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British Travel Award winners again!

We are absolutely delighted to receive the British Travel Award for ‘Best Small Holiday Company to the Italian Peninsula and Malta’ 2013. A massive thank you to all of you who voted for us.

Essential Italy receive BT Award 2013

Essential Italy win British Travel Award!

Essential Italy are delighted to be awarded Best Small Tour Operator to the Italian Peninsula and Malta at the British Travel Awards 2012.

BTA Awards 2012

New in Puglia for 2012

Helen & Sarah have just returned from a very fruitful trip to Puglia!

Check back for new Essential Italy rental properties in Puglia for 2012 in this fascinating region of Italy.

Daniela Oliva joins Essential Italy


We are delighted to announce Daniela Oliva has joined Essential Italy as Regional Manager for Sicily.

Daniela was born on the island and has decided – after several years of working in tourism both in mainland Italy and Sardinia – to return to the region she feels is home.

We are thrilled to have her on board and look forward to adding extensively to the programme we offer currently in Sicily.

Zaira joins Essential Italy team in Tuscany for 2011


Essential Italy are delighted to announce Zaira Troncia is joining us in the new year to assist with expanding our Tuscan programme.

Zaira is originally from Sardinia but has spent many years working with tourism in Tuscany and knows the area exceptionally well.

We are all looking forward to working with her and gaining new knowledge from her expertise.

Relax with a massage in beautiful Puglian surroundings at Il Convento di Santa Maria di Constantinopoli

Il Convento di Santa Maria di Constantinopoli
Californian massage

It was developed at the Esalen Institute in California in the Sixties as a synthesis of Eastern and Western techniques. It is a total body massage with the use of precious oils to release tensions. It calms the mind focusing the attention to the body giving a sensation of peace and well being. 60 minutes: €55.

Thai massage

Its origins go back to ancient India and Thailand three to four thousand years. The treatment – originated for therapeutic purposes – works on the entire body providing relaxation and stimulating a good and balancing flow of vital energy. 90 minutes: €70.

Manual lymphatic drainage

It’s a rhythmical and delicate manual technique that stimulates the lymphatic system. It reduces heaviness in the legs, reduces cellulites, improves skin elasticity and it helps the elimination of waste products. It clams the nervous system. It can be a total body treatment or it can be limited to face and legs. 60 minutes: €50.


Foot massage developed in ancient China, in India and in Egypt based on digital pressure on specific points in the foot. It stimulates balance in the body working on blood circulation, metabolism, organs and nervous system. 60 minutes: €50.

Il Convento di Santa Maria di Constantinopoli

Hugo Boss in Sardinia

Hugo Boss

Hugo Boss was recently in Sardinia. Well one of his racing yachts was. Essential Italy are delighted to have assisted the Hugo Boss crew with their accommodation at Capriccioli while their team is competing in the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2010. Sarah caught sight of the Hugo Boss yacht speeding along close to the Costa Serena last week and she just managed to get her camera out in time.

Perfect swimming in Sardinia

Swimming in Sardinia

Northern Sardinia obviously has plenty of great beaches from which to enjoy a paddle in the Mediterranean. And of course there are plenty of holiday properties with pools to relax by if sea swimming isn’t your thing. So here’s our selection of Essential Italy’s very best villas, hotels and apartments from which the pool or the sea is just a short stroll.

If getting up at the crack of dawn and jumping into the sea for a pre-breakfast dip (stark-naked if you so desire) is your cup-of-tea, then Elena, Torretta and Rosetta in Porto Rafael are perfect.

If recharging your batteries is your prime concern on holiday, then the special magnetic vibes of Sa Rocca will see you right. Chilling out in fabulous Sardinian countryside by the lovely pool at Lu Ciaccaru has been many guests favourite moments for those staying in Arzachena.

For the romantically inclined, you could be whispering some sweet nothings into your loved one’s ear on the beach whilst dinner is being prepared at hotel La Coluccia, or at Colonna Grande Hotel Capo Testa. And last but not least, Torre Gren has 360 degree views and a bar right below you. What more do you need?