Italian getaway at Villa Pia
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- Published on Sunday, 06 September 2020 12:04
- Last Updated on 06 September 2020
- Monica Costa
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Villa Pia is a spacious 17-bedroom residence, formerly a 15th century manor house with converted barn, that provides an idyllic escape for families. The award-winning villa is in Lippiano, a charming village right on the border of Umbria and Tuscany. Described as ‘heaven on earth’ by guests who return year after year, Villa Pia boasts sun-soaked communal courtyards, five acres of grounds to explore, and breath-taking views of the Italian landscape.
On site, you’ll find adult and child swimming pools (heated year-round), tennis courts, table tennis, trampoline, kids’ playroom with books and toys, children’s play area with swings, rides and slides, and soft play. You can leave excess baby equipment at home as Villa Pia provides baby monitors, high chairs, cots, baby food and bottle-warming, plus on-site babysitting.
Villa Pia was named one of the Top 20 Family Summer Holidays in Europe by The Guardian newspaper in February 2018, especially recommended for their ‘epic feasts of pasta and Tuscan fare’. You will never run out of food or drink as the villa provides all-inclusive catering, for all tastes including vegan, organic, gluten-free and other ‘free from’ diets. The food at Villa Pia has been described as ‘out of this world’.
The complimentary breakfasts, delicious lunches, afternoon cakes and fantastic 4-course dinners are all cooked from scratch with fresh ingredients by Villa Pia’s beloved chefs. Enjoy communal dining in the courtyard or the dining room. Guests also have free access to the fridge for yoghurt, juices and milk, as well as to the bar for a refreshing beer, wine or aperitif.
At Villa Pia, you can book cookery classes for kids to make their own pasta, pizza and sweet treats. Adults can also learn from the chefs to whip up fresh pasta dishes, tiramisu and other Italian delicacies. Spoil yourself after with a massage or beauty treatment. Or why not try one of their art classes? Villa Pia hosts regular retreats with various companies offering anything from yoga to writing to philosophy lectures. The villa’s popular Wildflower/ Gardening and Escape Painting Holidays retreats inspire guests to hone their creative talents, in the home of the Renaissance. This is also a wonderful location for family celebrations including anniversaries, birthdays and weddings.
You will never want to leave the villa! However, if you wish to venture further afield, it’s easy to take a day trip to nearby historic sites and influential cities like Pisa, Siena and Florence.
‘Remember my ever-thwarted-by-children dream of lying on a sun lounger with a book and a G and T? Well, sorry-not-sorry but it actually happened, and I didn’t have to abandon my kids or enrol them in a kids club to achieve it.’ – Rebecca Schiller (Charlotte Philby blog)
‘…the idyllic 15th-century Villa Pia’s two swimming pools, sand pit, trampoline and indoor soft play, plus kids’ cookery and art classes, mean the nippers will barely notice you’re MIA, snoozing on the terrace with an Aperol spritz.’ – The Guardian
‘Every evening we enjoy a fantastic five-course feast along a long table with a wood burner blazing in the corner. The beer and wine flow freely, the sun shines every day and there is no washing up to do. Truly we have found the big rock candy mountains – but with a lot of culture thrown in.’ – Tom Hodgkinson, (The Idler magazine)
‘When I told a friend I was going to ‘some kiddie-friendly place in Umbria’, she said: ‘You’re not going to Villa Pia are you?’ in the sort of hushed, reverential tone normally reserved for religious idolatry. This is the effect the hotel has on in-the-know breeders. Its online testimonials heave with grateful parents proclaiming: ‘I actually had a holiday!’’ – Absolutely Kensington Magazine
Set on the Umbria/Tuscany border, Villa Pia is a spacious 17-bedroom converted barn that offers an idyllic break for families with young children. Sun-soaked courtyards, five acres of grounds to explore, heated adult and child swimming pools, and stunning views of the Italian landscape. There’s on-site babysitting, baby monitors, high chairs, baby food, tennis courts, trampoline, children’s indoor and outdoor play areas, plus art and cookery classes for kids (and parents), massage and beauty treatments. Made with love by their Italian cooks, the food at Villa Pia has been described as ‘out of this world’.
The villa provides all-inclusive catering (including vegan and other ‘free from’ diets) with food, beer and wines on tap! To discover more about Villa Pia and snap up one of their fabulous early-bird holiday offers, visit www.villapia.com for further details and booking enquiries.
Coronavirus advice for travellers
In these unprecedented times, Villa Pia would like to assure our guests that we are taking extra measures to ensure you feel safe and comfortable throughout your stay. Our renewed commitment to the wellbeing of our visitors includes an enhanced deep cleaning regime and a reduced intake of guests to comply with social distancing guidelines. Please visit the website at villapia.com/coronavirus for our latest health and travel statement.
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