Our love affair with Italy now extends beyond the finest 5 star hotels in this romantic, culturally fascinating, aesthetically delightful and genuinely open-hearted country. With an unrivalled reputation for welcoming families, Italy is the perfect place to holiday ‘en-famille’; and with friends too. For these occasions a fully serviced private villa is often the ideal way to relax and unwind, so, with some help from our friends at Homebase Abroad, we have hand-picked an exclusive collection of truly outstanding luxury villas, palazzos and, yes, even a castle that all meet the most exacting requirements of: perfect position, stylish design, cosseting luxury and first class service.
Take Lake Como – a gem in its own right – then add Villa Cima. Commissioned by royalty in 1814, Villa Cima provides a spectacular private escape in the breathtaking grounds of one of the finest luxury hotels in Italy, Villa d’Este. With its perfect location on the banks of Lake Como and regal demeanour, this beautiful villa will frame family memories that will last a lifetime.
Staying with Lake Como, Villa Maria Taglioni was restored by the celebrated ballet dancer Maria Taglioni and has welcomed such esteemed guests as Bellini, Rossini, Franz Lizst and Riccordi. This grand-luxe villa offers a truly refined residence on the secluded western shore of Lake Como.
Just outside Florence we have Villa Fiorentina – a stunning eighteenth century villa in a sylvan setting. The beautifully proportioned classical facade and the immaculate landscaped gardens exude sophistication. The bustling village of Impruneta is only a short walk away.
Perched in Positano on the mesmerising Amalfi Coast, the Palazzo Santa Croce defines palazzo-luxe living. A painstaking seven year restoration has transformed this 17th century baroque masterpiece into a lavish private home offering outstanding vistas from its terraces.
And last but not least there is Torre di Clavel – a Positano icon. It is a 13th century fortress perched on a cliff that plunges into the crystal waters of the Amalfi Coast. This unique residence spreads over multiple levels and is connected by open-air paths and hallways hewn from stone.
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