About Us

Our Story

We started in Tuscany over 35 years ago, from a small self-sufficient farmhouse. I studied philosophy and architecture, and love buildings and history. The company is still called “Invitation to Tuscany Ltd” but we’ve gradually and organically expanded. Hence properties on Lake Maggiore and Lake Como, as well as villas in Provence, Umbria – and of course, in Tuscany itself.

Our Approach

We look for houses that we’d like to stay in – large, small, luxurious or simple, what they have in  common is a charm that appeals to us. And nice owners. Owners and caretakers count for a lot when you’re staying in a property abroad, so we make sure they understand how important your weeks away are. We always visit the houses we offer – and I often sketch them too; I find that taking the time to observe them for a few hours really helps get to know a place.

Dan painting in a medieval cloister

There are a number of us, some in Australia, New Zealand, US and Canada – with our head-office in London UK. We all go and visit the houses, with the London office leading the pack. This page has all our local agents’ details


Next Steps…

We love to talk to you about your plans so please get in touch.


If you’d like to look through our villas you can find them all on our main website, invitationto/theitalianlakes