Italy has it all – enchanting country landscapes, beautiful towns and villages, fascinating culture and fabulous food and wine. Staying in a luxury villa in Italy gives you the chance to explore this beautiful country from a ‘home-from-home’ base.
Whether you opt for a secluded sanctuary in the centre of Rome, a lovingly restored casale (farmhouse) tucked away in the hills of Tuscany or Umbria or a dramatic luxury villa on the Amalfi Coast, you can’t help fall in love with Italy.
Aaah, la vita è Bella! A stunning palazzo with private access to the shores of Lake Como; beautifully reconfigured ancient stone farmhouses brought bang up to date with modern art and contemporary designer furniture; breakfast on the terrace beside your own private pool at your luxury villa by the beach, as you gaze across the Sardinian skyline; sundowners with your toes in the soft sand at the beach as chef conjures up a gourmet Italian feast back at your own private villa; show stopping hotel villas on private estates surrounded by vineyards and olive groves in the rolling Tuscan hills. There’s something for everyone.
It’s all about the outdoors in Italy and you’ll lose yourself as you recline in enchanting gardens flanked by cypress trees and stone statues, the scent of lemon trees pervading the air. Whatever your Italian dream, you’ll find a luxury villa to suit you.
Italy’s 20 regions have been unified less than two centuries ago, so each area has its own distinct feel – many of Italy’s regions feel almost like small countries in their own right.
There are luxury villas in Italy to suit every type of holiday, from rustic retreats in the wineries of Tuscany and Umbria, to cultural wanders around ruins in Rome, high-glamour on the Amalfi coast, and sophisticated relaxation on the lakes.
Luxury Italian villas might be anything from a converted barn, as rustic on the outside as it is high-spec on the inside, to the sort of property that in the UK would be deemed ‘a stately home’, with manicured gardens, rafts of staff on hand and regal views of the Italian lakes or the Bay of Naples from Villa Astina in Sorrento.
It’s certainly a country of many cultures, but what binds all of it together is an unfailing friendliness and hospitality wherever you go. And, of course, it’s just beautiful. Little wonder that artists from Boticelli to Caravaggio to Michelangelo all hailed from the ‘bel paese’.
What we love about Italy
Even with all that amazing art, spectacular landscapes and historic villages on your doorstep, what we really love is the incredible food. It’s culinary heaven.
Best Places to Eat and Drink
Food is high on the agenda here. It’s what Italy is all about. Aside from the obvious pizza and pasta dishes, almost every region has its own particular speciality and its own D.O.P products. You’ll return home from your luxury villa holiday a food snob but you’ll know you’ve tasted the best mozzarella, Parma ham, olives, ricotta and just about everything in between. Did we mention the wine is pretty good here too?
You could fill entire books with restaurant recommendations in Italy but there are a couple not to miss if you’re nearby on your luxury villa holiday. Osteria Francescana in Modena serves a fusion of traditional and uber-modern Italian cuisine and appears with dogged regularity on various ‘Best Restaurants In The World’ lists and also has three Michelin stars. The restaurant at the Villa Fiordaliso Hotel on Lake Garda is perfect for a special-occasion meal when dining out of your luxury villa, serving creative dishes in the building where Mussolini entertained his mistress, Claretta Petacci.
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As one of the oldest villages in the Alps, Val d’Isère offers the skier and sightseer everything you need in one resort.
If you like the idea of skiing some of Europe’s finest terrain and then wandering around a village with a 900 year old church and a Bell Tower built the same year as Kronenbourg began brewing their world famous beer, then Val d’Isère is the resort for you.
Located at the end of the Tarantaise Valley, Val d’Isère is steeped in farming history and with some of the best skiing in the Alps, it has been a mecca for skiers from all over the globe for many years.
With accessible links to Tignes almost doubling the skiable area available, you are treated to over 330km of pistes covered by 94 super efficient lifts to play on making Val d’Isère one of the winter destinations.
Firefly Collection is delighted to showcase some of the exquisite luxury ski chalets on offer in Val d’Isère.