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Villa Rentals in Italy Travel Articles

If you have ever wondered what it is like to live in Italy, renting an Italian villa gives a taste of the Italian lifestyle you can't experience in any hotel room. experience in any hotel room. "Villa rental" is a blanket term that includes all kinds of housing, from apartments to palaces. Inspired in part by recent popular movies and books (Under The Tuscan Sun, for example), more and more travelers are slowing down and setting up house, albeit temporarily, in Italy. Large groups of friends and family find it less expensive to rent rather than book rooms at a hotel. Even couples can save money with a small Italian rental.

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5 Quick Tips for Renting a Villa in Italy
Trulli Spectactular Puglia Villa Rental
Umbria Villa Rental: Fattoria del Gelso
How to Find a Good Villa Rental Agency for Italy Rentals
Live the Bond, James Bond, Experience at These Tuscany Rentals
An American Family in Tuscany
Italy Events Calendar: What's Happening in Italy

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Adventure at a Villa in Le Marche (Oct. 2012)
Our rental is a palace in the center of the Le Marche town of Mercatello, in the heart of Italy's tartufo (truffle) region where magnificent black--and highly desired tartufi bianchi (white truffles)--are gathered from October 1 through the year's end hunting season. . . . read more
Day Trip from Florence: An Afternoon of Chianti Wine Tasting (August 2012)
On a recent visit to Florence, my mother and I faced a challenge many travelers encounter. We wanted to visit the Chianti area of Tuscany but only had a day. This part of Tuscany isn't easy to explore via public transportation especially if you want to visit some of the world-famous vineyards. Yet, we didn't want the hassle of renting a car for day.  . . . read more
Where to Stay in Puglia: Six Masserie Offer Charm and Comfort (June/July 2012)
The demand for places to stay in Puglia has been met by innovative locals transforming many of the Puglia's centuries-old fortified farmhouses, called masserie, into modern oases. Here are six that combine local architecture, autenthic touches and luxury amenities. . . . read more
Where to Stay in Puglia: Elegant Retreat and Rental in Ostuni (June/July 2012)
A long tree-lined stone drive leads to the stunning main house whose white washed walls white exterior contrasts with lush green lawns and bright flowers in shades of pink, purple and red. The 65-acre property boasts hundreds of ancient olive trees, private gardens tucked in hidden places and a salt water swimming pool. . . . read more
** NEW: Where to Stay in Puglia: Trulli Spectacular Villa Rental (Free Italy Travel Advice) **
At this luxurious villa rental near Alberobello Puglia, 11 trulli (Puglia's famous conical huts) come together within a larger structure, to offer a spectacular rental experience. . . . read more
Venice: An Apartment Rental with A View - With Video
I could hear it before I could see it. Notes of O Sole Mio rang out from a gondolier as passed just feet from the bedroom window, passing through the sitting room window and turning the corner and passing through the other sitting room window. Check out this amazing Venice apartment rental. . . . read more
In Tuscany, Biodynamic Wines Help Preserve the Past
One "fabbrica" near Lucca dives into biodynamic wines. Like organic agriculture, biodynamic methods eschew chemicals and synthetic fertilizers. But biodynamic agriculture goes further, operating a farm, a vineyard as a self-contained living organism. . . . read more
Where to Stay in the Province of Pisa: Agriturismos, Hotel and Villa Rentals
Our selection of places to stay in the Pisa province of Tuscany includes an agriturismo that's great for families, a honeymooner's paradise in Pisa, a quirky inn, villa rentals in Andrea Bocelli's hometown and more. . . . read more
Umbria Villa Rental: Il Casale di Mele Rosse
This relatively new farmhouse in the Italian region of Umbria comes with all you will need for a successful villa rental including a pre-programmed Tom-Tom GPS, owners on-site and a welcome wine tasting. . . . read more
Umbria Villa Rental: Le Vigne
Le Vigne's hilltop position, in Colombella ("a speck of a village"), place it on a short list of residences with extraordinary views . No detail has been missed at this elegant Umbria villa rental. . . . read more
Ring THIS Bell for Unique Florentine Experiences
If you've done the Uffizi, done the Accademia and Santa Croce, and still want something more, we have just what's right for you. How about yoga and cooking classes in Tuscany? Olive-picking excursions? . . . read more
The Dream Interview: Joe Brancatelli Knows Rome
Looking for an authentic experience? Business travel guru Joe Brancatelli reveals his favorite places in Rome, including wonderful apartment rentals and authentic restaurants undiscovered by the American media. . . . read more
Tuscany's Villa Mangiacane: This Historic Villa Hotel Takes 'Top Dog' Honors
No expense has been spared at this new villa hotel overlooking Florence. Mangiacane, the villa (don't let the name fool you!) is a working farm and has ties to some of the most famous men of the Renaissance. . . . read more
Golfer's Dream: A Tuscan Villa Rental with Private 18-Hole Golf Course
If you or someone you love can't bear to leave the links behind for a week in Italy, have no fear, we have a solution - a Tuscany villa with its own private golf course! . . . read more
Reflections on a Season in Venice
Journey through Venice with Linda Burbank in the second part of the tale of her sabbatical in Venice Italy. Being a tourist in an Italian city is absolutely nothing like living the real thing-- as Burbank and her husband discover. . . . read more
Lessons from a Chianti Villa Rental Tale
Thinking of spending your vacation in the Tuscan hills? Checking out our tips for renting (inspired by a week spent at a Radda in Chianti villa)--is a must. Two things you shouldn't leave home without: patience and a sense of humor. . . . read more
Be Trulli at Home in Puglia Italy with a Trulli Rental or Stay
Fascinated by the trulli of Puglia? (The centuries-old circular building with a cone-shaped roof.) Here are some ideas for staying in a trullo or trulli in Puglia. . . . read more
Lease on Life for an Abruzzo Ghost Village
Rome or Abruzzo bound? Here we reveal our expert advice for discovering the Apennine ski slopes and Adriatic beaches of Abruzzo, just a one-and-a-half hour drive from the eternal city. Read on to find out the best way to enjoy these Italian marvels. . . . read more
Sicily's Private Homes Turned Charming Accommodations
Looking for a unique place to stay in Italy? We have just the thing: a growing number of privately owned palazzi, country mansions, fortified feudal farm complexes and even monasteries are opening their doors to tourism. . . . read more
It's Not Just A Villa Rental in Italy, It's An Experience
Explore the advantages of renting a villa in Italy, plus tips on Italian villa rental location, costs of renting an Italian villa and renting from owners vs. agencies specializing in Italy villa rentals. . . . read more
Who to Use: Italy Vacation Rental Agencies
Profiles of La Bella Toscana, Cottages to Castles, Great Travels, Italian Breaks, Fine Italian Rentals, Italian Vacation Villas, The Parker Company, Summer in Italy, Tuscan House, and Vacanza Bella. . . . read more
The Experts Speak: 10 Tips for a Fantastic Italian Villa Rental Experience
From researching a rental property to enjoying your stay in the house you choose, experts weight in with their best advice. Here are 10 tips for a stress free villa rental experience in Italy. . . . read more