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.

September 30, 2018

Where in Tuscany was "Killing Eve" filmed?

Tuscany, Culture, Food and wine

Answer: Not where you think ... the opening scene in a Vienna Cafe, for example...


September 29, 2018

Power and Pathos Exhibit in Florence

Florence and surroundings, Museums

In 2015, from March to June, Palazzo Strozzi in Florence hosted a beautiful exhibition of Hellenistic Bronze Sculpture, in collaboration with the Getty foundation.


September 28, 2018

The Leaning Tower of Pisa: Accidental Beauty

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.


September 28, 2018

Why Chianti is among the world’s favourite wines

Tuscany, Chianti, Food and wine, Wineries

​Tuscany is well known for its vineyards and fine wines, which are among the best in the world – but what is it about one in particular, Chianti, that makes...


September 28, 2018

What has Tuscany done for the wine market?

Tuscany, Chianti, Food and wine, Wineries

There is a term which was coined around forty years, and is sometimes bandied around wine, known as Super Tuscan.


September 28, 2018

Watercolour Course in Tuscany

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...


September 28, 2018

Visit the Stately houses of Lucca

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,


September 28, 2018

Tuscany Wines to make moves into UK market

Tuscany, Food and wine, Wineries

A wine distributor in the UK has added Tuscany’s Fattoria Le Pupille to their selection, as the interest in Tuscan wines by UK consumers is at an all-time high.


September 28, 2018

Tuscan wine maker showcases award winning vintages in VinItaly exhibition

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


September 28, 2018

Three sights to see in Siena

Siena and surroundings, Tuscany, Museums, Historical landmarks

Siena is well known as one of Italy’s richest cities, due to its beautiful architecture and rich artistic heritage


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