Italy is peppered with beautiful historical properties, some of which were commissioned and designed by iconic architectural figures in European history. Here we provide you with a run-down of the most enchanting historical properties we have in our own portfolio, available to rent at Simply Italy.

Villa Lucchese

This 19th century villa (pictured below) is located just outside the Tuscan town of Lucca, on a beautiful estate of terraced olive groves, elegant Italian gardens and pine forests. With panoramic views, a swimming pool, walled garden and 11 frescoed rooms, it’s possible to enjoy a truly fabulous holiday without leaving the grounds of the property! This is certainly one of the most elegant of our villas in Tuscany.

Bisenzio Tower

This luxurious holiday rental (pictured below) sleeps 18 and has incredible views over the valleys and hills of Tuscany. The tower was once used as a guard point for the Umbrian-Tuscan-Lazio border, and was built in the 13th century, with the outbuildings added four centuries later. The herb-laden gardens were designed by celebrated Tuscan landscape designer Alberto Margheriti, and also contain a stone barbecue and pizza oven, along with an infinity pool. There’s even a shady boules court if you feel like some gentle exercise.

Villa Castel

Situated on the shores of Lake Orta, this majestic villa (pictured below) has room for 16 guests and is set amidst 2 acres of private park and woodland and includes a pontoon, beach and boat house as well as its own boat. The interior decoration is luxurious to say the least: Venetian marble floors, frescoes, chandeliers and breath-taking views of the misty lake make this property truly enchanting.

Castle Romantico

This magical 8th century medieval castle (pictured below) can accommodate up to 36 guests and houses lots of secret nooks and crannies, even coming complete with an in-house chef. Tucked behind a long tree-lined driveway, the castle is also protected by a moat and vineyards to ensure total tranquillity.

Villa Trullo

The unusual conical roofs of this property (pictured below) in the heart of the Salento Region will make you feel like you’ve been transported to another world. As well as including a generous amount of living space for up to 8 guests, pool and gardens, this villa is ideal for those who want to retreat to an oasis of luxurious calm, and includes an outdoor kitchen and in-house chef. Bliss.

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