Italy has some of the most romantic and historic cities the world over, a real joy to the eyes.
Due to Italy's history of different city-states, republics, duchies and grand-duchies, many of the country's cities were capital cities of their own states and even commanded great empires...
Italy is a very long peninsula, with a lengthy coastline, full of bays, gulfs, inlets and myriad islands, big and small.
Amalfi, Sorrento, Capri, Positano, Portofino, Cinque Terre: all places remembered in songs, films and literary works by the artists and writers who visited them and wanted to make permanent the memory...
Tuscany is only one of the 20 regions of Italy, the region of Florence, Pisa, Siena, Lucca, San Gimignano, Chianti.
And yet I have put it in a separate category, along with Cities and Seaside, because it's one of the three great experiences of Italy.
9 miles from Florence and 30 miles from Siena, in Chianti, splendid, original example of Tuscan Medieval castle, now a high luxury villa to rent.
Set on a hill with far-reaching views of stunning Tuscan countryside in the Chianti district, world renowned for its prestigious wine production and the beauty of its scenery immortalized in Renaissance masters' paintings.
Very large, with 11 bedrooms, outdoor swimming pool, glorious vistas, Pergolato Castle is a unique holiday experience. Nearby village and town for shops, services.