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

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...

An Interview with Homebase Abroad’s Sommelier Emanuele Riva

Italy is the world’s largest wine producer by volume, so it’s no surprise that many consider a trip incomplete without a full wine experience. A trained sommelier, Emanuele Riva specializes in all varietals and aspects of wine service as well as the art of pairing...

The Jovial Table: Celebratory Meals on Your Vacation

Once in a lifetime vacations are the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable celebratory meal. Whether you’re celebrating a marriage, a birthday, a retirement or the simple joy of gathering your loved ones together, an excellent culinary experience is sure to create a...

Pasta is Passé, It’s All about the Sauce

Here at Homebase Abroad its all about the sauce. Not only do we vividly recall the style and flavors of each sauce we've experienced during our Italian villa vacations but its also a practical way to keep your vacation experience alive and fresh. While the idea of...

Welcome to the Crete Senesi

There is a mystical magical landscape between Siena and the famous wine towns of Montalcino and Montepulciano. It lies in quiet repose, waiting for those curious and interested visitors who want to explore yet another beautiful corner of this storied land. Welcome to...

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