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

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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...

Eating Authentic Italian 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...

Four Swoon-Worthy Italian Villas with Private Spas…

What could be more relaxing than having all your needs met without having to leave the comfort of your own luxury villa? So many vacations exhaust you with logistics. A villa vacation is where relaxation happens by providing private spaces to enjoy your time together...

Cortina: The Taste of Alpine Italy

Casunziei? Kaiserschmarrn? Canederli? Puccia? This doesn’t sound like Italy but it is.  This is the Dolomites and its vibrant village heart, Cortina d’Ampezzo. Here you can get to know this spectacular stretch of Northern Italy with its strong Austro-Germanic...

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...

The 2017 Grape Harvest: An Interview with Riccardo the Winemaker

Riccardo the Winemaker is one of our colleagues in Chianti, running a small wine and olive oil farm with his father using traditional techniques. They live close to the land, in harmony with nature, even as that very nature changes. A visit to Riccardo at his winery,...

Dreaming of Italy: Book Recommendations from Homebase Abroad

Whether you’re in the midst of planning your dream Italian getaway or you feel naturally drawn to the region, Italy is certain to have a permanent hold on your heart and your mind. Here are Homebase Abroad’s top picks for the best books to keep the flavors of Italian...

Take the Water for your Road on Lake Como

Since Roman times the emerald green waters of Lake Como have made it a coveted holiday retreat. Shaped like an upside-down Y, Lake Como is the third largest lake in Italy. Its waters are lined with ancient villages, ornate villas and gardens bursting with...

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