By: Alicia Peacock Writer & Journalist | Specialist Arts & European travel

When you stay in one of our fully staffed villas with chefs, you get to experience the full service of a luxury hotel, including housekeeping and catering, but with added privacy and exclusivity. All of our villas have air-conditioned bedrooms, private pools, stunning views, and access to our complimentary Concierge Service. 

So, whether you are planning a multi-generational family holiday, a grand reunion, bespoke wedding, milestone celebration, or simply enjoy the finer things in life, discover our top 5 fully staffed villas in Italy. 

Our top 5 fully staffed villas in Italy 

The villa set on a 900-acre Chianti estate: The Estate of Petroio

It doesn’t get much more exclusive than the fully staffed experience at the Estate of Petroio near Florence. The main residence, an elegant 12th-century villa, and two accompanying guest stone farmhouses are set within a 900-acre Chianti wine and olive-oil estate. The staff are on-hand to take care of you so you can focus on enjoying the beautifully maintained grounds, two private fenced swimming pools, football pitch, tennis court, gym, and spa facilities. 

Wake up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee and breakfast each morning and sit down for a three-course dinner six evenings a week. The resident chef, Francesco is a genius in the kitchen, particularly when it comes to fresh pasta-making, local truffles, and classic Tuscan cuisine — find out more about his many talents here

Alongside the courtyard equipped with a stone pizza oven and charcoal barbecue are ample shaded seating and dining areas with spectacular views over the surrounding hills. Catering for up to 40 people, Petroio is the perfect destination for a family reunion, a milestone event, or even a bespoke destination wedding.

The villa with unforgettable views of Orvieto: Villa Clara

Villa Clara offers guests a front-row view of medieval Orvieto and its spectacular ‘Golden Lily of Cathedrals.’ This top-level luxury villa and guesthouse is set into a hillside and enclosed by 10-acres of private grounds, including manicured lawns, an 18-metre private swimming pool, and an extensive dining terrace with a bewitching panorama. Original features like vaulted and beamed ceilings and terracotta floors are balanced with design-led contemporary interiors and large, glass windows that perfectly frame the view.

The tranquillity of Villa Clara is made even sweeter by dinner served for you upon your arrival and breakfast thoughtfully laid out each morning. Our complimentary concierge service is available to arrange any extra services and experiences you may require, to ensure a stress-free and special stay.

The beautifully restored 13th-century monastery: Palazzo Cheto

Originally a 13th-century monastery, Palazzo Cheto has retained its tranquil and otherworldly charm with all the added comforts of contemporary living. This fully staffed villa with chef is set on a hilltop overlooking the rolling Tuscan countryside and nearby Siena. 

The sunny inner courtyard is one of many idyllic al fresco dining spots, where you can sit back and enjoy two delicious evening meals a week and rise to breakfast served each morning. With staff on-hand to cater to your needs you can focus on daily dips in your private pool, keeping active on your tennis court and five-a-side football pitch, and afternoon excursions into nearby Siena.

Palazzo Cheto also has its very own cantina on the lower ground floor for private wine tastings. Our award-winning concierge can arrange in-villa experiences with a local sommelier so you can savour the very best Tuscan wines on your doorstep.

The ultimate cooking vacation villa near Chianti: I Corbezzoli

Set in the hills on the edge of Chianti, I Corbezzoli is a classic Tuscan villa with a beautiful private pool, boasting breathtaking views over the Valdarno valley and the Pratomagno mountains. 

The ultimate destination for gastronomes, the in-villa cook will prepare all your meals for you, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The dedicated on-site concierge is on-hand to make sure you are well taken care of, whether you’d like your evening aperitivi served poolside or advice on local excursions to San Gimignano

I Corbezzoli is also available to rent with a week of cooking classes included in the price. Choose from vegetarian or traditional Tuscan-themed cuisine and enjoy private wine tastings and culinary excursions for a truly unforgettable taste of Tuscany.

The opulent 16th-century Venetian villa near Padua: Ca' di Lista

Ca’ di Lista is a breathtaking Venetian villa with a cook situated at the heart of the Colli Euganei hills on the outskirts of Padua, just a stone's throw from Venice. Once a 16th-century hunting lodge, Ca’ di Lista is steeped in history, and its manicured classical gardens and trompe l'oeil interiors are a testament to its opulent past. 

Live like a true Venetian noble with breakfast served under the frescoed loggia each morning and three intimate dinners prepared by your in-villa chef come the evening. Situated in an award-winning wine estate, spend afternoons by your private heated pool followed by a tasting of the best local wines or a private cooking class centred around your favourite Venetian cuisine. 

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