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Italy Family Holidays

Italy is the perfect country for a family holiday and not just because the Italians love children, which of course they do. Most of our Italian properties are family owned and the demands and misbehaviour of small children or teenagers are treated as normal, rather than just to be frowned at. Add activities to the mix, whether geared to the beach, or riding, cycling, playing tennis, and walking in the hills of Umbria and the Marche, and you can see why we don’t feel it is necessary to promote club style holidays through our Italian Portfolio. It is one country where making those compromises between what you want to do, and keeping the kids happy, becomes relatively easy, with wonderful art and food never more than a few kilometres from your child-friendly agriturismo or comfortable villa with pool. Nowhere is art and culture more accessible than in Italian cities, with each vying to be the most fun to be in with children. Rome may just win with obvious sites like the Trevi Fountain and the Colosseum, but Naples’ has the buzz, the pizza and ice-cream, Venice that almost theme park appeal, and all children enjoy a sense of the past as they step back in time to Florence’s Mediaeval and Renaissance worlds.

Whatever your plans are for an Italian family holiday we know which of our Portfolio properties guarantee meeting children the same ages as yours, where teenagers can stroll into the local town, or where they will be so exhausted after a day’s activity that they will sleep soundly while you discuss Berlusconi over another bottle of chilled Orvieto.

The properties we feature are as follows:

Palazzo Belmonte

Palazzo Belmonte

One of our most popular properties, the Palazzo Belmonte is an oasis of luxury hidden away on a glorious stretch of the Cilento coastline.

Villa Gonzola

Villa Gonzola

Gonzola is a large farmhouse built in the local stone, overgrown with roses, honeysuckle and ivy. The house overlooks wheat and sunflower fields and a small wood.

Villa Montauto

Villa Montauto

Montauto is a haven of tranquillity and serenity, set amid woods and fields, with spectacular views of the surrounding Tuscan countryside.

Villa Fontalgozzo

Villa Fontalgozzo

This attractive yellow ochre farmhouse was built in the 1920s following a design by the English architect Cecil Pinsent and is the smallest of the villas we feature on the La Foce Estate.

I Vanzetti and La Chiesina

I Vanzetti and La Chiesina

A converted farmhouse and chapel, make up three apartments, on the Tuscany and Emilia Romagna border

Il Biroccio

Il Biroccio

We are delighted to feature this charming country house in the heart of the dramatic mountains of the northern Marche region.

Hotel Emilia

Hotel Emilia

The memories you take away from your stay at the Hotel Emilia will undoubtedly include its stunning location and renowned cuisine.

Borgo San Marco

Borgo San Marco

Borgo San Marco lies in the midst of 90 hectares of ancient olive trees, almond and carob trees, 5km from Fasano and 2km from the sea.

Abate Masseria

Abate Masseria

Close to the town of Noci lies the Abate Masseria which has been beautifully and patiently restored by the owner Mino and his family.

Masseria Torre Coccaro

Masseria Torre Coccaro

This historic masseria with its 16th century watchtower has been beautifully renovated to make the most of its original features while combining comfort and luxury with amazing facilities.

Masseria Mandrascate

Masseria Mandrascate

Located deep in the interior of central Sicily, the Masseria Mandrascate, owned and run by the delightful Rosita Prato and her family, offers a wonderful base from which to explore this little-visited but fascinating area of the island. A recent addition to the Real Holidays portfolio, we are sure this will become a firm favourite with our clients!

Baglio Fontanasalsa

Baglio Fontanasalsa

Baglio Fontanasalsa is a working agriturismo situated in the countryside 8km from Trapani in Western Sicily.

Palazzo del Gastaldo

Palazzo del Gastaldo

The Palazzo del Gastaldo was originally a fortified hamlet and has been exquisitely restored by its present owners and converted into six apartments.

Fondo le Teglie

Fondo le Teglie

Fondo le Teglie lies about 12km from Todi in a wonderful position overlooking the rolling hills and green fields of Umbria. You will never tire of sitting out on the shaded loggia, the lovely courtyard or by the swimming pool, and gazing at the unsurpassable views surrounding you.

La Conchiglia

La Conchiglia

La Conchiglia is located in southern Italy at Capo Vaticano, an area of Calabria known for its stunning coastline and safe beaches. From here, the more adventurous can explore this unknown corner of Italy.

Casale de Lanci

Casale de Lanci

Having woven their magic with the development of Borgo Il Poeta, Louise and Eugenio Grippo used all the lessons they had learned there to perfect their restoration of this outstanding property.

Hotel del Golfo

Hotel del Golfo

The Hotel del Golfo offers all the ingredients for the perfect family summer holiday with its stretch of private sandy beach, interconnecting rooms and its location within walking distance of a small village.

Mazzaforte

Mazzaforte

Mazzaforte is in a stunning position on a hill with wonderful views of the lush green Umbrian countryside, situated near Citta di Castello and Umbertide and within easy reach of Perugia, Gubbio and Cortona.

Agriturismo Sant'Illuminato

Agriturismo Sant'Illuminato

Sant'Illuminato is set in 18 hectares of land with uninterrupted views from the low hills overlooking the Tiber Valley close to the Umbrian / Tuscan border, near Citta di Castello, San Sepulcro and Cortona.

Pieve di Comunaglia

Pieve di Comunaglia

Having already developed Borgo il Poeta and Casale di Lanci, Eugenio and Louise Grippo have raised their sights to the transformation of the whole hamlet of Comugnalia, a medieval hamlet dating back to 1050.

La Casella

La Casella

La Casella is set in the midst of beautiful Umbrian countryside, 6km from the road, approximately 2 hours north of Rome. It is within easy reach of Orvieto whilst Assisi, Florence and Siena can be visited for the day.

Hotel Belvedere

Hotel Belvedere

Although Taormina has become popular with tourists, it retains a considerable charm as a result of its spectacular position, fine medieval buildings, classical amphitheatre, and shady orange and lemon groves.

Relais Torre Marabino

Relais Torre Marabino

In an enviable location in south eastern Sicily, the elegantly restored Torre Marabino offers the perfect base from which to explore this fascinating part of the island.

Borgo Il Poeta

Borgo Il Poeta

Located in the unspoilt countryside of northern Umbria, Borgo Il Poeta was formerly the site of one of the watch towers which stood along the Tuscan/Umbrian border. Today, the remnants of the 16th century tower and the hamlet surrounding it have been integrated into a collection of 6 elegant country houses.

Baglio Fontana

Baglio Fontana

The Baglio Fontana is a lovely agriturismo in Western Sicily.

Casale il Cerro

Casale il Cerro

Casale il Cerro is an independent villa with private pool, close to the Tenuta le Piane estate and owned by the same family.

Tenuta Le Piane

Tenuta Le Piane

Tenuta le Piane is located within the Sibillini Mountain National Park - nearly two million acres of spectacular mountain scenery with densely forested slopes. Above the tree line are picturesque pastures which come alive with flowers in the spring.

I Calanchi

I Calanchi

I Calanchi is an old agricultural estate which has been renovated to provide a comfortable, light, modern hotel in a spectacular position among olive groves and vineyards in the gently rolling hills of the southern Marche.

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