Italian Dream Holiday At Villa Pia Umbria
Here at fiveadventurers one of our greatest passions is to seek new adventures and to try new things. As they say variety is the spice of life and we try and live by this philosophy. I was approached by Villa Pia in Umbria to write about their gorgeous accommodation and have to admit that I am totally in love with the place. The more I researched into the accommodation, facilities and the surrounding area the more amazing it sounds. For me, it would be an Italian Dream Holiday at Villa Pia Umbria. It looks like an amazing place to holiday as a family, especially for those families with young children, and has received a number of awards and recognition from some of the best in the travel industry.
So what is the Villa Pia
Villa Pia is a breathtaking, stunning 15th century manor house in the Umbrian village of Lippiano, Italy. Villa Pia offers all-inclusive luxury family holidays and my favourite thing about the accommodation is that they not only accommodate families but strive to make the whole experience as child friendly and enjoyable as possible. This is always lovely to see as a parent , traveller and blogger as I want to showcase great accommodation options to families who may be looking at new holiday options for their own adventures.
So what are the components to a fabulous family holiday?
We get asked this a lot especially from parents going on their first family holiday with young children. I have spent a lot of time thinking about it and for the fiveadventurers the main components are:
- Meal times
- Things to do onsite
- Child friendliness
- Things to do in the area
- Swimming pool
Villa Pia has 17 rooms within the main building with each of the family rooms being able to accommodate 2 adults and up to 3 infants. I LOVE the fact that the family rooms have 1 double and 2 single beds with the option of an additional cot in the room. For a family of 5 travellers it is really arduous to find accommodation which will not only fit us all in but is a comfortable experience all round! Most places only accomodate for a maximum of 4 people (2 adults and 2 kids) so this is a refreshing change. There are also 5 sets of interconnecting rooms which are ideal for families with older children.
In addition, Villa Pia have restored a beautiful building, “Palazzo Regina”, which can be found a short walk from the main building gates. The building features eight rooms which are divided into two interconnecting room suites and can accommodate four families, each with private bathrooms. This sounds perfect for an extended family holiday.
One of the biggest issues in our family is meal times and I know this is something that most families consider at length when looking at possible accommodation choices. I think the meal times at the Villa Pia sound lovely and family orientated. Villa Pia pride themselves on providing fresh, all-natural, child-friendly menus that cater to every taste and diet. As the food is freshly prepared, Villa Pia is a great option for those families who have allergy sufferers as the they can provide nut-free, gluten-free and other allergen-free dishes upon request.
The highlight of meal time at Villa Pia is that the food is served communally at breakfast, lunch buffets as well as afternoon tea-time spreads. Staying in smaller holiday accommodation allows children and parents to make new friends and enjoying meal times together helps bring some of that fun to meal times too. Villa Pia ensures that this is a holiday for both children and parents. Children served an early dinner at 6pm and the dining room is within monitor range of the bedrooms, so parents can enjoy some adult time without worrying about leaving the children.
Things to do onsite
Outside of the villa, children have over five acres of grounds to run around and explore whilst parents have the peace of mind that the children are safe within these grounds. In addition, there are lovely woods for the children to embark on mini adventures, and I can just imagine how glorious these would look in the Tuscan sunshine! The more I travel with our little adventurers, the more importance we are beginning to place on this aspect when looking for accommodation. I want to let our little adventurers develop a sense of independence so we need a space onsite for them to explore and play and for me to feel confident that they are safe and I can easily keep an eye on them (even if it is from a distance!).
In addition, Villa Pia has ample other things on site to entertain families from a trampoline, cool indoor soft play room, all-weather tennis court and a courtyard play area filled with small climbing frames, slides, toys and ride-ons.
Villa Pia offer cereals and fresh purees for babies and are happy to help with warming up your baby bottles etc. There is plenty of baby equipment available including highchairs, kids cutlery and baby crockery. We have stayed and visited so many places where basic things like high chairs are nowhere to be seen and can make for very stressed parents and harassed meal times!
One aspect that I like is that the villa offer an English-speaking babysitting service which I think is often what is missing on our holidays as Doc and I hardly have any child-free evenings. I think something simple like this can actually help the parents feel like they have had a break and holiday too.
Our little adventurers love trying new things and I think its fabulous Villa Pia run children’s cookery and art classes. I think they sound great and would make for lots of fun memories for all little adventurers.
Things to do in the area
Villa Pia is located im Umbria by the border of Tuscany. The Villa and the area have a very laid back feel perfect for young children and there is lots to do in the area. Just outside the villa, your Knights and Princesses will have fun climbing up Lippiano’s picturesque castle. Our little and big adventurers have a bit of a “castle love” in us having lived in Warwick and visiting the castle 3 to 4 times a week. Lippiano’s castle looks stunning and feels like it would be a great family day out for children and adults alike. Families can venture into the village, meet locals, take in the culture and experience of the Italian way of life and my personal favourite a visit to local Italian ice cream shop to sample the best ice cream! (having ice cream everyday will be most children’s idea of a magical holiday!).
If you fancy travelling further afield, Lippiano is located in a breathtakingly beautiful part of Italy with guests being in short travel times of many influential cities such as Florence, Perugia, Pisa or Sienna. For more adventurous families, you can travel through mountains, hills, valleys and farmed land.
I don’t care what anyone says but no holiday is complete without a swimming pool. Spending afternoon after afternoon in the swimming pool makes a holiday feel complete. Villa Pia have a child-friendly swimming pool and work hard to ensure that the pool stays warm enough for little swimmers throughout the year. The pictures of the surrounding area look beautiful and I can just imagine the fun that my little adventurers would have!
So there you have it, doesn’t Villa Pia sound like a fabulous place to stay? I think they have all the major components of what makes a magical holiday covered. I am totally sold on the villa and it sounds ideal for any families looking for a new holiday idea. I have wanted to visit this area of Italy for some time and now we have a perfect base to explore, I cannot wait to go 🙂
After looking at Villa Pia it feels like a perfect holiday. As most of us have such busy lives at home, it is the ideal place to take a step back, breath and relax. You will be in a stunning area of beauty, basking in the glorious Italian sun and taking a real break which is something most of do not do often enough.
For further details of Villa Pia and how to book, please check out their website here.