A group of thieves broke into the royal family's holiday villa in Tuscany last week, the National Information Service confirmed after reports from Il Messaggero . According to the Italian newspaper, nothing of value was taken with the burglary. The family was not present in the villa.

The burglary is said to have occurred on the night from Saturday to Sunday. The thieves have fled in one of the family's cars, which has since been found.

The criminals are said to have entered the estate by climbing over a fence and forcing the door. The guardian of the villa in Pratale, near Florence, was not present at the time.

The car in which the thieves fled was found shortly afterwards in a place not far from the holiday home of Willem-Alexander and Máxima.

The royal family currently resides in the Netherlands. The school holiday starts on July 18.