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Ian - Vista Spettacolore - Amalfi Coast
"Holiday Homes Italy were so amazing from start to finish, and everything was arranged to the finest detail. I can't praise Mark enough for the quality and professional service we received, nothing was too much trouble. Our villa Vista Spettacolare was on recommendation from Holiday Homes in Italy and we were not let down. The welcome we received from the owner Enzo was amazing and he couldn't do enough to ensure our stay was special, and that includes his home made Limoncello !! The villa is situated overlooking the sea with an amazing infinity pool, which is just so relaxing and includes jacuzzi gets too ! There is so much space around the villa and it is lovingly decorated throughout. There is no need to leave the villa, because you have everything there, but if you do a bus takes you into Positano, Amalfi and Sorento located at the entrance gates to the villa. Positano, a glorious picturesque town, is only 2-3 miles away, Amalfi is a further 5 miles on and Sorento is only 10 miles from the villa. There are three beaches at the foot of the cliff where the villa is situated and this takes about 15 minutes to walk down to. This is an amazing place to stay and will fulfil your dreams of a relaxing holiday taking in one of the most wonderful parts of the world. The owner Enzo provides the finishing touches to a special stay to ensure you have everything you need. Highly recommended !!"
Jeremy - Villa Melone - Tuscany
"Firstly, can I thank you for your service in arranging the holiday. You were extremely helpful and prompt in replying to all of my queries. You handled our brief well and found us a property when we were struggling to do it ourselves. Your instructions were clear and accurate. Great Job. The House. Pisa airport is 28 minutes to the west and Florence 45 minutes to the East. Siena is 1.30 hrs south east. Rolling Tuscan can be found about 30 mins south of the house. The surrounding region is unremarkable flat farming land. The site on which the farmhouse is situated is different. It is on a hill surrounded by trees which makes for a green, secluded oasis. As for the property. The description on the website is extremely accurate, with the phrase, "Traditional Tuscan Farmhouse," encapsulating the essence of the property. The house is rustic which brings its own charm. The downstairs bathroom needs renovating but the others are bright and modern. The beds are comfy and there are plenty of seating areas. The kitchen is large but the owners need to invest in pots and pans. 1 frying pan, 1 saucepan is not enough when the house can cater for 8 people. As for spoons, there were 2. Everything else was fine. The outside is fabulous. The owners spends a great deal of time and effort in making the grounds and pool perfect and they need to be congratulated for it. Well mown green lawns, which are watered every day, surround a large private pool which is shallow enough for children and deep enough for extra fun. I reckon it was 2.5M at the deep end. We were a family of 2 Adults, 3 children and 2 grandparents. It was big enough for us to rattle around in. We had a great time. Well done Homes in Italy, we hope to use you again."
Anita - Casa Pietra Vista - Umbria
"Our stay at Casa Pietra Vista was perfect for our family who had travelled from the UK, Australia and New Zealand. The attractively restored house is large, clean and well presented with everything you could possibly need for a relaxing holiday. The views of the mountains and the nightly sunsets are literally magical. Anna and her team work so hard to ensure that everything is perfect, unobtrusively keeping the pool clean and beautiful gardens neat. Ripe tomatoes, cucumber and melon from the vegetable garden were picked and delivered for us to enjoy. We have travelled in Italy before, but would recommend Umbria for its exciting scenery and beautiful hilltop villages - we have been converted and will always head to Umbria in the future. Thanks to Anna and her team and also to you, Mark for finding the property and recommending Umbria to us. We are already thinking about going back next year, so will be in touch!"
Stephanie - Casa Bosco (Tuscany)
"HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! Casa Bosco was absolutely fantastic - it exceeded our expectations! From the moment we arrived and met the key holder who was very friendly and helpful through our entire time at this beautiful property, we couldn't have been happier. The views are stunning from both the house, the many seating areas and from the pool - we could quite happily live there!!! The house was clean and tidy and had everything we needed. The towels are so soft! The only thing that would make this place better would be air conditioning - the house was cool in the day but as we needed to keep the windows closed at night we struggled to sleep properly - the heat was almost unbearable to be fair! That said, I would definitely stay again and would like to say how happy we were with the level of communication and help from Mark at Homes in Italy. Our next trip to Italy will most certainly be booked through this company"
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Top 10 tips for beginner skiing in Italy (or travelling with beginners)
Although I’m an intermediate skier myself, every year we bring new friends and family along, some of which are absolute beginners to skiing. I love the more laid back approach to skiing in Italy and love it when friends get the ski bug, so I thought it could be useful to share some of my thoughts and ideas to make a ski beginners ski holiday in Italy more of a success…
1. Have a dry run in the UK
These days there are more realistic and sophisticated indoor slopes that the dry slopes I once tried as a child – try the Snowdome in Tamworth or the Snozones in Milton Keynes or Castleford. This is a great way to find your ski legs but don’t expect to become an expert. When I first got to ski school in Italy after my indoor experience, I was asked to navigate some cones, ploughed through them and ended up in a heap on the ground
2. Get Fit
No need to sign up to a marathon or a 10k but I have seen some friends who are exhausted on day 2 or lose strength in their legs. Skiing can be strenuous so I would recommend more step / cross trainer in the gym, cycling or lunges around the house in the weeks leading up to the holiday.
3. Borrow or buy reasonably
I know many people who have gone all out and kitted up with high brands and not fallen in love with ski. For the first season, I would borrow goggles / helmet etc from a friend and buy reasonably. Shops like Primark, H&M and even larger supermarkets now stock some of the basic ski wear.
4. Book ski school
Italy has some great ski schools with friendly instructors. Even if you are travelling with advanced skiers, the best way to learn is with a qualified instructor so be persistent and book ski school for at least a couple of mornings / days. I have misjudged some of my friend’s abilities before and have ended up coaching / walking them down a red run for hours with tears / tantrums. Ski school is the way to go!
5. Don’t overbook ski school
I wouldn’t book the first morning unless you are having an early night before – its not get to try and get yourself up on the piste for 10 am. Also don’t overbook – many friends have tried to become an Olympic skier in 5 days and simply not enjoyed the holiday. Take ski school in the morning 10-12/1. Have a nice relaxing group lunch and then potter in the afternoon trying to practice what you learned in the morning. If you are there for a week, take a day out to relax or visit a spa.
6. Book private lessons
If you really feel like a top-up, then private lessons are great. They are not too expensive and you will progress more quickly. I would suggest 2 / 3 days or ski school then a couple of hours of private lessons in the afternoons maybe from mid-week onwards. If you group together (2 – 4 people), then the cost of private lessons is quite reasonable.
7. Take a rucksack
The weather can be changeable so a small rucksack can really help to get those layers in. Always keep a water bottle on you as you can get dehydrated and I always recommend Jelly Babies or M&Ms (they don’t melt in your pocket) for a quick energy fix. There are plenty of nutritional energy bars for the health conscious but you will burn those calories!
8. Pack right
Here are some basics on what you need to pack:
- Helmet (or hire at the ski shop)
- Waterproof gloves
- Thermal socks
- Footware for a ski resort – shoes with grips and boots – no stilettoes!
- Hat / scarf
- Suncream and lipbalm - don’t be fooled by cloudy days as you will be high on the mountain and the balm with help your lips against the wind
- Goggles and glasses
- Layers (think thermal tops and bottoms and sport jumpers)
- Salopettes and ski jacket
9. Pre-book your extras
I would pre-book ski school for at least the first couple of days – to arrive in resort and find its full would be a bad start to any holiday. We would always recommend getting your pass, boots and ski hire in advance – less faff and stress on day one, so you are ready to hit those slopes! There have been massive improvements to safety in recent years but I would always recommend taking insurance which has ski cover just in case – its compulsory in some resorts. Your normal holiday insurance may not include it, so check to be on the safe side.
10. Choose the right resort
Unless you are all beginners, I wouldn’t necessarily book a complete beginner resort. An all round ski area is usually better as you may progress more quickly than expected to intermediate and your more seasoned friends will not get bored. Here is my low down on the resorts we offer:
- Sauze D’Oulx: Probably better on the intermediate side but two great ski schools and the beauty of this resort is that you can have a day in neighbouring Sestriere and Mongenevre in France on the Milky Way ski pass, so lots of variety. A good all-rounder for those looking for group / evening entertainment. Would suit those looking for less than a week due to short transfer time and its easy and low cost to reach from the UK. Discover More.
- Sestriere: Lots of wide open pistes and 25% of the resort is aimed at beginners, so great to learn here. Its quieter on an evening, so more restaurant based than neighbouring Sauze. Discover More.
- Bormio: Not very well known but a great resort with nearly half the slopes adapted to beginners. The beauty of this resort is that it is well known for its spas, so an afternoon off relaxing here could be just the tonic. Discover More.
- Livigno: Very good for beginners and intermediates and a great place to shop for those who will really need a break from that skiing. The transfer time means that a week is really recommended here. Discover More
- Canezei / Selva Val Gardena: Great for beginners with lots of open wide slopes and a cute mountain backdrop – more advance ski friends will benefit from access to Sella Ronda. Discover More.
- Madonna di Campiglio: A really pretty resort with near half the slopes geared towards beginners – lots to do outside skiing also with a nice town and other attractions nearby. Discover More.
Have fun and don’t break a leg!
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