Self-catering VILLAS, apartment and cottages

VILLAS – we are proud to represent Cottages to Castles in South Africa. Stay in hand-picked properties of a high standard. During high season most properties have a Saturday to Saturday rental policy, but out of season a lot of the properties are flexible with their minimum stay policy. We offer villas in Tuscany, Umbria, Sicily, Sardinia. Piedmont and The Lakes, Liguria, Le Marche, Lazio, Abruzzo, Neapolitan Riviera, Puglia, Lombardy, Molise and Basilicata.

APARTMENTS/COTTAGES – we can offer apartments in most big cities and towns. They are more flexible with their stay policy, meaning you can stay anything from 3 nights and more and not necessarily from a Saturday to a Saturday. We also offer cottage stay options in the country.

Hotels, B&Bs, Guest Houses, Farm Stays

We can offer a range of 3-5 star hotels in most Italian cities and towns, as well as quaint Bed & Breakfasts/Guest Houses and some rural farm stays.


Venice Lagoon – Chioggia

Cruise on the Venice lagoon and you’ll be left with unforgettable memories. From sleepy villages to historic cities, from fashionable beach resorts such as the Lido to fishermen’s settlements and typically Mediterranean family bathing scenes, Venice’s hinterland reveals its hidden treasures to you on a voyage as remarkable for its natural landscapes as for its picturesque villages. Separated from the sea by a narrow neck of land, the lagoon immediately reveals itself in all its vastness. Chioggia, a marvellous little town linked by bridges to the mainland, has an amazing fish market and is the southernmost port on the lagoon. Follow the deep water channels to the traditional fishing village of Pellestrina, then cross the Malamocco shipping channel and head for Venice. Enjoy a stunning view of the Serenissima’s most famous spot, with the Basilica of St Mark and the Palace of the Doges. Cruising on northwards, romantic islands ripple out; Murano with its glassblowers, Burano, the lacemaking island, and Torcello whose cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta is one of the greatest Venetian monuments of the Byzantine age. Once past these charming islands, extend your cruise up to Treviso, on the meandering treelined River Sile, or altenatively on the Brenta Canal, whose rustic landscapes recall the canvases of Canaletto.

Marano’s Lagoon

For 10-14 day cruises, this carefully preserved wildlife wonderland is idyllic. The Valle Canal Novo reserve has a complex ecosystem unique in Europe, resulting from its varying degrees of salinity. At Marano itself, a picturesque little town which has kept its thriving fishing community, the ancient citadel rises above the surrounding marshes.

Penichette options:

New Con Fly (sleeps up to 4; 2 cabins with double beds; dinette convertible into upper and lower berths; fitted kitchen with 2 ring cooker with oven, 75l refrigerator; shower and WC with pressurised hot and cold water, plus deck shower; heating by warmair; inside and outside steering position; special prices for couples and families).

Penichette P1020FB; Penichette P1180FB; Penichette P1500FB; Penichette P1500R; Europa 400; Europa 600.

For Penichette descriptions and more barging information, please refer to our barging page

Monastery Stays

This is an authentic and affordable accommodation opportunity growing in popularity. Increasingly, travellers are seeking a deeper cultural experience from their valuable vacation time. Convent guest houses and Monasteries are unique, not only for their historical and cultural offering, but also because they don’t operate within the confines of modern travel and booking systems. Explore a slice of Italian life with over 500 monasteries and convent guest houses on offer.