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A travel guide about luxury Italian villa vacations from Homebase Abroad.

The Ultimate Packing List for an Italian Villa Vacation

You’ve booked your flights, ironed out the itinerary details and now the trip you have been waiting for is almost here. But your suitcase lies empty in front of you and you are at a loss as to one big question: What do I need to pack for a luxury villa vacation in...

Let’s Start Walking… Ambling Around Montalcino

As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Montalcino and the surrounding Val d’Orcia looks a lot today like it probably did during the Renaissance. A classic hilltop town with a fairytale castle and fortified walks, Montalcino is the perfect jumping off point for the Val...

When Siena Cries… Homebase Abroad’s Guide to Proverbs

There are many avenues to get to know a culture. In Italy, we often look to food and wine as a ways to gain a deeper cultural appreciation of the country. But we must not forget another critical means for understanding: language. Like many Italian cultures, proverbs...

Mara Solomon Named Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist 2019

We are thrilled to announce our own Mara Solomon has been included in Condé Nast Traveler’s list of Top Travel Specialists for 2019. This is Mara's 13th consecutive year being recognized by the Magazine.  Many thanks to the editors of Condé Nast Traveler who pave the...

Monte Argentario: The Etruscan Riviera

Jutting off the Tuscan Coast lies one of Italy’s most undiscovered destinations: the Monte Argentario. An easy two hour drive from Rome's Fiumicino Airport, the Monte Argentario offers the best of summer by the sea and the Italian lifestyle rolled into one gorgeous...

5 Ways to Escape the Amalfi Coast Crowds

Every year, millions of visitors crowd onto the Amalfi coast to experience the region’s UNESCO world heritage landscape, its dramatic shorelines, thrilling “nastro azzurro”road, straight-from-the-sea dishes, celebrity-spotting and sandal shopping. It possesses a charm...

Unwrapped!

Homebase Abroad’s BOOK & MOVIE Recommendations Books make lovely holiday gifts. We are excited to share our book and movie recommendations with you. There are so many options curating a definitive list is an impossible task. Our list comes from years of reading,...

The Villa Cook: The Recipe for a Real Vacation

Without a doubt, the biggest benefit to our guests enjoying a villa vacation in Italy is the cook—or the chef—in the kitchen. Whether you are a party of five or 35, it transforms your villa vacation. Why not turn over the meal planning, shopping, preparation, serving...

Eight Things To Know About Chianti: Italy’s Most Popular Region

Whether you are traveling with children, seeking small-production wines or simply looking to soak in the beautiful landscapes, there is much to do in Chianti. Here are 8 things we suggest everyone visiting Chianti should know: Know that ‘Chianti’ is not one town in...

Dishing with Villa di Torno’s Chef Sergio

In our opinion, one of the best part of villa travel is the luxury of having an in-villa chef. Having a native Italian chef prepare authentic cuisine, catered to your specific needs and tastes, provides memorable experiences as well as the convenience of knowing your...

The Alta Maremma: Going Further Afield in Tuscany

Have you ever met someone who is unwilling to return to Italy? Do you ever think you have seen enough?  Twirled your last strand of spaghetti? Had your last excellent glass of wine? Admired your last beautiful sunset? No? Neither have we. One of the great marvels of...

Amalfi Off the Beaten Track

The Amalfi Coast with its dramatic coastline and seaside charm is a top destination for many travelers to Italy. But the true beauty of Amalfi lies just off the beaten track in our favorite local eateries, hikes and activities. These coastal destinations will offer a...

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