Best Luxury Villas in Italy to rent

Italy is a fabulously varied country with a rich history and culture; where better to spend a holiday than in one of these beautiful and luxurious villas, all with private pools and with easily added services like chefs, winetasting tours, cookery courses and city tours.

Here is our selection of Five Best Luxury Villas in Italy.

Luxury in Tuscany

1. Podere Castello

The forested hills of Chianti have long exerted their siren call over lovers of good wine, good food and beautiful views. Podere Castello is set in a privileged position in these hills, with views of vineyards, forests of evergreen oak, and the fortified church that once protected this small hamlet.

Today the Podere has been transformed into an elegant home for fourteen guests in spacious en-suite bedrooms. One of these bedrooms is fully accessible, making this house ideal for groups or families where somebody has limited mobility. The private swimming pool has stepped access so all can enjoy the views of Chianti from the infinity edge.

Sitting outside Podere Castello with an infinity pool and views of vineyards and the medieval church nearby

Nearby Podere Castello there is also Borgo Castello, with space for 20 guests, making this the perfect spot for a small wedding.

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Luxury in Puglia

2. Palazzo Giustiniani

Palazzo Giustiniani is a stylish and elegant seventeenth century building set in the heart of a small town in the Salento region of Puglia

It been restored with a light touch, the decor left deliberately minimalist to reveal the elegance of the architecture. The house sleeps 10, with 5 large bedrooms, six bathrooms and an outdoor shower, patio, a wonderful swimming pool and a roof terraces, giving plenty of space for either a whole multi-generational family or 2-3 couples who want to holiday together and explore the many hidden gems of Southern Italy.

The inner courtyard of this historic Palazzo has a wonderful pool hidden in its heart

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Luxury in Umbria

3. Villa Bosco

Surrounded by its own gardens that fade into forests of oak and olive trees, Bosco has undergone recent restoration using natural materials from the area and can comfortably accommodate up to 14 guests. The villa features a fenced infinity pool, a dining table under a wisteria pergola next to the kitchen, a covered gazebo with a large sofa, and a covered terrace on the first floor. It also has separate buildings for cooking classes and for making pizza in the wood-fired oven - it's the perfect spot for foodies; the villa's chef, Francesco, specialises in vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free menus, using locally sourced products and following genuine Tuscan recipes, as well as offering cooking lessons and pizza parties.

Villa Bosco is a house for enjoying good food and wine, relaxing with a good book, and forgetting about the world for a week or two.

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Luxury in the Veneto

4. Villa Quinta

Villa Quinta is a sixteenth-century historic villa surrounded by a 9 hectares park planted with ancient rows of hornbeams, lime trees and oak trees that lead to a chapel, a dovecote and a fishpond. The villa is flanked by two arcaded wings, one of which houses this wonderful apartment, surrounded by an Italianate garden with a fountain, statues of Greek mythical figures, flower beds, lawns and bushes. By the main building, a private garden is reserved for guests and has a swimming pool enveloped by oleanders, roses, and hydrangeas. The gardens have a stream and wonderful spots to sit and relax in.

Should you wish to explore, the area surrounding Villa Quinta is full of beautiful cities and areas, not least of which is Venice, less than an hour away.

Sitting on the bridge gazing at the water, these are moments that have become ever more precious in our busy lifestyles

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The villa is incredibly impressive, what a wonderful place to stay in

Luxury in Tuscany

5. Villa Marlena

South of Lucca in Tuscany there is a valley with a perfect micro-climate and landscape, long beloved by the wealthy families of Lucca as the perfect place to holiday. Villa Marlena is an 18th-century villa in this valley and has been recently restored to a very high standard, surrounded by stunning formal italianate gardens.

The villa has beautiful decor, and has been designed for the owners themselves who still use it for part of the year. Wonderful graniglia floors, bespoke cabinetry, individually illustrated wall paintings by a local artist, this villa brings gasps of pleasure as you uncover each detail. An indoor pool, turkish bath, spa and hammam make sure you can pamper yourself, while the enormous garden has space for a pool, a lake, playing fields as well as a charming gazebo should you wish to celebrate your wedding here.

This is a luxury villa for those who want to be looked after and comes with an extensive list of extra services, some included, others available on request.

The interiors of Villa Marlena are a delight, with care and skill that feels like something from a previous century.

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To see more luxury villas, have a look at our entire collection here: Luxury Villas in Italy

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