Surrounded by vineyards and olive groves outside the Sicilian fishing town of Mazara del Vallo is a castle-like villa that dates back to the 17th century. Complete with turrets and towers, this fortified farmhouse was originally built as a monastery, and later became the centre of a local wine business. Now, the ground floor of this family-owned property is an elegantly furnished holiday retreat. The eclectic interiors feature pieces collected during the owners’ extensive travels across the globe: a Chinese-style library, a canary yellow living room with Brazilian ceramics, and a Moroccan-influenced suite all tell stories of a life well-lived. There’s plenty of outside space for peaceful contemplation, too. Take a sunset walk in the pine grove, admire the Mediterranean garden, or read a book under the shade of century-old olive trees. It’s easy to while away afternoons over long, lazy lunches within the walled orangery; there’s also a palm-fringed pool and a private tennis court. And if you manage to drag yourself away from this magical place steeped in history, there’s a plethora of interesting places to see close by: choose from white sand beaches, world-famous Greek temples and perfectly preserved medieval towns.
Nestled atop the Amalfi Coast in the quaint town of Praiano, Casa Angelina offers a tribute to modern minimalism. Settle into quiet luxury with white-on-white decor paired with eclectic pieces of colorful, contemporary art and stunning views of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Take a moonlight sail, relax poolside under the lemon trees, or enjoy world class cuisine on the rooftop at sunset. Soaking in their peaceful, meditative atmosphere, you'll never want to leave this heavenly coastal abode!
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Located atop the rocky cliffs of the Amalfi Coast, this 19th century liberty style villa overlooks the azure Tyrrhenian Sea. With white walls typical of Mediterranean architecture, the hotel is thoughtfully accented with local, hand crafted ceramics and wall to wall windows emphasizing the coastal views. Stroll through the lemon groves, lounge at the private beach club, and take a dip in the serene ocean or heated salt water pool to relax. With two world renowned restaurants on site, delectable, local Limoncello and seafood are never more than a few steps away. At Hotel Santa Caterina, your every need is anticipated by their thoughtful staff, leaving you free to relax and soak in Italian paradise.
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Located just 3 km from the idyllic Puglian coastline, Masseria Moroseta is a stunning white stone farmhouse nestled in a 5 hectare olive grove just minutes from the infamous city of Ostuni. Built using traditional techniques and local materials, the masserie was modeled after ancient fortified farmhouses that are characteristic of the Puglian countryside, yet with a unique design element that is modern and pared down. With a central courtyard, the 6 bedrooms (2 suites and 4 rooms) have their own outdoor seating area, while the communal salon and veranda overlook the large pool with incredible views extending to the Adriatic Sea. The ultimate in affordable luxury, Masseria Moroseta will be at the top of your list for a relaxing holiday!
Located in the southernmost tip of the Italian heel, Masseria La Spinetta is a contemporary home built in the traditional style of the masserie, a fortified farmhouse common in the Puglian countryside. With stone vaulted ceilings, marble floors, and an eclectic and exotic mix of European antiques, this stunning home is not only beautiful, but has all the modern conveniences one would need. Sleeping up to 12 people, La Spinetta also has a large pool, a sunken trampoline as well as a games area which makes it ideal for families. The surrounding olive groves go on as far as the eye can see, creating a serene sanctuary to enjoy for your holiday.
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Located just 15 km from the center of Cortona, these stunning private villas, ranging in size from 1 to 4 bedrooms, have been recently renovated in a modern and minimalist style inside, while preserving their historic visage outside. Private pools are surrounded by beautiful gardens of rosemary, olive, fig, and cypress trees, the perfect place to enjoy panoramic views of the Tuscan countryside. It is the perfect mix of contemporary and comfort, making Villa Chic the ideal getaway for an unconventional and memorable stay in Italy.
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