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 02, 2018

Andrea Bocelli to perform twice at Teatro del Silenzio

Lucca and Pisa, Events, Culture

One of Tuscany’s most famous sons regularly sings in the theatre close to his birthplace: Andrea Bocelli sings in Lajatico, 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...


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.


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