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Truffle fever in Istria

Truffle treats in Istria

Truffle-filled menus and local festivals are two very good reasons for visiting Croatia’s Istria region in September.  Add to that the sunshine, clear seas and cultural attractions such as the sixth largest surviving Roman amphitheatre at Pula.

A stay at Croatian Villa Holidays’ Casa Celestina is just one of several September holiday suggestions from AOL Travel.  Read more here.

Spa at Grande Baia Resort, Sardinia (expertoitaly.com)

Family fun in Sardinia

The Times included ExpertoItaly’s Grande Baia Resort in Sardinia in its 50 summer bargain breaks feature at the weekend.

The seafront resort in San Teodoro on Sardinia’s east coast is perfect for families – with a pool, beach, bars and children’s activities – but also has a gym and super-indulgent spa for adults.  Enjoy the huge range of fabulous local beaches and if you opt to self-cater, you can take advantage of the pizzerias and restaurants in San Teodoro.

Read the Times’ feature on Bargain Summer Breaks here.

Croatian Villa Holidays

Making a splash in Istria

Find out which villas in Europe still have space this summer in the Sunday Times ‘Killer Villas’ round-up.  JG Communications’ client Croatian Villa Holidays grabbed the Croatia slot with its Villa Danielsson, a five-bedroom countryside villa overlooking a pretty Istrian village.  Click to read Sunday Times article.

ExpertoItaly's La Locanda al Colle is perfectly placed for Lucca's music festival

Tune into Tuscany

Get ready for the music festival season in Italy where events range from open air opera in Verona and Le Marche to intimate concerts at the Villa Rufolo on the Amalfi Coast.

Top travel magazine, Escapism, features Lucca’s annual music event, recommending ExpertoItaly’s gorgeous 12-bedroom La Locanda al Colle in Camaiore as the top spot to enjoy the music, the Tuscan countryside and those endless sandy beaches.  See Escapism article here.

16-Grand Suite (4)

Summer loving in Europe

Get your pick of hot spots for a romantic escape around the Med from the Sunday Times.  One of our favourites in the 25-strong list is ExpertoItaly’s five-bedroom Corte San Pietro, carved out of the caves in Matera’s extraordinary sassi district.  Think rock-hewn tubs for two, candlelit corners and a rosemary-scented courtyard.

Read Sunday Times coverage here.

Get the lowdown on Istria from Mailonline

A game of other halves in Croatia

Check out the best beaches, Venetian-style ports and fishing villages in Istria in this Mail on Sunday villa holiday review, organised by us on behalf of client Croatian Villa Holidays for journalist Jenny Cowley.

Visit Mailonline to read the full article.

Villa Le Edicole included in the Sunday Times 30 hottest villas

The villa hotlist

Good news for two of our clients who were included in the Sunday Times feature on Europe’s 30 hottest villas.

Villa Le Edicole is an ultra-cool designer pad for eleven, set amidst the dry-stone walls and sunbaked landscape of south east Sicily while Croatian Villa Holidays’ Casa Celestina is a rural hideaway for two overlooking several of Istria’s prettiest hilltop towns.

Click here for Sunday Times article.

Villa Ager Costa, Trapani

Best holiday houses for frills and thrills

High50, the leading global community for over-50′s, gives us a few pointers for this year’s summer holiday with its round-up of best holiday houses in the Caribbean and the Med.

Greece, Morocco, Mallorca and St Lucia all make the grade, as does Sicily, where JG Communications’ client, Wish Sicily, offers beauty treatments, maid, chef and concierge services at Villa Ager Costa.

Stay in a former lighthouse on Croatia's Istria coast

Are these the best villas in Europe?

Three of our clients made it into the Guardian’s selection of top villas and apartments in Europe at the weekend.

A great option for families, Wish Sicily’s Villa Delle Stelle is a two-bedroom villa in Scopello, with a small pool and excellent location close to the Zingaro Nature Reserve.

Croatian Villa Holidays’ Villa Varadella, a former Istrian lighthouse, was one of two properties in Croatia to be featured.  The villa leads directly onto a rocky beach and guests have access to the pool at a neighbouring hotel.  Just one option in Slovenia made the list – this one from sister company, Slovenia Villa Holidays. Villa Vineyard View is a chic two-bedroom villa with a designer wine cellar in the village of Vipolže.

Top 20 hotels and top 10 villas in Sicily from The Times

Hot news in Sicily

Visiting Sicily?  Thankfully the Times has done all the hard work and come up with a list of the best hotels and villas on the island, including two holidays from JG Communications’ clients.

Hotels featured include ExpertoItaly’s gorgeous Relais Parco Cavalonga, a rural hideaway with two pools, set amidst the carob and olive tree carpeted countryside of the island’s south east.  ExpertoItaly specialises in creating tailor made holidays throughout Italy.

For those who prefer to self-cater, the top ten villas on the island include Wish Sicily’s Villa Luna, a designer-style villa in Scicli, with a pool and very cool basement spa. Wish Sicily has one of the largest selection of self-catering properties in Sicily.

Click here for The Times -Best of Sicily.