Top 10 Must-Visit Historical Sites in Italy

Think of Italy and the country’s rich history is bound to come to mind. Antiquity, renaissance, modernity… century after century, Italy has left its undeniable marks on western culture. Plenty of these marks, t...

Top 5 Historical Sites in Umbria

With vast, green hills and orchards filled with olives, Umbria is one of Italy’s most beautiful regions – but in amongst all of nature’s wonders lie some sites of real historical interest, just a few of which we’ve narrowed down i...

Best Group Activities in the Italian Lakes

While finding a please-all destination for group holidays can sometimes prove tricky, the Italian Lakes poses no such problem. It’s virtually impossible not to be seduced by the region’s natural beauty, with ch...
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Best Things To Do in Puglia

Puglia's rugged and beautiful landscape is well-suited to a huge range of activities perfect for a group villa holiday. Venture out from your private "trulli" villa and explore the huge range of things to do in...

Best Things to do in Umbria

Umbria may seem like a sleepy Italian province at first glance but it has a lot more to offer than what first meets the eye. The best things to do in Umbria are done outdoors, and natural beauty abounds here, w...

Best Group Activities in Sicily

If you’re heading off for a Sicily villa holiday with a group of your nearest and dearest, you’re going to need some awesome days planned out. This unique island has history in spades, with ruins around every t...

Best Foodie Experiences in Tuscany

If you're the kind of person who likes their food, Tuscany is pretty much a dream destination. Though Italy's cuisine is popular all over the world, the freshest and most authentic dishes can only really be fou...

Heading Out: Top 5 Luxury Drives Through Italy

The great Italian operatic composer Giuseppe Verdi once proclaimed to the world “You may have the universe, if I may have Italy” and without hesitation I’m inclined to feel that he got the better half of the de...

Discover Italy’s Green Heart – Umbria

The astoundingly beautiful countryside of Umbria, with its peerless arable lands producing food and wine like no other, is a true Italian gem. It's not difficult to see why we do such a brisk trade in our ...

Taking a Trip Through Hidden Tuscany

Anyone who's been lucky enough to visit Tuscany will agree that its stunning rolling landscapes make it one of the most beautiful travel destinations around. There is food that makes your mouth water, and don't...

10 Tourist Faux-Pas To Avoid In Italy

What’s the point of travel if you’re not going to experience everything that’s wonderful about other cultures? If you don’t have any curiosity about the customs, character and cuisines of other climes, you migh...
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How to Spend a Family Holiday in Northern Italy

Italy often conjures up images of romantic getaways and is maybe not the first place you would think of for a family holiday destination. However, Northern Italy has a varied selection of activities perfect for...
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Top 5 Food and Wine Tours in Tuscany

What comes to mind when you think of Tuscany? Perhaps it’s the cityscape of Florence, steeped in history and dominated by the grand Duomo cathedral. Maybe it’s the rolling green and yellow fields of the Tuscan ...

6 Things to Try On Your Italian Lakes holiday

Any region that claims to have the most beautiful scenery in the country always risks making a slightly grandiose assertion - but in Italy, the Northern Lakes may actually have a point. In addition to the charm...
Cefalu - Villas in Italy - Oliver's Travels

Top 4 Beautiful Walks Around Cefalu

If you'll soon be jetting off to one of our Italian country villas in Sicily, make sure you add the mediaeval town of Cefalù to your list of must-do day trips. Standing guard over the Tyrrhenian Sea, it's a...

Five Things to Do with Under-Fives in Tuscany

The art galleries and Renaissance palaces of Tuscany may not be the most obvious choice for a family holiday with small children, but this beautiful and varied region has plenty to offer little ones - starting ...
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The Amazing Art of Commedia dell’Arte in Italy

If the words in this title didn't mean much to you, there's still a good chance that you've seen a film, play or television programme that borrowed heavily from the traditions of the Commedia dell'Arte. A maske...