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A Cosmopolitan Fusion of Culture & Cuisine

Discover a wonderfully cosmopolitan destination with everything from the rustic to the Renaissance from our villas in Italy. With fabulous cuisine, fascinating history and impressive art in abundance, culture and culinary fans alike will be captivated at every turn. For those seeking to relax and unwind amid beautiful surroundings, our rural retreats in the rolling countryside or Italian villas just along the beautiful Mediterranean coast offer a charming simplicity, meaning your holiday can take the same laid back pace as local life.

Your Italy Villa holiday

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Have an unforgettable holiday in Italy with James Villa Holidays. Escape to the untouched countryside and enjoy a tranquil break away at one of our converted farmhouse villas. Visit local vineyards, discover amazing landmarks and treat your taste buds to the mouth-watering local food. We have a wide range of villas with private pools, pretty terraces and self-catering facilities that make an ideal base to explore Italy.

Perhaps a coastal resort is more to your taste, where you can enjoy sunny days at the beach with your family. Soak up the sun and take in the spectacular views, all the while experiencing Italian villa living at its best. Italy boasts some of the most beautiful beach resorts and arguably some of the best cuisine in Europe.

With frequent flights to Italy from most UK airports and flight times ranging between just two and three hours, it has never been easier to visit this fascinating country.

Not to be missed...

  • Unwind with a trip to the Boboli Gardens, in Florence. There you can take in the scent of the beautiful flowers, and admire the sculptures and water fountains scattered throughout the park.
  • See the stunning city of Florence and visit the many sites including the Duomo and the Galleria degli Uffizi.
  • Go shopping in Le Marche; explore the local markets for food and trinkets, or head to the Main Square in Ascoli Piceno, for a range of locally handcrafted products you can take home as souvenirs.
  • If you’re looking for the perfect day out, then make your way to Gurrida Lake in Sicily. Surrounded by a mountainous backdrop and lush green forests, it’s a great place for a hike, or a summer picnic.
  • For a truly beautiful natural sight, make the journey to Cascata delle Marmore, or Marmore Falls in Umbria. Watch as the water rushes through the emerald trees, and cascades into the pool of water – truly breathtaking.

About Italy

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Italy is a tempting mix of rich culture, exquisite cuisine, and spectacular scenery. Entice your senses with world class pizzas, astounding architecture, fashion conscious locals and the delicious fresh coffee that Italy is famous for.

With the rolling hills of Campania’s vineyards, the breathtaking architecture of Sicily, and the stunning coves of turquoise blue and glittering white sandy beaches dotted around the coastal shores of Sardinia, there’s a holiday destination for everyone in Italy.

When to go to Italy

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Italy has gloriously warm summers with the hottest temperatures being in August, and it’s generally warm from May to September, too. If you enjoy the sunshine but don’t want to go during the hottest period then April to June and September to October are the perfect times for you to go. The climate varies quite a lot throughout the country, with weather being warmer the further south you go.

Cultural highlights

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Italy is blessed with many fascinating landmarks and interesting places to visit. For a piece of history, head over to the Valley of Temples, or Valle Dei Templi, in Sicily, a prime example of Ancient Greek art and design. Walk past detailed sculptures of historical and mythical figures, and gaze at the towering stone columns.

Take a glimpse into a Roman town that existed over 2,000 years ago. The ruins of Pompeii near Naples were covered by ash following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, leaving behind a fascinating, well-preserved archaeological site to explore.

Pisa is also worth a visit if you want to see the extremely famous leaning tower of Pisa. It is an impressive and remarkable example of Roman architecture as well as an iconic photograph opportunity.

Amalfi Coast - Live ‘la dolce vita’ everyday

The Amalfi Coast picture-perfect landscape has beautiful, brightly painted towns overlooking the seascape beyond. Enjoy villa living in a destination that is truly à la mode, with a wonderful selection of boutique shops and eateries serving local cuisine. Discover the archaeological sites at Pompeii and Herculaneum.

  • 1hr - 1hr 39minsfrom Naples

Puglia - Idyllic coastlines and traditional appeal

Puglia’s unspoilt coastal landscape is full of architectural treasures that offer a glimpse into its fascinating past. Conical Trulli buildings and the historic towns, Lecce and Ostuni, sit harmoniously within this picturesque backdrop. Combined with local cuisine, Puglia makes for a captivating and relaxing holiday.

  • 1hr - 1hr 20minsfrom Bari
  • 1hr 20minsfrom Brindisi

Sardinia - A feast for the eyes and the palate

Located off the west coast of Italy the island of Sardinia boasts glorious beaches, beautiful countryside, chic resorts and intriguing history. Our Italy villas in Sardinia compliment the laid-back way of life, and combined with delicious local cuisine, provide all the ingredients needed for perfect Italy villa holidays.

  • 20minsfrom Alghero
  • 40minsfrom Olbia
  • 45minsfrom Cagliari

Sicily - Natural beauty matched only by unique culture

Our collection of villas in Italy wouldn’t be complete without the glorious island of Sicily. Roman, Islamic and Greek occupiers have left fascinating historic legacies and fusion cuisine. The impressive volcanic landscape surrounding Mount Etna, coastal scenery and friendly ambience makes Sicily a unique destination.

  • 27minsfrom Trapani
  • 30mins - 1hr 50minsfrom Catania
  • 1hr - 1hr 5minsfrom Palermo

Umbria - Discover the heart of Italy

Known as the green heart of Italy, Umbria boasts beautiful, untouched countryside and medieval towns. Ripe for exploration, your holiday can be pleasantly filled with activities such as walking or cycling amid the breathtaking scenery, rewarded at the end with the fine cuisine and wine reminiscent of classic Italy.

  • 30mins - 1hr 25minsfrom Perugia

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Italy reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Sights / Places to go
8.9
Night life
6.9
Overall rating
8.9
Scores 8.9 out of 10 based on 315 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
9 out of 10

John

Wirral Couple
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Volterra is brilliant. Loads of amazing towns and villages.
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Confirmed stay: 17 September 2016
Published on: 11 November 2016

Tuscany

10 out of 10

Sally

Cumbria Couple
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Beautiful countryside and stunning landscapes.
Italian driving.
Confirmed stay: 28 May 2016
Published on: 03 June 2016

Tuscany

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