Welcome to the Essential Italy blog. Here we'll be posting travel tips, articles on places of interest,
food and wine and cultural news from mainland Italy, Sicily and Sardinia. There will also be in-depth features
on selected properties to help you find the perfect holiday accommodation – be it a family villa high in the
Tuscan hills, a chic apartment in Cortona or the perfect beach hotel in Sardinia.
...news and travel tips
Indulge yourself in Tuscany’s natural thermal spas.
Tuscany has many hidden and unsung gems. The country is sprinkled with natural, thermal streams and baths, open for all to enjoy. So, pack a swim suit, towel and maybe a picnic and head to one of the beautiful pools for a steamy, sulphurous soaking.
7 days in Sicily is the second instalment of our series of blogs. Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, and at just under 10,000 square miles it packs a huge variety of fascinations, making it an attractive destination for a holiday. The climate is typically warmer than mainland Italy and the summer season is usually much longer, giving you more time to soak up the hot sun and embrace the charms of the island. The diversity of experiences that can be gained while you are there will leave you feeling cultured and relaxed; there are captivating reminders of ancient civilisations around every corner, shimmering turquoise seas, a delicious mix of Mediterranean and Italian flavours; ranging from traditional dishes to modern fusion foods. The citrusy, strong smell of lemon trees will follow you across the island, and the olives might possibly be the best you will ever taste.