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28 gorgeous Italian villas for all group sizes

Whether you’re looking for a trullo for two in Puglia, a big villa near the sea, or a Tuscan hideaway with a pool for all the family, our list has you covered

Jeremy Lazell

Thursday February 01 2024, 12.07am GMT, The Times

Italy remains the ultimate summer family crowd-pleaser, its timeless tease of mauve-hued hilltop towns, beautiful beaches, antiquity-filled cities and gastronomy — by which we mean pizza and gelato — winning over every generation. In short, from top to toe and heel, it lives up to the holiday hype.

Italian hotels are wonderful, of course, but self-catering means you’ll really feel at home, and is particularly great if you’re travelling as a bigger gang in peak season. Whatever entices, be it a Sicilian villa, rustic Umbrian farmhouse or traditional trullo in Puglia, renting a house is cost-effective and gives groups the chance to truly drink in la dolce vita — via lazy poolside afternoons, doused in negroni, and alfresco feasts that go on all night (hire a local chef if you can’t be bothered with the cooking).

Whether there are two, four or more of you, here’s our pick of the best Italian villas this summer.

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