Boulder City Magazine® July 2006 Issue
by Ihla Crowley
Renting an Italian Villa
I just got back from three weeks in Italy. The first two weeks were spent in a villa with 11 other people. It was amazing how many travelers we spoke with who were doing the same. When I tell people about my trip, and the villa, I am often asked, “Wow, how do you do that?” Well, it’s easier, and possibly cheaper, than you may think.
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|The premise here is to find a centrally located villa (often a converted farmhouse) to use as a base, and rent enough cars to accommodate everyone in the group in order to thoroughly investigate a given locale.
As to location, I suggest the Tuscany/Umbria area. Prices of villas in Italy that will accommodate 10 or more people range between $1500 and $3000 per week, depending upon the location and the season. As a point of comparison, the cost of a very basic hotel room in Italy is at least $150/night. You do the math, and you can see why this villa craze is so big right now.
You can find your villa on the internet. Interhome (www.interhome.com) is one reputable source. You will want to find a location somewhere in the Tuscany/Umbria area, close to a reasonably sized city (for groceries and restaurants) and a railway station. Anywhere in this vicinity, you are no more than an hour away from historic and picturesque medieval towns numbering in the double digits.
Once you have found a group of 8-10 people that would enjoy this type of thing, elect a champion someone to do the research, such as finding a good location, interfacing with the booking company, etc. Someone will have to ‘front’ the deposit and final payment, security deposits and final utility bills. It works best if one person handles it all and the others reimburse their share.
This is a wonderful vacation option. There is so much more I would like to tell you, but space here is limited. If you think this is something you would like to do, go to my website, www.driftersister.com, and click on the Travel Tips and Stories button for complete details and advice.
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