Published by Tim Jepson for The Telegraph
How to book the best Italian villa or self-catering holiday, including advice on trips to Tuscany, Umbria plus our favourite villas, farmhouses, and the best tour operators. By Telegraph Travel’s Italy experts.
How to have the perfect Italian villa holiday
How to book the best Italian villa or self-catering holiday, including advice on trips to Tuscany, Umbria, the Marche, Puglia, Sicily, and Sardinia; plus our favourite villas, farmhouses and apartments, and the best tour operators. By Telegraph Travel’s Italy experts.
Occasionally an Italian “villa” may be just that: a luxurious country retreat fit for a Medici. More usually, it is a converted farmhouse, a modern coastal property, an apartment in a larger rural complex (often with a shared pool), or an agriturismo (an apartment or small house on a farm or estate).
You’ll pay a premium for such accommodation in much of Tuscany and Umbria (see below), because these are the regions with the idyllic, and often larger, properties, the historic towns, the pretty villages, the restaurants, and the glorious countryside that most villa holiday makers seek.
See here for our pick of the top 10 villa holidays in Italy
In Tuscany, Chianti might seem the obvious choice (see “The Regions”), but if you are going to pay a Tuscan premium, head to the area around Montalcino or Pienza, which has finer landscapes, is easier to get around and has more charming small towns. Read more
Take a look at some of our luxurious villas in Tuscany
Spini Bianchi: Max. occupancy 8 persons | Tuscany Coast and Maremma, Tuscany | Private Pool, Internet Connection, Tennis Court
Il Cornello: Max. occupancy 17 persons | Near Montepulciano, Tuscany | Private Pool, Internet Connection, Tennis Court, Air Conditioned Bedrooms
Poggio al Mare: Max. occupancy 8 persons | Near Montepulciano, Tuscany | Private Pool, Internet Connection, Tennis Court, Air conditioning