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Our experts are here to help with all your questions about Italy. It’s the holiday season and this month we look at organising large family holidays, and getting away to northern Tuscany…
Family holidays are great fun but they can take a lot of organising


Q This year we are taking a large family group away and we think a villa would be the best idea for us all. We have three generations coming along with us from preschool children to grandparents, so we need space, a safe pool area and easy access. You have beautiful villas on your site that seem to fit the bill – and you offer a personal service to help narrow down the choice. How could you help us?

Steve Watson, by email

A Organizing a family reunion holiday is a wonderful moment and your stay can generate lots of fantastic memories – and choosing a villa over a hotel gives everybody freedom to relax, cook, swim and share together – but making sure you have the right place becomes crucial for your holiday’s success. We visit each and every house we list, usually several times over, and often stay in them, and we know our areas inside out; all our advice is first-hand, and our service is engaged. We love asking you questions about what you’re looking for, about the quirks of the various generations and different things you might like to do so we can try to match you to the perfect villa. We often describe the process as a little like old-fashioned matchmaking: any old website can show you lists of available places (or people!) with endless lists of features, but it’s a valuable skill to know your villas well and help you pick the perfect one for your family stay. Many people have told us it also cuts down on the stress – usually there is one family member who has been charged with ‘finding the perfect villa’ and who bears the weight of everybody’s expectations. By narrowing down the choice and then giving you detailed answers to various questions we make sure you’re going in prepared, ready to make sure that Auntie Angela can do her cookery course while cousin Fred is out on his bike and you are snoozing by the pool, with a chilled Aperol soda within reach. The free concierge service is the cherry on the cake, and is developed naturally from the booking business; if you need a chef, or a tour guide, Italian lessons or bike hire, we’ll do it for you. All you have to do is ask.

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About Italia!

Our cover star, Ravello, clings to the cliffs above the panoramic Amalfi Coast and is a perfect starting point for our travels this month. Take a stroll through this vibrant town to discover a place where faith, music and creativity flow.