If you’re looking for last minute villa holidays this October half term, we might have the answer. Villa Pia Italy, in Lippiano, Italy, has a few places left for people looking for a winter sun holiday. Read on if you want to find out more about a relaxing family villa holiday, on the border of Tuscany and Umbria.
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A stay at Villa Pia takes the best bits of family villa holidays, and throws in the added bonus of the chance to make some new holiday friends. Think sociable evenings spent over flavoursome four-course meals, with Italian wine flowing freely. Children within earshot are connected via monitors, and those further away are safely tucked up under the watchful attention of English-speaking babysitters. Days can be spent exploring hilltop villages, and roaming artisan markets. Or lounging by the pool with a glass of cold fizz, surrounded by a lush Umbrian landscape of forests, olive groves and vineyards. Guests are likely to find a ready-made pack of like-minded children to help keep their little ones entertained. Villa Pia has five acres of grounds where children can roam in safety.
Italian villas with pools: Villa Pia
Villa Pia is a 15th-century manor house in Umbria, Italy, just across the border from Tuscany. It’s set in the small village of Lippiano, which has a storybook 10th Century castle, a church and a small bar selling snacks and ice cream. Including the manor’s converted barn and stables, and ‘Palazzo Regina’, a restored building a short walk from the gates, in total there are 25 family bedrooms at Villa Pia, all with private bathrooms. Some rooms are interconnecting, but guests can also stay in larger family rooms. The bedrooms retain their quaint Umbrian features, and a daily cleaning service makes sure they’re always comfortable and fresh.
Outside, the adult pool and adjacent children’s pool are heated all year-round. There’s an all-weather tennis court, ping pong tables, a sandpit, trampoline, and a courtyard play area filled with small climbing frames, slides, toys and ride-ons. A cool indoor soft play room lets tots escape the strong Italian sunshine.
A family villa holiday that’s pure relaxation
As any parent knows, juggling work, home and childcare is a frazzling experience. So a family holiday should be a chance to kick back, and let go of daily stresses. Villa Pia’s a good choice for people looking for all-inclusive villa holidays. A sumptuous breakfast, lunch, and a four-course dinner are all included in the price of the holiday. The exception is Thursdays, when only breakfast is served. Drinks (including wine, beer and aperitifs) to accompany meals come at no extra charge. For younger children, a kids’ dinner is served at 6pm, and older children are welcome to accompany their parents at the later dinner.
Villa Pia has a relaxed, sociable vibe, with children lounging in their pjs at breakfast. Adults chat late into the night over an informal dinner, which in the warmer months is served on long wooden tables in the manor house’s courtyard. Guests can help themselves to fresh fruit, yoghurt, bread, baby puree, beer, wine, tea and coffee from the kitchen, which is equipped with a toaster and microwave. Like most of Italy, Tuscany and Umbria are renowned foodie regions, and the meals at Villa Pia are no exception. Guests rave about the quality of the cuisine.
Relaxing activities on-site
Villa Pia’s owners run activities on site, like art classes for kids, and Italian cookery lessons. For people who really want to feel blissed-out on their Italian holiday, there are pilates and yoga classes, massages and beauty treatments like facials, manicures and pedicures. Guests can take quiet moments in the lounge, where people tend to read and enjoy a peaceful time.
Things to do in Tuscany and Umbria near Villa Pia
Staff at Villa Pia can organise cycling, horseriding and hiking trips for guests who want to explore the forests and hills of Umbria and Tuscany. Florence, Assisi and Sienna are all within an hour and a half of Lippiano, so it’s easy to head off for a day of sightseeing, using Villa Pia as a base. Pisa, Bologna and Rimini are two hours away. So guests can either visit these historic towns for the day, or add a day or two on at the beginning or end of their stay at Villa Pia.
For trips to smaller towns closer to Villa Pia, guests can explore the winding streets of Anghairi, Monterchi, or Arezzo, which has an amphitheatre and a small museum. Perugia is a 40-minute drive away, and it’s where the chocolate company Baci is based. Visitors can go inside the factory for a chocolate-making lesson, and a chance to try some of the distinctive round Baci chocolates.
How to get to Villa Pia, Lippiano Italy
Direct flights run from London airports to Perugia, which is the closest airport to Villa Pia (it’s 40 minutes from Lippiano). Guests can also fly into Florence (1 hour 15 minutes away). Rimini, Bologna and Pisa airports are all about a 2-hour drive. Trains run from London to Perugia, with three changes. See thetrainline.com for more information. To make the most of this family villa holiday, previous visitors recommend that guests have the use of a car.
Address: Villa Pia, Lippiano, 06010 MSM, Tiberina (PG), Umbria, Italy
For prices and availability, see the Villa Pia website.
If you want to read some reviews from bloggers who’ve stayed at the child-friendly Villa Pia, check out these features by My Travel Monkey, Mini Travellers and Monkey and Mouse. Have you been on a family villa holiday like this one? It’s a bit different to regular family villa holidays, but we like the sound of it!
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