Having created Italian Encounters during the early 1990s I have decided to close down my small Company at the end of December 2016.



This website will therefore be closing in the next few weeks so if you want to make a reservation for the remainder of 2016 or for any time in 2017 please do make contact as soon as possible.




 ” It has been an amazing experience running Italian Encounters for the last 25 + years and it is going to be a huge wrench to bring down the curtain on my creation.  Thanks to all of you that have made it such a delight.  I am thinking of writing a book about the whole experience so some of the more eccentric demands from my guests and from my property owners may well appear ~ warts and all!

The email address of enquiry@italianencounters.com will also be closing shortly, so if anybody wants to remain in touch please refer to palazzina.co.uk.  

Thank you; all of you

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