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, 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.
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...
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...
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.