Local secrets of Provence, The Italian Lakes, Tuscany and Umbria

Provence, The Italian Lakes, Tuscany and Umbria present a dazzling array of places to visit and things to do - but it's good to have some inside information to find out exactly what they are. On this page you'll find a wealth of articles on how to have a wonderful time no matter where you book your villa - including some very special local secrets.

Naturally, you'll find information about the best villas for certain holidaymakers (couples, groups, families) or particular events (weddings, birthdays, reunions), including romantic retreats, rustic cottages, historic properties and 5-star villas.

From countryside hideaways to accommodation in hilltop towns and medieval villas - here you'll find all the inspiration you need for your next holiday in Italy or France.

October 03, 2018

Along the path to the Candalla mills

Lucca and Pisa, Hiking, Restaurants, Garfagnana and the Apuan Alps

A hike in the steep valleys at the feet of the Apuan Alps, around the mills that were driven by the powerful waterways.


October 03, 2018

Tuscan Building shortlisted for Mies van der Rohe

Chianti, Culture, Wineries

A Tuscan winery has been shortlisted for the prestigious Mies van der Rohe 2015 award, which is the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture and is presented every two years....


October 03, 2018

What to do in Tuscany with Children

Tuscany, For Children

Tuscany is a beautiful part of Italy, and can be enjoyed by people of all ages.However, if you are travelling with children, your itinerary may be slightly different in order...


October 02, 2018

Gucci Osteria in Florence named as one of the world's best new Restaurants for 2018

Florence and surroundings, Restaurants

Conde Nast Traveller has name Gucci OSTERIA as one of the places to eat for 2018


October 02, 2018

Modern art exhibitions in Tuscany

Siena and surroundings, Central Tuscany, Florence and surroundings, Chianti, Museums, South of siena, Val d'Orcia and Amiata

Tuscan guidebooks wax poetically about the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, but if the centuries begin to weigh heavy on you and you yearn for something a bit more contemporary,...


October 02, 2018

Andrea Bocelli to perform twice at Teatro del Silenzio

Lucca and Pisa, Events, Culture

One of Tuscany’s most famous sons will head home this August (2015), when Andrea Bocelli sings in a small town near Pisa.


October 02, 2018

Mirror Writer Loved her Stay at Argentone

Lucca and Pisa, Northern coast of Tuscany, Garfagnana and the Apuan Alps

We’ve recently had a visit from Daily Mirror travel writer Claire O’Boyle and having seen a review of her stay published we’re delighted to be able to say she loved...


October 02, 2018

Daily Mail's John Carter praises Tuscany

Tuscany, Culture

Daily Mail travel writer John Carter has praised Tuscany for its incomparable views and delicious wines and says he has treasured memories from his trip to the region.


October 01, 2018

How to have the perfect Italian villa holiday

Tuscany

This was an article in the Daily Telegraph that gives a good overview of the Villa Rental Market


October 01, 2018

How Sting swapped fields of gold for olive groves

Florence and surroundings, Wineries

Sting and his wife Trudie Styler are two of the most famous expats to live in Tuscany – and they’re embracing the lifestyle of the area by producing their own...


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