Edify your mind and expand your cultural horizons by sneaking away to one of Villas of Distinction's historic villas.
You won’t even have to hit the museums, as these properties boast their very own legends. With private estates dating back to the 13th Century, each of these homes is enveloped with personality and charm that will undoubtedly enhance your next vacation. Staying in a suite once enjoyed by an infamous king, renowned president or scandalous celebrity couple is sure to arm you with tales to tell upon your return home.
A noble house belonging to one of the oldest aristocratic families of Sicily since 1200, Villa Altera was recently brought back to its ancient splendors by its owners.
Towering above the Gulf of Naples, Villa Astor is a unique private residence built on the ruins of a Roman villa dating back to the first century AD.
Bastide St. Martin is an 18th Century Bastide offering 13 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, partial air-conditioning, tennis court, heated swimming pool, full service included with maids and chef at home, and can accommodate up to 29 guests with children included.
This is one of the most beautiful and oldest properties in the Cote d’Azur. It is a superb early 19th century Bastide situated at the top of a hill in the middle of 27 acres of green land within the estate of a 13th Century chateau.
This 18th century property on the outskirts of Bonnieux is an authentic Bastide (210 square meters) completely restored to a very high standard.
Borgo Bernardini is an enchanting and beautifully restored historic little hamlet set in an aristocratic estate of cypress, magnolia and weeping willow trees, lilied lakes and fountains.
This fascinating property is part of the Fattoria-Mansi Bernardini, a vast estate situated on the hills East of Lucca, producing a very good extra-virgin olive oil.
Florence is more popular than ever, with 16 million visitors pouring in each year attracted by its architectural heritage – one of the richest in the world – and its renowned food culture.
Casetta is the last farmhouse to be restored on the Estate, immersed in the Merlot vineyards for a holiday in true Tuscan style.
Formerly a hunting lodge, Villa Cerretello is a superb 10 bedroom Tuscan country villa with a perfect, secluded, hill top location.
A luxury villa with private pool and tennis court, Villa Cetinale is ideally situated for sightseeing, shopping, eating out or just relaxing in the beautiful Tuscan landscape.
It was the property of the Counts of Provence, created a fiefdom by Henry III in 1576, and the greatest Provençal families owned it in turn.