Italian escapes for true cognoscenti

From a contemporary glass box in Piedmont to a full-service hillside estate in Portofino with a lift down to the village

Bellini Villas’ full-service hillside estate in Portofino has a lift that goes right down to the village
Bellini Villas’ full-service hillside estate in Portofino has a lift that goes right down to the village

Italy is always going to offer up a richer experience when someone who truly affords access is helping with the planning. Among the cognoscenti, that someone is Emily FitzRoy, founder and managing director of Bellini Travel, to whom even old Italy hands turn when the impossible-to-get is the order of the day.

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Well in time for glorious late spring, FitzRoy has launched her own extremely exclusive selection of Bellini Villas (bellinitravel.com; from €2,000 per night) across the peninsula. From a contemporary glass box in the truffle-hunting paradise of Piedmont to a full-service hillside estate in Portofino with a lift right down to the village, she has the keys, along with the best insider intel to be had.

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