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, Tuscany
The Annual Puccini Festival is performed in an open-air theatre in a park in Torre del Lago near the home of the famous composer.
Tuscany, Hiking, Active, Climbing, Garfagnana and the Apuan Alps
In the North of Tuscany there are 2 mountain ranges that run parallel with each other and form deep and beautiful valleys
Tuscany, Cookery Classes, Restaurants, Food and wine
Our Tuscan holidays are memorable for many reasons, but one of the main ones is the fantastic food on offer in the region
Siena and surroundings, Events, Tuscany, Historical landmarks, Culture, Music
It would be difficult to find a more dramatic setting for a summer opera or concert than this roofless Cistercian Abbey in Tuscany
Events, Historical landmarks, Culture, Food and wine, Umbria
Welcome to Umbria, the green heart of Italy – Once the home of St. Francis, Umbria is blessed with a gentle landscape of lakes and rivers but also marked by...
Siena and surroundings, Tuscany, Restaurants, Food and wine
Alida Solomon has announced her plans to return to Tuscany with business partner Frank Heaps, where they will open a unique combination of microbrewery and restaurant.