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5 Dreamy Italian Villas To Book This Summer

May 07, 2019 Written by: Nicole Trivillas for Forbes magazine
Bellaria villa in Portofino

Nicoles top 5 luxury villas that suite every taste that you must visit this summer! 

Italian villas were once only the trappings of the aristocracy, but nowadays it’s easier and more affordable than ever to live out a dolce vitafairytale on your next Italian escape. With nearly 30 years of experience and over 130 villas, Tuscany Now & More  is one of Italy’s most popular villa rental specialists with a portfolio that expands through Tuscany and Umbria (and with a few choice rentals in Veneto, Portofino and Rome). Whether it’s your first or your fifteenth time renting a property abroad, you should always work with a company with on-the-ground expertise and 24-hour concierge service. These are the Italian rentals to call home this summer: 

The Farmhouse 

La Pianstella  in Umbria (sleeps 8; 4 Bedrooms and 3 Bathrooms) 

La Pianstella is a picturesque, 200-year-old stone farmhouse and barn that sits atop Umbria’s Tiber Valley. Packed with original charm and Italian pastoral vibes, this home is well appointed for those in need of relaxation. There’s plenty of indoor-outdoor living areas with a relaxed garden, infinity pool and solar-heated hot tub hemmed in by rolling hills.  

The Seaside Bolthole 

Ciclopica  on the Tuscan Sea Coast (sleeps 12; 7 Bedrooms and 6 Bathrooms) 

Most tourists don’t realize that Tuscany has a seacoast, but the lack of tourists in this area is just one reason why this villa makes for a dreamy summertime escape. Located high above Feniglia beach in the coastal town of Porto Ercole, Ciclopica is a beachside oasis with terraced grounds that include a pergola and pool amid vineyards and olive groves. 

The Classic Masterpiece 

I Giullari  in Tuscany (sleeps 18; 9 Bedrooms and 9 Bathrooms) 

For those in the market for an affordable Florentine abode, look no further than the basic-but-pretty I Giullari, a restored farmhouse set in a small leafy hamlet that Galileo Gallilei once called home. Within easy reach of Florence, this gated home boasts the kind of Florentine views found in Renaissance paintings (not to mention cozy interiors with wood beams and high ceilings spreading across two wings). There’s also a pool, hot tub and plenty of seating room for al fresco meals. 

The Palazzo 

Villa Zambonina  in Veneto (Sleeps 20; 12 Bedrooms and 8 Bathrooms) 

For real romantic wow-factor, there’s the enchanting 17th-century Palladian-style Villa Zambonina near the town of Verona. This villa is nothing short of magical. Within its two main wings, you’ll find manicured gardens, secret courtyards, frescoed halls and plenty of historic appeal. 

The Showoff 

Bellaria  in Portofino (sleeps 12; 7 Bedrooms and 7 Bathrooms) 

With glittery views over Portofino and the coast, Bellaria is impressive but also well suited for those in need of privacy. Both the villa and the gardens have uninterrupted panoramic vistas that steal the show at night. This property also includes a small gym, sauna and Turkish steam room. 

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