Doorways Ltd., a firm that specializes in Italian villa rentals has announced a new portfolio of villas, specifically chosen for family travel. The hand-picked selection of Italian villas and accompanying itineraries and day trip ideas were chosen personally by travel expert, Kit Burns. “Traveling abroad with small children can be a challenging task,” says Burns, President, Doorways, Ltd. “Villas offer the benefit of private pools, flexible dining, and plenty of space for kids to run and play outdoors safely. The key to a great experience is to have the right mix of activities and amenities at your disposal, along with knowledge of the surrounding area,” says Burns.
Following, are her selection of family-friendly Italian villas:
With a private pool set amongst three hundred acres of fresh grass, vineyards, and olive trees, kids will have no shortage of space to run and play under the Tuscan sun. Rent bikes as a family and explore the surrounding walled-town of Lucca or hit the private beach to make sand castles by the Mediterranean together. Later, the villa’s English-speaking owner can point you in the direction of the local gelataria and even arrange a delicious nutella pizza-making lesson. Before bed, snuggle up and share a family movie in this Italian villa’s screening room.
Poggio Delle Rose
Nestled in the hills of Chianti, this cozy cottage is perfect for a mid-sized family. A state of the art kitchen can be fully-stocked with groceries before guests arrive, so kids can help themselves to a snack. Nearby Siena offers castles for little knights or princesses to explore, with festivals throughout the year that will spark the imagination of adults and children alike. Don’t miss the Parco di Pinocchio in Collodi on your way back to the Italian villa. However, the accommodations are so beautiful and the views so magnificent, you won’t want to leave your new home! Adjacent to the cottage are four charming apartments, making Poggio Delle Rose the perfect location for a family reunion.
Located in Umbria, known as ‘The Green Heart of Italy”, this Italian villa offers modern amenities and in an idyllic setting. The owner is a professional guide and can organize many special services, including car and driver, babysitters, grocery deliveries, and cook or chef services. Consider a family barbeque- the owner will be sure the local butcher gives you the best cuts of meat. Later, enjoy a glass of Prosseco or a Bellini while the kids play by the infinity pool at sunset.
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