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.
Lucca and Pisa, Historical landmarks, Culture
The most photographed monument in Italy was never meant to lean - building on the vestiges of a sandy marshland gave the famous tower its perilous tilt.
Culture, Dan's drawings
In 2014 Dan Wrightson will be running 2 courses in Tuscany: a one week watercolour course and a one week untutored course for those who wish to work on their...
Lucca and Pisa, Tuscany, Museums, Historical landmarks
A surprising number of Elegant and beautiful historic villas for summer dwelling surround Lucca, set in formal designed gardens in the hills surrounding the city,
Tuscany, Chianti, Food and wine, Wineries
A Tuscan wine maker will be showcasing their award winning vintages at the 50th edition VinItaly exhibition in Verona