Down the steep winding road from Montelparo – with a thrilling final lap to the house – is a haven of birdsong and tranquillity overlooking a pure green valley with vineyards, river and swathes of sunflowers. This is a smart villa built in traditional style, constructed from 100% local materials and enviably eco: solar panels for hot water and underfloor heating, a heat-exchanger to keep rooms blissfully cool in summer and ionized water for the fully-fenced pool. The charming owners live above your ground-floor apartment but the pool and outdoor eating space are all yours. White walls, terracotta tiles and practical furniture make for easy-living; top that off with comfortable bedrooms and a neat kitchen and you’ve got all you need for a relaxed stay. Zip off to the sea, quaint Pedaso is closest, the Frasassi Caves are a must, or visit Ascoli Piceno, a half-hour drive: it’s one of Italy’s loveliest cities. Roberto is happy to show you around the land and share his knowledge, vines are a stroll away, and the vineyard views may inspire you to arrange a tasting at the award-winning winery nearby.