Village Vacations in Italy is a service designed to help you get the most out of your vacation in Italy. We put you along with your friends and relatives in the perfect vacation "Home Away From Home" in small villages in Umbria and Tuscany, the green heart of Italy.
My tours include airport transfers to and from the airport and the villa. Healthy breakfast each morning, dinners, day trips to other villages and towns, vineyard tour and even a cooking lesson! Each bedroom has en-suite bathroom. The villa also has a beautiful swimming pool, solarium and it’s own chapel. My all-inclusive tours are everything you need to truly experience living “La Dolce Vita” (The sweet life) that Italy has to offer.
Write Away in Italy
This writing course will truly take you away as you pen your way through the villages and towns of Umbria. Find inspiration in the beauty and history of Italy and let your creativity flourish. This course takes place in the ancient palace of the Marquises Pallavinci family’s summer residence in Piegaro (Umbria) where the Prince and Princess came to avoid the heat of the summer in Rome. We will also visit other villages and towns for you to explore and enjoy living “La Dolce Vita”, while you write your way through Umbria.
Yoga and Meditation Retreats
Bring your yoga group to Italy and relax, practice yoga and meditate. There are plenty of areas on the property to to do so,inside as well as a rooftop area with panoramic views of the Umbrian hills. Get off to a good start each morning with your yoga practice and breakfast before we head out to explore the towns and villages such as Cortona, Assisi, Deruta, for pottery, Montepulciano, for wine, and even a spa day to unwind in natural thermal mineral baths. The options are endless. Hiking, biking and walking day tours also available.
Umbria Olive Harvest
The fall is my favorite time of year to spend in Italy. There is so much going on. The numerous festivals and sagras celebrating the harvest of wine, olive oil, and truffles. Slow down and experience the true Italian lifestyle without the hustle and bustle of tourists. I love picking the olives with the group and then afterwards we have an authentic Italian lunch with local wine. We then take the fruits of our labor to the mill to be pressed and processed into “liquid gold”. This tour also includes day trips to other towns and villages as well throughout the week.
Truly an unforgettable experience.
Weaving Through Umbria Textile Tour
If you are a weaver and lover of looms you are going to love this tour! The local artisans of this ancient craft will dazzle your minds with their showrooms and looms that are centuries old. You will get to see up close and personal how they use intricate patterns from their ancestors to keep their family traditions living on. This tour includes a day trip to Giuditta Brozzetti’s Museo-Laboratorio di Tessitura a Mano in Perugia located in the 13th-century church of San Francesco delle Donna. An exquisite setting as you feast your eyes on handmade Italian textiles and actually see master weaver Marta Cucchia at work. We will also visit Tessitura Pardi, a grand tradition of Umbrian linens. You can purchase treasures at both, which is the best part of going there! Visits to other towns and villages as well included in this tour for you to experience Italy like a local.
Girlfriends Get-A-Way Mix Up Tour
Let’s mix it up….I came up with the name of this tour to offer a little bit of everything from my other tours. Let’s face it, girls love to shop so I will whisk you away to the clothing outlets of Prada, Gucci, Tom Ford, Channel, Dolce & Gabana to name a few. We will visit of course a vineyard for a wine and olive oil tasting, Cortona for a day “Under The Tuscan Sun”, a spa day for you to relax in the natural bubbling spring waters of Umbria. Massages, facials, pedicures and manicures can be arranged for you as well. Local outdoor markets are always fun because you never know what you might find. If you book on the first weekend of the month I’ll take you to Arezzo where streets are lined with an abundance of antiques and treasures just waiting for you to take home. You will also enjoy a cooking lesson of local Umbrian cuisine. Want to come in the fall, take part in the olive harvest and afterwards we will visit the frantioio, pressing mill, to see how the olive are pressed and turned into “Liquid Gold” This tour has so much to offer
Village Vacations in Italy also has vacation rentals from apartments to castles. Fill out the contact form and let me know what type of accommodation you are looking for and what time of year as well as how many bedrooms and bathrooms you will need. I have many listings to choose from according to your requests. Once you fill out the form I will get back to you with more information, rates and photos.
This is a renovated home of a bishop and is very elegant with beautiful frescoes. Entry with sweeping stairway upstairs. Three king bedrooms have baths, and there is another double bedroom that does not have its own bath. Drawing rooms, dining room opens to outdoor terrace and garden, large and very modern kitchen. Panicale is a quaint little village with a lot going on. There are restaurants, cafes and shops. Imagine living in elegant luxury in a historic home in one of the most vibrant towns in Umbria. Wake up to the smell of freshly roasted coffee and pastries. Sit in the afternoon soaking up the sun and the best panoramic views in all of Umbria.
Villa in Chianti
Halfway between Florence and Siena, among the verdant hills and the vineyards of Tuscany where the sound of nature pervades over silence and privacy stands the resort Sole del Chianti. Here it is still possible to experience the life in the countryside of times gone by.
The structure is over 500 years old. It is a medieval structure which we have completely restored with all the modern amenities keeping the medieval character intact. The entire property has new plumbing, heating, electrical, A/C as well as all new kitchens and bathrooms. All apartments have in-unit washing machines.
This fairytale castle, once property of the notorious Borgia family, is exceptionally well situated on the borders of Tuscany and Umbria on the shore of the lake Trasimeno near the picturesque town of Passignano sul Trasimeno. It is situated in a fenced off park of 9 acres, abundant of secular trees, flower beds, and beautiful plants.
Your only villa inside an Umbrian hilltop village offering, pool, terraces with panoramic views. Just steps to the main piazza with its cafes, restaurants and shops: groceries, butcher, variety store. Experience the rhythms of authentic Italian life with your morning cappuccino or relax with a glass of wine watching the sunset. Safe and friendly village loves families! We are here in the village to make your dream vacation come true with personal service. Stay in the grand vacation villa, with open floor plan. The villa has 5 bedrooms each with en-suite bathroom, or any of their four spacious vacation apartments: La Cantina, Il Forno, Il Nido or La Terrazza.