Heading South

Towards the sun! In Italy, Slovenia and Croatia, you can feel, smell and taste summertime in (almost) every season! The air, the food, the surroundings, the language, everything is a little different and yet so familiar; how holidays are meant to be! How marvelous, then, that “European Castles & Historic Hotels” has glorious places available for your well-deserved timeout in southern climes as well.

On a high plain surrounded by meadows and forests in the green south of Slovenia, far removed from the hectic daily routine you will discover an extraordinary gem, Hotel Landgut Pule. The ensemble consists of a farmhouse anno 1650 and other historical buildings, all of which were renovated with boundless sensitivity and love. Luxurious suites and apartments, upscale dining and a small spa allow you to forget the outside world quite literally.

Hotel Landgut Pule

Lake Garda, Italy’s biggest lake, offers beautiful beaches, picturesque towns and idyllic bays. If you like to stay in motion, here you will find hiking paths, mountain bike trails and opportunities for every kind of water sport imaginable. However, if you are an avowed practitioner of dolce far niente, you will discover your own corner of heaven at Agriturismo L’Unicorno in Bedizzole, just a few kilometers from the lake. Here, surrounded by fruit trees, vineyards and olive groves, it has never been easier to restore harmony to your soul.

Lake Garda © Zoltan Kovacs / Unsplash

In the Chianti wine region, more to the south in Tuscany, the venerable Villa Le Barone will ensure your every wish comes true. Its proximity to Florence and other historically noteworthy cities is ideal for culture lovers, while good food and drink, shady oases, magical rooms as well as the new infinity pool, with magnificent views of the lovely countryside, invite you to pause and relish each and every moment.

View from Villa Le Barone

In Croatia, three villas await you, one more beautiful than the other! In Istria, Villa Tuttorotto and Villetta Phasiana both lie in charming ports, one in Rovinj – also known as the St. Tropez of the Adriatic -, the other in Fazana, a dreamy fishing village. If you travel just a little bit farther, you will come to the Bay of Lovran where, right on the Lungomare and amid a gorgeous garden, you will be greeted by picture-perfect Villa Astra from imperial times, with six guestrooms and outstanding cuisine.

Villa Astra in Lovran, Kroatien

Villa Astra