Vil­las con am­ici

For a taste of the high life Ital­ian style, gather friends and fam­ily in a villa with a view.

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Casa a Noto, south-east Si­cily

Gather 15 pals for aper­i­tivi on the ter­race with views of vine­yards and the nearby town of Noto, renowned for its World Her­itage-listed Si­cil­ian Baroque architecture. An hour’s drive south of Cata­nia air­port and half an hour from the city of Sira­cusa, the villa is sur­rounded by groves of olives, cit­rus, figs and al­monds on a wine es­tate. Too re­laxed to fuss in the kitchen? There’s a cook on hand. The clos­est beach is five min­utes’ drive, though guests might find it hard to stray be­yond the swim­ming pool in the gar­den, and more aper­i­tivi on that ter­race. bellini­

Villa Il Galero, Asolo, Veneto

Though only an hour’s drive from Venice Air­port, the hill town of Asolo is charm­ingly un­spoilt.

The 17th-cen­tury Villa Il Galero is an el­e­gant launch­pad for daytrips to La Serenis­sima or the prosecco vine­yards of Val­dob­bi­adene, and an easy passeg­giata from the town’s his­toric cen­tre. Sur­rounded by olive groves, lawns and gar­dens, the villa sleeps 13 in style, with an as­sort­ment of or­nate draw­ing rooms and shady ter­races for din­ing and loung­ing. The best views of the val­ley and the town’s fortress are from the heated swim­ming pool. bellini­

Villa Ro­bi­lant, Todi, Um­bria

About 10 min­utes’ drive from the peace­ful Um­brian town of Todi, this con­tem­po­rary villa sleep­ing up to eight teams tra­di­tional de­sign with un­com­mon fea­tures: a pri­vate cinema, cut­tingedge sound sys­tem, and a spa with steam bath, plunge pool and gym. Eat in the big fam­ily kitchen or in one of sev­eral din­ing rooms and ter­races, or throw a party in the gar­den house, with its own out­door kitchen, pizza oven and arm­chairs sur­round­ing a fire­place. The split-level gar­den has an in­fin­ity pool on the lower level with views of the gen­tle Um­brian coun­try­side. bellini­

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