Discover Italy’s Best Kept Secrets this Summer with Passepartout Homes

With sun kissed beaches, sumptuous local cuisine and stunning natural scenery, Italy is one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations. While the sights of Rome and Venice never fail to delight, Passepartout Homes is urging holidaymakers to get off the beaten track and discover some of Italy’s best kept secrets this summer.

Paola Fiocchi Van Den Brande, Director of Passepartout Homes said, “Italy is an incredible place and while the big cities do have their charms, we can’t help but fall in love with smaller, less developed regions such as Puglia and Umbria. Here, holidaymakers can get a real taste of Italian life, as well as enjoy luxurious private accommodation hand selected by our team of property connoisseurs.”  

Tucked away in Italy’s wonderfully warm south, Puglia is renowned as one of the region’s undisputed hidden gems. With its picturesque whitewashed hill towns, sprawling farmland and pristine Mediterranean coastline, the region encompasses the spirit of an idyllic Italian getaway. Food connoisseurs will fall head over heels for the region’s famous ‘cucina povera’ fare, a traditional style of cooking that’s steeped in local ingredients, hearty recipes and self-sufficiency.

The food is deliciously simple, with the flat, fertile and sun soaked region providing the perfect canvas for growing and sourcing organic produce. Think freshly caught fish, creamy ricotta, silky smooth extra virgin olive oil, hand cut pasta, sumptuously sweet figs, home grown olives and blanched almonds. History buffs will be enamoured by the conical roofs of the traditional ‘trulli’ houses while the city of Lecce is famous for its exquisite baroque architecture that has earned it the nickname of Italy’s “Florence of the South.”

As the country’s only region that doesn’t have a coastline or share a land border, Umbria is an ideal destination to discover the spirit of traditional Italian culture. Rivers wind through rolling hills, recipes are passed down from generation to generation and winemakers bottle some of the finest drops in Europe.

Perched on a tall two-crested hilltop in the province of Perugia, Todi commands breath-taking views over the river Tiber. The soft stone houses and lofty belltowers give it a fairytale-esque charm that never fails to enchant visitors who take the time to seek out the town. Life runs wonderfully slow here, with the locals relying on local vines and orchards to keep their tables bountiful. Spoleto sits on a foothill of the Apennines and is fantastic for history buffs and nature lover alike. The little town is home to no less than 13 beautifully designed churches that recall the splendour of the Roman era. Assisi is another medieval town that remains largely untouched by Italy’s thriving tourism industry, celebrated as the birthplace of Saint Francis. Sprawling plains backed by rolling wooded hills make it a gorgeous countryside escape.

In the lead up to the summer season Passepartout Homes is reminding Brits that the absolute best way to experience Italy’s undiscovered gems is from the comfort and convenience of a luxury holiday home rental. Unlike hotels and B&Bs, private holiday villas in Italy offer travellers an intimate and authentic accommodation experience. The group has curated a collection of private listings across Puglia, Umbria and the hidden gems that are scattered throughout, each endorsed with the Passepartout Homes seal of excellence.

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Passepartout Homes is a private members club catering to the high-end holiday rental market. We match carefully-targeted owners of private residences with highly discerning guests. The club offers featured properties all over the world, with a range of concierge services to make holidays relaxing and memorable.