Posts Tagged ‘Tuscany’

An Ambassador of La Dolce Vita in Tuscany

Years of curating villas in Tuscany and countless trips to the region has led to many encounters with knowledgeable, warm locals eager to promote la dolce vita of their little corner of Italy. The singing butcher of Panzano immediately springs to mind, but so does my introduction last year to Anna Lisa Tempestini. I recall Filippo, our Regional Manager in Italy, extolling the many talents of this lady – a wine-maker-come-yoga teacher-come-cookery teacher. And so our collaboration began…

Perfect House Party Villas in Europe and the Caribbean

Some of our favourite ingredients for the perfect house party: A rooftop terrace for a drinks party, al fresco dining next to a private pool, a team of staff including an opera-singing chef and a chauffeur who also happens to mix the perfect cocktail, a private beach and a music room with a grand piano for an impromptu jamming session… Charlie Stephenson selects just a few of his recommended villas in Europe and the Caribbean for a very special house party in 2014:

Family Holidays – From African Safaris to Mediterranean Resorts

As parents ourselves, we’ve experienced the challenges of travelling with small children. We instinctively understand the importance of knowing whether the villa pool is gated or not, which seats on the plane are most suitable when travelling with babies and which Mediterranean resorts have the best kids clubs. Our destination specialists take the time to understand your family’s interests and needs, whether you have teenagers demanding high-adrenalin activities or a toddler who loves splashing about in a pool.

Undiscovered Tuscany – Off-the-beaten track Maremma villas

Tuscany, Chianti, Umbria – places which roll off the tongue in a game of word association when it comes to Italy. But Maremma? Probably less so.  Yet how wonderful does it feel to discover a relatively unknown area, away from the traditional Italian hotspots, in which to enjoy an authentic villa holiday?

Vale! The Val d’Orcia

Despite the notoriety of Tuscany with its famous leaning tower, Florentine magic and ubiquitous Chianti, the Val D’Orcia remains one of the great hidden secrets. Almost equidistant between Pisa & Rome, the area is a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to some of the greatest wines Italy has to offer. Set amongst gently rolling hills, ancient fortified hilltop ‘borgos’, natural springs and woodlands, it is also a place of breath-taking beauty  and tranquillity. Cypress tress dot the expansive landscapes, vineyards transcend the lower slopes, olive trees offer up their fruit in abundance and best of all, lying clandestinely below the earth, truffles await their autumn discovery. Red Savannah CEO, George Morgan-Grenville, discovers the beauty of this lesser-known region.