Holidays near historic towns and villages

Venetian buildings encircling tiny harbours; Roman ruins hiding near tiny hamlets and ancient citadels overlooking dramatic coastlines: holiday in a historic town or village and, from cuisine to culture, the past's influence is everywhere.

For families, amphitheatres, fortresses and churches bringing history lessons to life, alongside fascinating museums and summer festivals full of colour and costumes. For couples, historic towns and villages offer the pleasures of morning coffees in a café-lined square or an atmospheric restaurant along a narrow winding street – and the chance to discover another gift from the past: perfect tranquillity. 

 

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  • "Colto dei Pallanti is in a great location and is a well-furnished and comfortable villa... We loved visiting the villages in the lovely countryside around. We enjoyed Castello di Brolio, an impressive castle with 360° views, and the abbey Badia a Coltibuono."

    Gill & John Richards & Ian Campbell, Colto dei Pallanti, Tuscany 2018

  • "We love that we can walk into Radda to have lunch, wander the narrow streets and browse the shops or just have a walk around the walls then return to have a swim in the pool and drinks on the terrace while enjoying the great views... We can't think of anywhere better to enjoy the very essence of Chianti."

    Mr & Mrs Lewis, Casa Momi, Tuscany 2018