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DESTINATION ITALY: 5 of our all-time favourite luxe properties

by Paola Fiocchi Van den Brande

Italy is one of our most popular destinations.

Understandably, when you consider the beauty and magnificence of the country’s landscapes; the sophistication and elegance of its cities; the charm of the countryside villages; the artistic heritage: and the wonderful cuisine. The list of captivating reasons to visit Italy could be almost endless, but how do you choose a property for your holiday, retreat or special occasion?

To help you navigate our curated collections of villas, mansions, farmhouses and retreats we like to highlight our favourite properties from different destinations. This is a great way to see the diversity of exceptional properties that we offer, and also to draw your attention to unique homes in enthralling regions.

Here are 5 fabulous homes that will make your special occasion or holiday truly memorable.

1. Casale Le Pratola – Tuscan Idyll
Tuscany never ceases to allure visitors. Home to a beautiful coast, evocative rolling countryside and incomparable cities such as Florence and Siena, the region is unbeatable. Our Casale Le Pratola is the quintessential historic Tuscan estate, with a privileged private hilltop position, and 360-degree panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

Le Pratola in Chianti

This exceptional 5-bedroom, 5-bathroom home is part of the Rocca di Castagnoli Wine Estate. It makes the perfect retreat for families or large groups looking to live the Tuscan dream. Surrounded by aromatic gardens of Mediterranean herbs, olives, vines and iconic cypress trees, this luxury Tuscan villa has it all. Antiques and art blend beautifully with contemporary pieces, Guest rooms all have ensuite travertine bathrooms.

Outside is a charming courtyard for al fresco dining, terraces, gardens, and a stunning infinite pool. The property is well equipped for families and also includes a gym.

More information and booking details here:

2. Ischia Torre dell’Aquila – Island Retreat
At Passepartout, we always look out for the extraordinary, the unique, the unexpected. That´s why clients love Ischia Torre dell’Aquila, on a secluded volcanic island 30km off the coast of Naples. Set over 3 floors and marrying Italian architecture with modern aesthetics and local materials, this modern home filled with light is crafted from the volcanic stone of the Ischia. This unique home resembles an ancient watchtower with its unique circular design yet has plenty of contemporary style. In fact the villa has been remodelled by Italian architects, Purini and Mariani, who have collaborated with the film director, Rosselini. The villa has also been featured on the cover of the Italian interior magazine ‘Ville & Casali’ – it really is picture perfect.

Torre dell’Aquila

Secluded location, private orchard, and a fabulous position in the Bay of Naples make this property something really special. With 4 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, Ischia Torre dell’Aquila is more than comfortable for families and groups of up to 10 guests. Nearly all of the villa’s rooms open up to terraces, and truly memorable views.

In addition to the garden and shaded terraces, lucky guests can enjoy the delightful swimming pool.

More information and booking details here:

3. Masseria La Raganella Celeste – Modern Masseria
This sparklingly contemporary interpretation of a rural idyll can be found in Puglia. We adore this corner of Spain. Its achingly beautiful, undeniably authentic and the climate is glorious.

We chose Masseria La Raganella Celeste as it is without a doubt among the most sophisticated and unique properties in Salento. It sits in a secluded, centuries-old olive grove, only 10 minutes’ drive from the Mediterranean. The masseria is a perfect mix of contemporary design and traditional local craftsmanship.

Perfect for large groups, retreats or a multi-generational family holiday, this striking property can accommodate 14 guests with 6 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms.

La Raganella Celeste

The façade – traditionally painted in white with exposed features in the local stone, Pietra Leccese – reflects the bright, natural light of the Salentine summer, whilst inside traditional vaulted ceilings blend perfectly with the contemporary Italian interior design. Seeing is believing.

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4. Villa Peduzzi Como – Lakeside Sophistication

Italy´s lakes are one of the country’s most spectacular destinations, and when it comes to natural beauty and Italian sophistication then nothing beats Lake Como. This is where you´ll find Villa Peduzzi Como, one of the area’s most fabulous homes.

This liberty-style villa has been fully restored with all finishes exceeding the highest of standards. The villa comfortably sleeps up to 18, (that´s 7 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms, with additional children’s beds available). Villa Peduzzi Como is a one-off, a property that will transform a family gathering, retreat or special occasion into a truly unforgettable experience.

Close to the villa is a 22-metre, heated infinity pool with jacuzzi offering 180-degree views of Lake Como. The pool house offers a kitchen, island bar, and comfy seating area. There are 2 additional alfresco dining areas near the pool house.


For guests planning a retreat, then this property is ideal, as it has its own yoga/wellness facility carved out the cliff-face, featuring an expansive room with stunning views of the lake that can accommodate up to 8 yoga practitioners. It also includes an area for gym equipment from Technogym including a Kinesis cable weight training system, a rowing machine, an exercise bike, dumbbells, stretch bands, and exercise balls. It also includes an ensuite toilet, steam room, and shower.

More information and booking details here: https://www.passepartout-homes.com/holiday/italy/villa-peduzzi-como/468

5. Casa Olivi – Quintessential Italian
Found in the heart of Italy, Casa Olivi is all you could want for in an Italian farmhouse reimagined as a luxury rural enclave. Casa Olivi embodies the quintessential combination of the best of Italy from tradition to Italian design.

Casa Olivi can sleep up to 11 guests in 5 bedrooms. There are 4 bedrooms within the villa (3 doubles and one triple) and an additional double bedroom in the independent guest house. All bedrooms feature ensuite bathrooms and are air conditioned.

Outside, soak up the sun at the infinity pool and unwind in the well-furnished exterior spaces. Dine alfresco while enjoying dishes fresh off the Japanese grill in the outdoor cooking area.

Casa Olivi

The exterior of the villa remains true to its origins from its days as a farmhouse when the property was owned by Giovanni Olivi (1865-1923), while its interiors have been reimagined by Swiss architects Markus Wespi and Jérôme de Meuron. They have crafted stunning and modern spaces flooded with light and accented with neutral colours. From its signature furnishings to its fully equipped, state of the art kitchen, Casa Olivi exceed the standards of the most discerning guest.

More information and booking details here: https://www.passepartout-homes.com/holiday/italy/casa-olivi/470

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Please remember, we are here to help you create your perfect holiday! Whether it’s a group retreat, family vacation, get away with friends or a very special occasion, we have a property that will inspire you. Subscribe to our monthly newsletter for more travel inspiration; and feel free to contact us for ideas, or advice on finding you the best villa.