Posted 2018-06-07 in RealEstate

Hidden Treasures of Italy

Bella Italia is one of the most popular summer destinations around the world. Especially Tuscany, Rome and the Amalfi coast are desired hotspots for travellers from everywhere.  But Italy has so much more to offer and especially during a road trip through the country, you will discover many beautiful small cities which will take your breath away. Most of these spots are already known by Italy experts and locals, but we want to share them as well in case you are not familiar with the country. Whether you are looking for your next holiday location or for a second home, this article will give you some inspiration.

With each location, we present as well beautiful properties which are located near these breathtaking places. In the second part of our series, we will focus on properties in Italy which are hidden treasures by themselves!

Monte Argentario

Monte Argentario is a well-known hotspot for the Italian high society.  This area is still more authentic than tourist spots like Amalfi or Cinque Terre, even though they are still breathtakingly beautiful.  Monte Argentario is a former island in south Tuscany, which is now connected to the mainland by three slender. This area offers the perfect combination of lush green nature and picturesque seaside towns.  The two main towns in Monte Argentario are Porto Ercole and Porto San Stefano.  Both of these colourful and elegant vacation destinations impress with a rich history and beautiful seaside promenades. The nearest airports are in Rome (150km) and Pisa (200km).

Argentario Golf Resort
Argentario Golf Residences is an exclusive collection of bespoke villas that are seamlessly integrated into the Tuscan landscape. They boast ground-breaking design and views of the Laguna, golf course and sea in Maremma, an unspoilt corner of Tuscany. Located in a natural oasis near fashionable Porto Ercole it is the perfect location for golfers, Italophiles, beach & spa lovers, foodies, and art aficionados. Owners benefit from a range of amenities and services offered by the 5-star Argentario Golf Resort & Spa, including 24-hour security, property management and personal concierge.

Wonderful Stone Villa In Monte Argentario

This beautiful Stone Villa offers 4 bedrooms on a total living area of 400sqm. Thanks to its dominant position it is possible to enjoy a very wide view, from the port of Cala Galera to the famous promontory of Ansedonia. A magnificent swimming pool with changing room and shower complete the property.
The property is surrounded by a garden of 8,000 square meters with two entrances.

Orvieto is a lovely little town in the centre of Umbria, only 1,5h away from Rome. This town sits majestically on top of a hill of volcanic stone from where it overlooks the beautiful hilly nature of Umbria. You will see the city already from far away and immediately notice the impressive silhouette of the Cathedral, which is the main attraction of the city.  The city has a rich history and therefore you can discover many interesting buildings. But this is not the only aspect which makes the city to one of our top picks. The best thing about this little town is its lifestyle. Other than many other beautiful hill towns, Orvieto offers many things to do apart from eating the most delicious pasta of your life... It offers a cinema, a theatre, museums, a shopping street, an active art community and one of the most important Jazz festivals in the world!

Villa with swimming pool overlooking Orvieto
In a fantastic, private position, dominating the breathtaking, scenic view of the city of Orvieto, the Villa del Cantico di Orvieto is the result of the masterly renovation of a noble period house, dating back to the early 20th century. The property consists of a main villa on several levels, which has a living area with a total gross surface area of about 813 sqm, an outbuilding of about 163 gross sqm and approximately 4 hectares of private grounds.

The Architectural Digest called Montaione "The most beautiful Tuscan village you have never heard of".  When you got tired of the typical Tuscan towns which already adapted completely to the touristic needs, then please pay a visit to Montaione. This little town might not be able to compete with the abundant vineyards of Montepulciano and Montalcino, but it kept it originally charm and traditional restaurants, that once made the whole region so famous. Montaione is located in the middle between Siena and Firenze and therefore the perfect location to explore towns like San Gimignano and Volterra.

Wonderful Villa Surrounded By Historic Hamlet And Hunting Reserve
This beautiful historic property is nestled in the beautiful surroundings of Montaione. The villa dates back to 1123; its imposing façade, in neo eighteen-century style with a double staircase, was constructed by Duke Strozzi on the ruins of the ancient castle. The interiors of the mansion are state of the art, complemented by rich furnishing and wall decorations dating to the nineteen and twenty centuries, large staterooms, living rooms, bedrooms with en-suite baths, billiard room, libraries and a private chapel dedicated to Saint Catherine. The grounds are known for its 'white truffle' and more than 1.500 olive trees produce extra virgin olive oil.

Sant'Angelo, Ischia
You probably have heard of Amalfi, Sorrento and Positano... But have you ever heard about Sant'Angelo on Ischia? This beautiful traffic-free village is located only 1,5 h away from Positano. You will need to leave your car outside in a parking lot and then you can either walk the way to the village or take one of the little golf cars. As soon as you arrive in Sant'Angelo you will be in vacation mode. With all its colours, smells and scenery it is simply stunning.  This little town is one of the favourite vacation hotspots of the Italian high society and therefore not really budget friendly, but in return, you get a similar atmosphere than in Capri and Positano without the masses of tourists.  In the high season, it is a great location for superyacht spotting, as all the huge boats come over from Capri to enjoy the idyllic scenery. 

Isabel Grun