Real Holidays by yaofenjin


									                                                      2009 EDITION 1

                                            Real Holidays

           Italian Portfolio
U M B R I A ~ T U S C A N Y ~ M A R C H E ~ C A L A B R I A ~ C A M PA N I A ~ B A S I L I C ATA ~ P U G L I A ~ S I C I LY
Le Silve di Armenzano                    4
La Casella                               5
Villa di Monte Solare                    6
Mill House Retreat                       7
Tenuta di Canonica                       8
Casale de Lanci                          9
La Torricella                           10
Il Coltorto                             11
Borgo Il Poeta                          12
Le Torri di Bagnara                     14
Steward's Residence                     15
Agriturismo Sant’Illuminato             16
San Feliciano Residence                 17
Il Convento                             18
Torregentile House                      19
Villa Gonzola                           22
Villa Montauto                          23
Villa Fontalgozzo                       24
Hotel Emilia                            26
Il Biroccio                             28
Agriturismo San Francesco               29
I Calanchi                              30   Tuscany
Villa il Gelso                          31
Tenuta Le Piane                         32             Umbria
Palazzo Belmonte                        36
Foresteria di San Leo                   38
La Locanda delle Donne Monache          39
Hotel Villa delle Meraviglie            40
Villa Cheta Elite                       41                                Campania
Panta Rei                               42                                                           Puglia
Porto Pirgos                            43                                              Basilicata
La Conchiglia                           44
Le Carolee                              45
Masseria Montelauro                     46
Masseria Torre Coccaro                  47
Borgo San Marco                         48
Villa Bella                             49
Palazzo Baldi & Masseria Torre Maizza   50
Southern Italy Fly Drive                51
Hotel Villa Belvedere                   54                               Sicily
Hotel Villa Meligunis                   55
Agave Residence                         56
Baglio Fontana                          57
Baglio Fontanasalsa                     58
Rome & Florence                         60
Naples & Palermo                        61
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  Our Italian programme features properties ranging from four star country hotels to Agriturismo
   apartments with pools. They all share our preference for staying somewhere with character
                 and charm, where there is a commitment to quality and service.

They range from restored farmhouses and Alberghi di Charme in the hilly countryside of Umbria,
  to family run bed and breakfasts in the unexplored Marche, from a unique renovated Cilento
   Palazzo and restored masserias in Puglia to a family friendly villagio on the Calabrian coast.

    All our properties have been chosen so you have places of historical interest to explore.
   In Sicily, they provide different bases for sightseeing including two hotels on the relatively
  unknown western side. In Umbria, local towns such as Todi and Citta di Castello, and Ascoli
                        Piceno in the Marche, will be enjoyed by everyone.

   Last year saw us slipping across the Umbrian border to Tuscany to include a delightful estate
  of Val d'Orcia houses to which we have now added the manager's own converted farmhouse.
 And a May visit to Puglia not only resulted in the lovely Borgo San Marco joining our collection
      of hotels there, but also to our being able to offer you a newly restored villa with pool.

   The setting of our properties is as important as the accommodation, and it was our clients'
appreciation this year of the dramatic landscape of inland and coastal Basilicata that led us to add
             the revived and refurbished Locanda delle Donne Monache in Maratea.

Finally, we know how important food is on holidays in Italy, and all our properties make the best
           of traditional cuisine, or are situated near good local restaurants and shops.

   What's so special about Umbria anyway? You can write reams about its light and landscape
 but you can do that about Tuscany and Ireland and a hundred other places. What is special to
me is that its pleasures are small scale. It is Perugino rather than Leonardo, it is Montefalco rather
   than Siena, it is students outnumbering tourists in Perugia’s Piazza Italia. And although it is
 remarkably unspoilt, Umbria manages to balance its agricultural heritage with local industry so
                   you feel you are staying in a region that is still very much alive.

Le Silve di Armenzano is a beautifully restored farmhouse, set in peaceful countryside in the wooded hills near
Assisi, which had been converted into an extremely comfortable hotel with self catering apartments nearby.

L    e Silve is one of Real Holidays' favourite
     hotels, not least due to its stunning
location. It is equidistant from Assisi and
Spello, along narrow country roads through
the forested slopes of Mount Subasio.
The hotel, originally a 10th century Inn,
is situated on top of a hill, on one of the
lower slopes of the mountain. We first
stayed there in October, when the array
of autumn colours rivalled anything that
New England has to offer.
                                                           The fine dining relies on local produce with    LE SELVE AND BASALETTO
This inn has been restored to a very high                  handmade pasta and traditional Umbrian          If Le Silve seems remote, drive on another
standard, whilst retaining the features of its             cooking. Guests staying at Le Silve have        1200m and 3000m respectively to the two
old stone walls, wooden beams and worn                     access to the surrounding national park,        farmhouses that the hotel offers on a self
terracotta tiled floors. The large bedrooms                which provides some lovely walking terrain      catering basis. Each attractive old building
are stylish, with thoughtfully chosen antique              in natural parklands, where deer and sheep      is in a spectacular position. At Le Selve there
furniture and well equipped bathrooms.                     roam free. For days spent at the hotel, aside   are 4 apartments sleeping 2 to 4 people.
There are several lounges throughout the                   from plenty of spots from which to enjoy the    Two of the apartments have an adjoining
bedroom areas, which add to the feeling                    panoramic views of the woodlands, there is      door which makes them ideal for families.
of space and relaxation.                                   also a swimming pool and a tennis court.
                                                           Horse riding and quad bikes are available       There are 7 apartments at Basaletto, also
A separate, equally elegant building,                      from the hotel, but the beautiful countryside   sleeping 2 to 4 people. They are comfortable
in the landscaped gardens is home to a                     and accessible culture should keep most         and well furnished and have been converted
large comfortable bar and restaurant.                      people content.                                 to retain their simple traditional Umbrian
                                                                                                           feel. Both have private outdoor areas for
    Facilities                        19 hotel rooms, 11 apartments, 3 swimming pools open                 eating and sitting out and Basaletto has
                                      May to September, tennis, quad bikes, horse riding nearby,           its own swimming pool. Guests staying at
                                      walking trails.                                                      Le Selve can use the new large swimming
    Nearest Restaurant                On site                                                              pool located a few minutes' drive from
    Nearest Shops                     Assisi 10km                                                          the apartments with glorious views of
    Nearest Airport                   Perugia 38km                                                         Mt Subasio. Both farmhouses have access
    Local Interest                    Assisi, Spello and Perugia are all within an hour's drive            to the facilities of the hotel, including
                                                                                                           the restaurant.

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La Casella is set in the midst of beautiful Umbrian countryside, 6km from the road, approximately 2 hours north
of Rome. It is within easy reach of Orvieto whilst Assisi, Florence and Siena can be visited for the day.

                                                                                                     aged between 4 and 10 years, lessons are
                                                                                                     given on ponies and there is a pony club
                                                                                                     which youngsters can join. They have also
                                                                                                     expanded their beauty centre, which offers
                                                                                                     treatments and massages by appointment.

                                                                                                     Great importance is placed on the food
                                                                                                     at La Casella and the chefs pride
                                                                                                     themselves on providing local Umbrian
                                                                                                     dishes accompanied by an endless supply
                                                                                                     of Orvieto wines. The set dinner menu
                                                                                                     changes every day and meals are served
                                                                                                     at long tables in the restaurant or on the
                                                                                                     terrace in the warmer months, enabling
                                                                                                     guests to mix with one another. Children
                                                                                                     can be catered for in the early evening
                                                  The brick and terracotta floors ensure that        and vegetarians are well provided for.
                                                  the rooms keep wonderfully cool.
                                                                                                     La Casella is popular all year round; for
                                                  Whilst La Casella is an ideal base for             families this is an ideal playground for
                                                  exploring the surrounding area, there are          younger children and for couples there is
                                                  plenty of activities available. There are          a chance to be together in a calm and
                                                  2 swimming pools, the main one is at               beautiful environment.
                                                  La Quercia and there is a second smaller
                                                  pool at San Gregorio, which has wonderful          The owners, Luciano and Simona Nenna,

L   a Casella consists of 4 renovated
    farmhouses, housing 32 rooms, spread
over the 1000 acre estate. La Quercia,
                                                  views over the valley. There is a tennis
                                                  court available and mountain bike rental
                                                  can be arranged through a local company.
                                                                                                     and their partner Tommaso, are constantly
                                                                                                     striving to improve the facilities, while
                                                                                                     Agneta, with day to day responsibility for
the main building, where the restaurant,          In addition there is a superb equestrian           the guests, is always on hand to make
reception and some of the rooms are               centre with tuition for all levels. For children   sure you are enjoying your stay.
located, is probably the best choice for
families with very young children, particularly     Facilities                 32 rooms in total, 6 in La Quercia, 9 in La Terrazza, 7 in Le
as there are two sets of interconnecting                                       Noci and 10 in San Gregorio, all en suite with bath or shower
rooms. San Gregorio is the furthest away                                       and hairdryer. 2 outdoor pools (18x9m and 10x9m), both open
from the main building and the views from                                      May to September, tennis, equestrian centre, walking trails,
its hilltop position are breathtaking.                                         wellness farm, billiards table.
The remaining 2 farmhouses, La Terrazza             Nearest Restaurant         On site
and Le Noci, are a short walk from La               Nearest Shops              Parrano 10km (limited facilities), Fabro 12km
Quercia. The rooms in La Terrazza are               Nearest Airport            Perugia 110km
slightly more spacious than in Le Noci.                                        Rome 166km
All the rooms at La Casella have been               Local Interest             Orvieto and Todi are within an hour, while Spoleto, Perugia,
refurbished with red and gold decor which                                      Assisi, Florence and Siena can all be visited in a day.
is both stylish and extremely comfortable.

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In a tranquil position near Lake Trasimeno, the Villa di Monte Solare is an elegant hotel set in lovely walking
country within easy access of the Umbrian capital Perugia, and has recently become a member of Small Luxury
Hotels of the World.

S   et on a hilltop overlooking the                          grown produce is often used in their            Alternatively, should you wish to
    Umbrian hills, the Villa di Monte                        preparation. Alternatively there are several    combine your holiday with learning a
Solare provides a haven for those looking                    restaurants in the nearby town of Tavernelle.   new skill, the resident chef at the Villa
for relaxation and an excellent base for                                                                     di Monte Solare offers cookery courses
those wanting to discover Umbria and                         There are 2 swimming pools at the Villa di      of various lengths. Please ask us for
neighbouring Tuscany.                                        Monte Solare, both with stunning views          more details.
                                                             over the countryside.
There are 25 rooms in total spread over 5                                                                    "Le Muse" is the most recent addition to
buildings, ranging from classic rooms to suites.             There is also a clay tennis court and the       the facilities at the Villa di Monte Solare.
                                                             hotel will be happy to arrange several          A haven of peace and tranquility, the spa
Lunch and dinner are served in the main                      different activities such as walking, cycling   offers a range of oriental and western
building for all guests and the Villa's home                 or wine tours.                                  treatments for clients wishing to indulge
                                                                                                             themselves just a little bit further!

    Facilities                         25 rooms in total, all with air conditioning, minibar, TVs,
                                                                                                             During the summer months the Villa has
                                       bathrobe, hair dryers and internet access. 2 outdoor pools (both
                                                                                                             regular musical and cultural events in
                                       12x6m) open May to September, spa, tennis, mountain bikes,
                                                                                                             either the small chapel or the gardens.
                                       walking trails, cookery lessons, golf 21km, horse riding 15km.
    Nearest Restaurant                 On site or Tavernelle
                                                                                                             The owners of the Villa di Monte Solare,
    Nearest Shops                      Tavernelle or Perugia 26km
                                                                                                             Filippo and Rosemarie, provide a very
    Nearest Airport                    Perugia 26km
                                                                                                             warm welcome to all guests and are
    Local Interest                     Perugia, Assisi, Orvieto, Gubbio, Lake Trasimeno, Todi and
                                                                                                             willing to assist in any way to make your
                                       Città di Castello all within easy reach.
                                                                                                             visit more memorable.

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The Mill House Retreat is a 300 year old mill set in beautiful countryside, near Castel Ritaldi, 13km from Spoleto,
which has been restored and converted by a hospitable and friendly Swiss couple, Daniel and Marianne, into an
exceptionally attractive country hotel.

T    he lovely mellow stone buildings are set
     in beautiful gardens with a brook and a
variety of different flowers, ideal surroundings
                                                   shower and some with bath. Some of the
                                                   rooms are on two floors, with a loft style
                                                   sleeping area, and some have a garden
                                                                                                   outstanding. The chef will also give cookery
                                                                                                   lessons at guests' request. There are over
                                                                                                   100 different wines in the cellar, many from
for the swimming pool, which some people           patio. All have telephone and internet          Umbria and the surrounding regions, and
are loath to leave throughout their stay.          points, and television if requested.            there is also a small hotel shop selling the
For those who do want to explore the area,                                                         best of the local produce.
Perugia, Todi, Assisi and Norcia are all           There is a particularly stylish lounge area
within easy reach, and there are also              where traditional Umbrian materials are         The Mill House Retreat is a perfect choice
different activities such as mountain biking,      mixed with upholstery fabrics in warm           for those who want perfect tranquillity
table tennis, horse riding and hiking either       colours. The restaurant, which is only for      in comfortable, stylish surroundings with
on site or nearby.                                 residents, has an outside terrace in the        good food and many interesting places to
                                                   midst of the gardens, and the food is           visit nearby.
Marianne was previously the owner of
a design shop in Switzerland, and this is            Facilities                11 rooms, outdoor pool open May to September, table tennis,
reflected in the tastefulness of the interior                                  horseback riding, mountain biking and hiking all close by.
of the hotel. Each of the 8 bedrooms and             Nearest Restaurant        On site, or Spoleto 13km
3 suites is different, but all are attractively      Nearest Shops             Spoleto 13km
decorated and furnished in the colours               Nearest Airport           Perugia 60km
typical of Umbria. All have terracotta tiled         Local Interest            Perugia, Assisi, Spoleto and Todi all within an hour's drive.
floors and excellent bathrooms, some with

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                                                                                                          in the distance. The large swimming
                                                                                                          pool is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy
                                                                                                          spectacular views, and many people will
Set in the lovely Umbrian countryside is Tenuta di Canonica, a small
                                                                                                          be happy to spend much of their time
family owned hotel, which is the perfect place to get away from it all.
                                                                                                          here and in the rest of the grounds.
                                                                                                          You will be assured of a warm welcome
T   enuta di Canonica is situated in a
    lovely position, 9km from the walled
town of Todi and 45km from Perugia.
                                                           these are especially appealing, particularly
                                                           the one spread over two levels. All the        from the manager who ensures that
                                                                                                          guests have everything to make their stay
                                                           rooms have attractive tiled bathrooms.
The building, parts of which date back to                                                                 an enjoyable one.
medieval times, used to be a monastery                     The atmosphere is more like a country
and has been beautifully restored.                         home than a hotel. Downstairs there is
There are 11 bedrooms in the main                          a large, comfortable sitting room with a
house, each one individually decorated                     fireplace and a library as well as a dining
in lovely colours, and elegantly furnished                 room, but in summer, meals are taken
with antiques. Three of the rooms are                      outside on the terrace from which there
junior suites (with air conditioning), and                 are views towards Todi and Lake Corbara

    Facilities                         8 rooms and 3 junior suites, swimming pool, open May to
    Nearest Restaurant                 On site for guests only, or Todi 6km
    Nearest Shops                      Pontecuti 3km for basic shops, Todi 6km
    Nearest Airport                    Perugia 45km
    Local Interest                     Todi, Perugia, and Orvieto are all within easy reach

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Casale de Lanci is the latest labour of love for Louise and Eugenio Grippo, the owners of Borgo Il Poeta.

                                                                                               bathrooms. Also on this floor is a billiard
                                                                                               room, an unusual feature which has proved
                                                                                               extremely popular with our guests. On the
                                                                                               2nd floor is the master suite, with a four
                                                                                               poster bed and a separate study with space
                                                                                               for an extra bed. The en suite bathroom in
                                                                                               white marble is particularly luxurious, and
                                                                                               has a huge walk in shower.

T    his magnificent villa, which sleeps up
     to 10 guests, is set in 70 acres of
forested land and its hilltop position gives
                                               racks and a selection of home produced oil,
                                               vinegar and jam.
                                                                                               The remaining two rooms are in Mezzatorre,
                                                                                               a separate building across the courtyard,
                                                                                               with its own private shaded patio. There are
it the most wonderful views over the           The dining room has a substantial table         2 bedrooms, a double and a twin, both with
northern Umbrian countryside. The local        which seats 14, and leads onto a large          outside access and their own living area
towns are full of art treasures such as La     shaded terrace with a wooden table and          with television and a small fridge. Both
Madonna del Parto, by Piero della              chairs for outside dining.                      rooms have en suite bathrooms, and one
Francesca. Lake Trasimeno, Assisi and                                                          is suitable for disabled access.
Perugia are all a short drive away.            The living room is comfortably furnished with
                                               sofas and armchairs and an open fireplace       Steps lead down from the villa to the large
Casale de Lanci has been renovated to an       and French doors lead out onto a terrace.       swimming pool with Jacuzzi as well as a
exceptionally high standard. The thick                                                         well maintained tennis court. Casale de
stone walls keep the house cool in summer,     On the 1st floor there are 2 bedrooms, 1        Lanci and Mezzatorre are sold as one
and much of the attractive furniture comes     large and light double and 1 twin, each with    property, but the main building may sometimes
from the local town of Citta di Castello,      their own outside access and en suite           be rented on its own in low season.
which is renowned throughout Italy for
its craftsmanship. Downstairs in the             Facilities               3 bedrooms in the main house, 2 bedrooms in the Mezzatorre,
kitchen, dining room and living room,                                     all en suite. Outdoor pool, tennis court (please bring own
the floors are made from terracotta stone                                 equipment).
tiles, while upstairs the bedroom floors         Nearest Restaurant       Various within 3km
are of beautiful polished wood.                  Nearest Shops            Umbertide 10km
                                                 Nearest Airport          Perugia 40km, Bologna 220km
All the living areas are very spacious. The      Local Interest           Perugia, Gubbio, Assisi, Bevagna, Spello, Città di Castello,
large kitchen is fully equipped, and there                                San Sepolcro and Spoleto all within an easy drive.
is a separate larder with fully stocked wine

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Its spectacular position in the Umbrian countryside with views across to Todi, and the exceptional level of comfort,
are two of the reasons why La Toricella has become a firm favourite with our recent guests.

T   his entirely stone built villa is set in
    beautiful landscaped gardens, with
a variety of flower beds and rose gardens,
an impressive avenue of cypress trees and
lavender. Michael Blampied, the English
owner, and Gabriella, his Italian wife, have
put a lot of thought into the villa and their
attention to detail has created the warmth
and welcome of a real home.

The villa has 5 bedrooms. There are 3 en
suite twin/double bedrooms, 1 with a four
poster bed and 2 with direct access to a
terrace. The remaining 2 twin rooms are
in the tower and they share a bathroom.
The rooms are all light and spacious and
attractively furnished. The fabrics are mainly
white and beige, providing a vivid contrast
with the hand made terracotta pavings,                      The oak beamed kitchen is fully equipped    It also contains information on additional
dark wood furniture and timber beamed                       with gas hob, electric oven, microwave      activities which are on offer in the area,
ceilings in the Umbrian tradition.                          and dishwasher and there is a choice of     such as horse riding and holisitic massages.
                                                            both an indoor and outdoor barbeque.
The villa sleeps 10 comfortably and                         With prior notice it is also possible to    La Torricella is in a wonderful position
because the living and outside seating                      arrange for a cook service, which is paid   for visiting the towns of Umbria. Todi is
areas are so spacious, there is never any                   for locally. The large swimming pool has    under 4km away, Bevagna, Montefalco
feeling of overcrowding. The airy lounge                    been positioned in order to make the most   and Perugia are within 35km and Orvieto
is equipped with every convenience to                       of superb views over the countryside.       and Assisi a short distance further.
make your stay more pleasurable.                            The owners have provided a very helpful
                                                            handbook with advice on local shopping,
The two wisteria covered terraces are ideal                 eating out, entertainment and information
for outdoor dining, and the extensive                       on all the summer fairs which take place
gardens provide plenty of quiet places to sit.              in Umbria.

     Facilities                         5 bedroom villa with satellite TV, DVD player, stereo system,
                                        swimming pool (usually open from May to October),
                                        fully equipped kitchen including dishwasher, hair dryers,
                                        pool towels and bath robes .
     Nearest Restaurant                 Todi 4km
     Nearest Shops                      Todi 4km
     Nearest Airport                    Perugia 35km and Rome 140km
     Local Interest                     Todi, Perugia, Assisi and Spoleto all within easy reach

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Knowing the professionalism and care that Benedetta demonstrates as manager at La Foce meant that we were
excited to learn that she had been working on converting a former farmhouse in a very quiet and unspoilt setting
near Gioiella on the Tuscan/Umbrian border.

                                                                                              A warm greeting and help is on hand from
T   his forgotten corner escapes the guide
    books and allows you to explore the
local villages with their churches and narrow
                                                beamed ceilings, the interior design has a
                                                light and contemporary touch with a large     Benedetta's parents who can help with your
                                                                                              first shopping, and arrange for any cooking
                                                and comfortably furnished sitting room and
streets well away from the tour buses.          a well equipped kitchen. Adjacent to the      and extra cleaning on request.
                                                entrance there is a stone paved and covered
The original farmhouse had been split into      patio, perfect for al fresco meals, which     A family taking Il Coltorto this year has
two independent houses and Benedetta            looks across the garden with its shady        a wonderful opportunity to take
and her brother have taken three years to       corners and the large pool set among the      advantage of a villa and pool intended
completely rebuild theirs. This has allowed     landscaped herb bushes and olive trees.       for two families.
them to create a more modern but
sympathetic version of the original, adding      Facilities             3 bedrooms (2 double and 1 twin), 3 bathrooms (1 with bath),
and enlarging windows to make the most                                  swimming pool (5x12m), fully equipped kitchen with oven
of the views of Lake Chiusi and the                                     and dishwasher, large sitting room with satellite TV and CD
surrounding landscape.                                                  player. First shopping, cooking and extra cleaning on request.
                                                 Nearest Restaurant     10km
Next year they will have created two             Nearest Shops          Vaiano and Gioiella for basic needs 2 minute drive. Chiusi
separate units, one on each floor, but for                              with supermarkets 15 minute drive
2009 they have just opened the one on the        Local Interest         Sleepy market town and Etruscan tombs of Chiusi. Siena,
ground floor. This can sleep 6 with 3                                   Orvieto and Arezzo all with 45 minutes. Watersports at
bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. While using                                   Castiglione del Lago 15 mintues.
traditional floor tiles and keeping the

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B O R G O I L P O E TA                                                                              honeymooners or groups of friends. At the
                                                                                                    heart of Borgo Il Poeta is a courtyard with
Located in the unspoilt countryside of Northern Umbria, Borgo Il Poeta
was formerly the site of one of the watch towers which stood along                                  lovely views overlooking the countryside.
the Tuscan/Umbrian border. Today, the remnants of the 16th century tower
and the hamlet surrounding it have been integrated into a collection of                             The swimming pool is just below the
6 elegant country houses.                                                                           gardens and guests are provided with
                                                                                                    pool towels. There is also a tennis
                                                                                                    court, croquet lawn and an area for
                                                                                                    practising your skills at bocce, and the
                                                                                                    surrounding countryside has many
                                                                                                    trails for enthusiastic walkers.

                                                                                                    All 6 houses have been furnished to a
                                                                                                    very high standard, with comfortable sofas
                                                                                                    and armchairs in the living areas, antique
                                                                                                    furniture throughout and modern tiled
                                                                                                    bathrooms with either bath or shower.
                                                                                                    The kitchens all have hob, oven, fridge
                                                                                                    freezer and dishwasher, as well as all
                                                                                                    necessary kitchen equipment. All houses
                                                                                                    are stocked with wine and products which
                                                                                                    are made at Borgo Il Poeta, and are paid
                                                                                                    for on consumption. By prior arrangement,
                                                                                                    an evening meal can be provided for the
                                                                                                    day of arrival. Fresh bread can be
                                                                                                    delivered to the house by agreement
                                                                                                    with Simona, the housekeeper at Borgo Il
                                                                                                    Poeta, and she is always on hand to help
                                                                                                    with any day to day queries.

                                                                                                    Each house has its own private outside
                                                                                                    seating area, with tables and chairs
                                                                                                    suitable for al fresco dining.

                                                                                                    Two of the houses are detached and
                                                                                                    ideal for couples, whilst the other four
                                                                                                    are all located in the central building,
                                                                                                    where the thick stone walls ensure total

T    his corner of Umbria has a wealth               overlooks the Tiber Valley to the front,       privacy and also keep the houses cool
     of places to visit; the hilltop towns of        and all the houses have views of fields and    in the summer months.
Montone and Gubbio, San Sepolcro, the                forested hillsides, which come alive with
birthplace of the artist Piero della Francesca,      colour, particularly in the early summer       La Casetta - sleeps 2. La Casetta is the
and the lovely town of Citta di Castello are         when the sunflowers are in bloom.              smallest and most private of the houses
all close by.                                        The layout of the property is such that if     as it is set slightly apart from the others.
                                                     you want privacy you can find it, but there    The living room has wooden beamed
Borgo Il Poeta is the perfect place for guests       are also opportunities to socialise with       ceilings and stone floors and leads through
to get away from it all and relax. The property      fellow guests, making it ideal for families,   an archway into the small dining area and

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kitchen. The large bedroom has an                poster canopy bed and en suite bathroom.        piano at the other, beyond which are French
antique iron bed, which can be made up           An en suite twin room is also on this floor.    doors leading out onto the courtyard with a
as a twin or double and an en suite              Another double bedroom is on the 2nd            large wooden table. The dining room, the
bathroom with shower.                            floor and has sweeping views over the           large kitchen and a twin/double bedroom,
                                                 countryside. The private seating area for       lead off from the living room. All these
Casa Santa Lucia - sleeps 2. Although            Casa Loggia is set slightly apart from the      rooms have direct access to the terrace which
Casa Santa Lucia is for 2 people, it has         house, behind the chapel.                       runs along the front of the house.
plenty of space. The entrance is at the
rear of the house where there is a large         Casa Tettoia - sleeps 8. Casa Tettoia is the    Upstairs there is a twin and double bedroom,
expanse of lawn with outdoor furniture.          largest of the houses at Borgo Il Poeta and     both en suite, and the final double bedroom
The comfortable living room has an               is really very special. The grand entrance      is on the second floor, facing the front of
enormous picture window overlooking              hall leads to a large living area, with         the property and enjoying the view over the
the countryside. The en suite bedroom            armchairs and sofas at one end and a            Tiber Valley.
has a four poster canopy bed. Stairs lead
down from the living room to the kitchen,
dining room and outdoor seating area.

Casa Monte - sleeps 6. Casa Monte's
large, cool hallway leads through to the
dining room and kitchen, beyond which
French doors lead out onto the central
courtyard. On the 1st floor you will find
the bright and airy sitting room, a double
bedroom and a study. The master bedroom,
with an iron four poster bed, is on the
2nd floor. This room has its own private
terrace with wonderful views towards
Montone and an en suite bathroom with
separate WC. An en suite twin bedroom
is also on this floor.

Casa Torre - sleeps 4. Casa Torre is
built around the original watchtower.
The ground floor has a living room,
dining area and kitchen and private
seating area in the garden. On the first
floor there is an en suite master bedroom
with an iron bed and wooden floor,                 Facilities               6 houses sleeping from 2 to 8 with satellite TV, stereo, heating,
a study, a twin room and a bathroom.                                        hairdryers, bathrobes and fully equipped kitchens. Swimming
                                                                            pool (6.4x13m), tennis court, croquet lawn, walking trails,
Casa Loggia - sleeps 6. Casa Loggia has a                                   small exercise room.
lot of stairs as it is built on an incline, so     Nearest Restaurant       Various within 3km
all the rooms are on different levels, giving      Nearest Shops            Umbertide 10km
it great character. The living room leads          Nearest Airport          Perugia 40km, Bologna 220km
down to a large dining room with fireplace         Local Interest           Perugia, Gubbio, Assisi, Bevegna, Spello, Ciita di Castello,
and a separate small kitchen. There is a                                    San Sepolcro and Spoleto all within an easy drive.
large double bedroom with king size four

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Le Torri de Bagnara is situated on a hill overlooking the Upper Tiber Valley
about 15 minutes from Perugia in the centre of a 1500 acre estate.

                                                                                                       working fireplaces and terracotta stone floors,
                                                                                                       fully equipped kitchens, satellite television,
                                                                                                       internet access and central heating.

                                                                                                       The Vassal, sleeps 4+1. This apartment has
                                                                                                       1 bedroom, which can be a double or
                                                                                                       twin, 1 bedroom with a small double bed,
                                                                                                       a single room, spacious living room, kitchen
                                                                                                       and a large bathroom.

                                                                                                       The Lady, sleeps 4+1. This apartment has
                                                                                                       2 double or twin rooms, one of which is on

T   he accommodation consists of a
    medieval stone tower and an abbey
both dating back to the 13th century and
                                                    The apartments, situated in the tower further
                                                    up the hill from the hotel, have a panoramic
                                                    terrace with views of the surrounding
                                                                                                       the first floor of the tower and has a stone
                                                                                                       barrel vaulted ceiling. There is a living room,
                                                                                                       fully equipped kitchen and a bathroom with
preserving their original structure and with        countryside. There is a large communal             bath and shower. There is also an en suite
lovely views over the Umbrian countryside.          sitting room and a separate room for tasting       single room adjacent to the apartment which
The Tower residence houses 4 separate self          the wine and olive oil from the estate.            can be booked in conjunction with The Lady.
catering apartments sleeping 2 to 5 people,
while the hotel, the San Quirico Abbey              Lunch and dinner are served on a request           The Knight, sleeps 4. This apartment has 2
Relais, has 4 rooms and 3 junior suites.            basis for guests staying in both San Quirico       double bedrooms and is situated on the 3rd
                                                    and the Tower Residence. The restaurant            and 4th floors of the tower. It has a living
There is a very large fan shaped salt water         specialises in Umbrian food, and the chef          room and dining room with kitchen, plus
swimming pool in a panoramic position               is very flexible, and vegetarian, vegan and        a bathroom with shower.
overlooking the valley and Mount Subasio            most other diets can be catered for.
in the estate's huge gardens. The gardens                                                              The Joker, sleeps 2. This apartment is on
are exceptional, having been created by a           All the apartments are spacious and                the ground floor and has a small double
landscape architect to flower from spring           architecturally interesting with attractive 19th   bedroom, a living room with kitchen corner
to autumn.                                          century antique furnishings. They all have         and a bathroom with shower.

                                                      Facilities                4 double rooms, 3 junior suites and 4 apartments, all with TVs.
                                                                                The apartments have full kitchens with dishwashers and maid
                                                                                service, swimming pool, laundry payable locally, babysitting
                                                                                on request, mountain bikes available for hire, tennis 5km.
                                                      Nearest Restaurant        On site or 2km
                                                      Nearest Shops             2km
                                                      Nearest Airport           Perugia 20km or
                                                      Local Interest            Perugia, Spello and Assisi are all within easy reach

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                                                                                                 La Scuderia, sleeps 4. This apartment is
                                                                                                 on the ground floor. There is a kitchen and
                                                                                                 living room, a double bedroom, a twin
                                                                                                 bedded room and a bathroom with a bath.

                                                                                                 Il Gastaldo, sleeps 4+2. This is a huge
                                                                                                 ground floor apartment with a fireplace,
                                                                                                 a large living room with a kitchen and
The Steward's Residence was originally a fortified hamlet and has been                           two extra beds. There is a double bedroom,
exquisitely restored by its present owners and converted into six apartments.
                                                                                                 a twin bedded room and a bathroom
                                                 All the apartments have terraces for sitting
I t is situated in an area full of Renaissance                                                   with a bath and shower.
  art and architecture, 9km from the historic    out and eating.
town of Umbertide and 25km from the                                                              Il Fienile, sleeps 4. This is one of the two
beautiful medieval hilltop town of Gubbio.       La Torre, sleeps 4. This apartment is on        ground floor apartments in the particularly
The buildings are on top of a hill and           three floors connected by a steep wooden        attractive converted outhouse. There is
therefore the heat is never oppressive and       staircase. On the ground floor there is the     a living room with a kitchen, a double
each apartment has wonderful views of the        kitchen and living room.                        bedroom, a twin bedded room and a
completely unspoilt Umbrian countryside.                                                         bathroom with shower.
                                                 On the first floor there is a double room
There are 4 simple apartments in the main        and a bathroom with a shower. On the            La Legnaia, sleeps 4. This is the other
building, in one of which the owners live.       second floor there is a room with two           apartment in the converted outhouse.
There are 2 more apartments in a renovated       single beds, and on the third floor a           It has a living room with a kitchen and
outhouse. Each apartment has been                terrace with panoramic views of the             fireplace, a double bedroom, a twin
individually and tastefully restored using       surrounding countryside.                        bedded room and a bathroom with shower.
original Umbrian furnishings. Most of
the furniture is antique, but comfortable.         Facilities               5 apartments, outdoor pool (12x6.5m) open May to September,
                                                                            table tennis, tennis 9km, horseriding 15km, washing machine
There is a lovely swimming pool                                             (paid locally).
surrounded by hedges, which protects it            Nearest Restaurant       Umbertide 9km, or on site (open 2 nights a week)
from the breeze. A new addition for 2008           Nearest Shops            Umbertide 9km, Gubbio 25km
was a restaurant, open only to guests and          Nearest Airport          Perugia 42km, Forli 150km
run by the owners and their daughter,              Local Interest           Gubbio, Perugia and Città di Castello all within an hour's drive
and currently open on Wednesday and                                         and Todi and Orvieto both under a two hour drive.
Saturday evenings.

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Sant'Illuminato is set in 18 hectares of land with uninterrupted views from the low hills overlooking the Tiber Valley
close to the Umbrian / Tuscan border, near Citta di Castello, San Sepolcro and Cortona.

T   here is a large swimming pool protected
    by a fence, and a lake where you can
row a boat, fish, or just picnic on the shores.
This agriturismo is perfect for families,
as the owners, who live on site, have small
children themselves, and cots and high
chairs are provided as well as outside toys.
                                                     made into doubles and can accommodate             a large living/dining room, with a kitchen
The original building dates from the late 1600s,     extra beds for children, and a bathroom with      area (no oven) and a bathroom with shower.
and has been painstakingly restored to preserve      bath as well as shower. The sitting room is
the original architecture and to create 5            very spacious and the large kitchen is well       The Roses, sleeps 4+2. This apartment is on
independent and distinctive apartments.              equipped with an oven and dishwasher.             the first floor overlooking the lake and has 2
The thick stone walls keep the apartments            The apartment is on the ground floor with         bedrooms, with a double sofa bed in the living
cool in summer and warm in winter. All the           views over the lake, and is perfect for a         area. One bedroom has a hand painted four
apartments have wooden beams, terracotta             family. It also has disabled access.              poster double bed and the other has twin
stone tiles and stone fireplaces, but each is                                                          beds. The living room in this apartment is
individually decorated and furnished. In             The Olive Tree and the Sunflowers, sleeps         upstairs and has a kitchen area (no oven).
addition, each apartment has a double sofa           4+2 each. The Olive Tree is on the first floor    The bathroom has a bath as well as shower.
bed in the living room which can                     and the Sunflowers on the ground, but
accommodate 2 extra people if necessary.             otherwise they are similar, with views over       The Grapes, sleeps 2. This is a smaller
                                                     the Tiber Valley. Both have 2 twin rooms          apartment on the first floor with one double
Sant'Illuminato is in an ideal position for          which can be made into doubles and space          bed, a living room with kitchen area
visiting all the major sites of Umbria, but has      for an extra bed for a child. They also have      (no oven) and a bathroom with shower.
plenty of space to enjoy the quieter delights
of swimming in the pool or boating on the               Facilities               Five apartments sleeping 2 to 8, all have heating, satellite tv,
lake. The owner Marco, is rightly proud of it,                                   Wi-Fi access, microwaves. Swimming pool (6x12m), small
and will do his best to make your stay as                                        aircraft landing facility, shared laundry facilities and children's
enjoyable as possible, with advice on sites                                      play area.
and restaurants, welcome drinks and dinner              Nearest Restaurant       Calzolaro 1.5 km
for all the guests once a week.                         Nearest Shops            Trestina 4 km
                                                        Nearest Airport          Perugia 40 km
The Tulip, sleeps 4+4. This is the largest              Local Interest           Montone, Citta di Castello, Gubbio.
apartment with 2 twin rooms which can be

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One of the great attractions of this property is that as well as its wonderful position on a hillside overlooking Lake
Trasimeno, it is only 400m from the village of San Feliciano.
                                                                                                  Il Fagione, sleeps 4. This is also on the first
                                                                                                  floor and would be suitable for a family with
                                                                                                  young children, although note should be
                                                                                                  made of the steps between the living area
                                                                                                  and bedrooms. There is one double bedroom
                                                                                                  and a smaller second bedroom with bunk
                                                                                                  beds. There is a good sized and well
                                                                                                  equipped kitchen/dining area with sofa
                                                                                                  and a bathroom with shower.

                                                                                                  La Beccaccia, sleeps 2. This ground floor
                                                                                                  apartment sleeps 2 but has plenty of space.
                                                                                                  The double bedroom has a small study area
                                                                                                  and the apartment can be connected to La

H    ere there are several shops and good
     fish restaurants to choose from.
However, you may find it difficult to tear
                                               The San Feliciano Residence is a good base
                                               for exploration, since its position on the
                                               lake gives you access to the other lakeside
                                                                                                  Tortora. It also has a well equipped kitchen
                                                                                                  with oven and freezer and a small private
                                                                                                  furnished area outside.
yourself away from the view from your          resorts, the Umbrian towns on your side
apartment of a magical sunset over the         of the lake and Tuscan towns such as               La Tortora, sleeps 2. La Tortora is a split level
water and the Isola Polvese.                   Montepulciano on the other. This is also           apartment with a pretty double bedroom and
                                               a well known bird watching area, as                living/dining area plus a bathroom with shower.
The house is a mixture of the 18th century     reflected in the names of the apartments.
and modern, and has been restored with                                                            Il Martin Pescatore, sleeps 4. This is on the
style into 6 apartments sleeping from 2 to 6   The apartments are all very stylishly decorated,   first floor. The double bedroom has a balcony
people. A 7th apartment is reserved by the     complementing the terracotta tiled floors.         with a lovely view of the lake. The large
owners. Most of the apartments have a                                                             kitchen/dining area has an oven and freezer.
view over the lake and all have an outside     Il Germano Reale, sleeps 4+2. This apartment       It also has a sofa bed.
seating area. There is also a large communal   is on the first floor and shares a large terrace
room with country style tables, television,    with Il Fagione. The living room also              La Ghiandaia, sleeps 4. This apartment is
and a furnished covered terrace at the front   contains the kitchen units with an oven            on two floors. The living room with kitchen
of the building where you can eat after        and freezer as well as a sofa that becomes         facilities and a double sofa bed is on the
making use of the wood burning oven.           a double bed. Both the double and twin             ground floor and a staircase leads up to the
Below this is the swimming pool, which         bedrooms have balconies and lake views.            first floor, which has a large double bedroom
has lovely views over the lake.                There is a bathroom with shower.                   with a terrace over looking the lake.

                                                 Facilities                6 apartments sleeping 2-6 with fully equipped kitchens with
                                                                           ovens. Swimming pool (12x6m) open May to September.
                                                 Nearest Restaurant        San Feliciano 400m
                                                 Nearest Shops             San Feliciano 400m
                                                 Nearest Airport           Perugia 20km, Rome 145km
                                                 Local Interest            Lake Trasimeno, Perugia, Assisi, Gubbio, Orvieto all within
                                                                           easy reach.

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Il Convento is a beautiful 10th century Umbrian building situated near the village of Mantignana,
18km from Perugia and 14km from Lake Trasimeno.
                                                                                                         There is a large and attractive swimming
I  t was originally a fortress and has been
   beautifully restored by its present owners.
It now consists of 10 apartments, 3 of
                                                           and furnished simply but comfortably, in
                                                           typical Umbrian style. Each apartment has
                                                           its own outside area where you can eat your
                                                                                                         pool and a tennis court. The grounds are
                                                                                                         extensive and even in high season it is
which we are featuring, sleeping from 4                    meals surrounded by views of the wonderful    possible to find complete peace and quiet.
to 6 people. The apartments are spacious                   Umbrian countryside.                          There is a restaurant on site serving typical
                                                                                                         Umbrian food which is open in the evenings
                                                                                                         except Sundays and not in August. Il Convento
                                                                                                         is only 400m from Mantignana, where there
                                                                                                         are shops for basic requirements. There is
                                                                                                         an excellent restaurant in Corciano, a few
                                                                                                         kilometres away, and other less expensive
                                                                                                         pizzerias within easy reach.

                                                                                                         Il Convento has the advantage of being close
                                                                                                         to good local bus routes and it is therefore
                                                                                                         possible to stay there without a car. Older
                                                                                                         children can go independently into Perugia
                                                                                                         or to Lake Trasimeno while their parents visit
                                                                                                         Assisi, which is only 43km away.

                                                                                                         The apartments available are:

                                                                                                         La Torre, sleeps 4. This is an unusual
                                                                                                         apartment on three levels with steep stairs.
                                                                                                         On the ground floor there is a living room,
                                                                                                         kitchen, and a twin bedded room. On the
                                                                                                         first floor there is a bathroom with a bath
                                                                                                         and on the second floor a double bedroom.

                                                                                                         Il Fienile 1, sleeps 4. This is an attractive
                                                                                                         apartment in the converted hay barn near
                                                                                                         the main building. It has a living room,
                                                                                                         kitchen, a double bedroom, a small room
                                                                                                         with bunk beds and a bathroom with a
                                                                                                         bath. The apartment has a very pretty
                                                                                                         private terrace.
     Facilities                        10 apartments, outdoor pool (15x7.5m) open May to
                                       September, horse riding 2km, golf 9km.                            La Colombaia, sleeps 6-8. This is a
     Nearest Restaurant                On site (closed in August and on Sundays), or several within      spacious ground floor apartment with a
                                       an easy drive                                                     living room, kitchen, 2 double bedrooms,
     Nearest Shops                     Matignana basic provisions 400m                                   a bathroom with a bath, staircase to a loft
     Nearest Airport                   Perugia 18km                                                      with a twin bedded room and a bathroom
     Local Interest                    Perugia, Assisi and Lake Trasimeno all within easy reach          with a shower. There are 2 extra beds in
                                                                                                         the living room and an attractive terrace.

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Set on a small hillside, just outside the village of Torregentile, this is one of our smallest properties with only
3 apartments, 2 of which are available to our clients.

T   he apartments are in a lovely old stone
    house in a rural setting, located in a
large garden with wonderful views over
the southern Umbrian countryside towards
Todi and the Tiber Valley.

The location of Torregentile House is hard
to beat; Rome is under 2 hours by car, but
on your doorstep you will find such towns
as Spoleto, Bevagna and Orvieto, where
you can sit in the Piazza watching the
world go by or explore the breathtaking
churches and cathedrals.

However, it might be hard to leave the
property as it has a beautiful swimming
pool which guests share with the young
family, who live in the ground floor
apartment. Plenty of pool furniture
is provided and the size of the garden
ensures that you will never feel crowded.

The house is also home to Fred, the owner's
pet Alsatian, who lives in his large kennel.      La Cantina, sleeps 3. This one bedroom
                                                  apartment on the first floor has its own
The 2 apartments available to our clients         private terrace overlooking the pool, which
are both decorated in a similar style using       catches the evening sun.
local traditional furniture.
                                                  There is one double bedroom, a large living
Il Colle, sleeps 2. This charming studio is       area with kitchen corner, fireplace and a
the smallest apartment. There is a dining         single sofa bed. The bathroom has a shower.
area with table and chairs as well as a
fireplace, and the kitchen corner is cleverly       Facilities              2 apartments sleeping 2-3, swimming pool (13x6m) open May
hidden in such a way as to make you think                                   to September, tennis 4km.
it is a dresser. From the living area, there is     Nearest Restaurant      Todi 11km
a step up to the sleeping area with a large         Nearest Shops           Torregentile 4km basic provisions, Todi 11km
bed. The small bathroom is equipped with a          Nearest Airport         Perugia 57km, Rome approx 160km
shower. Il Colle is perfect for a couple and        Local Interest          Todi, Orvieto and Perguia all within easy reach
has its own private terrace.

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   One would have to be remarkably philistine to ignore the Renaissance glories of the famous
 cities of Florence, Siena and Lucca, but we have been drawn to the south-east of Tuscany and
 the lesser known gems of Pienza and Montepulciano, and the classic 'English Patient' scenery
of the Val D'Orcia. Within this instantly recognisable landscape, we have decided to work with
  the very special 2000 acre estate of La Foce, where staying in one of the restored farmhouses
          we have selected allows you to experience the authentic charms of the region.

    The estate of La Foce is situated on the hills overlooking the Val D'Orcia between Florence
   and Rome and near to several of the most beautiful renaissance and medieval towns in Italy.
The landscape in which the three farmhouses lie, is a combination of woods, cultivated fields and
 olive groves, together with gardens designed by the English architect Cecil Pinsent in the 1920s.

Gonzola is a large farmhouse built in the local stone, overgrown with roses, honeysuckle and ivy.
The house overlooks wheat and sunflower fields and a small wood.

                                                                                                 table tennis. A twin bedroom with unusual
                                                                                                 antique beds is located on the ground floor
                                                                                                 with en suite facilities.

                                                                                                 Within the spacious grounds of the villa
                                                                                                 there is a large swimming pool surrounded
                                                                                                 by sun loungers. A pool house is located to
                                                                                                 the left of the main farmhouse, also in keeping
                                                                                                 with the local buildings. It has a changing

I t has a real sense of seclusion and is ideal
  for a group of friends or a family wanting
a Tuscan retreat. Gonzola has enchanting
                                                    a master bedroom with en suite, a double
                                                    en suite overlooking the pool, a twin
                                                    bedroom and a further double bedroom
                                                                                                 room with a shower and WC, and there is
                                                                                                 a small kitchen with fridge and washbasin.
                                                                                                 A pergola with vine and wisteria stretches
gardens with rosemary, sage and lavender            with separate bathroom, all decorated        out from the pool house which is a lovely
and has views of the clay hills typical of          in typical Tuscan colours.                   shaded area for al fresco dining.
the region.
                                                    On the ground floor there is a large         Whether you decide to spend your days
There is an external staircase which leads          summer living room decorated in pale soft    relaxing in the comfort of the villa, ambling
to the main living area on the first floor with     colours with large windows, many of          through the stunning countryside or driving
a large living room with an open fireplace,         which are looking out on to the garden.      to the nearby towns of the region to sample
a beautifully painted cobalt kitchen and            This room stays very cool and is ideal for   the local delicacies, Gonzola is a fantastic
dining room. Also located on this floor is          the daytime where you can read or play       place to do it.

                                                      Facilities              Sleeps 10 people, TV, CD stereo, telephone, washing machine,
                                                                              dishwasher, gas hob, oven, microwave, chef (on request),
                                                                              swimming pool (10x5m), tennis within La Foce estate,
                                                                              mountain bikes available for hire, walking trails.
                                                      Nearest Restaurant      Several within 2-5km
                                                      Nearest Shops           Contignano 4km (limited facilities)
                                                      Nearest Airport         Perugia 110km, Florence 140km
                                                      Local Interest          Siena 60km, Orvieto 60km, Perugia 100km, Assisi 120km
                                                                              and Florence 140km.

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Montauto is a haven of tranquillity and serenity, set amid woods and fields, with spectacular views
of the surrounding Tuscan countryside.

T    he house is built in a traditional local
     stone around a central courtyard with
roses, lavender and rosemary - a perfect
                                                with a bath. All the ground floor
                                                bedrooms have French windows leading
                                                out to the garden.
                                                                                                  leading through to a single bedroom and
                                                                                                  separate bathroom with bath.

spot for al fresco dining. The garden has                                                         If you can tear yourself away from the
several different areas for relaxing as well    On the first floor there is a large living room   idyllic setting there are plenty of nearby
as two outside dining areas and a barbeque      with an antique stone fireplace and bookcase.     towns and cities to explore including
terrace. Steps lead down to the large           There is also a large double bedroom with         Montepulciano in very close proximity and
swimming pool where there are several           en suite facilities, another double bedroom       Florence and Rome within a 2 hour drive.
chairs and sun loungers.
                                                  Facilities                 Sleeps 10 people, TV, CD stereo, telephone, washing machine,
On the ground floor there is a beautiful                                     dishwasher, gas hob, oven, microwave, chef (on request),
open plan kitchen and dining room with                                       swimming pool (10x5m), tennis within La Foce estate, mountain
exposed wooden beams and terracotta                                          bikes available for hire, walking trails.
stone floors.                                     Nearest Restaurant         Several within 2-5km
                                                  Nearest Shops              Chianciano 5km
The kitchen is fully equipped and there is a      Nearest Airport            Perugia 110km
spacious larder. On this floor there is also      Local Interest             Montepulciano 15km, Siena 60km, Orvieto 60km, Perugia
a double bedroom, a twin bedroom and a                                       100km, Assisi 120km and Florence 130km
single bedroom, as well as a bathroom

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                                                                                                   gardens, there is a second farmhouse next
                                                                                                   to the large swimming pool. This farmhouse
                                                                                                   has a twin bedroom and en suite bathroom
                                                                                                   with shower. It is decorated in pale blue
                                                                                                   and green and has a very peaceful

V I L L A F O N TA L G O Z Z O                                                                     ambience. These beautifully restored
                                                                                                   buildings are located just below the main
This attractive yellow ochre farmhouse was built in the 1920s following a                          villa and are surrounded by cypress trees
design by the English architect Cecil Pinsent and is the smallest of the villas
                                                                                                   and pergolas. There are plenty of quiet
we feature on the La Foce Estate.
                                                                                                   places for reading and relaxing including a

T   he combination of this distinctive
    coloured villa, the luscious vegetation
and the more often than not piercing blue
                                                    kitchen leading out to the garden, a dining
                                                    room and a bathroom. A spiral staircase
                                                    leads up to the first floor where there are
                                                                                                   hammock by the swimming pool.

                                                                                                   The office of the La Foce estate is located
skies makes a striking setting for a very           2 double bedrooms and 1 twin bedroom,          only a 2 minute drive from the villa,
comfortable stay.                                   each with en suite facilities. There is also   where the staff are on hand to organise
                                                    a second sitting area with a fireplace on      any activities such as horse riding, cycling,
The rooms are decorated in pastel colours           this floor.                                    booking tickets for concerts and cookery
which complement the lightness of the                                                              classes, or they can help with local
property and its stylish furniture. On the          The grounds of the villa are very spacious     sightseeing information and directions.
ground floor there is a living room with a          with several shaded areas for dining and       Nearby towns in both Tuscany and Umbria
travertine fireplace, a large well equipped         relaxing al fresco. A stroll down into the     are on your door step ready to explore.

                                                      Facilities              Sleeps 8 people, washing machine, dishwasher, gas hob, oven,
                                                                              microwave, TV, stereo, telephone, swimming pool (11x4m),
                                                                              chef (on request), tennis within La Foce estate, mountain bikes
                                                                              available for hire and walking trails.
                                                      Nearest Restaurant      Several within 2-5km
                                                      Nearest Shops           Chianciano 5km
                                                      Nearest Airport         Perugia 110km, Florence 140km
                                                      Local Interest          Siena 60km, Orvieto 60km, Perugia 100km, Assisi 120km
                                                                              and Florence 130km.

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  For years I told my customers to avoid the overdeveloped coast of the Marche
   and to head inland to the renaissance perfection of Urbino. There is a great
 pleasure in discovering the unknown towns and villages of the northern Marche
but I was more excited when I came upon the beautiful stretch of coast just south
      of Ancona where the cliffs of Mount Conero produce a landscape more
 reminiscent of Cornwall than the Adriatic. The final discovery was best kept for
 last - pretty medieval towns set against the rolling hills of the southern Marche.
And if you can name a more beautiful square in Italy than the Piazza del Popolo
                  in Ascoli Piceno I will have to disagree with you.

The memories you take away from your stay at the Hotel Emilia will undoubtedly
include its stunning location and renowned cuisine.

                                                  T   he lovely hotel is set in large gardens,   which is becoming popular with British
                                                      which sweep down to the cliff edge,        holidaymakers who come to discover the
                                                  with wonderful views of the Riviera            renaissance art of Urbino, or to explore the
                                                  del Conero and the small coastal village       Conero National Park, with its rolling hills
                                                  of Portonovo.                                  and dramatic limestone cliffs which plunge
                                                                                                 into the sea.
                                                  Its location, only 10km south of Ancona,
                                                  makes the Hotel Emilia the ideal base          Lazy days can be spent by the large swimming
                                                  from which to discover this corner of Italy,   pool or relaxing in the impressive cliff

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top gardens. Sporting activities such as
windsurfing and horse riding can be
arranged locally and for a spot of pure
indulgence, massages can be arranged
by prior appointment.

The stylish modern rooms are all spacious
and bright. All the 26 rooms have private
bathrooms and patio or balcony. Most of
the standard rooms have sea views and six
of them interconnect. Comfort rooms are
slightly larger and have views onto the
park and the sea. Most of the superior
rooms are located on the second floor and
have recently been refurbished.

For a supplement guests can stay in one
of 4 wonderful suites. The split level junior
suite has a double bed on the mezzanine
and a small living area, which leads on
to the private balcony with comfortable
sun loungers.

In addition, there are 2 suites, both of
which have large private balconies.
The first is ideal for a family, with a
double bed on the ground floor and twin
beds on the mezzanine level whilst the
second has a double bed upstairs, a large
living area downstairs and a Jacuzzi
bath, offering both space and privacy
and making it the perfect option for a
special occasion. Finally, the Royal Suite
offers the maximum amount of space
with a separate bedroom and living area
with a kitchen corner.
                                                Facilities           26 rooms and 4 suites with air conditioning, hair dryers,
The hotel restaurant has an excellent                                bath robes, minibar, safe, TV and internet access. Swimming
reputation, specialising in seafood and local                        pool usually open May - September, pool towels are provided,
dishes. During the warm summer months,                               massages can be arranged by prior appointment, shuttle bus
meals are taken outside on the terrace.                              to beach.
                                                Nearest Restaurant   On site
The Emilia provides an excellent standard       Nearest Shops        Portonovo 2km - basic provisions. Sirolo 9km
of accommodation in a beautiful position,       Nearest Airport      Ancona Airport 30km
Rafaella and her friendly staff will ensure     Local Interest       Conero National Park and Macerata are within easy reach
you receive a warm welcome.

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T   he country house is set in 27 hectares of
    woodland, approximately 2km from the
main road, and is the ideal spot for clients
wanting to get away from it all. The surrounding
countryside is full of walking trails, whilst
the more energetic can hire mountain
bikes and explore a little further afield.
Alternatively, you may wish to spend your            IL BIROCCIO
days by the lovely swimming pool
                                                     Il Biroccio is a charming country house in the heart of the dramatic
                                                     mountains of the northern Marche region.
There are, however, plenty of reasons for
leaving the haven of Il Biroccio. The perfectly      and kitchen corner. Capriolo has a lovely      provided at Il Biroccio at a local cost of 30
preserved Renaissance town of Urbino is 30           shaded private terrace.                        Euro per person, this is on a request basis.
minutes away and it is possible to reach                                                            Otherwise, there is a communal outside
the coast in less than an hour.                      Cinghiale and Loupo - both sleep 2+2.          seating area with BBQ for al fresco cooking.
                                                     These are located next to one another
Il Biroccio is a combination of hotel and            on the lower level of the main building.       Getting to Il Biroccio is easy with Bologna
self catering apartments. There are 4 double         Both have a double bedroom and living          Forli and Ancona airports being just over an
bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, all                room with sofa bed and kitchen corner.         hour's drive away, with Rimini slightly closer.
decorated in neutral colours with brightly           The outside dining areas of these apartments
coloured soft furnishings and mountain               have the most wonderful views over the         Il Biroccio is owned and managed by the
views. The apartments are simply furnished           mountains and are the perfect spot to          charming Minucci family. Gianni, Antonella
and slightly differ in style, but all have           have dinner and watch the sun setting.         and their son Eugenio (and their dog),
modern en suite bathrooms.                                                                          all enjoy getting to know their guests
                                                     There is a small bar at Il Biroccio where      and will be able to provide you with any
Itrice, sleeps 3+2. This is the largest of the       you can enjoy a pre dinner drink and also      local information you may need to ensure
apartments and is accessed by an external            a comfortable living room. Dinner can be       you have a memorable stay.
staircase, at the top of which are a table
and chairs. There is a large living area                Facilities               4 hotel rooms and 4 apartments sleeping max 5, swimming
with double sofa bed and kitchen corner,                                         pool open June to September, horse riding on site, mountain
and the bedroom has a double bed and                                             bikes for hire, small bar.
an additional chair bed, which would be                 Nearest Restaurant       On site or in Urbino 20km
suitable for a child.                                   Nearest Shops            Urbino 20km
                                                        Nearest Airport          Forli 120km, Ancona 110km, Rimini 50km.
Capriolo, sleeps 2+2. This is in an independent         Local Interest           Urbino, San Leo, Sant'Angelo and the coast are all within
building and has a small double bedroom                                          easy reach.
with a large living area with double sofa bed

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The Relais Agriturismo San Francesco is a wonderful 18th century manor house, the home of the Vatielli family,
who decided to open the house to guests wanting to stay in this beautiful part of the Marche.

T   he house is midway between the two
    pretty medieval villages of Montalto
delle Marche and Montedinove, both within
walking distance. The house is also within
easy reach by car of Ascoli Piceno and
Fano, and the seaside towns of Grottamare
and San Benedetto del Tronto.

The family are exceptionally charming and
welcoming and to stay here feels more like
visiting friends than staying in a hotel.
Elisabetta, the eldest daughter, speaks good
English and is extremely helpful in offering
information about the area.

The house is set in woodland, on a hilltop,
which means there are fantastic views
towards Abruzzo and the coast on one side,      room plus a shared bathroom and a terrace       a sofa bed. The second room is open plan
and towards the Sibillini Mountains on the      joining the two rooms. Close to the             with one double bed and a small single
other. The house has 14 hectares of             swimming pool is Casa Tennis which houses       bed with a further pull out bed underneath
grounds, and guests are free to explore as      the largest of the double rooms and features    it, which is only suitable for children.
they wish, either on foot or on bicycles        a large fireplace for the cooler months,        For larger groups or families, there is an
provided by the family.                         as well as a large modern bathroom. Steps       additional twin room leading off from
                                                lead up from the bedroom to a private           this room. Both rooms in Casa Betta have
The house itself has been converted to a        terrace with views over the swimming pool       a fridge, television and private bathroom
good standard with details such as the          and surrounding Marcheggiano hills.             and these two rooms share a small
wooden arched doors, old terracotta floor                                                       garden area.
tiles and beautiful bathrooms which makes       The final 2 rooms are located in Casa Betta,
the house a delight to stay in. Outside there   a separate building in the grounds of the San   Breakfast is provided every day, and in
are various seating areas and a large           Francesco. These rooms, with separate           addition Signora Vatielli will cook an
swimming pool.                                  entrances, are bigger than those in the main    evening meal with local produce and
                                                building and are decorated in a more            wine if you request it, which will be
The house has 3 en suite double rooms, and      contemporary style. The first room has a        served outside in the summer months and
one suite consisting of a twin and a double     large double bedroom and living room with       by candlelight inside on cooler evenings.

                                                  Facilities              3 bedrooms and 1 suite in the main house, 1 double room in
                                                                          Casa Tennis and 2 rooms in Casa Betta, swimming pool, tennis.
                                                  Nearest Restaurant      Dinner can be prepared on site by prior arrangement
                                                  Nearest Shops           Montalto delle Marche and Montedinove within walking distance
                                                  Nearest Airport         Ancona 105km, Pescara 120km
                                                  Local Interest          Ascoli Piceno, Offida and Fermo all less than 30km away.
                                                                          Beach at San Benedetto del Tronto 30km.

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I Calanchi is an old agricultural estate which has been renovated to provide
a comfortable, light, modern hotel in a spectacular position among olive groves
and vineyards in the gently rolling hills of the Southern Marche.

T    he main buildings of the hotel,
     including the restaurant and club
house, are gathered round an extremely
                                                    The restaurant at I Calanchi serves
                                                    excellent food typical of the region,
                                                                                                  I Calanchi is in an ideal position for
                                                                                                  exploring the wonderful unspoilt towns
                                                                                                  of the Southern Marche, such as Ascoli
                                                    such as home made pasta with truffles
attractive paved courtyard where guests             and locally produced cheeses and salami,      Piceno and Fermo, and also for the beaches
can sit and enjoy a drink and eat out in            served with local wines including the         and seaside towns of San Benedetto del
the summer months.                                  excellent Piceno Rosso.                       Tronte and Grottemare.

There are 32 rooms in total, all comfortably          Facilities             32 rooms in total with TV, minibar, air conditioning, telephone,
furnished. The 4 standard country rooms                                      hairdryers and Wi-Fi internet connection. Large swimming
are located on the ground floor as well                                      pool, club house - playing cards, games, sky TV, library,
as 10 country junior suites, which, in                                       bicycle hire on request, basketball, table tennis, limited gym
addiction to the main bedroom have a                                         equipment by the pool, horse trekking 10km.
separate small sitting room with sofa                 Nearest Restaurant     On site
and space for an extra bed. These rooms               Nearest Shops          Ripanstrasone 6km
can sleep a family of 4. On the first floor           Nearest Airport        Pescara 60km, Ancona 90km
there are 14 superior and deluxe rooms                Local Interest         Ascoli Piceno 25km, beach 7km
and 2 suites.

For those guests who simply wish to relax,
there are plenty of options; the club house
offers a calm environment where guests
can read, listen to music or play cards
and games, or the charming courtyard is
an ideal spot to enjoy some fresh air.
Alternatively there is a large swimming
pool from which uninterrupted views of
the southern Marche hills can be enjoyed.

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Villa Il Gelso is part of the Tenuta le Piane estate but lies separate from it at the end of a country road overlooking
the Sibillini Mountains.

I  t is a large, traditional stone built house,
   which was restored in 2001 but preserves
its original features and has stunning
views over the surrounding countryside
and the mountains.

The interior of the villa is furnished with
antique furniture from the owner's family
and provides an attractive contrast to the
stylish blue and yellow décor and the
terracotta stone tiled floors. On the ground
floor there is a large sitting room with
comfortable furniture and a fireplace, and
a spacious dining room with a modern              Il Gelso sleeps 8, but this can be extended      a double and twin bedroom, plus a bathroom
and fully equipped kitchen. The kitchen           to 12 with the use of the separate dependency,   with shower on the first floor.
has attractive blue tiles and units and a         which sleeps a further 4, and can be rented
cooker with oven, fridge and dishwasher.          in conjunction with Il Gelso, though not         The dependency shares the same beautiful
There is also a utility room and a                separately from it unless Il Gelso is empty.     views as the main house. Il Gelso lies
bathroom with shower.                             The dependency is a separate stone built         7km from the villages of Amandola and
                                                  building, 50m from the main house, with its      Sarnano and 40km from both Ascoli Piceno
There are 4 bedrooms on the first floor,          own well equipped kitchen and dining room,       and the coast.
3 doubles and 1 twin, all with wonderful
views of the countryside. The bedrooms              Facilities               4 rooms in main villa, with a further 2 bedrooms in separate
are all different, with antique furnishings                                  building, swimming pool (11x5m), fully equipped kitchen with
and attractive décor. There is also a large                                  oven and dishwasher, washing machine.
bathroom with bath on this floor.                   Nearest Restaurant       Amandola and Sarnano within a few kilometres
                                                    Nearest Shops            Amandola and Sarnano within a few kilometres
Outside there is a lovely secluded swimming         Nearest Airport          Ancona 120km, Pescara 150km
pool surrounded by trees and mountains,             Local Interest           Sibillini National Park, Ascoli Piceno, Amandola and Sarnano
and a large panoramic terrace with a table                                   are all within easy reach.
and chairs for outside dining.

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                                                     T E N U TA L E P I A N E
                                                     Tenuta le Piane is located within the Sibillini Mountain National Park - nearly
                                                     two million acres of spectacular mountain scenery with densely forested
                                                     slopes. Above the tree line are picturesque pastures which come alive with
                                                     flowers in the spring.

T    he accommodation at Tenuta le Piane has
     been converted from old farm buildings
in a small hamlet which dates back to the
                                                        country, but also with comfort in mind. They
                                                        all have private bathrooms and garden areas.
                                                        The Fattoria has been converted into 4
                                                                                                          Il Ciliego, sleeps 4+1. This is also on the
                                                                                                          ground floor and is almost identical to Il Noce
                                                                                                          but with one twin and one double room and
16th century. There is a mixture of apartments          apartments, all overlooking the shared            an extra single bed on the landing (suitable
and independent houses, but all the buildings           swimming pool and play area in the                only for a child).
retain such original features as stone walls            extensive gardens.
and exposed wooden beams. In some cases                                                                   Il Melo and Il Pero, sleep 2 each. The upstairs
original fireplaces and feeding troughs have            Il Noce, sleeps 4. This is on the ground floor,   of the house has been converted into these 2
been incorporated in the design.                        with a very spacious living room leading          large attic studios. Both studios have a large
                                                        through to the kitchen/dining area. The two       living area with a double bed at one end, as
All the properties have been furnished in               bedrooms upstairs can be made up as either        well as a kitchen corner and a private shower
keeping with the overall feel of being in the           twins or doubles.                                 room. The studios are accessed by an external

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staircase, and an internal doorway means they        Casale il Cerro, sleeps 6+1. This is perfect for    of walks and maps graded in different
can be joined together if desired.                   guests wanting more privacy. This villa,            categories to suit the differing levels of
                                                     approximately 1km from the other properties,        guests of Tenuta Le Piane. Please contact
In the neighbouring farmhouse building is            has its own pool and is set in a private garden     us for details and cost.
another apartment with a superb large terrace        with magnificent mountain views. The ground
overlooking the swimming pool.                       floor has a large sitting room and utility room     The coast is little more than an hour away
                                                     with a washing machine. On the first floor there    by car, or you can take in the views while
Le Terrazze, sleeps 4. This occupies a first floor   is a second living room, kitchen with dishwasher,   driving over the mountain range, stopping
position with a twin and double bedroom,             dining room, bathroom and 2 bedrooms                for a swim at Lago Fiastrone.
well equipped kitchen, living/dining area with       (1 twin and 1 double). The upper floor has a
open fireplace and a bathroom with shower            gallery bedroom with twin beds, a single bed        Alternatively, you can visit the less well
and jacuzzi bath.                                    on the landing and a bathroom with shower.          known towns of Sarnano, famous for its
                                                                                                         thermal waters, or the walled hilltop town
At the far end of the gardens are two further        We are delighted to be able to offer a selection    of San Ginesio, which has some fine 4th
buildings which house Casale il Ginepro,             of walks in the area. We can provide a CD           century artwork.
Casale il Castagno and Casale la Quercia.
These 3 share their own swimming pool
with stunning views.

Casale il Ginepro, sleeps 2+1. This is an
independent cottage. The open plan ground
floor is split into a comfortable living area
with a step up to the dining area with kitchen
corner. Upstairs is an attractive double
bedroom, which has an additional bed
suitable for a child. Il Ginepro has a private
garden to one side of the house.

Il Castagno, sleeps 4+1. This apartment has
a comfortable living room with two steps
leading up to the dining area with a kitchen
corner. There is a twin and a double bedroom,
both with superb views of the mountains.
The spacious landing has been adapted for
an additional bed, suitable only for a child.

Casale la Quercia, sleeps 3+3. This is the
biggest apartment and is ideal for a family.
The ground floor has living and dining                 Facilities                9 apartments and houses sleeping from 2 to 7 with fully
arrangements identical to Il Castagno. The 1st                                   equipped kitchens, 2 swimming pools (11x5m), Casale il Cerro
floor has one double room with views towards                                     private pool (8x4m), walking trails, laundry facilities.
Amandola, plus room on the landing for a               Nearest Restaurant        Amandola and Sarnano within a few kilometres
single bed. The 2nd floor attic conversion with        Nearest Shops             Amandola and Sarnano within a few kilometres
a low ceiling has 3 beds suitable for children.        Nearest Airport           Ancona 120km, Pescara 150km
                                                       Local Interest            Sibillini National Park, Ascoli Piceno, Amandola and Sarnano
The final building is Casale il Cerro which is                                   are all within easy reach.
an independent house with private pool.

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               SOUTHERN ITALY

   We have been sending many of you to Naples, to the Amalfi Coast and further south for so long
that we were very keen to include the Cilento Coast and our favourite property on it in our brochure.
    Throw in mozzarella and the temples of Paestum and you've got more reasons to head south.

When I first went to Basilicata to look for properties I thought you might like, I had trouble explaining
  where I had been because it's such a strangely shaped chunk of Italy, sitting between the toe of
 Calabria and the heel of Puglia. I concentrated on two areas, the far more attractive of the region's
two coasts; the 27km of the Tyrrhenian west coast with the jewel of Maratea huddled above the sea,
   and the valleys and hills that lead into the fractured landscape of the "Basilicatan Dolomites".
    The one good thing that both these areas share is the significant absence of foreign tourists.

Many of you who have travelled to Calabria have asked if it is possible to arrange a twin centre with
 Puglia, so this was the excuse needed to visit what is often thought of as the forgotten heel of Italy.
    I wasn't prepared for the variety of scenery, the range of architectural styles from Byzantine to
 Baroque, and an excellent and distinctive cuisine. There is some serious industry and some serious
agriculture, but the faded ports, the gleaming white hill towns and the beaches that stretch for miles,
                              make this an area you will want to explore.

 I first visited Calabria twenty years ago and I still have problems reconciling the often unattractive
 results of modernisation with the sense of a feudal past when you travel inland, or with the pretty
 coastal scenery south of Tropea. I came for some of the best beaches in Italy as does half of Milan
  each August, and for those of you looking for somewhere different, a little bit rough at the edges
                        and exclusively Italian, I recommend you look no further.

                                                    Campania        Puglia


One of our most popular properties, the Palazzo Belmonte is an oasis of luxury hidden away on a glorious stretch
of the Cilento coastline.

L   ocated in the small seaside town of
    Santa Maria di Castellabate, the Palazzo
Belmonte is only 2 hours south of Naples
                                                    unique and beautiful estate is made up of
                                                    three main buildings. The historic Palazzo
                                                    itself, the former overseer's house next
                                                                                                  Belmonte for both couples and families
                                                                                                  wanting a more modern ambience.
                                                                                                  The buildings are located on the hillside
and is so well located that day trips to            door, Edoardo's, and finally, the more        above the restaurant with garden and sea
the beautiful Amalfi coast, Pompeii and             modern Villa Belmonte in the parkland         views where you can relax on your balcony
Herculaneum, or to the wonderfully preserved        at the rear of the estate which despite the   or terrace to watch the setting sun. The
Greek temples at nearby Paestum, can                name, operates on a hotel basis with          rooms are very bright and fresh and have
easily be arranged.                                 double rooms located in 2 three floor         been recently upgraded with improved
                                                    buildings in the gardens.                     bathrooms. White tiles and linen give them
The Palazzo Belmonte dates back to the                                                            a wonderfully cool feel whilst the carefully
17th century and still belongs to the               THE VILLA BELMONTE                            selected prints add a touch of elegance.
Belmonte family and the current Principe            In previous years we have particularly        Some of the rooms interconnect with twin
di Belmonte lives in a private wing. This           recommended the rooms in the Villa            rooms at the rear of the building, making

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them perfect for families. The end rooms        afternoon siesta hours and not use the pool      are well catered for as the position and
on each block are particularly spacious and     with children during this time.                  atmosphere combine to offer a wonderfully
can easily accommodate a third bed in the                                                        romantic getaway. For children, cots and
second bedroom.                                 Lunch and dinner are both available at the       high chairs are pre bookable, special meal
                                                outdoor Belvedere Restaurant with its enviable   arrangements are available and babysitting
PALAZZO BELMONTE                                position overlooking the 'Tirreno' Sea.          can be arranged.
Until recently the accommodation in the         Should you prefer a change of scenery,
main Palazzo, which is in four wings of the     there are several restaurants within walking     We suggest you self drive from Naples in
original structure, was made up of a number     distance in Santa Maria di Castellabate,         order to explore the locality, but should you
of quite different apartments and suites,       or slightly further afield in neighbouring       prefer not to, a private car with driver can be
some more suitable for families, and others     villages, easily reached by car or taxi.         arranged by the Palazzo for transfers to and
for couples, but all having high ceilings and                                                    from Naples airport, railway stations and for
plenty of space, and the wonderful feeling      For the energetic client, scuba courses          excursions. Alternatively there are excellent
of living within thick castle like walls only   can be arranged in nearby San Marco di           rail connections from Naples or Rome to
yards from a beach. There are still 4 of the    Castellabate and there are some excellent        Salerno/Agropoli from where the Palazzo
larger apartments (2 of which have air          wrecks in the local waters. Mountain             will arrange to have you collected.
conditioning) in the main Palazzo, with a       bikes can be hired at the Palazzo and there
miscellany of duplex rooms and suites as        are tennis courts in San Marco (it is            It is the combination of elegance and a
the improvements continue apace.                advisable to bring your own equipment).          relaxed and informal atmosphere which
                                                                                                 has proved to be so successful, and which
EDOARDO'S HOUSE                                 The Palazzo Belmonte is a wonderful              has enticed many of our clients back for
In 2007, the former apartments in Edoardo's     choice for couples and families. Couples         repeat visits.
House were renovated into 7 new suites,
all of a very high standard, light and
contemporary in design yet utilising antique
furniture. With just 2 rooms on each floor,
Edoardo's House offers some of the most
private and luxurious accommodation and
is particularly recommended for couples or
groups of friends. No two suites are the
same, ranging from one with 2 bathrooms
which can interconnect with its neighbour,
to the most romantic top floor suite with
a private terrace and lovely views across
the tiled roofs to the sea. Most have
large living rooms with sofas and terraces
to sit out on and all have large spacious

                                                  Facilities               26 rooms in the Villa Belmonte, 7 suites in Edoardo's House.
The Palazzo Belmonte is set in extensive
                                                                           All rooms have air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities,
parklands, where it is easy to find a quiet
                                                                           telephone, satellite tv and bathrobes, swimming pool, pool and
spot to sit and enjoy the tranquillity,
                                                                           beach towels supplied.
surrounded by the bougainvillea,
                                                  Nearest Restaurant       On site, or in Santa Maria di Castellabate, short walk away
honeysuckle and jasmine. Alternatively,
                                                  Nearest Shops            Santa Maria di Castellabate
you may decide to stay by the large
                                                  Nearest Airport          Naples 120km
swimming pool. This has its own bar with
                                                  Local Interest           Paestum, Salerno, Pompeii and Herculaneum are all within easy
light snacks served till 1am. Please note
                                                                           reach for a day trip.
that clients are requested to observe the

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A two hour drive from Naples east through Campania brings you to Potenza and on to the edge of the uniquely
beautiful area of the so called Lucan Dolomites which share some of the spectacular colouring and views of their
more northerly namesake.

H    ere Maria Giovanna and her                      menu of traditional Basilicatan dishes           villages. The accommodation is spread
     husband Peppino have spent the last             based on fresh seasonal ingredients from         over the main building and the attractive
15 years developing their agriturismo                the local area in one of the two vaulted         annexe. No two rooms are alike, but all
from the restoration of a 13th century               restaurants. This is home cooking at its         are nicely furnished and decorated in
Benedictine monastery.                               best and having attended chefs' courses          different colours.
                                                     elsewhere in Italy, she now offers short
The first thing that strikes you is the              cookery classes herself. Meanwhile Peppino       There are 2 self catering apartments with
magnificent landscape of mountains and               is the perfect front of house host, lightening   2 bedrooms and a kitchen each, 1 suite
valleys that surround this refuge from city          up the evening with his engaging and             with 2 bedrooms but no kitchen facilities,
life. The second is when you meet the                sympathetic manner. The large swimming           and 4 further en suite double rooms.
owners and are taken aback by their                  pool below the accommodation is there
kindness and hospitality. Maria is a                 for that morning dip or as a reward when         If you can't relax here, you can't relax
wonderful cook and provides a varied                 you return from visiting local towns and         anywhere.

                                                       Facilities                 2 self catering apartments, 1 family suite with double and
                                                                                  twin bedroom, 4 double rooms (2 with extra space for chair
                                                                                  bed), outdoor pool (12x6m) normally open from late May
                                                                                  to October.
                                                       Nearest Restaurant         On site
                                                       Nearest Shops              Trivigno 4km with chemist, mini-market and bars
                                                       Nearest Airport            Naples 170km, Bari 120km
                                                       Local Interest             Regional Park of Gallipoli Cognato and the Lucan
                                                                                  Dolomites, mountain villages and towns of the Melfi area
                                                                                  and the cave dwellings of Matera.

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                                                                                                                              BASICAL ATA

Located in the village of Maratea, La Locanda delle Donne Monache is a stunning hotel with
amazing views over the village and to the surrounding hills.

                                               La Locanda has a lovely pool with great        would like to explore more of the stunning
                                               views over the rooftops of the village         Basilicata countryside and coastline.
                                               below, and a fine restaurant called Il
                                               Sacello which specialises in traditional       All the rooms are en suite and some have
                                               regional flavours of the area.                 lovely views over the village, and are divided
                                                                                              into 4 categories, classic, superior, deluxe
                                               The centre of Maratea, with a few              and suite. The classic rooms have one
                                               restaurants, shops and bars, is less than a    French double bed while the other rooms
                                               five minute walk and there are several         are larger and vary in size and view.
                                               more restaurants at the port of Maratea,

I t was formerly a monastery and the home
  to the "Visitandine" order of nuns and it
has now been turned into a charming and
                                               a short drive away. The hotel can arrange a
                                               free shuttle to the beach or car hire if you
                                                                                              All the suites are also able to take an extra
                                                                                              bed which makes them ideal for families.

intimate hotel with just 27 bright rooms and     Facilities               27 rooms with minibar, bath robes, air conditioning and
suites, all decorated in a modern style with                              heating, swimming pool, restaurant, bar, room service,
antique Moroccan furniture.                                               massage room.
                                                 Nearest Restaurant       On site or in Maratea, a short walk away
The owner has collected various art works        Nearest Shops            Maratea
from all over the world which are displayed      Nearest Airport          Naples 207km or Lamezia 152km.
throughout the hotel.

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The pretty hill village of Maratea is the Positano of Basilicata’s short stretch of west coast, but at half the price.

                                                                                                     both by the pool in high season and from
                                                                                                     the bar at lunchtime and in the evening.

                                                                                                     The bedrooms are modern, light and all have
                                                                                                     bathrooms with showers. 9 have a sea view
                                                                                                     and terrace, although the views are partially
                                                                                                     obscured by the trees. The superior rooms,
                                                                                                     both in the main building and an adjacent
                                                                                                     one, are more spacious, and worth paying
                                                                                                     a supplement for.

                                                                                                     While most clients will want to make use
                                                                                                     of a car to explore this short stretch of coast
                                                                                                     and the mountainous hinterland, the hotel
                                                                                                     offers a free transfer service from the railway
                                                     The light Mediterranean design of the           station of Maratea, and a daily free transfer
                                                     building is enhanced by the outside terraces    to the beach of Fiumicello.
                                                     and breakfast area, which overlook the
                                                     wooded hillside gardens and pathways            Although you may be happy to rely on the
                                                     leading down to the sea, and the hotel's        bar's wines and snacks for the evening, an
                                                     own rocky cove below. Many guests don't         inexpensive taxi service will take you up to
                                                     move far from the two swimming pools, one       the old town of Maratea which has a number
                                                     of which is for children. The hotel appeals     of excellent restaurants, as well as those in
                                                     to couples and families alike and babysitting   the port, Fiumicello and the hamlet of

B   elow the alleys and 44 churches of the
    old town, the corniche road looks
down on the attractive Porto di Maratea
                                                     can easily be arranged. Snacks are served       Cersuta, approximately 1km away.

                                                       Facilities               23 superior and standard rooms. Swimming pool open from
and its chic neighbour, Fiumicello. 2km                                         mid May to mid October.
along the road towards the sleepy village              Nearest Restaurant       Cersuta 1km
and beaches of Aquafreda is the definitely             Nearest Shops            Fiumicello 2km or Maratea 4km
'superior' three star Villa delle Meraviglie.          Nearest Airport          Lamezia 150km, Naples 210km
In choosing a hotel for this region, our               Local Interest           The bays, beaches and seaside towns of the Tyrrhenian Sea
priority as usual was a friendly owner,                                         and the Sirino Mountains rising behind Maratea.
and Paola, whose family owns this
elegant small hotel, fits the bill perfectly.

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                                                                                                                              BASICAL ATA

The Villa Cheta Elite is located in the coastal village of Acquafredda, overlooking the coast, just 6km from Maratea.

                                               enhanced by the quite grand turn of the        fashioned and individual furniture is more
                                               century furniture and the several private      than made up for by the large panoramic
                                               sitting areas both inside and out, pride of    windows in most of the rooms.
                                               place going to the panoramic roof terrace
                                               with fabulous views of the coastline below.    It is particularly pleasant to sit out or drink
                                                                                              on the terrace where quite traditional meals
                                               Comfortable bedrooms vary in style and         are served in fine weather. The waiters are
                                               are graded into superior and classic, with     particularly friendly and it is the attentive
                                               half of each type having a sea view. The       service from all the staff that makes a stay
                                               beds are excellent and the somewhat old        here feel special.

T   he cream and ochre Art Nouveau
    building stands at the top of a terraced
garden of tropical plants that leads to the
                                                 Facilities               24 en suite rooms, restaurant and bar
                                                 Nearest Restaurant       On site
coastal road below, and onward down a            Nearest Shops            In the village of Acquafredda for basic provisions, or
relatively steep path to the small beach                                  Maratea 6km
where the hotel runs a bar in the summer.        Nearest Airport          Lamezia 150km, Naples 210km
                                                 Local Interest           The bays, beaches and seaside towns of the Tyrrhenian Sea
With just 24 rooms in all, the hotel retains                              and the Sirino Mountains rising behind Maratea.
the ambience of a private villa, which is

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                                                                                       Our favourite oasis of comfort on this stretch of
H O T E L PA N TA R E I                                                                Tyrrhenian coast is the Porto Pirgos' new and discreet
                                                                                       sister hotel, the Panta Rei.

H     aving visited and stayed at architect
      Adolfo Salabé's previous hotels, such
as the luxurious Porto Pirgos, which many
                                                          below. Half of the 21 double rooms and
                                                          suites have been placed harmoniously
                                                          in this wooded area, which gives them
                                                                                                        flooring, luxurious bathrooms and a small
                                                                                                        dressing room. Top of the range is a two
                                                                                                        bedroom, two bathroom suite with a
of you have reported back on so positively,               a feeling of privacy. This is increased by    spacious living room.
I could not help being excited when I first               the view to the coast below from the
heard about his latest creation, not much                 large terraces.                               The main building of the hotel is built
more than 1km up this stretch of Calabrian                                                              on different levels with the open air
coast. Since being featured in our 2008                   Above these rooms is the large irregularly    restaurant with spectacular sea view at
portfolio for the first time, we have been                shaped pool with its own bar area, and        its core.
very pleased with clients' feedback over                  overlooking the pool is the second tier
the summer.                                               of guest rooms, whose simple wooden           The food is taken seriously here with a
                                                          exteriors, painted in pastel colours, belie   menu that ranges from sophisticated dishes
The hotel has been positioned on a hillside               the comfort inside. All rooms have antique    that match the stunning setting to the best
of pine trees sloping down towards the sea                furnishings, beamed ceilings, parquet         of simple 'La Cucina Calabrese'.

                                                                                                        While a short hop into Tropea or longer
  Facilities                         21 rooms including 4 suites. Games room, piano bar and 2
                                                                                                        drives to other delightful coastal towns
                                     outdoor pools, one with salt water.
                                                                                                        may be on the agenda, we know that
  Nearest Restaurant                 On site or Tropea 4km
                                                                                                        many previous guests have not strayed
  Nearest Shops                      Parghelia 1km, Tropea 4km
                                                                                                        too far from the beach and bar area,
  Nearest Airport                    Lamezia 50km
                                                                                                        reached by a winding, downhill path
  Local Interest                     Old town of Tropea with its cliff edge Duomo, Pizzo to the north
                                                                                                        through the trees to the sea, where there
                                     and Scilla to the south, the nearby beaches of Capo Vaticano.
                                                                                                        is a second swimming pool.

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The Porto Pirgos Hotel is situated on the Calabrian coast, 5km from Tropea, the prettiest and most fashionable
town in the area, but still surprisingly unspoilt.
                                                                                       furnished with antique furniture, terracotta
                                                                                       tiled or wooden floors and lovely bathrooms
                                                                                       (all with showers). All rooms have partial
                                                                                       sea view, with the superior rooms, which
                                                                                       are larger, having a full sea view.

                                                                                       The dependencies all have two bedrooms,
                                                                                       a living room, terrace, 2 bathrooms and
                                                                                       ceiling fan, and clients staying here are
                                                                                       able to take advantage of all the hotel
                                                                                       facilities. The hotel has its own private
                                                                                       beach and two beautiful, large swimming
                                                                                       pools, each with a small bar, one immediately
                                                                                       in front of the hotel and the other beside
                                                                                       the beach.

                                                                                       There is also a tennis court, a bowling
                                                                                       green, and a small beauty centre where
                                                                                       the resident beautician offers various
                                                                                       treatments in high season. A shuttle bus is
                                                                                       available to take you from the main hotel
                                                                                       to the beach, where there are sunbeds
                                                                                       and parasols, and non motorised water
                                                                                       sports can be arranged.

                                                                                       Please note that during the high season,
                                                                                       music can sometimes be heard from a
                                                                                       neighbouring property.

                                                                                       The food, which is excellent, is served
                                                                                       outside on a colonnaded terrace, or on
                                                                                       cooler nights, in the attractive dining
                                                                                       room, with its mosaic floor.

T   he Porto Pirgos consists of the main
    hotel and 3 dependencies, all of which
are set in several acres of parkland with
                                             Facilities           18 rooms with balcony, TV, air conditioning, mini bar and safe
                                                                  box, 3 dependencies, 2 swimming pools, one by the main hotel
                                                                  and one by the beach (no shallow end), tennis court, small
olive and eucalyptus trees.
                                                                  beauty centre, non motorised water sports included.
                                             Nearest Restaurant   On site or Tropea 5km
The hotel has 18 luxurious rooms in very
                                             Nearest Shops        Tropea 5km
attractively restored old stone buildings
                                             Nearest Airport      Lamezia 50km
with a central tower containing 2 of the
                                             Local Interest       Old town of Tropea with its cliff edge Duomo, Pizzo to the north
best rooms, with wonderful views of the
                                                                  and Scilla to the south, the nearby beaches of Capo Vaticano.
coast below. Each room is individually

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S   mall and family run, La Conchiglia is
    a collection of simple villas and
apartments scattered throughout the large
grounds, from which a track leads down
to a sandy beach. There are 10 villas each
with a double and a twin room in the
spacious gardens. All the villas have a
kitchen and bathroom.

Attached to the two bedroom villas, but
with a separate entrance, are the
standard hotel rooms, which can be sold
in conjunction with the 2 bedroom villa
as one unit. Close by is Villa Karen which
consists of 4 three bedroom apartments with
air conditioning. Please note that during
high season, music can sometimes be
heard from the beach from this property.             LA CONCHIGLIA
7 two bedroom apartments are located in              La Conchiglia is located in southern Italy at Capo Vaticano, an area of
a parkland area towards the back of the              Calabria known for its stunning coastline and safe beaches. From here,
                                                     the more adventurous can explore this unknown corner of Italy.
property and are furnished to the same
standard as the villas.                              There is a large swimming pool at La            are waiting to be discovered by those
                                                     Conchiglia as well as a small children's        wishing to venture further afield.
Self catering at La Conchiglia is easy. The          pool, and the beach, where motor boats
nearest shops are a short drive away in the          and windsurfers can be rented, is only a 5      La Conchiglia is ideal for families or couples
village of San Nicolo di Ricardi, which              to 10 minute walk. However, there is also       looking for value for money in a beautiful
also has several bars and restaurants.               a shuttle bus service.                          part of Italy.

Alternatively you can eat at the restaurant          For the more active, tennis courts and horse    Capo Vaticano is particularly lively during the
at La Conchiglia, where you can enjoy                riding are close by, and bicycles can be        peak months of July and August, with many
delicious traditional southern Italian dishes        hired to explore the area. Alternatively,       bars and restaurants offering a wide variety of
and admire the view towards Stromboli.               small harbour towns and secluded beaches        options should you wish to dine out.

                                                       Facilities              10x2 bedroom villas, 4x3 bedroom apartments, 7x2 bedroom
                                                                               apartments in the parkland, swimming pool with children's
                                                                               section, table football, tennis courts and horse riding close by.
                                                       Nearest Restaurant      On site
                                                       Nearest Shops           Basic provisions 500m. more shops at 2½km
                                                       Nearest Airport         Lamezia 80km
                                                       Local Interest          Tropea 15km, Capo Vaticano and numerous beaches are all
                                                                               within easy reach.

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Le Carolee is set in a wonderful position with stunning views over the estate
and the neighbouring agricultural land.

                                                                                              called Casa Gialla which can be hired in its
                                                                                              entirety on a weekly basis. This independent
                                                                                              house has a similar style to Casa Rossa with
                                                                                              2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a kitchen and a
                                                                                              living room. The living room can accommodate
                                                                                              two children, sleeping a maximum of 6 people.
                                                                                              Residents of Casa Gialla can use the facilities
                                                                                              of Casa Rossa, but a reservation for dining in
                                                                                              the restaurant would be advised and due to a

L   e Carolee is a haven of peace and
    tranquillity, while the views of olive
groves are breathtaking. The main
                                               simple, but with a warm homely feel. On
                                               the ground floor there is a living room
                                               where you can enjoy a good book from
                                                                                              steep staircase, Casa Rossa is not suitable for
                                                                                              families with young chidren.

building, Casa Rossa, has a traditional        the small library. However, most people        Whether you intend to spend your days
rustic style and has similarities to an        enjoy relaxing on the sun loungers by the      relaxing by the pool or exploring the
old castle complete with turrets. The          swimming pool among the citrus trees.          local area we would recommend a 3 to
restaurant on the ground floor overlooks                                                      4 night stay at this attractive agriturismo
a central courtyard. A real emphasis           There is a second building 5-10 minutes        enjoying the hospitality of Federico and
is placed on the food and you will be          drive through the olive groves of the farm     his family.
sure to enjoy the traditional Calabrian
home grown food, much of which is                Facilities              7 rooms with en suite facilities and one independent cottage
organically produced.                                                    sleeping up to 6, large swimming pool, satellite TV, small
                                                                         library and bicycle hire on request.
There are 7 bedrooms on the first floor          Nearest Restaurant      On site
with en suite facilities, including one pair     Nearest Shops           Pianopoli, 5 mins drive
of rooms which share a main door and a           Nearest Airport         Lamezia 20km
bathroom, which is ideal for a family            Local Interest          Tropea 70km, beach 20km
with young children. The furnishings are

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Masseria Montelauro is set in a lovely rural location on the Salentine peninsula 2km from the historic port of
Otranto with its narrow medieval lanes around the castle.

T   he masseria was built in 1878 and has
    been restored by its present owners,
Elisabeta and her two daughters Caterina
and Mercedes, to create a beautiful hotel
which is both comfortable and elegant.

There are 29 bedrooms and suites,
opening onto the gardens surrounding
the pool. Both the ground and first floor           seating areas. One of the outbuildings           Alternatively you can enjoy eating at one
rooms feel exceptionally light and                  has recently been converted into a small         of the seafood restaurants in Otranto.
spacious, as a result of the vaulted ceilings       spa where guests can enjoy a massage or
in many of the rooms and of the décor,              other treatment.                                 Masseria Montelauro is ideally situated
which is a stylish combination of white                                                              for exploring this area of Puglia with its
inside with an attractive shade of bluish-grey      The restaurant specialises in local Salentine    sandy beaches and interesting towns such
woodwork outside. The rooms are all                 cuisine, cooked with fresh ingredients           as Lecce and Galatina. In addition, horse
furnished differently with a mix of antique         and served in the dining room with its           riding, cycling and boat trips are all
and contemporary furniture from Italy and           vaulted ceiling or outside on the terrace.       available close by.
further afield. The bathrooms are light
and luxurious.                                        Facilities               29 rooms and suites with en suite facilities and air conditioning,
                                                                               large swimming pool
The outside area is particularly attractive           Nearest Restaurant       On site or Otranto 2km
and relaxing, with a lovely swimming pool             Nearest Shops            Otranto 2km
set in gardens with flowers and olive and             Nearest Airport          80km from Brindisi, 190km from Bari
fruit trees and a shaded pergola to escape            Local Interest           Salento, Lecce and the beach are all within easy reach.
from the sun, as well as several other

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This historic masseria with its 16th century watchtower has been beautifully renovated to make the most of its
original features while combining comfort and luxury with amazing facilities.

T   he masseria is set deep in the countryside
    in 5 hectares of ancient olive trees
1km from the coast, where the hotel has a
private beach with a restaurant serving
locally caught seafood.

There are 34 rooms and suites with private
garden or terrace. All the rooms are
different and spacious, with comfortable
beds, fine linen and luxurious bathrooms.        The new and huge Aveda spa is also built      from the masseria's own olive trees. In addition,
They have flagstone floors, antique              into the caves, giving it a unique            the hotel has its own cookery school so that
furniture and high ceilings, many of them        atmosphere in which to enjoy an               guests can learn to cook the local Puglian
barrel vaulted. Two of the rooms, one a          ayurvedic or shiatsu massage, or one of       dishes in their own kitchens.
suite with its own swimming pool and             the many treatments on offer. The spa also
private walled garden, are built into the        has a heated indoor swimming pool and a       For those guests looking for further
caves below the masseria.                        Turkish bath. The beautiful large swimming    activities, the hotel has its own 9 hole golf
                                                 pool and fitness centre offer further         course, a riding centre and a private yacht
The hotel runs a private beach club              opportunities for rejuvenation.               available for hire.
approximately 5 minutes drive away, which
has a restaurant, bar and snack service          There are 2 restaurants serving regional      Torre Coccaro offers an exceptional combination
and sun loungers. A complimentary                specialities cooked with local ingredients,   of a beautiful historic building with a very
shuttle bus to the beach club is operated        many grown in the hotel's gardens,            high level of service and excellent facilities
by the masseria.                                 including the olive oil, which is pressed     in a truly interesting location.

  Facilities               34 en suite rooms with air conditioning, TV, mini bar, safe
                           and telephone in rooms. Outdoor and indoor swimming pool,
                           private beach with complimentary shuttle, 2 restaurants, spa
                           with fitness centre, babysitting, golf, mountain bikes, beach
                           volleyball, watersports.
  Nearest Restaurant       2 on site
  Nearest Shops            Savelletri di Fasano 4km
  Nearest Airport          Bari 60km
  Local Interest           Ostuni 30km, Matera 60km, Lecce 60km, Gallipoli 130 km

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Borgo San Marco lies in the midst of 90 hectares of ancient olive trees,
almond and carob trees, 5km from Fasano and 2km from the sea.

                                                                                                        The large attractive swimming pool set in
                                                                                                        the midst of the lovely bougainvillea filled
                                                                                                        gardens, a short distance from the main
                                                                                                        buildings, has an artificial beach at one side
                                                                                                        which makes it ideal for children.

                                                     and these together with the authentic              Meals are usually served outside in the
                                                     restoration, and the fact that it is still a       courtyard, but there is a restaurant in the
                                                     working farm, make Borgo San Marco                 old stable block, which also houses the
                                                     a unique place to stay.                            bar. The food is all locally sourced and
                                                                                                        specialises in local Puglian dishes, making
                                                     There are 11 one, two and three room               use of the olive oil produced on the farm,
                                                     suites and 3 double rooms, all with private        which is also on sale.
                                                     bathrooms and all of them different, with
                                                     the exposed stone walls colour washed in           Borgo San Marco provides an excellent base
                                                     lovely shades of amber and pale terracotta,        for seeing this part of Puglia as it is within

T   he masseria was originally built in the
    15th century and has been owned by
the Amati family for the last 200 years.
                                                     limestone floors, antique furniture and
                                                     wooden shutters. All the rooms have air
                                                     conditioning, but the thick walls and high
                                                                                                        easy reach of all the well known towns of
                                                                                                        the area, such as Locorotondo, Martina
                                                                                                        Franco, Alborobello and the white walled
They have restored the property simply so            vaulted ceilings make this unnecessary             town of Ostuni. Bicycles are provided for
that it has preserved a genuinely historic           except for the very hottest days.                  exploring the immediate area.
and rustic atmosphere.
                                                       Facilities                  14 rooms and suites including 2 separate self catering suites
The masseria is set around a large central                                         with satellite TV, mini bar and air conditioning. Orangerie with
courtyard with a tower, with stone pillars                                         small spa and jacuzzi, swimming pool (approx 23x12m),
on one side supporting a canopy providing                                          bicycles, beach 15 minute drive.
shade for the outside eating area. The size            Nearest Restaurant          On site, or in Fasano
of the building and of its grounds gives               Nearest Shops               Fasano, 10 minute drive
the masseria an unequalled sense of space              Nearest Airport             Brindisi 40km or Bari 60km
and means that it never feels crowded.                 Local Interest              Locorotondo, Martina Franco, Alborobello and the white
There are rustic features such as the old                                          walled town of Ostuni are all within easy access.
olive press and drinking troughs in the bar

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Villa Bella is an architect designed, recently refurbished villa in a quiet location in the midst of an olive grove,
about fifteen minutes walk from the centre of Alborobello, the town famous for its historic trulli buildings,
and a lively place to eat and drink in the evenings.

                                                                                             room has 3 comfortable white sofas as
                                                                                             well as armchairs. Three sets of French
                                                                                             windows lead on to the rear terrace,
                                                                                             making the room feel both light and airy.
                                                                                             Also on the ground floor are 3 double
                                                                                             bedrooms, one en suite, and a separate
                                                                                             bathroom with full sized bath.

T   he white stoned villa sleeps 12 and is
    simply but comfortably and stylishly
furnished. There is an overwhelming
                                              the small pine wood at the back of the
                                              house. An irrigated grass area leads on to
                                              the large swimming pool, which is fenced
                                                                                             Upstairs are a bedroom with 2 sets of bunk
                                                                                             beds and a balcony, the master bedroom,
                                                                                             which also has a balcony, and a separate
feeling of light and space and everything     and gated for the safety of small children     bathroom.
you could possibly need for a holiday for     and has comfortable pool furniture for
families or a group of friends is provided.   relaxing. There is also a barbecue.            Villa Bella is only 15km from the sea,
                                                                                             and is an excellent base for exploring this
Outside there are two terraces, one at the    Inside there is a large and fully equipped     interesting area, with towns such as Noci,
front and one at the back, so that there is   kitchen with a dining table seating 12 and     Fasano, Lecce, Monopoli and Gallipoli all
always shade, which is also provided by       a lovely tiled floor. The huge tiled sitting   within easy reach.

                                                Facilities               5 bedrooms, one with 2 bunk beds, fully equipped kitchen with
                                                                         gas hob, 2 ovens, large fridge freezer, microwave and
                                                                         dishwasher, TV, DVD, cots and high chairs can be provided,
                                                                         fenced private swimming pool.
                                                Nearest Restaurant       Alborobello, 15 minute walk
                                                Nearest Shops            Alborobello, 15 minute walk
                                                Nearest Airport          Bari 70km, Brindisi 80km
                                                Local Interest           Noci, Fasano, Lecce, Monopoli and Gallipoli all within easy
                                                                         reach. Beach 15km.

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Palazzo Baldi is located in the heart of the historic town of Galatina in southern
Puglia and is a restored palace once belonging to the Bishop of Otranto.

I t is a luxurious 4 star hotel with 15                     amazing character and even hidden
  rooms, some of which have private                         passages and cubby holes (for escaping
balconies and terraces. This 16th century                   priests) can be found. There is an
palace today has a strong artistic influence,               attractive bar and restaurant within the
with many artworks exhibited in the hotel.                  hotel, but guests can also enjoy sampling
The hotel is built around a courtyard,                      the cuisine at the many restaurants on
with outdoor space to relax and enjoy                       the doorstep of the hotel.
the sunshine.
                                                            We would recommend at least 2 or 3
There are suites, junior suites and classic                 nights at Palazzo Baldi in order to
rooms, all of which are decorated in a                      properly explore the attractions of Galatina
Mediterranean style. Vaulted ceilings and                   including the impressive frescoes at the
arches are preserved to give the hotel its                  Basilica Santa Caterina.

    Facilities                         15 en suite rooms, air conditioning, TV, mini bar, safe,
                                       telephone, garden and terrace
    Nearest Restaurant                 Several within an easy walk
    Nearest Shops                      Several within an easy walk
    Nearest Airport                    Brindisi 70 km
    Local Interest                     Within easy walking distance of Basilica Santa Caterina and
                                       Chiesa di San Pietro e Paolo. Lecce 30 km, Gallipoli 25 km.

Next to the luxurious Torre Coccaro, near Fasano, lies the elegant Masseria Torre Maizza, owned by the same
family but even more sophisticated, and aimed more towards couples or small groups of adults.
                                                            The restaurant and bar area overlooks an       There is a complimentary shuttle service
                                                            orchard of 700 year old orange and lemon       to the hotel's private beach club and the
                                                            trees and the restaurant serves delicious      hotel also has its own luxurious Aveda spa
                                                            locally sourced and organic food, mostly       offering a wide range of treatments, and
                                                            based on traditional Puglian recipes.          a 9 hole golf course.

                                                              Facilities              5 classic rooms with shower, 15 superior rooms with bath,
                                                                                      6 junior suites and 2 suites with private pool, all with air
                                                                                      conditioning, TV, CD players, Wi-Fi, mini bar, safe and
                                                                                      telephone. Large heated swimming pool, private beach with

T   he old Masseria has been converted
    into a stunning hotel with 20 luxurious
rooms and 8 suites. All the rooms are en
                                                              Nearest Restaurant
                                                                                      complimentary shuttle, spa, 9 hole golf course.
                                                                                      On site
                                                              Nearest Shops           Savelletri di Fasano 4km
suite and have private gardens and                            Nearest Airport         Bari 60 km
overlook the hotel's golf course or the                       Local Interest          Ostuni 30 km, Matera 60km, Lecce 60km, Gallipoli 130km.
surrounding olive groves.

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                                                                                       SOUTHERN ITALY

We recommend you allow us to build a southern Italian fly drive around some of our
favourite coastal hotels.

T   he trip starts in Naples, Italy's most chaotic and animated city, providing an exhilarating introduction to
    southern Italy before you collect your car to drive south to stay three nights in Ravello, the Amalfi Coast's
most precious jewel. You then continue south on the motorway to rejoin the small stretch of dramatic Basilicata
coast at Maratea for several days' relaxation. Finally you follow Calabria's western coast southward to reach
Tropea and the Calabrian Riviera for a spell of luxury before flying back from Lamezia.

                                               WE     S U G G E S T:

                                               Two nights on bed and breakfast at the small but luxurious
                                               HOTEL MICALO in central Naples, with its contemporary design
                                               hidden behind a Palazzo exterior.

                                               Naples is a fascinating city to visit and the Micalo is in a perfect
                                               position for exploring the city's sites, shopping or visiting Pompeii
                                               or the islands of Capri and Ischia. See page 61

                                               Three nights bed and breakfast in a superior sea view room at
                                               the romantic HOTEL VILLA MARIA. Although not featured in
                                               our brochure this is a long time favourite with Real Holidays
                                               as comments from our clients attest, "Just to say what a great time
                                               David and I had at Villa Maria. The hotel is a real gem, the room
                                               was lovely - with its own little garden for quiet sunbathing - and
                                               the hotel staff really went out of their way for us".

                                               Four nights at the elegant VILLA CHETA ELITE in Aquafredda just
                                               6km from the lovely town of Maratea. The views from the rooftop
                                               terrace of the coastline below the hotel are breathtaking and
                                               this is a lovely spot to watch the sunset.

                                               There is a small beach below the hotel and several other beaches
                                               are within an easy drive. See page 41.

                                               Another two hours south along the main coastal road brings you
                                               to the stunning five star HOTEL PANTA REI 4km before the
                                               charming old town of Tropea.

                                               Four nights here on half board will provide a very comfortable
                                               end to your discovery of southern Italy. See page 42.

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               SICILY & LIPARI

  Everyone returns to Sicily because there is too much history, too much culture, too much
      of a contrast between beauty and post war development, to take in on one visit.

    The succession of invaders have all left their mark, whether it’s for you as a sightseer or
     arguably the best and spiciest food in Italy. Romantic Taormina makes a good base for
 experiencing many of these highlights and Lipari gives you the chance to spend a few days
     in a charming port and to visit the other Aeolian Islands. Palermo has to be the most
exciting and atmospheric city in Italy - ok it’s a close call with Naples but we prefer Palermo.
  It is also the gateway to western Sicily with its distinct landscape and culture, and a coast
                           of great beaches and congenial port towns.

Although Taormina has become popular with tourists, it retains a considerable charm as a result of its spectacular
position, fine medieval buildings, classical amphitheatre, and shady orange and lemon groves.

T   he hotel is a beautiful ochre
    coloured villa in one of Taormina's
best positions, with superb uninterrupted
                                                    The hotel is set in delightful terraced
                                                    gardens filled with flowers, shrubs and
                                                    palm trees, and has 47 simply but
                                                                                                   There is a large swimming pool in the gardens
                                                                                                   around which excellent light lunches are
                                                                                                   served during the summer months, which
views of the Bay of Naxos and Mount                 attractively furnished rooms.                  leaves guests free in the evening to choose
Etna in the distance. It is situated on                                                            from the many restaurants nearby.
the edge of the town and so avoids the              We would always suggest that our clients
noise of the centre, but is within easy             opt for a sea facing room, with either         The hotel is owned and run by the charming
walking distance of the many sophisticated          French balcony or terrace from which           Pecaut-Bambara family, and their warm
shops and restaurants, and close to                 they can enjoy the magnificent views.          welcome and helpfulness mean that it is
the Botanical Gardens and the                       All rooms have television, safe and            little wonder that so many of our clients
amphitheatre.                                       hairdryers.                                    return to the Villa Belvedere.

                                                      Facilities               47 rooms with air conditioning (payable locally and on
                                                                               request), outdoor pool usually open April to October, pool bar
                                                      Nearest Restaurant       5 minutes stroll to Taormina centre
                                                      Nearest Shops            5 minutes stroll to Taormina centre
                                                      Nearest Airport          Catania 70km
                                                      Local Interest           Historical sights of Taormina within walking distance and
                                                                               Mount Etna is within easy reach,

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The Hotel Villa Meligunis is just up the hill from the centre of the town of Lipari close to the port. Lipari is the
largest and in our opinion the most interesting of the Aeolian Islands, and the town provides a very good base for
exploring the rest of the island.
                                                                                                 The manager and owner, Manuela, takes
                                                                                                 great care of all her guests, and along with
                                                                                                 her staff, makes sure the hotel combines a
                                                                                                 friendly and professional approach. From
                                                                                                 the port there are trips every day to different
                                                                                                 beaches and islands. The boatmen are
                                                                                                 particularly friendly, and proud of their own
                                                                                                 and neighbouring islands such as Panarea
                                                                                                 and Stromboli. It is also possible to explore
                                                                                                 the island by road, either by hiring scooters
                                                                                                 or using the local bus service. The hotel
                                                                                                 also has a couple of bicycles which guests
                                                                                                 can hire.

                                                                                                 The hotel staff will happily help to organise
                                                                                                 any excursions for you, as well as
                                                                                                 babysitting. For those who are keen walkers,
                                                                                                 they will also advise on the many trails

T    he town itself is totally unspoilt and very
     attractive, with narrow alleys, small
piazzas and courtyards full of flowers,
                                                   The building has been restored to offer 32
                                                   comfortable and elegant rooms and suites,
                                                   some of which interconnect and most have
                                                                                                 which can be followed on the island. There
                                                                                                 is a small local beach 200 metres from the
                                                                                                 hotel, and a more comfortable one about 10
a great place to join the evening passeggiata      views of the sea and port.                    minutes' drive which the hotel provides a
or people watch from a café on the                                                               shuttle service to. It is also possible to go by
waterfront. There are also plenty of shops         The restaurant, bar and swimming pool         boat to other beaches. All the beaches have
and restaurants serving delicious pasta,           are on the rooftop terrace with a wonderful   pebbles rather than sand, and the sea is
fish and local specialities.                       view of the sea and the port.                 wonderfully clear for swimming.

Villa Meligunis is in the middle of the old        In the summer months, music is played         Lipari is an ideal choice for those who
fishermen's quarter, and is a lovely 18th          on the terrace and it is advisable to make    would like somewhere beautiful, friendly
century building in a beautiful courtyard          reservations at the restaurant for dinner     and unspoilt with very few other English
with a fountain.                                   during this period.                           people, and Hotel Villa Meligunis supplies
                                                                                                 a high level of comfort and elegance from
  Facilities                32 en suite rooms with air conditioning, minibar, satellite TV,      which to enjoy it.
                            telephone, internet point and hairdryers, outdoor pool - open
                            April to October, bicycle hire on request, walking distance to
                            town beach, shuttle bus to another beach.
  Nearest Restaurant        On site or short stroll to various restaurants in Lipari town
  Nearest Shops             Short stroll to Lipari town centre
  Nearest Airport           Catania - Milazzo 140km with a ferry across to Lipari. Private
                            or shared transfers can be arranged from Catania Airport. Cost
                            for shared transfer is Euro 50 per person return, payable locally.
  Local Interest            Archaeological museum within walking distance, day trips to
                            the other Aeolian Islands.

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T    he Residence is an 18th century
     townhouse in the centre of Old Lipari,
surrounded by a maze of lanes and small
squares. It has been converted into 6 large
studio apartments, all of which retain some
of the original features, such as hand painted
ceilings and Sicilian ceramic flooring.

All the studios sleep up to 4 people with
a double bed and two sofa chair beds.
They all have kitchenettes, equipped with
microwave, fridge and two ring hobs.

There is a rooftop terrace for guests' use
which has views over Lipari Town and to                    AGAVE RESIDENCE
the sea and is furnished with tables and
                                                          We are pleased to offer the Agave Residence which is owned by the same
chairs. Guests staying at the Agave
                                                          family who owns the Hotel Villa Meligunis.
Residence are able to use all the facilities
at the Hotel Meligunis including the rooftop              The closest beach is a short walk away, but     to arrange scooter or car hire if you would
pool, bar and restaurant which prides itself              the hotel does provide a shuttle bus service    like to explore the island further. The hotel
on its local cuisine. Guests are also able to             to other beaches. For those who wish to do      reception will also be able to arrange
have breakfast at the hotel at no extra                   some exploring, the hotel has a couple of       excursions to other Aeolian Islands and
charge should they wish.                                  bicycles which guests can hire, and is able     various activities such as diving.

  Facilities                        6 studios sleeping up to 4, satellite TV, air conditioning, heating
                                    and hair dryers in modern bathrooms. Use of all facilities at
                                    Villa Meligunis, roof terrace, bicycle hire on request, walking
                                    distance to town beach, shuttle bus to another beach.
  Nearest Restaurant                Many local restaurants, including restaurant at Villa Meligunis,
                                    within five minutes stroll.
  Nearest Shops                     5 minutes stroll to Lipari town centre
  Nearest Airport                   Catania - Milazzo 140km with a ferry across to Lipari. Private
                                    or shared transfers can be arranged from Catania Airport. Cost
                                    for shared transfer is Euro 50 per person return, payable locally.
  Local Interest                    Archaeological museum within walking distance, day trips to
                                    the other Aeolian Islands.

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The Baglio Fontana is a lovely agriturismo in western Sicily, ideally located to visit
sites such as Erice and Segesta and the lovely beach at San Vito lo Capo

T   he Baglio was established in the 18th
    century and has 13 rooms, all of which
are en suite. There is a large pool and small
wellness centre with sauna and massage
centre, which uses the natural products
of the farm such as almond oil and honey.
Bicycle hire can be arranged as well as
horse riding close by.

The owners of the Baglio Fontana pride
themselves on their restaurant which
specialises in local cuisine using the products
of the farm's vineyards, olive trees and fruit
orchards. The restaurant is only open in
the evenings, but you are able to get cold
snacks by the pool during the day. Should
you prefer to explore the surroundings
in the evening, there are alternative
restaurants all within an easy drive.

Along with its impeccable hospitality and         Facilities           13 rooms. Swimming pool, small wellness centre with sauna
family atmosphere, the strategic position of                           and massage, bicycle hire on request, horse riding close by.
the Baglio Fontana, a short distance from         Nearest Restaurant   On site evenings only, alternatives within 10km drive
the major tourist sites of the province such      Nearest Shops        Several within 10km drive
as Erice, San Vito Lo Capo, Segesta and           Nearest Airport      Palermo 70km, Trapani 40km
the Egadi Islands, makes Baglio Fontana           Local Interest       Trapani 20km, beach 15km, Segesta 10km, the Egadi Islands
an ideal place to explore this lovely area                             15km and then a hydrofoil and Capo San Vito 25km.
of Sicily.

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Baglio Fontanasalsa is a working agriturismo situated in the countryside 8km from Trapani in Western Sicily. The
owner, Maria Caterina Burgarella, has restored this family property to provide the perfect combination of hospitality
and authentic agricultural production.
                                                                                                        trees surrounding the farm, which are
                                                                                                        its main source of produce. The rooms
                                                                                                        are mostly double, but two have bunk
                                                                                                        beds and would be suitable for children,
                                                                                                        and one, famous because President
                                                                                                        Ciampi stayed there a few years ago, has
                                                                                                        a fireplace and is larger than the others,
                                                                                                        so can accommodate extra beds.

                                                                                                        All the rooms are traditionally furnished but
                                                                                                        extremely comfortable. The large swimming
                                                                                                        pool is set amongst the olive and orange
                                                                                                        trees and there are several outside seating
                                                                                                        areas. There is the baglio itself, where
                                                                                                        breakfast is eaten under the pergola,
                                                                                                        a dining area overlooking the orange grove,
                                                                                                        and various balconies as you go upstairs.
                                                                                                        These have wonderful views over the
                                                                                                        surrounding countryside and towards the
                                                                                                        sea on one side, and the ancient Etruscan
                                                                                                        hilltop town of Erice on the other.

T   he rooms are in the restored farmhouse,
    some overlooking the very attractive
central "baglio" or courtyard, with its
                                                           wherever possible. The vaulted roof in the
                                                           dining room was rebuilt from the repaired
                                                           original beams, and there is a large room,
                                                                                                        Baglio Fontanasalsa is famous for its award
                                                                                                        winning olive oil, but it also produces its
                                                                                                        own wine, and the food is delicious,
original stone floor, and the others leading               sometimes used for family parties,           much of it home grown or sourced locally.
onto the pretty orange grove, in the middle                containing old agricultural equipment.       The agriturismo is in an ideal position for
of which is a single ancient olive tree.                                                                visiting the archaeological sites of Segesta
                                                           There are 9 rooms, all different from        and Salinunte, Erice, Trapani, where you
The agriturismo has been restored very                     each other and all named after varieties     can get a boat to the Egadi Islands, and the
authentically, using the original materials                of olives inspired by the acres of olive     lovely beach at Vito Lo Capo.

     Facilities                        9 en suite rooms with air conditioning and hair dryers.
                                       Swimming pool, wine and oil tasting room, bicycle hire on
                                       request, table tennis
     Nearest Restaurant                On site, alternatives within 8km drive
     Nearest Shops                     Trapani 8km
     Nearest Airport                   Palermo 85km, Trapani 10km
     Local Interest                    Trapani 8km, beach 2km, Segesta 35km, Erice 16km and
                                       Selinunte 60km.

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What our clients have said in 2008 about some of our properties...
"We certainly had a great time at Monte Solare, the staff were very polite and enthusiastic to provide our every need. Our room was very
well appointed and was very comfortable." Villa di Monte Solare, page 6

"Just a quick note to say that we had a fantastic week in Maratea and at the Locanda delle Donne Monache. The hotel was wonderful -
helpful staff and Vicenza the general manager was very sweet. The restaurant attached to the hotel is first class - high quality cuisine,
immaculately presented" La Locanda delle Donne Monache, page 39

"We absolutely LOVED the Palazzo Belmonte. I have been recommending it to people left, right and centre. The atmosphere was lovely, it
was so romantic and they upgraded us because of how much they like Real Holidays. The little town was fab" Palazzo Belmonte, page 36

"We had a lovely time in Todi and enjoyed Tenuta di Canonica very much indeed. It was very peaceful and quiet when we were there so
that made it even more special." Tenuta di Canonica, page 8

"What can we say? Virtually impossible to describe - it has to be experienced! We had the most brilliant weekend, we really didn't want
to come back. 3 nights wasn't nearly long enough! The Masseria was very elegant - really lovely tasteful decor and incredibly well kept."
Masseria Montelauro, page 46

"We were very pleased with Hotel Emilia. The accommodation, facilities, service and surroundings are superb." Hotel Emilia, page 26

"We had a brilliant time and Torregentile House was perfect." Torregentile House, page 19

"The Belvedere was as lovely as ever, the people who run the place are really friendly and made us feel really welcome." Villa Belvedere, page 54

"Attentive but not intrusive. I heard the phrase used so many times but service at Panta Rei was exactly that. Thanks for revealing this
gem to us." Panta Rei, page 42

"We had a great time in Rome. The Cesari has had a roof terrace recently built so you can now go up to the terrace, have breakfast and
sit out. Fantastic." Albergo Cesari, page 60

"La Casella is lovely, beautiful countryside, and very relaxing. They were very welcoming and went out of their way to help us, particularly
with the children. The food was great and they did special menus for the children." La Casella, page 5

"Il Biroccio was absolutely excellent! The location, again, was stunning, and the apartment itself spotlessly clean, extremely comfortable
and with beautiful views. Gianni and Antonella were marvellous, solicitous hosts." Il Biroccio, page 28

"The Meligunis was also lovely and they gave us a great room, one of the few with a view of the sea". Villa Meligunis, page 55

"The Micalo is a really stylish little hotel." Hotel Micalo, page 61

"Lipari was lovely. The Agave apartments were beautiful, spacious and clean and in a fab central location. It was a real bonus to be able
to use the hotel's facilities and the staff there were incredibly helpful - arranging day trips, answering our questions and feeding us with
useful information." Agave Residence, page 56

"We had a great time at La completely lived up to our expectations. The apartment was fine....the staff were lovely...the
food was fantastic. We felt very safe and I think it would be hard to find a better place for young children." La Conchiglia, page 44

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The Albergo Cesari has to be one of the oldest hotels in our Portfolio, having first been given its papal licence
to be a hotel in 1787.

                                                          T     he hotel is family owned and its
                                                                ownership has been passed down
                                                          through the Palumbo family since 1899.
                                                                                                        The hotel has recently undergone
                                                                                                        extensive refurbishment with a new air
                                                                                                        conditioning and heating system, and
                                                          It is almost impossible to beat the           creation of a lovely new roof terrace.
                                                          location of the Cesari - situated on a        There are 47 rooms, most of them
                                                          small pedestrian side street in the old       extremely spacious and some with views
                                                          part of Rome, the hotel is a 5 minute         over the neighbouring piazza. All have
                                                          walk to both the Pantheon and Trevi           satellite television, safes, mini bars and
                                                          Fountain and 15 minutes to the Forum          modern bathrooms. A delicious buffet
                                                          and Colosseum.                                breakfast is served daily, on the terrace
                                                                                                        in the warmer months, and after a day
  Facilities                         47 en suite rooms with air conditioning and heating, roof          of sightseeing there is no shortage of
                                     terrace.                                                           choice when it comes to finding a
  Nearest Restaurant                 Several within an easy walk                                        restaurant close by.
  Nearest Shops                      Several within an easy walk
  Nearest Airport                    Rome Fiumicino 28km, Rome Ciampino 30km                            The Albergo Cesari is the ideal hotel for
  Local Interest                     Trevi Fountain, Via del Corso, Pantheon all within 5               a Roman city break or better still, spend a
                                     minute walk, 15 minute walk to Colosseum, Forum and                few days discovering Rome before
                                     Spanish Steps.                                                     travelling on to one of our properties in
                                                                                                        Umbria or the Marche.

Hotel Aprile Palazzo dal Borgo is an attractive four star hotel with 34
rooms, owned by the Cantini Zucconi family.

T   his was formerly a 15th century
    Medici Palazzo and it retains the feel
of the old house it used to be. It lies near
                                                          bar and breakfast area downstairs, but
                                                          in summer months breakfast is served in
                                                          the lovely shaded courtyard where you can
the Piazza Santa Novella, whose church                    eat your breakfast surrounded by the scent
bells you can hear at regular intervals                   of flowers.
throughout the day.

                                                            Facilities             34 en suite rooms with air conditioning and heating, Wi-Fi,
Most of the bedrooms have views across
                                                                                   coffee/tea making facilities.
the red tiled rooftops of medieval Florence.
                                                            Nearest Restaurant     Several within an easy walk
The rooms are traditionally furnished,
                                                            Nearest Shops          Several within an easy walk
with iron beds and painted furniture.
                                                            Nearest Airport        Florence 10km
In contrast, the bathrooms are modern
                                                            Local Interest         Within easy walking distance of the Duomo, Uffizi Gallery,
and very well equipped, with marble tiles
                                                                                   Ponte Vecchio and all main points of interest
and excellent fittings. There is an attractive

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N      estled on the 2nd floor of a rambling
       17th century palazzo the small and           H O T E L M I C A L O, N A P L E S
personal Micalo has been renovated from             Hotel Micalo is an elegant and intimate hotel that is in an ideal location to
former residential apartments into 9 luxury         explore Italy's third largest city.
hotel rooms. Owner Michelle has individually
designed the rooms combining her own natural
artistic flair with local artwork and stone to
provide spacious and stylish accommodation
that offer an oasis of calm from the captivating,
and at times chaotic, streets below.

Each of the 9 rooms has stylish ensuite
bathrooms. We would recommend the sea
view doubles for couples whilst families can
benefit from an interconnecting double and
twin. There is a small bar serving drinks and
light meals or there are several fine restaurants
and bars within a short walk. Located just
across from the sea front, the Micalo is perfect
for exploring the city's sights, shopping or          Facilities              9 en suite rooms with air conditioning, TV, minibar, telephone
using it as a base to visit Pompeii or the
                                                                              and safe. Small bar area serving drinks and light snacks.
islands of Capri and Ischia.                          Nearest Restaurant      Several within an easy walk
                                                      Nearest Shops           Several within an easy walk
Naples is a fascinating city to visit for a           Nearest Airport         Naples 10km
weekend break or alternatively combine a              Local Interest          Within walking distance of several main sights and port of
few days here with a stay at Palazzo Belmonte
                                                                              Mergellina for boats to Capri and Ischia.
to give a perfect two centre holiday.

H O T E L L E T I Z I A , PA L E R M O
The Hotel Letizia is a lovely small 3 star hotel, right in the centre of the city.

                                                    private home. As you enter, you go up to        A central bar leads out to a very pleasant
                                                    the first floor where there are 13 rooms,       sitting room with a small patio area where
                                                    some with a balcony or terrace and one          breakfast is served.
                                                    with a sitting area and jacuzzi. Each is
                                                    different in style but all exhibit the same     There are a number of excellent restaurants
                                                    good taste and careful choice of furnishings.   within the vicinity.

                                                      Facilities              13 en suite rooms with air conditioning

O      ur 3 star hotel in Palermo, the
       Letizia, is great value. Right in the
heart of the old town on a small street
                                                      Nearest Restaurant
                                                      Nearest Shops
                                                                              Several within an easy walk
                                                                              Several within an easy walk
                                                      Nearest Airport         Palermo 35km
running off the port end of the Corso                 Local Interest          Historical and artistic centre of Palermo within an easy walk
Vittoria Emmanuel, the hotel feels like a

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So many of us want to get something extra out of our holidays… perhaps learn a new skill, indulge in some
pampering or do something a little more active. We are delighted to be able to make some suggestions...

What better way to see the countryside
than going walking for a few hours or a
day. The location of many of our properties
means that there are some spectacular
walks in the surrounding area.

For guests at Tenute Le Piane, we are
delighted to be able to offer a selection of
walks in the area which we have packaged
up to contain a CD of walks and maps
graded in different categories to suit the
differing levels of guests. Please contact us
for details and cost. Other properties which
have walking trails from them are Le Silve
in the Mount Subasio National Park,
page 4; Borgo Il Poeta, overlooking the
Tiber Valley, page 12; Villa di Monte Solare,
near Lake Trasimeno and the homeland
of "Il Perugino", page 6; and Foresteria di
San Leo with views of the Basilicatan
Dolomites, page 38.

Run by the resident chef at the Villa di
Monte Solare, these courses are for four
days/three nights, or we can arrange a
personal half day cookery lesson.

By the end of your stay you may well
be an expert in making handmade pasta,
creating sauces to accompany it and being
able to create an array of hors d'oeuvres
and main dishes relying on typical
Umbrian products.

The Masseria Torre Coccaro in Puglia also
has a very good cookery school which offers
courses of varying durations.

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    S PA B R E A K S
    So many places offer beauty treatments
    these days, but there aren't many
    that have such tranquil and beautiful
    surroundings as 'Le Muse' at the Villa
    di Monte Solare. The range of treatments
    is immense and includes many oriental
    treatments, facials, body treatments and
    massages which can be taken overlooking
    Lake Trasimeno.

    Alternatively, if you would like to combine
    a spa break with beach, you could stay
    at the Masseria Torre Coccaro. Here there
    is a wonderful Aveda spa, built into caves
    and with an indoor pool. The Torre
    Coccaro's sister hotel, Masseria Torre
    Maizza, also has an Aveda spa located
    in the ancient watchtower and uses the
    farm's own olive oil in its treatments.

    La Casella have also expanded their
    beauty centre to offer various treatments
    as well as Turkish Bath and sauna.

    Whether you are an experienced rider
    or have never sat on a horse before,
    La Casella is able to provide a range of
    lessons and activities at their renowned
    stables. For guests aged ten years and
    above there are lessons available to suit
    all riding abilities. Our younger guests
    are not forgotten with a range of lessons
    available on ponies. Alternatively,
    you can discover the beautiful valley
    where La Casella lies, on the numerous
    riding trails.

    During the summer months, evening
    treks are arranged in to the forest where
    a candlelit dinner will be served.

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MORE THAN ONE CENTRE                                                 ADD A LITTLE CULTURE
Many of you like to use your holiday to discover more than one       One of the main reasons so many of you choose a holiday in
of the areas of Italy we feature, so a good number of the holidays   Italy is to experience at least some of its incredibly rich cultural
we arrange are tailor made for you.                                  heritage and primarily its art and music. The areas of Italy we
                                                                     feature in this portfolio offer their own festivals and musical
                                                                     performances which may be of interest.
  •   Have a week at the Mill House Retreat in Umbria before
                                                                       MARCHE        • 30th ROSSINI OPERA FESTIVAL PESARO
      moving to the Hotel Emilia on the Monte Conero coast.
  •   For lovers of peace and quiet we recommend slowing                               7th - 20th August
                                                                                     • 45th MACERATA OPEN AIR OPERA FESTIVAL
      down for a few days at the romantic Agriturismo San
      Francesco in the Marche before driving across into Umbria                        23rd July - 12th August (tbc)
                                                                       UMBRIA        • SPOLETO DEI DUE MONDI
      for a week at the even more tranquil Hotel Le Silve.
  •   Have a week on the shores of Lake Trasimeno at the San                           Usually in the first half of July, theatres, piazzas
      Feliciano Residence in a self catering apartment followed                        and churches in Spoleto become the setting for
      by a week on half board at La Casella in southern Umbria                         performances of opera, chamber music and
      where there is a very good equestrian centre.                                    other performing arts.
                                                                                     • TODI's less well known and more intimate arts
  •   With the flights to Perugia and Palermo from London,
      combining one of our Umbrian or Tuscan properties with                           festival also takes place in late July for ten days.
                                                                                     • UMBRIA JAZZ
      one week in western Sicily becomes a realistic option
      thanks to a flight from Pisa to Trapani.                                         From 10th - 19th July, Perugia will see
  •   Spend your first week at the Villa Belvedere in Taormina                         performances from a range of the top names
      and then take the hydrofoil to Lipari to spend the second                        in Jazz.
                                                                       SICILY        • INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL IN TAORMINA
      week at the Villa Meligunis.
  •   Get to know northern and southern Umbria by spending a                           Annual film festival takes place in June, please
      week at Borgo Il Poeta with a second week at La Torricella.                      book early!
  •   From the Tyrrenhian to the Adriatic - after a week on
      Basilicata's tiny stretch of coast at La Locanda delle
      Donne Monache drive across to southern Puglia for a
      week of serenity at the Masseria Montelauro.
  •   With the flight from Venice to Lamezia in Calabria, how
      about a luxurious few nights in Venice followed by a
      week at the five star beach hotel Panta Rei?

For as many hotels as we feature in our Portfolio there are as
many again that have become other favourites, compiled mainly
from your recommendations, and one of the things we enjoy
doing most is putting together an individual itinerary just for
you based on these.

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