The Art of Italian Villa Travel

VILLA TRAVEL DEFINED

Italy arouses the senses. Its cuisine is undeniably exquisite, its scenery inspires and its culture is truly one of a kind. Your villa vacation will be a cultural journey, with the chance to engage with locals, immerse yourself in modern to ancient history and try out new activities with friends and family.

Villa travel with Homebase Abroad is all about location. Historic castelli in Tuscany, clifftop homes in Amalfi and sprawling farmhouses with views that take your breath away… our curated collection of villas are an expression of each region. Whether this is your first trip to Italy or you return year after year, we can help you discover something new to love about this beautiful country each day you’re here.

With the villa as your vacation backdrop, you are free to immerse yourself in the culture, cuisine and region. We encourage you to permit yourself days that evolve organically. Having no more than one activity or destination per day allows you to truly be in each moment. Order a cappuccino and a cornetto, and sit back to enjoy the show. Move in the rhythm of an Italian day. Reward yourself and your guests by lingering over a meal, savoring the wines of Italy or contemplating a fresco in the cool serene of a neighborhood church. This is what Italian villa travel is all about.

Our objective is for you and your guests to return home feeling you have had the best vacation of your lives.

Authentic & Unforgettable

WHY HOMEBASE ABROAD?

Homebase Abroad’s Founder and Director, Mara Solomon, has spent 23 years tracking down the ideal locations and experiences to create unforgettable Italian villa vacations. Mara Solomon is one of only 40 villa rental agents in the world named to the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Villa Rental Agent List for 2012. She has earned this distinction for six continuous years.

Mara’s travels, along with those of our dedicated and tight-knit team at Homebase Abroad, have built deep relationships with the people we introduce to you… sommeliers, private chefs, wine producers, restaurant and shop owners and licensed drivers throughout Italy.

Homebase Abroad is an internationally recognized, luxury villa travel company that orchestrates custom-designed villa vacations, throughout Italy. By collaborating closely with you and matching your dynamics and interests with one of our portfolio properties, we create seamlessly-constructed holidays from start to finish for large and small parties.

Our team marries a deep knowledge of Italy with a sense of genuine hospitality to guide you through every step of the vacation planning process—from selecting the right home, experiences and time of year to considering how you spend your time. We approach planning for your holiday with your full experience in mind. No detail is left unconsidered. No opportunity missed.

We are a company of vacation villa specialists, exclusively representing Italy 100% of our time. It is our passion and what we love to do. We will approach planning for your holiday with your full experience in mind.

Hand-Selected Italian Getaways

OUR VILLA PORTFOLIO

We want you to regard us as advisors with a deep knowledge of Italy. We help you find the ideal location: one that inspires, engages and even thrills you and your guests.

Our collection of 55 villas, each personally selected by Mara has evolved over 23 years. We’ve chosen from hundreds of homes and selected only those with the most stunning vistas, exemplary staff and unique qualities. Be it a private estate, a restored farmhouse or a seaside estate, each property has been selected intentionally, to provide the perfect backdrop for your dream vacation. If you have ever wondered what it is like to live in Italy, staying at an Italian villa gives a true taste of the Italian lifestyle.

We inspect and regularly visit every villa we offer and advise our owners on how to refresh and improve their properties for the best guest experiences. We are evaluating constantly and we travel frequently to ensure our villas deliver the best vacation experience. Our passion lies in getting the details just right. It’s the details that make the experiences more memorable.

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER

step 1
start a
conversation

We make time for conversations designed to get to know you better, inspire you, and learn more about your taste and needs. What excites you? What do you want to experience on your trip? Then, we sort through the facts. Who is traveling? Couples? Multiple generations? Friends, family or a mix of both?

We’re here to answer all questions—How do I keep my teens happy and engaged and the little ones busy? How much time will we spend at the villa? How do we cele-brate and commemorate our anniversary while in Italy?

step 2
find
inspiration

At Homebase Abroad, we believe the greatest vacations are those that connect you to the people who mean the most in a private, home setting that is both welcoming and captivating. A successful vacation is all about balance—being alone and in good company, enjoying carefully considered activities and having an entire, unplanned day at the villa. The perfect combination of exploration and respite is what strengthens the bonds between family and friends.

step 3
discover your
ideal villa

Villa travel helps you experience Italy deeply and personally and begins with finding a villa that is a perfect match for your group.  We approach your trip as a whole and will get granular with the details of your trip, making sure no detail gets left behind.

The Homebase Abroad Portfolio includes 55 curated villas ranging from 4 to 20 bedrooms.  All of our villas are hand-selected for location, style and delightful staff.

step 4
consider your
time together

Part problem solvers, part local insiders… we truly enjoy sharing from our own travel experiences. From how to identify the most delicious gelato to where to find our favorite dish at the trattoria just down the road from your villa, we love to guide our guests through their best vacation ever.

Pick tomatoes and basil from the villa’s own vegetable garden, bring it to the kitchen and learn to make authentic Italian sauces alongside your in-villa cook. Our local guides will take your off-the-beaten path for a personal perspective on the history behind the neighborhoods you’ll be calling home.

step 1
start a conversation

We make time for conversations designed to get to know you better, inspire you, and learn more about your taste and needs. What excites you? What do you want to experience on your trip? Then, we sort through the facts. Who is traveling? Couples? Multiple generations? Friends, family or a mix of both?

We’re here to answer all questions—How do I keep my teens happy and engaged and the little ones busy? How much time will we spend at the villa? How do we cele-brate and commemorate our anniversary while in Italy?

step 2
find inspiration

At Homebase Abroad, we believe the greatest vacations are those that connect you to the people who mean the most in a private, home setting that is both welcoming and captivating. A successful vacation is all about balance—being alone and in good company, enjoying carefully considered activities and having an entire, unplanned day at the villa. The perfect combination of exploration and respite is what strengthens the bonds between family and friends.

step 3
discover your ideal villa

Villa travel helps you experience Italy deeply and personally and begins with finding a villa that is a perfect match for your group.  We approach your trip as a whole and will get granular with the details of your trip, making sure no detail gets left behind.

The Homebase Abroad Portfolio includes 55 curated villas ranging from 4 to 20 bedrooms.  All of our villas are hand-selected for location, style and delightful staff.

step 4
consider your time together

Part problem solvers, part local insiders… we truly enjoy sharing from our own travel experiences. From how to identify the most delicious gelato to where to find our favorite dish at the trattoria just down the road from your villa, we love to guide our guests through their best vacation ever.

Pick tomatoes and basil from the villa’s own vegetable garden, bring it to the kitchen and learn to make authentic Italian sauces alongside your in-villa cook. Our local guides will take your off-the-beaten path for a personal perspective on the history behind the neighborhoods you’ll be calling home.

HASSLE FREE TRAVEL PLANNING

There is no “should” when you travel with us. A memorable villa vacation lies at the nexus of a perfect villa and the ideal day.

We believe how you spend time on holiday is as important as what house you choose so we include comprehensive Travel Planning assistance in the rental cost for your chosen property in most cases. Once your chosen property is secured, we work closely with you to build a Travel Itinerary reflecting your preferred combination of relaxation, exploration and discovery. The process is iterative as we work through your “must dos” to the important details of menus and bedroom selections. It is for you to decide how much advance planning you want to do and how many opportunities you want to create for the transcendent and unexpected. It is the unexpected that makes travel so worthwhile. We will, of course, advise you when preplanning is required and when it is not. As your Travel Itinerary takes shape, our Italian Homebase Abroad Concierge becomes part of your planning team. This is the person who greets you on arrival at the house, introduces the staff and the property and is your first point of contact while abroad for any and all questions about the house, the staff and surrounding areas. They are familiar with your Trip Itinerary as well as your unique requests and preferences. And they are there to assist you, working as an extension of our team in the United States.

HERE TO HELP

We take our responsibility for your Italian villa experience seriously. We are your trusted travel advisors and guide you through your choices and options so you can make informed decisions. That’s why we only select properties that members of our team have personally experienced and enjoyed. Every Trip Itinerary reflects insights and suggestions drawn from our own personal experiences over the past 23 years as well as those of our guests.

Mara’s travels, along with those of our staff, have built a storehouse of resources we draw on while working with you with each trip. The dedicated and tight-knit team at Homebase Abroad has spent many years carefully cultivating relationships with the people we introduce to you… owners and their staff, guides, sommeliers, private chefs, wine producers, restaurant and shop owners and licensed drivers throughout Italy. The result are old-fashioned trips that provide the time, flexibility and peace of mind to enjoy what really matters: creating everlasting memories with friends and family.

We take pride in our ability to tame complex trips and deliver peace of mind.  You’ll make the final decisions, but we are here to help you every step of the way. So, why go it alone? We look forward to sharing our knowledge of Italian villa travel with you.

Homebase Abroad’s full-service approach has been recognized as a Travel Specialist by Condé Naste Traveller since 2006 and landed six times on Travel + Leisure’s annual list of “Best Villa Rental Agencies.”

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