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Discover Exceptional Villas in Beautiful Places, for the Discerning Traveller

At Invitation To we only choose villas, castles and cottages we’d like to stay in ourselves and we inspect them thoroughly so that we can take your dreams of a Mediterranean getaway, and turn them into reality. Ring or write to us with your wishlist and we’ll find your perfect villa and location. With more than three decades of experience in matching people with their ideal luxury villa, gite or country cottage in France or Italy, no-one is better placed to help you and your loved ones have a truly wonderful holiday.

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Creating Perfect Holidays Since 1982

We started from a farmhouse in Tuscany over 35 years ago, and since then have compiled decades of experience. We always personally visit villas and houses - and love matching people to the right holiday home.

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You won't find our properties cheaper anywhere - and if you do we will match the price you find. See our "Price Guarantee" in the footer.

Concierge service

We love matching you to a great villa; we also like to help you with a tailored concierge service for your holiday party. We can organise a chef, a car, a wine tasting tour - indeed anything that takes your fancy. Our team have an extensive knowledge of the areas surrounding all of our villas, so we can suggest exciting things to see and do.

Hundreds of useful reviews

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  • From J.S. from UK, guests July 2018

    We are safely back.. what a lovely place ..we could not have asked for a more fabulous location in which to celebrate the golden wedding. Weather was a bit steamy but the pool was our saviour. Please thank the owners...

    Staying at Pastine di Sotto, Siena and surroundings - sleeps 12

  • From J.A. from UK, guests July 2018

    We stayed at Sognatrice above La Pieve in Tuscany in July. Do be prepared for the quite lengthy, bumpy track that leads up the hill to it - it does feel like a bit of a challenge and we would...

    Staying at Sognatrice, Pisa and Lucca - sleeps 2

  • From M&H S from UK, guests July 2018

    We have just returned from a week in Casa Guelfi in Ameglia. This perfect little villa is charm itself. So pretty with the most incredible view over beautiful countryside and the ancient hillside village of Ameglia. The little villa itself...

    Staying at Casa Guelfi, Northern Coast of Tuscany - sleeps 2

  • From C & J and family, guests July 2018

    The house was PERFECT for us and all of your advance information made our time there very easy. Anita was an amazing help (more about Anita later) and our dinner the first night prepared by Pieranna and Valentina just set...

    Staying at Dimora, Chianti - sleeps 12

  • From Eric & Andrea from US, guests July 2018

    The Florence apartment was absolutely beautiful and the view was amazing. Piero was so kind and generous and had recommendations for us in Florence

    Staying at Piero's Place, Florence and surroundings - sleeps 6

  • From C&D T from US, guests June 2018

    Thanks for your help in finding Villa da Vinci. We absolutely loved it! The villa was perfectly located to drive to Lucca, Siena or to catch the train from Empoli to Florence and Venice. We loved being able to easily...

    Staying at Villa da Vinci for 10, Florence and surroundings - sleeps 10

  • From C.B. from UK, guests June 2018

    We had a fabulous time at Casa Guelfi and now regard it as our favourite holiday house. This is no disrespect to other places that we have stayed, but this one is very special. The house was very well appointed...

    Staying at Casa Guelfi, Northern Coast of Tuscany - sleeps 2

  • From A.F. and family, guests June 2018

    Just thought I would drop you a quite email to say how much we enjoyed our holiday in Casa dei Fichi. The villa surpassed our expectations in every way. It was a perfect location with stunning views and excellent facilities....

    Staying at Casa dei Fichi, Southern Coast of Tuscany - sleeps 8

  • From C.W. and family, guests June 2018

    Casina was great too for a quiet relaxing week. We didn’t see as much of the area as we wanted as we were just so happy sitting by the pool reading and relaxing after our manic first week! The hosts...

    Staying at Casina, Pisa and Lucca - sleeps 4

  • From M.Y. and family, guests June 2018

    Just wanted to send you a note to let you know we had a wonderful time the other week at Lake Como! What an amazing location! We didn’t really want to leave the house it was so beautiful there with...

    Staying at Archimede, Lake Como - sleeps 11

  • From R.S. and family, guests June 2018

    We stayed for a week at Casa Di Fichi in June 2018 and I just cannot recommend it highly enough. There's along dusty track leading to the villa, which given we arrived on a late flight, was interesting to navigate!...

    Staying at Casa dei Fichi, Southern Coast of Tuscany - sleeps 8

  • From A.M. and family from UK, guests June 2018

    I wanted to write to you to say how much we loved Dimora ! Thank you so much for recommending it to us - we loved every minute we spent there! It was the perfect place for our group just...

    Staying at Dimora, Chianti - sleeps 12

  • From C.W. and family, guests June 2018

    San Michele was absolutely amazing, the grounds were incredible and so well kept, pool area superb, hosts so helpful and two delicious meals with them and vegetables from their veggie patch. Plus a tour of their wine cellar, quite something...

    Staying at San Michele, Arezzo and surroundings - sleeps 8

  • From M.L. from USA, guests June 2018

    I won't make this long but it's safe to say that Pipistrelli was fantastic. Better than expectations which were very high. The villa is absolutely incredible & the level of service was amazing. Francesco is a star. He took amazing...

    Staying at Pipistrelli, Siena and surroundings - sleeps 14

  • From F.S., guests June 2018

    We stayed in Villa da Vinci and loved it! Three generations of our family vacationed together, and it was a perfect destination. The Villa is large, airy and spacious. The setting is stunning, up on a hill among olive groves,...

    Staying at Villa da Vinci for 10, Florence and surroundings - sleeps 10

  • From S & H.W, guests June 2018

    Casa Guelfi in Ameglia, Liguria, Italy was in a superb position, outside the village, on a hill and had spectacular views of the ancient village of Ameglia, perched on the hill opposite. Mario the owner was brilliant - friendly and...

    Staying at Casa Guelfi, Northern Coast of Tuscany - sleeps 2

  • From D.A. from NZ , guests June 2018

    Just wanted to say how much we enjoyed Ragnana and Radicondoli. The house was basic but lovely and our host was wonderful. Despite having problems with the hot water for the first 2 nights we thoroughly enjoyed living there and...

    Staying at Ragnana, Central Tuscany - sleeps 8

  • From J.F. and family from USA, guests June 2018

    I just came back from 3 weeks in Tuscany at the fabulous Docciole property in Chianti. The house is wonderful with a large family dwelling along with 4 private separate apartments. All are well furnished and all have well-equipped kitchens....

    Staying at Docciole, Chianti - sleeps 14

  • From L.E. and family, UK, guests June 2018

    We stayed at La Treggiaia at the beginning of June to celebrate my Mum's 60th birthday. We couldn't recommend it enough - the villa was the ideal base for a relaxing holiday exploring Tuscany. The location is beautiful, overlooking the...

    Staying at Treggiaia, Florence and surroundings - sleeps 4

  • From June and family - from Ireland, guests June 2018

    We stayed in Ragnana Radicondoli, we took Dan's great advice and were not disappointed. The villa is absolutely perfect well stocked , lovely outdoor dining area with a beautiful well maintained pool . The owner Claudio could not have been...

    Staying at Ragnana, Central Tuscany - sleeps 8

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We have grouped our properties by type, so you can find a collection of properties that suit you here.

Villas near restaurants and villages

For some, leaving the car behind and strolling to a local village or nearby restaurant is the essence of a good holiday.

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Getting away from it all

Villas in Tuscany or France where you can feel alone, relaxed, settled into the landscape, out of the everyday. These are rental properties where you can refresh and renew, away from the everyday - even better if your villa has pool or a jacuzzi with a view!

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Romantic Retreats

Rather than a bouquet or chocolates, consider one of these little hideaways ideal for getting away as a couple.

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Beautiful views

Properties with breathtaking views. From the terrace or the pool enjoy the vista disappearing toward the horizon.

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New Arrivals

If you've been travelling with us for a while, why not have a look at the latest additions to our property catalogue.

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Luxurious or exclusive villas

For special occasions or extra pampering, these offer history, striking proportions or the extras of decor and service.

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Local secrets

Stories of local delights, good restaurants, snippets of history.

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August 10, 2018

Pisa's undiscovered gems

Europe offers something for everyone, and discerning travelers should add several European destinations to their ‘must visit’ list. One of the destinations that you must take the time out to...

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July 03, 2018

Why did the Popes move to Avignon?

One cannot fail to notice the Palais des Papes in Avignon, a bulky but impressive and enormous piece of Gothic architecture. The popes did not spend long in Avignon overall,...

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June 27, 2018

The mysterious Cloister of Torri

Close to Siena, on a ridge that descends from the forested hills west of the city, is a small hamlet and an ex-monastery, founded in the 11th century. Inside the...

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February 06, 2018

Tuscany Press Roundup

A roundup of articles about Tuscany, good restaurants, great villas (including ours) fun villages, historic towns

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February 27, 2018

Radicondoli, medieval village west of Siena

The village itself was once fully walled, and much of the walls and the old gates are still standing. The views from the walls and from the village generally are...

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February 06, 2018

My Tuscan Roadtrip - part I

I've just returned from a trip around many of our properties in Tuscany and Umbria; here are some of my highlights and notes - with some links to a selection...

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