• “ The organisation by Italian Encounters is flawless!  Next time we go to Italy we will definitely use Italian Encounters again.”  F & G ~ Hong Kong

  • ” David, thanks for the organisation, the mails, the information, the follow up, … when we rent with you we do so in complete confidence and in this digital world that is a blessing. ” BF ~ Belgium

  • “ I can unreservedly recommend Italian Encounters to everybody. It was very reassuring to book through the internet with a Company that is superbly organised and yet has a human face.” RB ~ Sussex

  • “ You have some stunning properties. I like the fact that there are a relatively small number which makes the selection less daunting and a really pleasurable experience.” DL ~ London

  • “ The Niccone valley on the Tuscany/Umbria borders is one of the most enchanting parts of Italy I have ever visited.” JD ~ Bath

  • “ It was a pleasure to deal with Italian Encounters, the villa and environs first rate, and the support whilst we were there excellent. I look forward to using you again.” DT Herts

  • “ The courteous and efficient standard of service which we received from Italian Encounters made all the preparations for our Italian holiday a delight.” BC ~ San Francisco

  • “ You have some stunning properties.  I like the fact that there are a relatively small number which makes the selection less daunting and a really pleasurable experience.” DL ~ London 

Italian Encounters provides a small, choice selection of very special places to stay in Tuscany and Umbria.

 Salina and I created Italian Encounters after restoring our own home in the Niccone valley on the Tuscany Umbria borders during the early 1990s and we continue to personally manage our family business which specialises in this magical part of Italy.



The numbers of properties we have provided for you to choose from is relatively small. We have done this quite deliberately as we know that having too many places to choose from makes the selection process no fun at all.  By keeping the choice to a manageable number we are also able to maintain a really personal and very individual service to both our guests looking for somewhere to stay, as well as to our property owners.


” I do hope you enjoy our website.  I look forward to helping you find somewhere to stay for your Italian holiday”

David Lloyd-Edwards



Our Properties

Our properties include cottages, villas, towers and farmhouses and provide a range of accommodation from romantic hideaways for two people to palatial palazzos for families. They are all located in stunning rural settings and they all have something special.

Please click onto the image of The Tower (this is our home and office in Italy) to go to the Properties page which shows a photo and brief description of each individual property. Extensive descriptions of each individual property can be found by clicking onto the appropriate photo.


If you need to select the most appropriate property primarily by the numbers of people it can accommodate or the price then please go straight to the Summary of properties by clicking here 


 The Local Area

All our properties are close to the historical gems of both Tuscany & Umbria.  You really are at the heart of cultural Italy here and will be spoilt for choice when it comes to places to explore.  Arezzo, Assisi, Citta di Castello, Cortona, Gubbio, Montepulciano, Montefalco, Orvieto, Perugia, Pienza, Sansepolcro, Siena, Spello, Spoleto, and Todi, to name just a few of the local sights, are all a short drive away.  Firenze and Roma are also easily accessible as well.

The area contains a profusion of architectural and artistic places of interest, art galleries, museums, musical festivals, restaurants, sporting facilities and stunning panoramas & views ~ more than enough to satisfy every possible aspiration.  Above all else life meanders at a gentle, indulgent and leisurely pace here and it really is a very special place to stay at any time of the year. 

Click onto this photo of the Basilica di San Francesco in Assisi to see the details about some of the unmissable sights close to our properties. 


 The Location of our Properties



Click onto the image of this satellite photo of Italy to see the area in central Italy where our properties are located. Most of our properties are on the Tuscany ~ Umbria borders just north of Lago Trasimeno and close to the Upper Tiber Valley. Many of these are in the renowned Niccone valley, the valley of castles, centred on Mercatale between Cortona and Umbertide.  We also have some stunning properties near to Todi in southern Umbria as well.






Click onto this photo of our local golf course at Antognolla for the answers to some of your Frequently Asked Questions.  This page provides lots of really useful information about our properties, aspects of self catering in Italy, options for transport to & travel around Italy (including the nearest airports to our properties) and lots of other interesting snippets and details.






 Make an Enquiry


Click onto this photo of the Spring flowers at the bottom of our garden for how to contact us and for the enquiry form to get information about the prices and the latest availability of our properties. Alternatively, just click here to send us an email~ enquiry@italianencounters.com


”  I would most definitely recommend Italian Encounters to everybody.  It was very reassuring to book through the internet with a company that is superbly organised and yet has a human face. We knew we were in safe hands!  Thanks for everything.”    RB ~ Sussex

” Thank you David for all your help and advice.  We feel we have found a gem with Italian Encounters and we shall certainly use you in the future.”    JS ~ Hants