Looking for an Italy Rental? Pick A Good Villa Rental Agency

For those who are planning their first trip where they will be staying in a vacation rental, I nearly always recommend that they go through a reputable villa/apartment rental agency. But with hundreds of them (possibly thousands) out there, especially on the Internet, how do you know how to choose a good one? No one knows more about villa rentals …

Truly Venice Offers a Free Night’s Rental in Venice

Truly Venice offers the finest selection of holiday rentals in Venice, Italy. Dream of Italy who book a Venice apartment online before March 20th get 1 night for free (on a minimum of 6 nights stay). Enjoy breathtaking Grand Canal views, relax in a hidden garden or admire from the rooftop terrace this magical city with Truly Venice! (This is …

Introducing Tuscany’s Camporsevoli

Camporsevoli is a unique hamlet in the heart of a peaceful and shaded countryside in the southernmost section of Tuscany, on the border with Umbria. The estate is within an hour’s drive from Siena, Pienza, Montalcino, Arezzo, Cortona, Perugia, and one and a half hours away from Florence, Rome or Assisi. Florence and Rome are also easy to reach via …

Introducing Sant’Antonio Country Resort

Sant’Antonio is the oldest farm in the countryside around one of Tuscany’s most noteworthy towns, Montepulciano. Originally a 12th-century Franciscan monastery, Sant’ Antonio Country Resort enjoys an unparalleled location at the base of the ancient Etruscan sacred mountain Totona, allowing for cool breezes to keep the olives and farmland cool, even during the hottest hours of the day. Today, Sant’Antonio …

Working from Umbria

As the owner of a small business, it is hard to get away from work — even in Italy. But if you have to work, can you find a much better spot than this? Photo taken at Fattoria del Gelso, the villa my friends Suzy and Bill recently purchased.

Online Help for Navigating Private Villa Rentals

Our September issue, Dream of Italy’s Special Report: Villa Rentals II, provided tons of information on renting villas in Italy whether through an agency or a private owner. The New York Times today had a helpful addition to our own information – an article on skirting the pitfalls of private rentals with some mentions of particularly helpful Web sites. After …

Villa Rentals: The #1 Question to Ask Before You Rent

Whether you’re renting through an agency or directly from an owner, Guest Editor Pauline Kenny and I agree that the number one question to ask before you commit is: Is there someone we can call if there’s a problem in the villa or apartment? And that’s not a simple yes/no question. Be sure to follow up and find out: Where …