Hotels and harbours may be reopening now, but if you'd rather stay on shore and away from the crowds then a villa rental may be an ideal place to spend your post-covid holiday. Get the hotel experience all to yourself by booking a group or family trip at the best airbnb luxe properties in Italy.
Pettolecchia La Residenza, Puglia
This restored 15th century farmhouse has five bedrooms and all the glamour you'd expect from a rustic villa in the Italian countryside. Hidden amidst an ancient olive grove and offering 20 acres of private land to roam at will, up to 11 guests can enjoy the fresh air in complete isolation. Interiors are bedecked with an ornate art collection and there's a pool, gym, poker table and bicycles on site to keep boredom at bay. Expect freshly delivered groceries or a personal chef to cook your meals, and there's also a butler, housekeeping services and spa treatments available on tap.
£26,972 for a minimum stay of seven nights.
Villa Nume, Campania
Villa Nume offers unobstructed views across the Tyrrhenian Sea, which 10 guests can soak up during a swim in the infinity pool or over an al fresco dinner on the sun-baked patio. A personal chauffeur will transport you from the airport to this 500-year old seaside fortification, which holds its history within its stone archways and antique furnishings. Enjoy a meal cooked by your personal chef or take the five mile drive down to the hills to Amalfi for more opportunities to try the local cuisine.
£20,496 for a minimum stay of seven nights.
Villa Rosa, Sicily
This villa with accommodation for six offers an authentic Sicilian experience without the crowds. A personal chef can offer you cooking lessons during your stay, and the hosts can organise private airport transfers and day excursions to local sites once you arrive. Lush gardens, jaw-dropping views and an infinity pool are at your disposal and the cosy interiors, kept tidy thanks to a regular housekeeping service, will make you feel right at home.
£5,193 for a minimum stay of seven nights.
Don Andrea, Puglia
For a taste of local culture during your stay, villa Don Andrea features the quirky beehive-shaped roofs found in houses throughout the neighbouring UNESCO region of Alberobello. Equipped with a large swimming pool, an elegant palm-fringed patio, a rustic kitchen for cooking and a home cinema in one of the cosy stone-walled lounges, there's plenty here to keep all 12 guests entertained.
£10,295 for a minimum stay of seven nights.
Villa Affresco, Positano
A group of up to 14 guests can enjoy this luxurious villa all to themselves, which overlooks the Amalfi coast from the hills of Positano. Extensive terraces for dining al fresco are one of the properties biggest draws, but there's also a swimming pool, outdoor showers, bar, barbecue, personal chef and a private boat to be enjoyed during your stay. The villa is also conveniently located within walking distance to Positano's grocery shops, eateries and beaches.
£24,729 for a minimum stay of seven nights.
Villa Regina Bianca, Campania
Retreat to the hills with a group of up to 16 friends or family and stay at Villa Regina Bianca for your summer holidays this year. The villa's arched doorways lead to stunning Amalfi Coast views, complemented by fragrant roses bushes and lemon trees scattered throughout the private garden. Spend your afternoons being waited on by a personal butler as you lounge by the swimming pool, eat pizza cooked by your personal chef or indulge in a spa treatment.
£29,218 for a minimum stay of seven nights.
Masseria Antonio Augusto, Puglia
Once a local flower market, Masseria Antonio Augusto retains much of its old world charm within its stone walls, frescoed ceilings and gardens lined with olive trees. This cloistered estate is perfect for celebrating a special occasion or retreating to the countryside with family and friends, offering accommodation for up to 16 guests. Interiors are elegant and minimalistic, with plenty of spaces for lounging around or dining on meals prepared by your personal chef. Relax with a swim in the outdoor pool or a treatment in the private spa, which features a sauna and Turkish bath for guests to enjoy.
£31,465 for a minimum stay of seven nights.
Villa Pizzorusso, Puglia
The perfect place to get away from it all, Villa Pizzorusso is located deep in the countryside, surrounded by olive groves, orange trees and aromatic herb gardens. Vaulted ceilings, mosaic floors and stone archways retain the historic charm of this restored 16th-century property, which can accommodate up to 12 guests in six bedrooms. Spend your days tucking in to wood-fired pizzas made by your chef, enjoying a spa treatment or taking a dip in the 25 metre swimming pool.
£9,148 for a minimum stay of seven nights.
Villa La Palazzetta, Tuscany
Picture-perfect views, attentive service, elegant interiors and four spacious bedrooms make this Tuscan villa an ideal summer retreat. During the day eight guests can take a dip in the pool, partake in a cooking lesson or be treated to a massage by the on-site staff. Spend your evenings dining on a delicious meal cooked by your personal chef out on the romantic patio, backdropped by local hills and castles. Five acres of grounds should keep you entertained, but if you want to explore the region just ask your host to organise a wine tasting tour at a local vineyard or a day trip to the nearby museums of Siena.
£5,394 for a minimum stay of four nights.
Cjase Madràc, Puglia
After being ferried by the chauffeur from the airport, guests at Cjase Madràc will be treated to a welcome dinner cooked by the on-site chef that features the traditional dishes of the local region. From then on, the driver and butler will help you plan day trips to local beaches or historic ruins, but if you'd rather stay within the parameters of the property there's still plenty to do. Up to six guests can settle into the rustic accommodation, enjoying al fresco dinners on the patio shaded by cacti and eucalyptus trees, or take in the coastal views from the swimming pool.
£5,217 for a minimum stay of seven nights.