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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.
Located on the banks of Tremezzina, one of Lake Como’s most exclusive areas, Villa Porto 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.
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.
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.
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.
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