Two chic new private villa stays in Italy

Portofino and Sorrento set the scene for whimsical decor and cool modern art

Villa Nimmo’s terrace overlooking the sea near Sorrento
Villa Nimmo’s terrace overlooking the sea near Sorrento

The small coastal villages of Liguria and Campania in Italy are ideal turf for private villa stays. Two come new to the market this summer courtesy of Cédric Reversade, co-founder/director of Unique Properties & Events (www.uniquepropertiesandevents.com). Villa Naiades (from €40,000 a week) in Portofino – which has the distinction of being one of the few Renzo Mongiardino-designed seaside villas not just in Italy but anywhere – radiates easy chic, from the amply furnished multiple grass terraces to the whimsical decor (think profusions of pretty embroidery and hand-painted tiles) to the sigh-provoking views across the port and the Castello Brown museum. Down by Sorrento, meanwhile, it’s all about contemporary minimalism and sea’s-edge vistas. Villa Nimmo (from €15,000 a week) isn’t for the traditionalist; but if midcentury furniture, a blue-chip art collection with works by Man Ray and Anish Kapoor, and organic veg from the house garden (prepared by private chefs) sound like your thing, Reversade is your man.

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