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‘Bacari’ are the answer for foodie enthusiasts visiting Venice!

‘Bacari’ are the answer for foodie enthusiasts visiting Venice!

Posted by on Nov 15, 2016

Venice is renowned for its beauty, romance and history, but it is true that it is also known for its inflated prices when it comes to dining out.  If you are on holiday for a few days, it can be difficult to find a restaurant in Venice, which offers good authentic, traditional food at an affordable price, and even as a tourist, this doesn’t mean you necessarily want to go to restaurants...

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Aeolian Islands

Where are the Aeolian Islands?

Posted by on Nov 11, 2016

Located just North of Sicily,  trending for 2017 are the Aeolian Islands, a volcanic archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea, described by many as ‘paradise on earth’. Tim Webster speaks to Dr Michael Metcalfe from Peter Sommer Travels to find out all about the Aeolian Islands. Read More on Where are the Aeolian...

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Easter in Sicily

Easter in Sicily

Posted by on Oct 29, 2016

Sicily has always been one of the most religious of Italy’s regions and whether one is believer or not, it is impossible not to be moved by the cycle of the Easter story played out over the island throughout Holy Week. To experience Easter in Sicily is to live through a whole spectrum of emotions in just a few days. It is a chance to breathe the atmosphere of the island completely...

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Explore gorgeous Genoa

Explore Gorgeous Genoa

Posted by on Oct 17, 2016

Explore Gorgeous Genoa on a City Break this Autumn and Winter The summer months are firmly behind us, but there are plenty of reasons to visit the historical Italian city of Genoa throughout all seasons of the year. Here, the City of Genoa lists the new openings, a selection of must see events and the city’s exceptional cultural heritage that can be enjoyed this autumn and winter: New Openings...

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Authentic Gulet Cruise in the Aeolian Islands

Authentic Gulet Cruise in the Aeolian Islands

Posted by on Sep 23, 2016

It really doesnt get much better than to experience an authentic gulet cruise in the Aeolian Islands just off the north coast of Sicily.  And now Peter Sommer Travels has just announced this brand new gulet cruise for 2017. The Aeolian Islands, is a gorgeous volcanic archipelago off the Northern Coast of Sicily, renowned for offering a relaxed and luxurious retreat to rich and famous Italians,...

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Live the olive oil experience

Live the olive oil experience

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016

Live the olive oil experience with Traditional Tuscany during the olive harvest from late October through to end of November. It’s an excellent time to visit, participate and experience everything from visiting farms, harvesting, visiting their mills and to see how the first press works.  These months are filled with local festivals amidst beautiful harvest scenery, and with plenty of...

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Conde Nast award The Thinking Traveller top accolade

Conde Nast award The Thinking Traveller top accolade

Posted by on Sep 7, 2016

Conde Nast award The Thinking Traveller top accolade yet again when readers of Conde Nast Traveller took to voting earlier this year.  Voted Favourite Villa Rental Company at the 2016 Travel Awards, this is the second time they have won gold in the last 5 years. These are the UK’s most prestigious travel awards and according to official sources, The Thinking Traveller received...

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Global Giving UK launches Italy earthquake fund

Global Giving UK launches Italy earthquake fund

Posted by on Sep 7, 2016

Global Giving UK launches Italy earthquake fund connecting donors with those in need during tragic disasters like this when towns and villages in and around Umbria were devastated less than 2 week ago.  This will hopefully aid and help support the survivors of the earthquake, many still missing family members. Donations support the immediate work of first responders as well as long term recovery...

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new art courses in florence

New Art Courses and Internships in Tuscany

Posted by on Jul 18, 2016

Studiainitalia, specialised in Creative Tourism and Cultural Experiences in Italy, is glad to present it’s new courses between art and fashion in Florence. Marble sculpture course This course lasts 2, 3, 4 or more weeks with 20 hours per week in the afternoon (beginner to advanced levels). Students may choose to concentrate on a specific technique or to diversify techniques. The programme...

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Marble sculpture course

New Art & Fashion Experiences in Florence

Posted by on Jul 18, 2016

  Studiainitalia, an agency specialised in creative tourism and cultural experiences in Italy, is pleased to present its new courses between art and fashion in Florence, Tuscany.   Marble sculpture course This course lasts 2, 3, 4 or more weeks with 20 hours per week in the afternoon (beginner to advanced levels). Students may choose to concentrate on a specific technique or to...

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soloSicily – Two New Villas in Sicily

Posted by on Jul 18, 2016

Two New Villas in Sicily from soloSicily! soloSicily’s collection continues to grow! Two new villas in Sicily have been added to the soloSicily portfolio – either would be a wonderful choice for a great holiday in beautiful Sicily! Baglio Degli Speziali Found on the fertile slopes of Mount Etna, Baglio degli Speziali is something special. Surrounded by verdant gardens, this villa for...

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soloSicily in London for A Place in the Sun Live.

soloSicily in London at A Place in the Sun Live

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016

soloSicily in London! Visit soloSicily in London in A Place in the Sun Live – an overseas property exhibition taking place from 6th to 8th May 2016 at Olympia, in London. Two soloSicily team members will be at the exhibition all weekend and will be happy to answer any questions that you may have about what soloSicily offers. Beautiful villas to rent in Sicily. Fabulous locations. Great...

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Villa in Taormina

New Villa in Taormina from soloSicily

Posted by on Mar 9, 2016

Looking for a villa in Taormina? Disìa might be what you are searching for! Disìa is the newest addition to our villa collection. And we think it is pretty special! Disìa is a spacious villa in Taormina, with room for up to eight guests, a pool and spectacular views. For a great villa holiday in east Sicily you can’t do much better! It’s easy to enjoy yourself at this quirky villa...

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Vintage Tours in Sicily with soloSicily

Vintage Tours in Sicily with soloSicily

Posted by on Feb 24, 2016

soloSicily has some great extra services, including some fantastic vintage tours in Sicily. It’s simple. Stay in a selected soloSicily villa and you can enjoy one of their vintage tours in east Sicily. Hit the road in a vintage Fiat 500. Discover the beautiful scenery. Visit picturesque towns and villages. Marvel at the spectacular views. Take part in a wine tasting at a local...

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New Sicily Villas - soloSicily Early Booking Deal

New Sicily Villas for 2016 from soloSicily

Posted by on Jan 13, 2016

We are delighted to share our new Sicily villas with you, ready for your 2016 holiday in Sicily! As with all soloSicily villas, these new Sicily villas have been especially chosen by us, and are all of the highest quality. All have stunning views, great locations, charming style and the soloSicily seal of approval. Perhaps Bellasia, the beautiful seafront villa for up to 16 guests near Toarmina,...

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The Floating Piers on Italy's Lake Iseo

The Floating Piers on Lake Iseo Italy

Posted by on Jan 8, 2016

Lombardy, Nr Milan:  18 June to 3 July 2016 Weather permitting, Italy’s Lake Iseo will be reimagined. 70,000 square meters of shimmering yellow fabric, carried by a modular floating dock system of 200,000 high-density polyethylene cubes, will undulate with the movement of the waves as The Floating Piers on Lake Iseo Italy rise just above the surface of the water. Visitors will experience...

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Last places available on expert led tours of Sicily

Last places available on expert led tours of Sicily

Posted by on Dec 23, 2015

Last places available on expert led tours of Sicily with Peter Sommer Travels. Just one room (for up to 2 people) left on their fantastic Exploring Sicily Tour 10 – 23 April These expert-led tours provides an unforgettable encounter with the island’s long history and culture. Not only does it take in the wonderfully preserved remains of the Greek, Roman and Phoenician cities that stud...

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NEW Villa in Tuscany

NEW Villa in Tuscany

Posted by on Dec 10, 2015

Villa dell Angelo (sleeps 8), Tuscany: We have just added a beautifully restored 18th century new villa in Tuscany located in a stunning position in the Tuscan hills with countryside views across extensive woodland and olive groves.  The villa sits in private grounds with great gardens, a magnificent pool (complete with hydro massage) and gym. The nearest village, Monsumanno Terme (2km), has...

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gorgeous new chic and remote Tuscan B and B in deepest Tuscany to our portfolio. Ideal for couples looking to get away from it all. Castello di Fonterutoli, Castellina in Chianti, Tuscany This quiet B&B embodies all that is Tuscany and Chianti. Owne

Gorgeous new chic and remote Tuscan B and B

Posted by on Dec 4, 2015

We are pleased to have added this gorgeous new chic and remote Tuscan B and B in deepest Tuscany to our portfolio. Ideal for couples looking to get away from it all. Castello di Fonterutoli, Castellina in Chianti, Tuscany This quiet B&B embodies all that is Tuscany and Chianti. Owned by the same family since 1435 the estate still retains its original form, that of a tranquil country village,...

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Exploring Rome

Exploring Rome – NEW!

Posted by on Nov 23, 2015

Roma Aeterna – Eternal Rome. We are proud to present Exploring Rome, a tour that has been carefully crafted to offer the ultimate experience of a city that has shaped the identity and history of Europe like no other. Consuls, emperors and popes have decided the continent’s destiny from here, and the rich heritage of Rome’s eventful history is inscribed in every street and stone, in the...

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Brand new fabulous chic B and B in Florence

Brand new fabulous chic B and B in Florence

Posted by on Nov 19, 2015

Alfieri Nove Florence (8 rooms, each sleeping up to 4 ): This brand new fabulous chic B and B in Florence is a real gem located in Sant’Ambrogio, just a few minutes by foot to the centre of the city. Each of the eight elegant bedrooms offers comfort, light and space and can sleep from 2 to 4 people, making this perfect accommodation for families too. A small communal lounge area, and a very...

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The wonders of winter in our Tuscany villas

The wonders of winter in our Tuscany villas

Posted by on Nov 19, 2015

Visiting Italy during the low-season can give you a whole different experience to your holiday.  Some of the wonders of winter in our Tuscany villas means less crowds and certainly less queuing!   Everyone has time for a Festival (there are festivities every weekend), locals have time for a chat over coffee and the ‘big’ festivals such as Christmas and New Year are celebrated by...

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Arezzo

What Makes Arezzo So Special?

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015

What a gem of a place and so often overlooked by places like Siena…but no more we say.  Here are some reasons why Arezzo is so special. The town provides a bit of everything and has that Italian feel about it. Once an important Etruscan centre Arezzo is the Antiques Road show. Try to go there the first weekend of every month and see the town totally transformed into a bustling art and...

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Top 10 Italian educational holidays

Top 10 Italian educational holidays

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015

Relaxing by a pool is truly inviting but when you check out our Top 10 Italian educational holidays, we think you will change your plans. Learn about Renaissance Fashion. We have now joined forces with a brilliant afecionado who can allow us access into places which are very hard to get into, if at all. Go behind the scenes to the storerooms in the attic with curators for a close-up look at...

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Italian Wedding Tips

20 Italian Wedding Tips

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015

So you have decided to have your Italian wedding in the Summer.  Well we can understand why, when the UK is having rain and thunder and the Italians are suffering a severe heat wave, well it all makes perfect sense. With our summer Italian weddings this year, it was hot… it was very hot but we all coped wonderfully and now here are our tips for you to consider….to keep cool and to also keep...

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