Introduction

Here is a brief description of the Italian Regions where Premier Villas features properties and can advice guests on what the area has to offer.

Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast lies south of the Sorrento Peninsula, which is most famous for the town of Sorrento itself and its green cliffs overlooking the Gulf of Naples, Capri and Ischia Islands.

The Amalfi Coast is most renowned for its famous cliffs, terraced with lemon and olive groves sloping down directly into sparkling blue seas; whitewashed villages clinging precariously to steep slopes while sea and sky look as one vast blue horizon. Positano and Amalfi are the coast's most renowned, expensive and photogenic villages and a day-trip option not to miss.

For centuries, after Amalfi ceased been a maritime superpower, the area became poor and its isolated villages regular victims of foreign raids, earthquakes and landslides.

Thanks to this very isolation, the Amalfi Coast retained its unspoilt beauty, the very reason that drew visitors in the early 1900s. Today the Amalfi Coast is one of Italy's top destinations, a favourite of jet-setters and honeymooners or couples simply seeking for romance.

Puglia

Puglia has the country's longest coastline - 800k of it. Two seas meet here: the Adriatic to the east and the Ionian to the south. It's legendary for its produce and cuisine, in a land where food is all-important.

The region looks out to sea and bears the marks of many invading overseas visitors: the Normans, the Spanish, the Turks, the Swabians and the Greeks.

Puglia feels authentic - in some places it's rare to hear a foreign voice. In July and August it becomes a huge party, with thousands of Italian tourists heading down here for their annual break. They're here to bask on some of Italy's loveliest coastline, from the dramatic Promontorio del Gargano to the white-sand beaches of the Penisola Salentina.

The coast alternates between glittering limestone precipices and long beaches edged by waters veering between emerald-green and dusky powder blue.

Sardinia

Sardinia with its 1,800k of coastline is one of the most popular destinations for people who love aquatic sports and seaside holidays, not only for its natural beauty and geographical position but also for its history.

People who visit Sardinia discover not only one of the most beautiful and original places in the world but also have an unforgettable holiday.

When approaching the island of Sardinia by boat, you'll be impressed by the colours of its rocks, ranging from black to basalt, from silver to granite and from red to porphyry. Sardinia is a very striking island.

Present-day Sardinia is the favourite holiday spot of Italy's extremely wealthy. The island offers a multitude of attractions: wild horses, flamingos and monk seals (one of the most endangered mammals in the world). You can do some great fishing or go mountain climbing. Visit Roman ruins and the mysterious grottoes.

Be the spectator of some spectacular arid scenery or relax on one of the many quiet sandy and rocky beaches where you can set off for a sailing trip, reef diving or water-skiing.

Sicily

Sicily is a large mountainous island strategically placed in the Mediterranean, reason why it has been occupied by many throughout the centuries and their remnants are part of the beauty of this magnificent island. An powerful earthquake destroyed most of its towns a few centuries ago; these have then been rebuilt in the striking Sicilian Baroque style: Ragusa-Ibla, Siracusa, Noto, Modica, to mention only a few are worth a visit. Ancient Greek theatres dot the land and are still used to portray ancient famous Greek tragedies. But nature is second to nothing here: Mount Etna keeps on fascinating the world with its constant volcanic activity, plenty nature reserves preserve typical vegetation and landscape and the marine environment.

The North Shore is very different from the South one. The North Shore has beautiful olive groves, secluded coves, reefs and many seaside resorts. To the North West is Palermo, Sicily's ancient capital and the largest city on the island.

The Southern part of the island has a milder climate throughout the year hence swimming can be considered for most part of the year. Agrigento and its Valley of the Temples, Taormina, Acireale, Siracusa, Erice are magnificent examples of history and architecture.

Tuscany

Tuscany lives up to anyone's expectations thanks to its beauty, famous wines and the rich artistic patrimony. Its landscape, with its gentle rolling hills, has found a special place in the heart of many, from holidaying PMs and retired executives from all over the world.

Most only venture as far as Florence missing out on the breathtaking Siena, Pisa and Lucca which are just within a short drive away for a day trip. Cruising around the countryside you stumble upon medieval fortified hamlets perched on top of hills that maintain their charm intact and nestle great osterie (small restaurants) for mouth-watering meals and wines. Tuscany has something to offer to all: from art, architecture, ancient abbeys, hikes, walks, the ancient horse racing Palio di Siena, or simple relax in one of the beautiful traditional casali or poderi (local traditional farmhouses).

Tuscany is also famous for its thermal spas, check Terme di Montecatini, di Chianciano, di Rapolano, and di Montepulciano, among many known ones.