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December 2019 News

Villas of Distinction Expands Villa Inventory in Italy


WHY IT RATES: Villas of Distinction is catering to the rise of tourism in Italy by providing additional villa options throughout the country. —Codie Liermann, Associate Editor

In 2018, Italy welcomed 14.5 million U.S. visitors in line with the Italian National Institute of Statistics. Villas of Distinction can be witnessing an uptick in travel to Italy and declared today that it has added villas through the entire country to its currently robust portfolio.

“Our bookings to Italy continue to increase year-after-year,” said Willie Fernandez, general manager and vice president for Villas of Distinction. “With Italy’s surge in popularity, we want to ensure that we are offering a wide array of villa options in some of the sought-after destinations.”

According to the 2019 Italian Enogastronomic Tourism Record, tourists are interested in themed experiences incorporating visits and tastings in wine cellars; breweries and mills; meals and wine festivals; social eating; and cooking food classes.

Wellness and golf are actually also popular travel styles found in Italy. The Global Wellness Institute estimates that wellness tourism grew into a $639 billion market in 2017, and that number continues to rise. With an increase of than 250 clubs in Italy, this is a hot location for those seeking a vacation centered on golf.

Visitors are seeking rejuvenating vacations, and hometown companies are catering to travelers who’ve already seen the likes of Rome, Florence and Venice and need to flee the high-traffic tourist areas for a more authentic, relaxing connection with Italian life.

“We pride ourselves in offering a full-service villa vacation planning experience,” said Steve Lassman, vice president of villa product and agency relations for Villas of Distinction. “In addition to booking the villa, every guest receives a personal concierge that fully-customizes the experience based on the guest’s vacation desires. From arranging cooking classes in the villa with a private chef and booking a private suite at Italy’s most popular horse race – Palio di Siena to booking golf tee times and spa services, our concierges go above and beyond in creating experiences so that our guests can truly immerse themselves in the destination.”

Villas of Distinction’s Italy-based concierge staff provides guests firsthand know-how on the best possible and most real Italian experiences – truly immersing them in Italy’s culture. Furthermore, a lot of Villas of Distinction’s Italy villas happen to be staffed with premier Italian chefs who give guests a style of Italian cuisine.

Here are the villas in Italy that have been added to the Villas of Distinction portfolio:

Tuscany: Distinta, Cardinale, Rovea, Carista, Hortus

Amalfi Coast: Carmana, Litodora

Sicily: Aieri, Delphina

Venice: Doge

To learn more about a vacation to Italy and these newly added luxury villas offered through Villas of Distinction, visit VillasofDistinction.com or to book a villa vacation, call 1-800-289-0900.

SOURCE: Villas of Distinction press release.