Everyone has a “dream of Italy”… and that dream usually involves renting a villa in the Italian countryside, Tuscany for instance.
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Guest editor Pauline Kenny (founder of Slowtrav.com and SlowEurope.com) shares the villa rentals tips and tricks she has learned while traveling through Italy and Europe and taking “the slow lane” by living like a local and renting villas and apartments along the way.Should you rent a villa in Italy via a rental agency or a private villa owner? We have the pros the cons and advice for doing business with both.
Is this your first time renting a villa or apartment abroad? We have specific advice for those renting a villa in Italy for the first time.
Probably the most valuable part of this guide – A list of over 50 apartment and villa rental agencies we’ve personally used in Italy (organized by region and city, i.e., Rome, Florence, Venice, Tuscany, Umbria, the Amalfi Coast) as well as privately owned apartments and villas we recommend in every corner of Italy.
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Rent a Villa In Italy Question #1: How Do I Pick a Villa Rental Agency?
The best agencies are run by people who hand-pick their properties, inspect them annually, have close relationships with the property owners and have well-trained, knowledgeable staff who will
spend the time to help you make your decision.
Rent a Villa In Italy Question #2: How Can I Tell the Difference Between a Villa and Other Properties?
Villa rentals are apartments, cottages, houses or villas that you rent by the week. They are also called “vacation rentals” or “vacation homes.” The Brits call them “holiday cottages” or “self
Rent a Villa In Italy Question #3: Can I Rent Directly From the Owners of Villas?
The advantage of renting directly from the owner is that you get a better price and personal service. You are dealing with someone who knows the property and the area. The disadvantage is that if there is a problem, you do not have the agency to settle the dispute between you and the owner.
Rent a Villa In Italy Question #4: Is It Better to Book Online or by Phone?
Some local Italian agencies are infamous for never replying to e-mail, preferring to work by
Rent a Villa In Italy Question #5: Is There Somewhere I Should Stay If This Is My First Trip?
Don’t go “off the beaten path” for your first trip. You’ll learn the more central locations to stay whre there will be more services — shops, restaurants, entertainment — and since these are tourist areas, more people are likely to speak English.
Rent a Villa In Italy Question #6: Should I Rent a Villa in Italy If I’m Traveling Alone?
Consider staying in a rental on a farm or estate where there will be other tourists that you can talk to. You won’t feel alone in a new country if you have some of your countrymen around you.
Rent a Villa In Italy Question #7: What Should I Expect When I Get There?
Villa rentals are furnished and fully equipped with linens and towels and all the cookware you need. Other than that, there may be a welcome basket of goodies, or you may find the cupboards bare.
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