I recently booked my family's vacation for this summer. Now, let me tell you that this is the season to book your tickets. Never in all the years that I've been booking tickets have I seen such a great difference in pricing. If you travel in peak times of course, you will pay peak prices which are usually July, and August to Italy. But, if you start pricing now you can play with the dates you want to travel and you will most definitely find a good rate to a major city in Italy. Get the inside scoop on what's happening in the travel world and rates to Italy, check out Why Go Italy, a great site with every possible travel topic and scenario you may need for your Italian excursion.
Now, if you're interested in doing villas there are so many amazing places you can visit but let me be partial here for a moment and say anything South of Rome is beautiful. I have two amazing locations for you, one is in the Campagnia region and its a villa stay that includes a gastronomical journey of amazing food and scenery. This particular villa and cuisine experience is called Cilento Experience. Here you can stay at a top of the line restored villa in a quaint village with authentic surroundings and people. The Cilento Experience is located in the Campagnia region of Italy, which is breathtaking. Check their site for rates, dates and pictures. Its beautiful.
Moving along further South is of course Reggio Calabria. If you want more of a Southern villa style stay then another authentic and modernisitic stay is located in Gioia Tauro, Reggio Calabria, called Villa Villetta Vittoria. The actual villa is centered in a small beach town where you can either ride a bike or walk to the near by beach. The experience of being entrenched in a small town scenery is indescribable, a once in a life time experience. Check their site for photos of the villa and recent press and testimonials from past guests.
You can also back track on many of my posts where I list other Agri-touristic villas and hotels across the country of Italy. Plan now, rates will of course go up very soon!