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Planning Your Trip


Book flights to Italy direct with the airline and book your Italian villa rental with Bridgewater’s Idyllic Italy. There are many operators flying to Italy from the UK and Internationally.

Some flights only operate during the summer months. We always advise you to book early in order to obtain the cheapest rates, though some companies, like Ryanair, only let you book a limited time ahead.

School holidays and and other festivities are usually more expensive.We recommend having a look at www.skyscanner.net to search for low- cost flights from your local airport to all Italian airports.


(The most luxurious motorail train in Europe) Sunday Times 2007

More and more people are choosing to drive to Italy or to put their car on the train. Taking your own car adds greater flexibility to your holiday. You can avoid stressful airport queues and luggage restrictions as well as enjoy a leisurely drive at a pace that suits your, through some of Europe’s most stunning scenery with an overnight stop en-route.

The drive from Calais to Zeebruge to Tuscany or Umbria takes approximately a day and a half. Northern Tuscany is closer to Calais than is the French Riviera.

Below we have listed a couple of tried and tested driving routes (many times over with our now grown up children in the car).




Calais / Arras/ Reims / Metz / Strasbourg or Zebrugge / Brussels / Luxembourg / Strasbourg – both routes then continue:

Strasbourg / Basle / Lucerne / St.Gothard Tunnel / Como / Milan / La Spezia (for coast) or Parma / Bologna (For inland Tuscany)

Aprox distance Florence 850 miles

Aprox driving distance to Pietrasanta 804 miles


Calais / Arras / Reims / Chalons sur Marne / Lyon / Dijon / Besancon / Lausanne / Martigny / leave

Grand St. BernardAostal / Ivreal / Allesandria / Piacenza / Parma / La Spezia (For coast) or Bologna / Firenze (for inland Tuscany)

Aprox distance 900 miles to Florence

Aprox driving distance to Pietrasanta 850 miles



Montreaux – Lake Geneva. We stayed in The Royal Plaza. ‘The Hotel with the million dollar view’ only 480 miles from Calais. The hotel offers outstanding standards in a magical location by the lake, overlooking the magnificent mountain peaks of the Alps. Indoor pool.


Motorail allows you and your car to cover thousands of miles without the stress of driving. It’s safe, no traffic jams or road rage. Enjoy the freedom to fill the boot of your car with as much as you want. Wake up fresh at your destination, ready to explore the beauty of Europe, from your own car.


You have YOUR car on holiday
No luggage restrictions…Take as many books, toys, play stations etc as you like!
Wine! bring back a full vineyard full
Windsurfers, bikes, golf clubs no problem.
Less tiring, less stressful, less worry




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Our chosen partners have offices in Florence, Venice and Rome. They are leaders in quality guided tours and their professional guides are experts in bringing history alive. Walking tours of Florence, Tuscan cookery courses, art classes, private tours of the Vatican, tickets for the Uffizi etc. As featured on The BBC, CNN, The history Channel, The Telegraph and Forbes Traveller.



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Short on time? Complete the form and leave the hard work to us. We use our wealth of experience, knowledge and contacts in Italy to find your perfect Italian villa rental.

We listen to what is important to you then spend our time researching the very best villas from our hand-picked suppliers.  Your personal villa specialist will be in touch within 24 hours with a bespoke selection of properties – chosen especially for you.

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