David Cameron and his family will be flying out to an 18th-Century luxury villa situated in the lush Italian hills in Tuscany for a two-week luxury family holiday. The Italian holiday will be the PM’s first foreign holiday since the general election last year. The luxury villa is on the outskirts of Mercatale Valdarno, close to the converted hunting lodge which is owned by the famous pop singer Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler.
The Cameron’s family and two other families will be flying out on a budget airline and be sharing a £10,000 a week mansion on the Petrolo Estate. The estate is surrounded by olive groves and lush vineyards, as well as oak woods which contain roaming wild boar, and there are also fishing lakes on the estate.
Yesterday Luca Sanjust, owner of the Petrolo Estate, said, “They have exclusive use of a pool and tennis courts and there is some beautiful countryside as well as the historic cities of Florence and Siena nearby.”
Tuscany holds a special place in both David & Samantha Cameron’s hearts as it is where the couple first laid eyes on each other back in 1992 on holiday. David Cameron set his eyes on Samantha whilst playing tennis together when she was on a family holiday. We wish them a fantastic and relaxing luxury family holiday whilst in Tuscany.
When you live with an Italian, it’s hard not to love everything about Italy! The food is delicious, sunshine is plentiful, scenery and cities are sublime and there is a wealth of art and history that will keep you busy for years! There are not many places left in Italy that I haven’t visited or passed through while driving and of all the countries in the world, this has to be my favourite!
There are a many places in Italy that everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. In my experience, the cities in Italy are always a good option for a short holiday in Italy or as part of a multi centre holiday. However below are a few places which can’t be missed!
This unique corner of Italy is awash with secluded towns and hidden gems that beg to be seen! One of the highlights of this area is the curious looking ‘trulli’ houses with conical roofs and white washed walls that date back to before the 16th Century. They have become a national monument are are protected by UNESCO. Some great cuisine can be found here and the weather is beautiful all year round and popular with tourists during the long hot summers.
Trulli Houses in Puglia
One of the most exquisite islands in Italy is Sardinia, a magical destinations full of culture, beaches and scenery that will astound every visitor on their Sardinia holidays. The turquoise waters and white sandy beaches will lure you in and the charismatic towns are worth a visit. As with anywhere in Italy, the food here is mouth watering with freshly caught local fish served in nearly every restaurant and the home made pizzas are yummy too!
If you prefer to hit the slopes than the beach then head to Courmayeur! Sitting just beneath europe’s highest Mountain Mont Blanc, Courmayeur offers an impressive ski experience. Not being a keen skier myself (due to an incident when I attempted many years ago!) I tend to stay closer to the bars and enjoy the ambience of the local town. There are also ice skating rinks and snow shoe walks which are great fun for families. But for ski enthusiasts, Courmayeur ensures the high quality of snow cover throughout the ski season. Definitely a must in my books!
Courmayeur Ski Slopes