Ten grand Italian palazzi
Holiday like royalty at these stunning Italian palazzi
From the rolling hills of Tuscany to the sun-kissed shores of Lake Como, Italy boasts a unique ambience and flavour unmatched by anywhere else in the world. Steeped in history, culture, delicious food and stunning landscapes, this is the destination with it all. If you’re planning a visit, why not do it in true Italian style and gather up your family and friends and head to a grand palazzo or countryside villa? With spacious rustic kitchens, oak-beamed dining rooms, plush four-poster beds, verdant grounds and plenty of living space, these are the perfect spots to spend time catching up over good food and wine.
Once a medieval hamlet, this gorgeously-restored villa is a history lover’s dream. Nestled on a stunning estate, hidden amidst magnolia and weeping willow trees, lilly-filled lakes and original 17th-century fountains, you’ll feel as though you’ve stumbled into a fairytale. Make the most of the beautiful weather by dining al fresco on the genuine Italian piazza or taking a dip in the stunning saltwater pool. With 12 bedrooms and 16 bathrooms, this is an idyllic spot to host a special get together with your nearest and dearest.
Villa Porto Felice
Located on the banks of Tremezzina, one of Lake Como’s most exclusive areas, Villa Porto Felice is a very special spot. The cheery pink walls of this stunning ten-bedroom palazzo contrast perfectly against the backdrop of towering mountains and enchanting forests, painting a pretty picture indeed. Unwind in the lush grounds, which are filled with vibrant azaleas, towering ginkgo and red acacia trees, a bamboo forest and even an olive grove from which the family presses their own oil. You’ll have a dedicated team of staff at the villa, including a chef who will cook you delicious meals using produce from the villa’s gardens, so you don’t have to worry about anything but relaxing.
Design lovers will adore this gorgeous four-bedroom villa. Set on the slopes of Mount Etna, on the legend-filled island of Sicily, Villa Maude is a feast for the eyes. Encircled by stretching gardens and terraces, the charming rusticity of the exterior belies the cutting-edge contemporary design to be found within. With striking glass fireplaces, an open-plan kitchen and a spectacular glass-walled sun house situated right next to the saltwater infinity pool, every aspect of Villa Maude has been thoughtfully considered and tastefully chosen. Seamlessly fusing traditional with contemporary, this modern-day palazzo is truly a work of art.
Villa The Tower
You can thank the Saracens for the magnificent sea views, metre thick walls and gorgeously-arched ceilings of this beautiful 14th-century tower. Originally built to ward off pirate attacks, Villa The Tower offers stunning views of the Amalfi Coast, which can be enjoyed from the panoramic living room, sun-kissed terraces and clifftop pools. Find a sunny nook and relax with a good book, enjoying the sweet fragrances from the surrounding lemon groves and Mediterranean gardens, travelling on the fresh sea breeze. Sleeping up to 12, this is a breathtaking base to explore the Amalfi Coast from.
Perched atop a hill, overlooking an idyllic landscape of Tuscan fields and vineyards punctuated by tall Cypress trees and sleepy villages, Villa Leila is a countryside paradise. A beautiful example of a Tuscan patrician villa, the tasteful furnishings perfectly blend the ancient with the modern, imbuing the villa with a sense of opulent yet elegant old-world charm. Sleeping up to 16 guests, this spacious hideaway is surrounded by its own private estate which boasts a heated swimming pool, tennis court and soccer field.
Another spectacular hideaway on the Amalfi Coast, Villa Nume is a beautiful 16th-century fortification, featuring its very own watchtower. Enjoy stunning views and plenty of peace and quiet at this secluded hilltop hideaway, far away from the hustle and bustle. The villa comes with its own in-house staff, meaning you won’t have to lift a finger throughout your stay. Instead, you’ll be free to relax in the panoramic infinity pool or else wander the surrounding terraced gardens and olive groves. Sleeping up to ten guests, Villa Nume offers all the privacy and luxury you need for an unforgettable getaway with family and friends.
Set just above the picturesque fishing village of Pescallo, you’ll be treated to stunning views of the world-famous lakes from the magnificent Villa Sissi. Spend days lounging poolside, soaking up the incredible views. Come evening, cook up a storm in the villa’s spacious and modern kitchen, making good use of the exceptional fresh produce Italy is known for. With plenty of space for up to ten guests, this is an idyllic hideaway where you can enjoy all the beauty of the Italian Lakes without the crowds.
Castello di Reschio - Spinaltermine
Situated on the Reschio estate, whose history can be traced back to the beginning of the 11th century, this Umbrian hideaway is surrounded by wilderness - a peaceful and private spot. Originally an ancient farmstead, Spinaltermine was transformed into a stunning light-filled villa, complete with a heated infinity pool, stone summer house and separate guest house. Sleeping up to ten, the terraced lawns, wild oaks, olive trees and rosemary beds which surround the villa provide the perfect backdrop for heavenly afternoon naps, delicious al fresco dinners and long evenings spent lingering over drinks on the terrace.
Just 25 minutes from the culture-filled centre of Florence, Villa Eos enjoys the best of both city and countryside. Surrounded by eight acres of manicured gardens, this elegant holiday home is set across just one level, its spacious light-filled rooms and tiled floors stretching out towards the impressive outdoor swimming pool. Each one of the five bedrooms boasts full-length glass doors which open out onto private terraces - the perfect spot for soaking up some afternoon sun. Come evening, set the kids up with a movie on the projector screen, before heading out to the terrace to enjoy the balmy weather and a cold drink.
Another breathtaking example of contemporary design, Villa Jeanneret is certain to dazzle and delight. Bask in the sheer light-filled beauty of your surroundings, both inside and out. Located on the shore of Lake Como, you’ll find yourself enjoying privacy and tranquillity in one of the most sought after spots in the world. From the panoramic heated outdoor pool and private spa to the cosy movie room and vast dining area, this stunning contemporary palazzo is perfection incarnate. Sleeping up to ten, it is the idyllic spot for spending some quality time with loved ones.