This granite low-rise property is one of around 300 villas set in a residential park along the coast, and staying here feels very private and secure. Donatella lives in Rome but she’ll arrange for you to be met at one of the two entrances and accompanied to the villa and shown around.
The kitchen’s teeny – only two people at a time can comfortably cook together – but there’s plenty of living space, with an indoor fireplace and big windows to show off the views, and en-suite bathrooms in all the bedrooms. A covered veranda runs the length of the house, and the beautifully-kept lawn has sun loungers and groupings of tables and chairs.
Watch the sun set or rise from the roof terrace, stroll down to the beach for a swim before breakfast. It’s utterly tranquil here, with the only sound seagulls and waves breaking on the beach, and Mediterranean scents drifting through the air – oregano, juniper, myrtle. The nearest good restaurant and pizzeria is in a square in the park, a 20-minute walk or five-minute drive away.