Author Archive for Jo Mackay

Jo Mackay is the owner of Bookings For You. Bookings For You is a family run company specialising in apartment and villa rentals in Italy and France. The company currently have over 300 holiday rentals in Italy including villas in Puglia, the Italian Lakes, Tuscany, Umbria and Le Marche as well as villas to rent in Provence, Normandy and Acquitaine in France. The company pride themselves on their high levels of customer service.

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One day in Matera: European Capital of Culture 2019

You are no doubt familiar with the image of the Phoenix and it’s meaning, the legendary bird that rises from the ashes as a symbol of constant re-birth. No city in the world embodies this fate and symbolism better than Matera, the fascinating town located in the southern Italian region of Basilicata, on the border […]

5 unusual adventures to go on in Umbria

5 unusual adventures to go on in Umbria

Umbria makes a fantastic choice for those wanting to explore a beautiful part of Italy but in an area which is somewhat quieter than the more popular regions such as Tuscany or Sicily. But away from the hilltop medieval towns, rolling vistas and vineyard, we take a look at some of the more unusual adventures […]

Italy's 10 most stunning landscapes

Italy’s 10 most stunning landscapes

There’s no doubt about it… Italy is one breathtakingly beautiful country. From the rocky mountains of the Dolomites to the craggy hilltop medieval towns dotted around Tuscany and Umbria, to the dazzling seas and whitewashed towns of Puglia — there’s no shortage of picturesque backdrops to your holiday snaps. But if you’re finding it difficult […]

Why the Italian Lakes should be your next holiday destination

Why the Italian Lakes should be your next holiday destination

We’ll be the first to admit that we’re a little bit biased when it comes to the Italian Lakes — after all, who wouldn’t want to enjoy morning coffee watching the boats sail past their villa? Exactly. The towns Lake Como is certainly picturesque, with smaller towns dotted around its shores. It affords a lovely […]

Our top 5 Italian film sets

Our top 5 Italian film sets

Italy is often used as the setting for famous films precisely because it offers the most beautiful backdrop. Here’s our favourite five film locations in Italy and the best films to watch if you fancy escaping to Italy from the comforts of your armchair. If you’re planning a trip to Italy, then these viewing tips […]

5 reasons to choose holiday rentals over hotel accommodation

5 reasons to choose holiday rentals over hotel accommodation

With a plethora of great hotel and self catering options to choose from, it’s often hard to know which to go for you when deciding on your next holiday. So what are the advantages of choosing a self catering holiday villa or apartment over a hotel break for your next stay away? Value for money […]

The top 10 most romantic places to visit in Italy

The top 10 most romantic places to visit in Italy

On this most romantic of days, we thought it was only right to share our thoughts on what are the top 10 most romantic towns and cities in Italy. After all, Valentine came from Italy and was actually a Roman priest at the time of the Emperor Claudius II. Claudius had forbidden the marriage of […]

Where to holiday with the rich and famous in Italy

Where to holiday with the rich and famous in Italy

The world’s obsession with Italy has not escaped those enjoying a celebrity lifestyle. Many in the film and music industry have purchased second homes in this wonderful country. And who can blame them? The Italian way of life is a world apart from the media frenzy you would see surrounding celebrity in the UK. So […]

Our favourite towns in Puglia

Our favourite towns in Puglia

Puglia has become THE place to visit in Italy in 2018. But it remains relatively undiscovered and visitors aren’t familiar with the region’s towns and cities. And yet many of them feature in the country’s list of ‘Borghi i piu belli d’Italia’ – Italy’s guide to it’s most beautiful villages. So where would we recommend […]

5 things to do in Italy in the Winter

5 things to do in Italy in the Winter

It’s all too easy to fall into the trap of thinking winter in Italy equals skiing — after all, there are more than 300 ski areas to choose from. But look beyond the Alps and you’ll discover a plethora of activities away from the slopes; head further south and you’ll find a mild climate and […]

Top 10 activities to enjoy with children in Florence

Top 10 activities to enjoy with children in Florence

Florence is an absolutely stunning city. However, it’s not always apparent how family friendly it can be. Take a look at our top 10 list of things to do in Florence with children to ensure that all members of the family can equally enjoy their city break! Museo dei Ragazzi (Children’s Museum) This is a […]

Our 10 favourite towns in Umbria

Our 10 favourite towns in Umbria

Nestling alongside Tuscany, Umbria is a region that sits in the middle of Italy, characterised by rolling hills and green fields. Whilst Umbria may be less well known than it’s more famous neighbour, it’s towns and cities offer an abundance of sights for holidaymakers to enjoy. Here’s our 10 favourite places to visit in Umbria! […]

Why Umbria should be your next holiday destination

Why Umbria should be your next holiday destination

Umbria might not be as popular as its well-known neighbour (Tuscany, in case you’re wondering) but that shouldn’t put you off visiting. If anything, it should encourage you. It’s just as beautiful, but with fewer tourists and better food. Being smaller, it’s easier to explore — and being less travelled, you’re far more likely to […]

A dozen things to do on Lake Como

A dozen things to do on Lake Como

Lake Como is the third largest of the lakes in Italy. Measuring approximately 46 kilometres in length, it may not be as large as it’s neighbours Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore, but it is surprisingly deep. Measuring over 400 metres in depth, it is in fact one of the deepest lakes in the whole of […]

Top 10 things to see and do on Lake Maggiore

Top 10 things to see and do on Lake Maggiore

Lake Maggiore is the second largest of the Italian Lakes. Measuring approximately 40 miles in length, it sits in Italy but also has a foot in Switzerland and stretches from Arona in the South to Locarno in the North. It’s shores are divided between the two Italian regions of Lombardy and Piedmont and the Swiss […]

10 reasons to choose Puglia for your next holiday in Italy

10 reasons to choose Puglia for your next holiday in Italy

2017 was a record season for Italy in terms of tourist numbers. According to figures released by Federalberghi and the Cultural Ministry in Italy, over 48 million people spent a night in an Italian hotel this Summer whilst a further 3 million spent the night in AirBnB accommodation, an increase of over 20% year on […]

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