Venice, the capital of Northern Italy’s Veneto region, is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. It has no roads, only canals, including the Grand Canal thoroughfare lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces.
Located in the country side, this stunning villa was built in the 17th century by one of the most powerful families of Venice. It is situated at the heart of a 200-hectare estate which, itself, is immersed in a regional park. The villa’s garden was designed in 1665 by Luigi Bernini, brother of the famous sculptor, Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The garden is world-renowned not only for its beauty, but for its allegoric nature: ripe with symbolism, every statue, fountain, and placement carries a specific meaning. Considered one of the most refined gardens ever designed, it is often called the “most beautiful garden of Italy.” This enchanted property offers the opportunity to live in a truly aristocratic villa ensconced in nature. Veneto, the region in which Venice is situated, is characterized by beautiful Palladian villas and its rich heritage which links back to the ancient hegemonic role of Venice. Our villa makes discovering this heritage and the surrounding countryside both easy and enjoyable. Just 500 meters away from a 27-hole golf club, the villa is also close to the Abano thermal baths and is perfect for day trips to magical Venice Padua, with all of Giotto’s stunning frescos; and Verona, immortalized by William Shakespeare, where performances can be attended in the Roman Arena.
Portofino is magic. Located on the Italian Riviera, it is an Italian fishing village and holiday resort famous for its picturesque harbour and historical association with celebrities and artistic visitors.
Considered one of the most beautiful properties in Portofino, this villa, originally built by an English lord, dominates the small village from above. The house has a familiar and elegant atmosphere and the large garden that surrounds it overlooks both the village and the sea, offering spectacular views and sunsets. Thanks to a lift carved into the rock, the house enjoys absolute privacy in the midst of nature whilst also remaining connected to the center of the town, which you can reach in a few minutes by foot. Portofino’s small harbour full of colorful, painted buildings has long-served as a must-see destination for international jet-setters. Its stunning position, coupled with its elegant bars, restaurants, boutiques and the charm of its refined residential properties, make Portofino a unique travel destination. Together with the villa, Beyond the gates enables you to rent the family’s private sailing yacht: a 66ft sailboat which can be used to discover the Italian Riviera in style.
Padua is a city in Northern Italy’s Veneto region, known for the frescoes by Giotto in its Scrovegni Chapel from 1303–05 and the vast 13th-century Basilica of St. Anthony. The basilica, with its Byzantine-style domes and notable artworks, contains the namesake saint’s tomb. In Padua's old town are arcaded streets and stylish cafes frequented by students of the University of Padua, established in 1222.
Dating back to the 16th century, this villa represents one of the artistic pinnacles of privately built residences in Italy. Located atop a hill, the villa is surrounded by the beautiful vineyards of its historic family’s farm. This three-story villa features two fully-frescoed floors, and all of its rooms are furnished with elegant, antique furniture, giving the historic family home a sophisticated touch. The symmetric building is surrounded by frescoed lodges and terraces where it’s possible to dine, enjoy an aperitif, or just soak in the Italian sun. An 18-hole golf club with swimming pool, gym, and sauna can be found just 500 meters from the villa, and Padua can be reached within a few minutes’ drive. Venice and Verona are also easy to reach, along with the Prosecco Hills - possibly one of the most beautiful destinations for a day trip.
The Tabiano area, dominated by the ancient castle, is on the Parma hills, in the middle of Emilia-Romagna and of the so called "Italian food valley".
This splendidly renovated ancient country house sits in a dominant position with wonderful 360 degree panoramas onto the Castle of Tabiano and the surrounding hills. The villa features a large garden with a 20 metre pool and two large verandas. The ancient façade of brick and stone has been accurately renovated as the wooden beams and the tiled floors. The interior is furnished with ancient furniture and the house has a welcoming countryside atmosphere. It's pleasant and relaxing whilst also being elegant and refined.
So much has been written about Tuscany, but you must experience it to truly understand and appreciate it. Not only Florence, but the whole Tuscan area is home to some of the world’s most recognizable Renaissance art and architecture masterpieces. All over the region you will find picturesque villages and art cities. Its diverse natural landscape encompasses the rugged Apennine Mountains, the island of Elba’s beaches on the Tyrrhenian Sea and Chianti’s olive groves and vineyards.
This ten-century old mansion was commissioned by a family linked to the Medici in order to defend their lands, of which they have been lords since time immemorial. The castle is surrounded by the beautiful Tuscan hills and is still owned and loved by the same family which originally built it more than 30 generations ago. From its panoramic position, not far from the sea and Bolgheri, and in the land of the greatest “Super Tuscan” wines, like Ornellaia and Sassicaia, this castle is a secret gem that has hosted notables and royal families alike for centuries. The castle’s interiors are richly decorated with ancient paintings, rare and antique furniture, carpets and family art collections, and will give you the impression of what life is in a living museum. The castle includes access to a private beach, and a stay there will be an authentic and extraordinary lifetime experience. Not far from the castle lies the ancient villages of Bolgheri and Populonia, which can be explored and enjoyed at leisure. Visitors can enjoy the nearby relaxing thermal baths, some of the most famous Italian vineyards, or go horseback riding along the beach. For those keen to venture further, the wonderfully artistic cities of Pisa and Lucca are about a one-hour drive away.
Florence is a legendary city, steeped in history and tradition. Being considered the cradle of the Italian Renaissance needs no introduction.
This penthouse is perched atop a Renaissance palace in the heart of Florence, right beside Palazzo Vecchio, and offers magnificent views of Florence’s most famous monuments. The penthouse was refurbished by the family who has historically owned - and currently owns - the Renaissance palace, with the intention of providing a private place of repose for their personal guests. The penthouse masterfully blends all the characteristics and comforts of a modern house with the original historic atmosphere and antique furniture. It’s a true paradise nestled in the heart of Florence, from which you can fully experience and appreciate the city in all of its beauty without any sacrifice to your privacy. Discovering this city of culture with Beyond the gates provides you with the elusive key to unlock its exciting secrets with comfort and privacy. You should not either miss the more traditional city attractions such as its ever-famous Uffizi Gallery with Leonardo da Vinci’s and Botticelli’s masterpieces, Michelangelo’s statue of David, or the Duomo, a cathedral with a terracotta-tiled dome engineered by Brunelleschi and a bell tower by Giotto.
Bordering Tuscany, Lazio and Le Marche, Umbria is often called the country's green heart. The region is known for its medieval hill towns, relaxing atmospheres, genuine landscapes and local cuisine, particularly foraged truffles and wines.
This Renaissance villa is immersed in the olive groves and surrounded by a 1400-hectare estate. The magnificent olive grove that encircles the villa dates back to the 17th century and was established by an important family from Umbria. With its elegant and familiar atmosphere, the villa is ideal for relaxing in total privacy and enjoying the Italian summer and the beauty of nature. The estate also features a farm, complete with its own mill, where many agricultural activities are still ongoing, including olive oil production and livestock farming, serving as home to the world-renowned Chianina cows. This Umbrian estate is situated just a few minutes away from some of Italy’s most beautiful villages, including Spoleto, famous for its annual arts and culture festival, the Festival dei Due Mondi (Festival of the Two Worlds), Foligno and Assisi. The countryside surrounding the estate is also stunning: from the Montefalco vineyards and wine cellars, to small hidden treasures like the Fonti del Clitunno, there are many special extras to enhance your stay in Umbria.
Rome, one of the great cities of the world, has been the cradle of Western civilization and one of humanity's greatest empires of which it still retains clear memories. In Rome you can still admire millennia of overlapping history. Starting from the ruins of the ancient Rome, the popes forged a city over the city, adorning palaces and squares by calling in town, over the centuries, the best artists in the world.
In Rome Beyond the gates is proud to manage an elegant penthouse in the heart of the historic city center, located on the top of a historic palace world-renowned for its architecture, rich history, and famous guests. The penthouse and accompanying terrace will give you a privileged view of the Eternal City. The refined apartment is two minutes away from the Spanish steps, enjoys a unique, panoramic view of Rome, and is furnished with valuable antiques and ancient family portraits. Situated amidst the hustle and bustle of Rome, this property provides easy access to the city’s most interesting spots, ranging from the best boutiques and restaurants, to iconic monuments and museums.
The Roman countryside is a fascinating place, depicted by poets, writers and artists over the centuries. In fact, Rome has always been surrounded by the villas of the great Roman families who liked to enjoy their private oasis of tranquility away from the chaos of the city.
Nestled in nature and facing the shores of a volcanic lake, this villa blends charm with comfort. If an elegant and relaxing house in the Roman countryside is what you seek, then this is the place to be. Staying in this green paradise means relaxing in complete privacy and enjoying a quiet, calming atmosphere, while still having the opportunity to head up to Rome. The combination of this villa’s peaceful atmosphere, immense garden, infinity pool, and natural lake will whisk you away into an oasis of peace. Discovering Italy from this oasis is easy to organize and can include a plethora of cultural and outdoor activities. Whether you are keen to discover Tuscia, historical territory of the Etruscans and, later, princely Roman families, or if you prefer activities like sailing and kayaking in the lake, horseback riding, cycling, hiking, or just enjoying the natural beauty of your surroundings, there is something for everyone, never forgetting that Rome is just a 45min drive away.
Positano is a picturesque cliffside village on southern Italy's Amalfi Coast. It's a well-known holiday destination with a pebble beachfront and steep, narrow streets lined with boutiques and cafes. Its Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta features a majolica-tiled dome and a 13th-century Byzantine icon of the Virgin Mary and next to the church it’s possible to visit a Roman archaeological site.
This incredible house is one of the most well-known icons of the Amalfi coast. At the heart of the property is an ancient watchtower which looms over the sea and provides an almost-360-degree view of your surroundings. This property makes it possible to fully enjoy Positano whilst avoiding the crowds that typically fill the village during the summer season. Built by an artist at the beginning of the 20th century, the house is partly comprised of its watchtower and partly carved directly into the imposing Amalfi cliffs. This absolutely unique estate is accessible both from the beach or by boat, and it has housed some of the past century’s most important artists. The home’s interiors feature rooms which are all stylistically unique. Terraces surrounding the house all face the sea, and the house includes private access to two beaches. Staying in this estate enables you to explore all of the jewels which the Amalfi coast and surrounding islands the Gulf of Naples have to offer. Whether you begin in the small town of Positano or the captivating island of Capri. Discovering the area from this villa is easy, as the property features a private pier which allows you to move “from bedroom to boat” in about two minutes.
Apulia is a sunny region situated at the heel of Italy’s “boot”and is known for its whitewashed hill towns, centuries-old farmlands, baroque cities and hundreds of kilometers of Mediterranean coastline.
This gorgeous masseria (typical farmhouse), with its rolling landscape, protected woods, and ancient olive groves, dates back to the end of 18th century. The property was recently restored, tastefully maintaining its original structure whilst being transformed into a long-desired summer residence for one of Milan’s most important entrepreneurial families who sought a summer retreat with complete privacy. This traditional farmhouse is situated upon 100 hectares of land, dotted with ancient olive trees, lemon groves, fruit trees, and an organic vegetable garden featuring plants native to the Mediterranean. The property includes an oversized pool connected to a large Jacuzzi where you can relax and soak in the sun. From the masseria, one can easily reach the beautiful Apulian sea and picturesque villages of Polignano a Mare, Monopoli, Ostuni and Alberobello. Lecce, often referred to as the “Florence of the South” and one of the best examples of a Baroque city in Southern Italy, is about one hour’s drive away.
Surrounded by a crystal clear sea, Sicily is the largest Island in the Mediterranean and witness’s thousands of years of history. Its rich culture is home to important art cities and charming archeological sites. On Sicily’s eastern edge are the picturesque Taormina and the stunning baroque cities of Catania and Syracuse.
This former abbey-cum-country home is located on a 100-hectare estate and is one of the classiest, most intriguing Sicilian homes on the island. Located between the cities of Catania and Syracuse, the estate is close to the sea and easily reachable from the airport. The original buildings were completely restored by the owner, a young architect, to provide their guests with the finest of modern comforts while still maintaining the charm of the ancient abbey within the 12 bedrooms and in the common spaces. Orange, lemon, and olive trees surround the main house, and a mixture of fruits, vegetables, honey and jams are produced. Scattered nearby the estate, you will find the gems of Western Sicily: Baroque cities, a crystal clear sea, some of the world’s most interesting archaeological sites, the volcanic Mount Etna, extraordinarily tasty Sicilian and Southern Italian cuisine, and, above all, the warm smiles and hospitality for which Sicilians are so famous.