Il Tabacchificio



  • 12 Sleeps
  • 6  Bedrooms
  • 7  Bathrooms

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About the Villa

A truly remarkable property of luxuriously generous proportions, über-stylish interior design, and extensive lawned grounds with a to-die-for-swimming pool and a tennis court.

Il Tabacchificio is a breathtakingly refurbished icon of 1930s industrial design, an ex-tobacco factory that has been adoringly transformed into an awe-inspiring home. Once a hive of activity, the property is now a serene, airy oasis of tranquillity and style whose cathedral-like sense of space and peace is rare indeed.

"5 out of 5 for Il Tabacchificio. The in-villa cooks were outstanding!! Food was delicious, beautifully plated and their service was exceptional as well. " Don Schneider, US, September 2019

Il Tabacchificio in the press:
The Times, January 2019
Bo Bedre, January 2019
Wallpaper, November 2018
Casaviva, November 2018
AD Russia, October 2018
Elle Decor, October 2018
Wallpaper, October 2018
AD Italy, July 2018

Internet Connections Explained


All The Thinking Traveller's villas have some kind of Internet facility and, where possible, we try to ensure that this is an ADSL broadband Wi-Fi connection.

However, some rural areas and those far from the main towns and cities have not yet been connected to the high-speed broadband network. Therefore, in some of our villas we offer an alternative type of connection (specified in the amenities table of each individual villa page). 

Please note that although we work very hard to provide reliable internet service at our villas, these services are potentially erratic and can fail due to network failures completely out of our control. We regret that we cannot accept responsibility for loss of connection due to such network failures.

Here is some information about the most common connection types:

ADSL Broadband

This is by far the fastest and most reliable connection type available and uses traditional copper wires. In the UK, ADSL is most commonly referred to as broadband. It is suitable for most surfing requirements. Generally an ADSL line is only available within two miles of a telephone exchange, so in rural or more remote areas it usually not available.

An ADSL Internet connection in a villa can then be distributed using a Wi-Fi router, allowing a wireless connection with one or more device, or by a cable, which can be plugged into most laptops.

NB If a fast, constant and reliable Internet connection is vital for you (i.e. you expect to be working a lot during your holiday), please specify this to your Villa Specialist. It may be better to rent a villa with an ADSL broadband connection.

3G WiFi Internet routers

In some of our villas, 3G Wi-Fi Internet connections are provided by a small router unit that uses the 3G mobile network, similar to that used by many mobile phones. The unit receives the signal and retransmits it wirelessly making it possible for a few devices to connect at the same time. 3G Wi-Fi units work best in the immediate area around them (i.e. they won’t create a Wi-Fi environment throughout the entire villa) and so the best connection will be within close range of the unit, usually in the same room.

The signal may be affected by weather conditions (i.e. strong winds or storms), and the overall strength depends entirely on the service provider's presence in the area. We cannot accept responsibility for slow or absent signals.

Please note that 3G Wi-Fi is provided for basic Internet browsing and checking of email only. Guests are requested not to download large files such as movies or make Skype video calls, as most units have a maximum monthly data usage of 10Gb.

NB If a fast, constant and reliable Internet connection is vital for you (i.e. you expect to be working a lot during your holiday), please specify this to your Villa Specialist. It may be better to rent a villa with a normal ADSL connection. 


Mobile Broadband Internet Dongles/Keys

Dongles, or Internet keys, can be slotted into a USB port on your computer and use a data SIM card to connect to a 3G or other data network, normally supplied by mobile phone networks. At the villas where this is provided, clients are usually requested to buy their own data SIM card and top up as they go (details of where and how to purchase one are provided in the House Guide you will receive before departure).

The signal may be affected by weather conditions (i.e. strong winds or storms), and the overall strength depends entirely on the service provider's presence in the area. We cannot accept responsibility for slow or absent signals.

NB If a fast, constant and reliable Internet connection is vital for you (i.e. you expect to be working a lot during your holiday), please specify this to your Villa Specialist. It may be better to rent a villa with a normal ADSL conection. 

WiMAX / Satellite connections

WiMAX and satellite Internet connections have performance levels similar to cabled ADSL hi-speed Internet connections. Wi-Fi access within the property is provided by a special modem-router. WiMAX and Satellite connections are present in our villas when there is no normal cabled broadband infrastructure in the area (still quite common in more remote areas). These kind of connections may be affected by atmospheric conditions, however, so we cannot guarantee that the signal will be as constant as cabled connections. The connection speed of this type connection in our Ionian Island villas is a little slower and comes with a limit of Mbs, so guests are requested not to download large files, stream films or use Skype to make calls.

Connecting to the Internet abroad using your smartphone or tablet (roaming)

As of June 2017, there are no roaming charges for EU citizens (with an EU provider) travelling within the EU. 

If you are travelling from outside the EU and wish to use your smartphone or tablet while on holiday, here are a few tips for cutting down on foreign data-roaming charges:

The first thing to do is to check with your provider to see if there are any special deals available (there's usually something on offer). You should also make sure your phone is unlocked (you can ask your operator to do this) if you wish to buy a foreign SIM card while you're away.

If there are no suitable deals available from your operator (and your phone/tablet has been unlocked), we recommend you buy a local prepaid data SIM card (details of where and how can be found in your House Guide). It might also be useful to bring a cheap handset, put your UK SIM into the cheap handset and the local data SIM into your smartphone, so that any data you access will be charged at the local rate. If you do buy a local SIM, most smart phones can then be used to provide a Wi-Fi hotspot, providing data access for up to five devices, including smartphones, tablets and laptops.

Finally, when abroad, switch off 3G, switch off ‘data roaming’ on iPhones or switch the priority to Wi-Fi rather than 3G on Symbian devices, thus avoiding charges when your phone attempts to access emails.



  • Accommodates (max)  12
  • Bedrooms  6
  • Double beds  5
  • Twins  1
  • Bathrooms  7
  • ... of which en suite  6
  • Daily maid service ¹
  • Cook 
  • Breakfast preparation ²
  • Pool (LxW in metres) ³ 19x4
  • Air conditioning 
  • Heating 
  • Open fireplace 
  • Safe 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • Internet TV 
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • Home cinema 
  • Satellite Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Table tennis 
  • Tennis court 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
  • Walking distance to restaurant(s) 
  • Walking distance to shop(s) 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ 6 hours per day from Monday to Saturday
² the maid will lay the table and clear up afterwards. Please note that ingredients are not included
³ single depth of 1.5m.
includes Netflix and Sky Sports and Cinema
synthetic grass
Diso, which has a few shops and restaurants, is about a 1.3km walk away down country lanes, most of which do not have pavements or illumination


Inside: the main entrance takes one into a voluminous open-plan space with a series of columns from which the impressively lofty vaulted ceilings fan out and upwards. Pristine white walls and polished grey concrete flooring reflect the shafts of light that flood in through banks of windows. The atmosphere is at once airy, luminous, soothing and refined.

To one side is the living area proper with a series of sink-in sofas and armchairs gathered around a TV and an impressive fireplace. The remainder of this open space is furnished with an eclectic mix of contemporary pieces, antiques, artwork, original features, reclaimed and upcycled wooden doors, and industrial reminders of Il Tabacchificio’s former life. All of these design themes continue throughout the property, and the abundance of space becomes a luxury in its own right.

A door to the left of the main entrance takes one into the generously proportioned master bedroom, which includes a double four-poster bed, an in-room tub and a capacious en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower. On the opposite side of the living area are two more similarly voluminous suites. The first is a double, whose en-suite bathroom features a sculptural, sensuously-shaped tub as well as a walk-in shower. The second, meanwhile, boasts two double four-poster beds and an en-suite bathroom with a large walk-in shower. The living area flows into a long, wide hall that runs horizontally across the entire width of the property. Here there is a dining area, a couple of strategically placed sofas and more church-like lofty vaulted ceilings. contemporary art and a little games area. To the far left is the fourth bedroom, a double with in-room sink, and an en-suite WC with separate wet room. Opposite here, a few stairs leading up to the dedicated cinema room with its large wall-mounted screen. To the far right of the hallway are two more bedrooms, both doubles with en-suite shower rooms. One has French windows opening out onto the gardens and the pool area, while the other has a mezzanine level. An opening at the centre of the hallway, meanwhile, leads into an ante-room from where one may access the gardens (straight ahead), the guest bathroom (to the left), and, to the right, the wonderfully spacious contemporary kitchen, complete with dining table and French windows opening out into the gardens.

Outside: Il Tabacchificio sits at the centre of its extensive walled gardens, most of which has been laid to lawn. Olive and fruit trees around the perimetre add to the sense of privacy and seculsion, and towering, shade-giving Mediterranean pines flank the impressive driveway. The generous dimensions of the grounds echoes those of the interiors and there are literally acres of space in which to have fun, relax and unwind. Most al fresco activity takes place in and around the pool area to one side of the property. Accessed from the kitchen, a little hall and one of the bedrooms, this space features a large expanse of lawn, a shaded dining and living area, a large poolside pergola and, sitting in pride of place at the centre, the fabulous 19-metre-long pool itself. Last, but certainly not least, is the synthetic grass tennis court, located to one side of the gardens.


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