Featured Photo: Villa Bianca


Maremma is a hidden gem known as a destination for Italian aristocracy. Situated on the “wild coast” of Tuscany, the seaside region offers quiet beaches, vineyards and medieval villages in the hills.

For the ultimate Italian getaway in the lap of luxury, here are three hand-selected villas in Maremma, being offered to guests by Homebase Abroad (www.homebaseabroad.com).

Each villa comes with in-home staff, private concierge service and luxurious amenities more often found at world-class hotels than at private homes.

1. Caselvecchio

Maremma, Tuscany

Luxury Italian Villas Maremma Tuscany

Caselvecchio Pool with view of Gym and Rosso Bedroom

The basics: 7 bedrooms, 7 baths (accommodates 8-14 guests)
Standout amenities: Landscaped gardens, infinity pool, gym
Why it’s special:
“As a traditional Tuscan villa, there’s a sense of history in the architecture and the grounds that feels more impressive than the infinity pool and the size of the estate,” says Mara Solomon, Director of Homebase Abroad. “But the views – unblemished 360-degree panoramas – are what really distinguish Caselvecchio. From an armchair poised at the edge of an open terrace, you can contemplate the health of the Brunello vineyards across the Ombrone River Valley as you consider whether to stay put and dine al fresco, or lunch at an idyllic local trattoria with well-priced bottles of Rosso di Montalcino. This is a true Tuscan experience for connoisseurs of Italian life.”
Best suited for:
Although Maremma is often best suited for travelers who have no agenda at all other than simply to relax, the endless unspoiled countryside makes Caselvecchio ideal for embracing the great outdoors, whether through walking, running or biking. The flexible layout works for families, couples and multigenerational groups.
Homebase Abroad Itinerary Recommendations:
• Let us arrange a skippered boat to the Tuscan Archipelago, or spend the day at a local Beach Club in the style of the Italians.

• Discover the under-the-radar wines of Montecucco with tours at small wineries and tastings in their cantinas or in the comfort of Caselvecchio.

• Become a Brunello connoisseur with visits to Poggio alle Mure, Castel Gioconda, Castello di Argiano (a personal suggestion of the owner), plus other lesser-known producers.

To learn more about this villa, click here.

2. La Civetta

Maremma, Tuscany

Luxury Italian Villas Maremma Tuscany

La Civetta

The basics: 7 bedrooms, 6 baths (accommodates 10-12 guests)
Standout amenities: Extensive outdoor spaces, swimming pool, tennis court (coach available), private beach access
Why it’s special:
“La Civetta is a villa for food lovers,” Mara notes. “Sabrina, the local cook, prepares the freshest food with great care and the consummate skill of a local Tuscan. Pasta is prepared by hand, and guests enjoy fresh pastries at breakfast in the morning. Pizza, bread and roasts are prepared in the wood fired oven, and fresh herbs are cut from the garden every day.”
Best suited for:
With its spacious lawns, allowing for plenty of room to run and play, La Civetta is ideal for families with kids. The local village of Marina di Bibbona hosts the famous La Pineta fish restaurant on the beach plus many family-friendly restaurants and casual dining options.
Homebase Abroad Itinerary Recommendations:
• Deepen your knowledge of the Super Tuscans in the company of a trained sommelier for an evening at home or a private guided winery tour.

• Take a guided tour of the Costa degli Etruschi, known for its wealth of Etruscan ruins.

• Experience a true spa at the casual Terme di Sassetta immersed in the pristine woodlands five minutes from La Civetta. End your visit with an exceptionally delicious simple lunch in their farmhouse. Take a jar of their honey or jam home as a souvenir.

• Try windsurfing, kite-surfing or stand-up paddleboarding from Barratti or San Vicenzo beach towns.
To learn more about this villa, click here.



3. Villa Bianca

Maremma, Tuscany

Luxury Italian Villa Maremma Tuscany

Villa Bianca

The basics: 8 bedrooms, 7 baths (accommodates 12-16 guests)
Standout amenities: Salt-water swimming pool, tennis court, soccer field, vegetable gardens, direct ascent to sea (private boat with skipper available)
Why it’s special:
“Villa Bianca brings together the best of Italy,” Mara explains. “You have the vineyards and quiet hill towns for which Tuscany is known, and the chic coastal atmosphere of the Argentario, where Romans go to play all summer long. This is also a villa for nature lovers. You will be immersed in a sun-dappled shade, serenaded by birds, and enraptured by the setting sun as you dine, your view unblemished to the horizon of the Tyrrenhian Sea. Some evenings you can see all the way to Corsica.”
Best suited for:
Villa Bianca is best suited for active families or groups of adults who want to experience their own private resort, enjoying active days out of doors.
Homebase Abroad Itinerary Recommendations:
• Enjoy a day out on the owners private Itama speedb
• oat in the company of their expert skipper, exploring the Tuscan Archipelago and the islands of Giglio and Giannutri. Alternatively, take the public ferry from Porto Santo Stefano.
• Let us arrange a driving tour through the hill towns surrounding Maremma. A vintage Alfa can be your wheels as you explore out-of-the way local artisanal food producers of cheese, breads, honey and cured meats.
• Tour French artist Nikki Saint Phalle’s surreal mosaic sculpture garden of the Tarot symbols. Set in the woods outside Capalbio, there is perhaps no destination more compelling for small children anywhere in Italy.

To learn more about this villa, click here.


About Homebase Abroad

Homebase Abroad is a company of Vacation Villa Specialists exclusively representing Italy. As trusted travel advisors with in-house concierge support both in the United States and on the ground in Italy, Homebase Abroad’s team marries a deep knowledge of Italy with a sense of genuine hospitality to guide guests through every step of the vacation planning process, from selecting the right destination and time of year, to deciding what to pack for a home on the beach. The 2015 Homebase Abroad Collection includes fifty-five curated villas ranging from 4 to 20 bedrooms, all hand-selected according to standards for location, property quality, amenities and on-site staff. Homebase Abroad’s full-service approach has twice landed it on Travel +Leisure’s annual list of “Best Villa Rental Agencies.” For more information on Homebase Abroad and to browse all available villas, please visit www.HomebaseAbroad.com.