the classic Italian Riviera – or head west along the co...


Our Puglia portfolio has plenty of character, with most villas in easy reach of the region’s historic towns or sandy beaches. We have villas scattered all across Italy’s heel,...


Ticking off stunning sea views and direct beach access, our Sardinia villas are all located close to the coast. The beautiful Costa Smeralda is within easy reach of our northe...


From splendid sea views to the most historic settings, our hand-picked Sicily villas are scattered across the east, west and south of the island. Soak up the long summer and c...


Our Tuscan retreats can be found all over the region – so whether you’re wanting valley views, historic towns or romantic getaways secluded in the country, our choice of beaut...

Umbria & Lazio

We have a great selection of private villas that are dotted throughout these two regions. Stay near medieval towns like Todi or a short drive from the bigger cities, and choos...

Italy Villa holiday Guide

The blockbuster sights hardly need any introduction: Rome, Florence, Venice has been the classic itinerary for art lovers since the Grand Tour was in fashion. Sicily offers more than just the sublime beaches around Siracusa and Modica: Palermo’s decorated buildings show the influence of historic Arab, Byzantine, and Norman occupiers. If you want to explore outdoors, Italy has twenty four national parks and hundreds of regional and local parks and protected coastlines. Cycle between Tuscany’s vineyards, walk the paths of the Amalfi Coast… you will quickly slip into the rhythm of a luxurious Italian villa holiday.

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Cities in Italy

Italy’s capital Rome was the seat of Europe’s greatest empire, and is home to the art treasures of the Vatican. Milan is the country’s economic powerhouse, and a match for Paris when it comes to haute couture. Florence and Venice are works of art in themselves, and home to countless treasures in their museums, churches, and squares. In the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, Naples has an archaeological museum that preserves the finds from nearby Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Vintage tram in Milan

Discover the Italian countryside

So much of the countryside you’ll experience at our Italian villas is a joint venture, beauty crafted both by nature and the people who live in it. The rolling, misty hills of Chianti and the Langhe are decorated with geometric rows of trellised vines; the Umbrian hillsides by the silver-green sparkle of olive groves. In Puglia’s Trullo country, limestone houses poke their conical roofs above the orchards in one of Italy’s oldest agricultural landscapes. White dots peppering Sardinia’s quiet countryside are sheep whose milk makes some of Italy’s best pecorino cheese.

Countryside landscape in Maremma

Explore Italy's History

Ancient Rome may have started life as a Greek backwater, but it soon found a voice—and an army—strong enough to dominate a continent. Going further back, remnants of the Etruscans are scattered across Tuscany—including in museums at Volterra and Cortona—and the only record of the Umbri people is their ‘Rosetta Stone’ in Gubbio. Florence was the wellspring for the ideas, art, and architecture that became known as ‘the Renaissance’—its Uffizi Gallery has the world’s premier collection of 14th-, 15th-, and 16th-century paintings. Staying at one of our Italian holiday villas provides you with the perfect base to explore the country’s rich history. 

Cityscape in Florence

Relaxation in Italy

With distinctive and world-famous food, scenery and culture – it’s easy to fill every moment you have with activities and explorations. However, this beautiful country can also be the ideal destination for a relaxing break. Villas with pools in Italy offer the chance to truly unwind when you’re back at your home from home – whether you’re in the heart of the country or on one of Italy’s stunning coastlines, where you'll find a fantastic range of Italian beach villas. Our family villas in Italy have the space for everyone to find a moment of peace while of holiday and our villas for large groups are perfect for a special celebration, whereas our villas for two provide romantic seclusion for couples looking to really de-stress. 

Villa Chianina, Umbria

Arts and culture in Italy

Renting a villa in Italy is a great way to truly immerse yourself in the visual arts of the country. Early superstar painters included Giotto, whose greatest frescoes survived World War II bombs in Padua (only just); leading lights of the Renaissance like Leonardo, Donatello, Botticelli, and Michelangelo hailed from Florence. Brunelleschi’s ochre dome has become the symbol of that city; Bramante designed St. Peter’s in Rome; Palladio’s classical buildings in Venice and Vicenza were copied all over the world. Opera was another Italian invention, and operas by its exponents such as Rossini, Verdi, and Puccini still play in houses like Milan’s La Scala and Venice’s La Fenice.

St. Peter's basilica in Vatican, Rome

Active pursuits in Itlay

If you like it wild, then we offer a variety of villas in Italy that are near some of the most exhilarating actives in the country. The Pollino National Park on the Calabria–Basilicata border has 190,000 hectares of jagged terrain, ripe for canyoning, whitewater rafting, paragliding, and more. Umbria is another region with wild outdoors: raft on the waters of the Valnerina or explore the caves below the Monte Cucco Park. The windsurfing schools of Porto Pollo, in Sardinia, or Ischia are a great place to perfect your technique, while the coastline of Sicily is ideal for kitesurfing, canoeing and scuba diving. Elsewhere, equestrians can ride with real cowboys, the butteri, in the Tuscan Maremma.

Windsurfing in Porto Pollo

Italian mountains and lakes

The Italian peninsula hangs from its great mountain ranges. In the north, the Alps and Dolomites stretch from France in the west to Slovenia in the east—both are littered with ski-resorts and empty hiking and mountain-bike trails. Sardinia’s interior, where many of our luxury Italian villas are located, is also mountainous; explore the Bronze Age ‘nuraghic’ settlements on strenuous hikes in the Gennargentu National Park. It is all a littler gentler in the manicured island gardens of Lake Maggiore.

La Villa alpine village in Dolomites Mountains

Eating and drinking in Italy

Staying at one of our holiday villas in Italy offers the chance to sample a range of Italian food, however there is no such thing as ‘Italian cuisine’, not really. Even pasta is not universal; the authentic staple on the northern plains of Piedmont, Lombardy, and the Veneto is rice—the town of Vercelli is known for its risotto. In the Alps, Dolomites, and northern Apennines, polenta (a maize mush) is paired with a hearty meat stew. You can get pizza pretty much anywhere, of course, but Naples is its home. Italy’s truly world-class wines are red: from Piedmont, Barolo and Barbaresco; from Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.

Risotto with porcini mushroom

Flights to Italy

Our Italy team can easily add flights as an optional extra to any villa holiday booking. Whether you're travelling to Campania & the Amalfi Coast, Lake Como, Puglia, Sardinia, Sicily, Tuscany or Umbria & Lazio, just speak to a member of the team about arranging your flights and any other extras or click on any of the region names above to find out more.

  • Arrival Airports
    We can arrange flights to the following airports: Bari, Bologna, Cagliari, Catania, Florence, Naples, Olbia, Palermo, Pisa, Rome and Trapani.
  • Airport Transfers
    We can also easily arrange transfers to and from the airport to your villa, even if you aren't booking a flight with us.
  • How to add flights to your booking
    Speak to a member of the Italy team today who can quickly and easily provide a quote for flights travelling on your chosen dates, and can book them there and then.

when to go to italy

The best months for a villa holiday in Italy are April - May and September - October. Spring time is great for wildflowers and exploring among smaller crowds (with the exception of Easter) with pleasant temperatures before the hot summer. July and August are very popular with tourists and locals alike; expect bigger crowds at the beach and rising temperatures  September welcomes the beginning of the harvest festival season so a great time of year for foodies, plus the days remain warm just with cooler evenings.

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