July and August are the most popular months to visit Italy – the Amalfi Coast beaches are at their warmest, Tuscany's sunflower fields are in bloom, and for families, the kids are out of school. As I recently discovered however, the "shoulder season" (May-June and September-October) can be the perfect time to travel. Here’s why. 1. Availability Italy… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Umbria
We believe the early bird should get not only the best selection but great rates as well! From now through December 31st take advantage of fantastic spring and summer specials on select European villas. So whether you opt for Tuscan charm or island living on Santorini, you’ll have a little left over to make it… Read more »
While on most days you will find Jyoti Shrestha at work in Luxury Retreats' finance department, for a couple of weeks each year she loves to leave her element completely and see the world. Jyoti likes to spend the first few days of each trip seeing the sites, before settling in and living like a… Read more »
(This is a guest post from Steve Skabrat) In the Middle Ages the people who lived in the countryside in central Italy were frequently threatened by neighboring city-states. In response, instead of living in the valleys, the people built fortifications on the top of hills for safety. These forts grew into towns. Each town typically… Read more »
From a luxe former-farmhouse in the Italian countryside to a Secret Beach hideaway on Hawaii’s Garden Isle, be the first to discover these exciting new additions to the Luxury Retreats collection.
The Italian province of Umbria is often compared to better-known neighbor Tuscany, but this rich, quiet place offer distinctive charms. Umbria has a unique flavor you have to experience on its own, and luckily, our Italian-born concierge specialist Marco Purificati is here to enlighten travelers on its "don't miss" activities, from jazz to chocolate delights…… Read more »
We gets LOTS of requests from guests, of every variety, and are happy to fill them all. From the wacky to the wonderful, every little extra makes their vacation just that much more memorable. There are some services that are more in demand than any others though, in every destination. These are our top 10… Read more »
Traveling has always been about families, but in 2010 we saw the unit treated with an extra degree of concern and respect. Perhaps it was the economic climate or some other unknown factor, but family-friendly villas have shone in our collection this year. Here are just a few… The Year of Putting Family Privacy First… Read more »
You know you want to visit Italy this summer, but aren't sure where? Take that snapshot of your ideal location in your mind, and match it up with our pics and descriptions. We've got all the basic info you need on traveling to our 3 top regions in Italy…
Villa specialist Laura gets a postcard-worthy pic overlooking the fascinating town of Orvieto, Italy.