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Welcome to Bridgewater’s Idyllic Italy

Handpicked luxury villa rentals in Italy

Discover the very best of this must-visit destination with a stay in one of our luxury villas in Italy.

Bridgewater is one of the UK’s longest established Italian villa rental agents.  Our story began in 1973 when our parents Barry and Christine Pearson began renting villas in Versilia, on Tuscany’s golden coast.  We’re still very much a family company and we appreciate how important the human approach can be when organising something as special as a holiday – for this reason we handle each enquiry on an individual basis.  No call centres, just 1:1 personal service with highly experienced Italian travel experts who have a passion for Italy and giving you great service  

We were born in to the Italian travel industry and it has been a part of our daily lives ever since. We’ve lived and worked between Italy and the UK for over four decades, so nobody knows this wonderful country better than we do.  Even after all this time – this wonderful country never fails to delight us with each new visit.   You can learn more about our heritage and story so far here

We travel to Italy several times a year and return to Lucca & the Tuscan coast every summer with our own families so can give you first-hand personal advice on the areas and regions we feature . We have lots of experience of driving to Italy from the UK with small children and teenagers and happy to share tips on routes and keeping everybody happy 🙂 

We handpick our villas based on their character, charm and location to make sure your holidays are memorable.  Most of the properties on our site are bookable online. Every property in our portfolio is included on merit alone and none of the properties pay a fee to be featured. This means that we can offer helpful, impartial advice to find the right villa for you.  We have visited the vast majority of villas on our website. If we haven’t visited your villa of choice, we will find out the necessary information from a trusted contact on your behalf, saving you precious time 

In addition to the villas featured on our site which you can view here, we also offer a bespoke villa sourcing service which is perfect if you are looking for something special or have specific requirements – read more about our villa sourcing service

Thank you for stopping by – we look forward to assisting you with your Italian villa holiday and sharing our expertise.

Nicola and Lucy Pearson

Your Bridgewater’s Idyllic Italy team


Lucca: Our special part of Italy since 1973

Lucca is one of Tuscany’s most beloved artistic cities and the surrounding area has been our favourite part of Italy for over 47 years. We still visit the area every summer as a family, and here are just some of the reasons why:

An historic walled city between the Apuan mountains the sea.

Only 30 minutes from Pisa airport & the beaches of Versilia (Tuscany’s golden coast). 1 hour Renaissance Florence

A charming city of awe inspiring architecture, hundreds of churches, pavement cafes & fabulous restaurants, art exhibitions, bijoux boutiques and more

Stunning countryside dotted with impressive mansions, historical villas, hilltop villages, olive groves and world class vineyards – Lucca even has its own wine & oil trail.

The Lucchese cuisine is one of Tuscany’s tastiest – an authentic culinary experience not to be missed. View our Lucca destination guide & villas here


Let us do the hard work for you

Book online or contact our Italian villa specialists with your requirements and within 24 hours we will send you available villas to suit.

A name you can trust

Family run Italian villa specialist with over 46 years experience
Local knowledge & personal insight.

The warmest of welcomes

Welcome hamper included with every booking.


Speak to our Italian travel specialists –
Let us find your perfect Italian villa



Our Destinations


Tuscany Countryside

Tuscany is no stranger to tribute or applause. It’s no novice to tourism or success. And it’s certainly no neophyte when it comes to luxury. And we can certainly vouch for that here at Bridgewater’s Idyllic Italy.

Lucca & The Tuscan Coast

The Tuscan coast remains 'Our special part of Italy' which year round offers an interesting and varied holiday. You will find beautiful Medieval towns, wide golden beaches & plenty for all ages to do including: Golf, tennis, water-sports, horse-riding, cycling & walking in the Apuan alps.

Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is one of the most famous and beautiful stretches of coastline in the world. It goes without saying that this Italian gem is mesmerising in its beauty, all consuming in its appeal. But for travellers looking for more than just mind-blowing aesthetics, there’s so much more to the Amalfi Coast than its peripheral.

Italian Lakes & Mountains

The Italian Lake District is quite possibly Italy’s most desirable destination. Both Ezra Pound and Alfred Tennyson wrote about the Italian Lakes in their poetry, and to this day the area upholds its prominence as one of the most stylish holiday resorts in the world.


Off the foot of the Italian boot stands the Mediterranean’s largest island, Sicily. With over 25,000 kilometres of land to call its own, and as the polygonal crossroad between Europe and Africa, it’s no wonder that Sicilians dance along to their own melody; a melody which differs from any other region of Italy.


Umbria is the only region of Italy without coastline or border with another country - for that alone, the region is completely unique. Lodged between Tuscany, Le Marche and Lazio, Umbria is the heart (and soul) of Italy.

Our Clients Testimonials

  • We had a fantastic holiday at La Limonaia. The villa was absolutely beautiful and our group of 16 were well looked after by the staff at Bridgewater’s idyllic Italy. Nicola made various excellent recommendations, one of which was a chef who came to the property and cooked a delicious meal. I would highly recommend this villa and Bridgewater’s idyllic Italy! Thank you for a wonderful holiday!


    N. Mountcastle 2018
  • I have used many travel agents over the years and Bridgewater Travel ranks amongst one of the best. A total delight and pleasure to deal with, they listened to my needs and we had probably one of the best holidays ever. I would recommend them without any hesitation.  

    Julie- Anne 2017
  • We had an amazing holiday at Villa Madonna and would highly recommend it. The garden space is fantastic with a gorgeous pool and table tennis table. The barbecue and pizza oven were great fun. The best part was the terrace - a wonderful space for outside eating, drinking coffee, reading etc. Views were excellent. We also enjoyed having a chef, Cinzia, cook for us one night. We also hired a guide, Stefano from Wild Trails and did a wonderful hike to Mount Croce in the Apuan Alps.

    Tracy Hill 2019
  • Dear Nicola
    We arrived to a bottle of wine and a note from you - thank you so much for all of your attention to detail, planning and recommendations. I really don’t think that we’d change anything about our trip.
    We will of course pass on your details to anyone who asks and recommend you without a second thought.
    thanks again.
    Mike & Julie

    Mike and Julie: July 2019
  • Travelling to Tuscany with both a mix of ages and some who hadn’t visited Italy before, Nicola’s advice was invaluable in finding the right villa and location for us. The villa did not disappoint and Alessandro was a helpful and friendly host. For serious cyclists, some of our party had a great time exploring the area on bikes. We loved the local trattoria recommended by Alessandro and had a wonderful time exploring Lucca. We would all happily stay in Bianca Lucca again Villa Bianca Lucca, May 2019

    Natalie Wallace 2019
  • Your recommendation to stay near Lucca, given the age and experience mix of the party, was spot on.  The villa was wonderful and Alessandro welcoming and helpful. We would happily stay there again and would definitely both recommend Bridgewater’s and hope to rent a villa through you again.
    We had a wonderful meal in Lucca at Buca Di S. Antonio from your suggestions and also in a local trattoria near the villa suggested by Alessandro. The written directions to find the villa were clear and when one car in our party got separated, it meant that they found the villa without too much hassle.
    Best wishes, Natalie

    Natalie Wallace 2019
  • Nicola - hello - we are back from an absolutely glorious week at Villa Marzio (le cannicelle in Villammare) - everything was more than we hoped for, Marzio runs an excellent villa, extremely comfortable and great for little kids (though we were on full alert because pool not gated) .... but Marzio was super attentive to all our needs, there is so much to do in the area, hikes, boat trips, pool amazing etc etc etc.
    We are super thrilled with how the holiday went.
    Many thanks indeed for organising this for us ...

    Shelley Sawyers 2019
  • We have just returned from Rome and although we have visited Italy before and love the county and it's people, this was the first time we have booked with Bridgewater. I would like to thank you for your excellent service. Our apartment was delightful and exceeded our expectations. Thank you for an excellent holiday, now we have discovered you we will most certainly be booking future holidays with Bridgewater.

    Marlene, Keith & Matther Powley
  • Villa Eva had everything we needed. Family from 11 to 80. We swam in pool, enjoyed hot tub & sauna and had such wonderful evenings baking our own pizzas in the garden room. Breakfast on terrace every day. This is as well as sightseeing nearby Lucca, tower climb, picnic & bike rides on wall. Train ride to Fl,orence, visit to Vespa museum & lovely drive through Appuanne Hills.  Finished with Pisa before flights home.

    Mary Hibbert April 2019
  • Hi Nicola,

    We will not likely be returning next year as there is lots of the world left to see. But we will definitely keep you on our radar for future trips and I have passed on your information to friends who are interested. You and Lucy were wonderful to work with!

    Mrs. Hubbard 2018
  • Hello Nicola

    I just want to let you know we had a wonderful stay at Villa Castelli.  Perfect location, not far from airport for the wee baby and toddler, but in the hills with lovely views.  Very spacious and comfortable. The huge gym was a great bonus and I found the heated pool warm enough even after one day of copious rain. Thank you for your help with directions. We needed them and with them found it without difficulty. We had a terrific catered meal in their pupose built private estate dining room after a short walk through the vinyard and wine tasting. Babies came too. Truly memorable way to celebrate turning 65/70.

    Mrs. Fernie 2018



Bridgewater’s Bespoke Italy


When you can’t see what you’re looking for on our website & only the best will do…Turn to us as your personal travel consultant for Italy

Rather than wasting your own time trawling the internet for the perfect luxury villa in Italy – Imagine having the guidance of an experienced Italian villa rental expert to do the hard work for you…We use our wealth of experience, knowledge and contacts in Italy to collate a handpicked shortlist of the most suitable properties on the rental market in one convenient proposal.

Your time is precious…so leave the hard work to us.

Complete this quick enquiry form or call us on +44 (0) 161 787 8587 and your personal villa specialist will be in touch with a bespoke selection of available properties within 48 hours– chosen especially for you.

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