I have travelled italy many times, always searching for somthing a little bit special, which made me feel less of a tourist and more of, well, an Italian!
I found by chance a casa Vaccance run by a gentleman called Francesco - and myself and my family had the time of our lives!
We rented out a beautiful appartment surrounded by organic garden, our breakfast table brimmed with homemade marmalades, fresh bread, and fruit picked from their garden.
The rooms were beautifully furnished and elegently decorated but what made it so special was the service which came with our holiday! We learnt how to perpare food and cook in the typical Mediterranean way (with the children helping out too!); went on a wonderful trip to a local vineyard to taste the wines and grappa then choose which would go with our dinner; to top it all off one day we found ourselves being driven down a little country path to visit a local farm to try some cheeses!
The children loved the different experiences (during wine tasting a baby-sitter came to look after them and show them a different part!) they were not bored once and we hardly had to think once about keeping them entertained!!
I cannot express how happy I was with this holiday - the rooms were spotless and our days were taken up with experiencing Italy in a way we have never in all our travels here before.