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Vacation in Italy – Private Holiday Homes versus Hotels

Vacationing in Italy is a dream come true for so many Americans. Those who have Italian heritage often wish to see where their families originated. Those who have no Italian lineage still look upon Italy as one of the foundations of Western civilization. Rome, Venice, Tuscany, Florence, Umbria, Chianti, San Gimignano, Siena, Orvieto, Todi, Assisi, Spleto and Montepulciano are all legendary to those of us raised in the “new world” and for many are simply places we’ve read about in our school books, or seen on television or in the movies. Many Americans, sadly, know little of the geography of Italy, but do appreciate the food. After all, pizza and spaghetti are considered as American to us as apple pie and hot dogs. But only on a trip to Italy can a person really appreciate this magnificent country, home to Leonardo da Vinci, Michaelangelo, and Christopher Columbus.

When you are ready for that once in a lifetime experience of an Italian vacation, consider a private home rental for your source of lodging. Hotels can be nice, but staying in a private home rented for the occasion can give you a chance to see the real Italy. Explore the countryside, walk into the village and visit with the residents, and see what it feels like to actually go home, to a cabin or villa at the end of the day, living as the Italians do. Or, try a beach house if that suits you or an apartment if you prefer a more urban setting. Getting to know the local people by living among them for an extended stay of a few weeks will give you a chance to learn some of the language, or if you already speak Italian to brush up on your skills. It will also give you a chance to learn local history in a very unique way, from the people themselves. You will appreciate all of the similarities of Italian culture with your own, and learn to appreciate the differences as well. The Italians are a wonderful, friendly people with a rich culture and history. Taking the time to live among them, getting to know them as friends and neighbors, is truly an experience you will always remember.

Private homes for rent to vacationers in Italy can be found in various price ranges. If you are looking for luxury, there are villas available. If something more rustic suits your taste and budget, then smaller homes and even old farmhouses are available to appeal to all tastes. Just as an example, one property includes two bedrooms, queen size beds, kitchen, laundry area, bathroom, central eat and the satellite television, telephone and VCR that most Americans are used to having. Imagine though the coziness and comfort of coming back to the house after a day of sight seeing to sit by the fire place, drinking a glass of a local wine, having a light dinner of pasta, and enjoying the peace and quiet of your surroundings. Staying in a hotel in a major city will certainly show you the tourist hot spots, but staying in a private home will show you the real Italy.

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Great Sailing Vacation in Tuscany

These days, more charter companies have opened up making it easy for people to see various destinations by sea. If you are planning to go to Europe, why don’t you see what a Tuscany sailing vacation has to offer?

Tuscany is a region in Italy. It has an area of 22,990 km and a population of about 3.6 million inhabitants. The regional capital is Florence. Tuscany is known for its landscapes and its artistic legacy. Six Tuscan localities have been UNESCO protected sites : the historical center of Florence, the historical center of Siena, the square of the Cathedral of Pisa, the historical center of San Gimignano, the historical center of Pienza and Val d’Orcia.

A Tuscany sailing vacation will take you to 7 different islands that will let you see ancient ports, beautiful coastlines and vast sceneries. The Mediterranean waters are rich in marine life and one of the biggest in Europe.

The largest island is the Tuscan archipelago of Elba which at one time was the site where Napoleon was exiled. Next to this is the island of Gilio that has both fine sand and pebbled beaches for those who want to set foot on dry land.

One of the things you should not forget to visit is the island of Monte Cristo. You better get there as fast as you can because it is limited to 100 visitors on any given day.

If you have scheduled a guide tour, you will be able to visit Gorgona. For those who don’t mind walking 200 steep steps, you will be rewarded by the breathtaking beach of Cala Palombaia as well as the magnificent sea-grotto with deep blue stones called sassi turchini.

Your next stop will be Portoazzuro on the Elba Island that has beautiful crystal clear waters matched with picturesque bays, islets and coves. Next, you will cruise onto the magnificent sandy beaches of Portoferrio and Fetovaia, Calanova, Biodola and Costa del Sole.

You will enjoy a day excursion to Marciana Marina, an old colorful village with a vibrant nightlife giving you time to drink and party with the locals.

For those who want to go scuba diving, you can do so by sailing to Capraia Island near Portoferrio. Afterwards, you can head down over to Saint Florent, an extremely attractive small town with its beautiful ancient citadel.

Other places you will get to see on your Tuscany sailing vacation includes the port of Marina di Carrara where visitors will enjoy the magnificent views of Corniglia, Manarolia and picturesque Riomaggiore before heading further up the idyllic coast to Vernazza.

You will once again walk on land and be able to explore the historic township and local traditions and culture of Portovenere.

There are different charter companies to choose from should you decide to go on a Tuscany sailing vacation. You can choose to use bareboat yacht charters, yacht rentals, skippered, catamarans, sail boat charters and luxury super yacht charters.

When you book with any of them, this already includes the insurance deposit, gas, water, meals, outboard motor, inventory, end cleaning, local taxes, ports, linen and towels. Refreshments are not included in the package so you have to bring your own.

More information that will help you decide which one to choose can be found in magazines and the internet. You can also book for your trip online.But before you do make any booking, find out how much it costs, how long will the voyage last and what else is included in the package. After all, you want your Tuscany sailing vacation to be perfect and memorable.

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Villas in Italy Tuscany Villas Italy Vacation Rentals


A better way to immerse yourself in the character of villa in Italy,Tuscany The iconic image of Italy villas and Tuscany villa take a different form in everyone’s mind. Find the Italian holiday of your dream villas in italy, tuscany villa with very special collection of holiday accommodation in Italy.


Amalfi Coast, Sorrento, Capri, Cilento National Park: we love these places! This is where we live, where we spend our own vacations and where we want you to come. Let us show you the beauty of our land and the friendliness of our people. Let us make you feel Italian, at least a little bit.


And if you are looking for a different Italian destination, we have now made available a selection of italy villas and apartments in Tuscany, Umbria, Rome, Venice and Lake Como that have been recommended to us by friends and by past guests themselves.


Tuscany :

Famous for its Chianti wines, its magnificent historic towns, such as Florence, Siena, Arezzo, San Gimignano, Cortona, Lucca and Volterra, and its peaceful nature, tuscany villas reveals its very soul with placid hills, wide pastures and neatly harvested vineyards and offers travelers a continuous sequence of stimulating highlights.


Amalfi Coast :

This spectacular coastline, which embraces the charming towns of Positano, Praiano, Amalfi and Ravello, invites you to imagine yourself back in the sunny carefree days of the sixties – for here the beauty and romance of those times have not changed.


Sorrento Coast :

Sorrento is one of the best known resorts in villas italy , situated on a tract of coastline of unrivalled beauty, on the northern slope of the Sorrentine Peninsula, in a sheltered spot, surrounded by luxuriant hills where vines, olives and above all high quality citrus fruits are grown. The site of patrician villas during Roman times, it has been a highly prestigious retreat since 700.

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Vacation Europe’s Grape Escape to Italy’s Festivale Stampa Di Toscana

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Vacation Europe’s Grape Escape to Italy’s Festivale Stampa Di Toscana

Pompano Beach, FL (PRWEB) March 8, 2006

BOCA RATON, FL — (PRWEB) March 8, 2006 — Parties, shopping and sightseeing revolve around a harvest festival — Festivale Stampa di Toscana — organized solely for the visitors, based in the ancient spa town of Montecatini in northwest Tuscany, between Lucca and Florence.

Decked out in traditional grape-treading regalia, visitors will stomp grapes under the tutelage of locals: photo ops galore and the kind of fun that most people would think could happen only in the movies. At a party in the private castle of a celebrated vineyard the night before the Stampa, amid music and dancing to a live band, participants learn the history of stamping and the age-old techniques that begin the wine-making for each year. Each visitor receives a gift of three personally labeled bottles of Chianti.

Parties — at the hotel in Montecatini, at traditional Tuscan restaurants, at three vineyards including the ancestral home of Nicholo Machiavelli — provide unlimited food and wine. At one luncheon party, a leading Tuscan chef shows how to prepare the traditional dishes being served. Winners of prizes for the Best Grape Stamper, Best Stampa Stomper, Most Original Style of Stamping and other wacky contests are presented in the estate house of a second leading vineyard at an evening dinner party.

Sightseeing includes excursions to Pisa to see the Leaning Tower and to Lucca for its medieval mansions and palaces, orientation in Montecatini, and in the Chianti region to Siena and San Gimignano. One afternoon is given to shopping the factory outlets around Florence — the likes of Fendi, Prada, Gucci and Armani are represented — and a free day in Florence provides independent shopping and sightseeing.

Departures are scheduled September 18 and 25 and October 2 and 9 on British Airways, via London to Bologna or Pisa, from New York’s JFK airport & Newark with an optional 2 night extension to Rome; add-on fares are available from British Airways’ 18 other gateways. Cost per person, double occupancy, is $ 2989 at the four-star Grand Hotel Croce di Malta. The prices cover round-trip air transportation, accommodation, airport-hotel transfers, breakfast daily and 5 dinners including wine in the hotel and local restaurants and festival functions at three wineries, sightseeing and the services of local Vacation Europe staff and guides.

Reservations and additional information can be obtained from Country Cottages, Inc., d/b/a Vacation Europe, 2300 Corporate Blvd., N.W. #214, Boca Raton, FL 33431; telephone (800) 674-8883 or (561) 988-4000; fax (561) 988-0016; Website:

Contact Karen Parker 561-988-4000


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Owners of Antique Furniture and Italian Furniture Shop Open Up Their Tuscan Farmhouse for Dream Vacation

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Owners of Antique Furniture and Italian Furniture Shop Open Up Their Tuscan Farmhouse for Dream Vacation

Fatto A Mano

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Heather Dempsey and Massimo Mallamace, owners of San Francisco home furnishings shop Fatto a Mano, are inviting visitors to enjoy Podere Erica, a 16-acre property in the heart of Chianti just 30 minutes from Florence, yet tucked away in the tranquil Tuscan countryside. Guests can walk to the charming village of San Donato in Poggio, explore local wineries, or just “stay home” and enjoy the pool, the wood-burning pizza oven, the beautiful woods, cooking classes or lessons on wine tasting. Visitors to Podere Erica truly get to know the real Italy.

The villa is ideally located for exploring the quaint villages in Chianti as well as larger Tuscan towns such as Greve, Castellina, Siena, Panzano, San Gimignano and Volterra. Podere Erica is named for the owners’ daughter, Heather Dempsey – “podere” meaning small farm and “erica” meaning “heather,” the broom plant that grows on the property. Heather’s mom Jan Dempsey, who spent years searching all over Tuscany before finding Podere Erica, says to prospective guests, “Imagine yourself settling into a different rhythm under the wisteria-covered pergola overlooking the Chianti hills. You will never forget your week at Podere Erica and you will want to come back!” And, in fact, many guests return year after year.

While the stone farmhouse is over 500 years old, it has been recently remodeled. Heather Dempsey and Massimo Mallamace completed a renovation of the entire house in 2008. Massimo’s handiwork can be seen throughout the house – from the gorgeous stone tile in the bathrooms to a rustic kitchen hood, salvaged from the previous ancient fireplace. Throughout the remodel, every effort was made to retain the authentic rustic Tuscan charm of the house.

The house has 5 bedrooms and 5 full bathrooms, all beautifully appointed. Every room has air conditioning (an uncommon, yet welcome feature on those hot summer days in Tuscany). Other amenities include outdoor dining, pool, wood-burning oven, gas barbecue, hiking trails, wireless Internet, and light maid service. Because of its popularity, guests are encouraged to book well in advance to ensure availability.

More photos and a complete description of the property are online at For more information about Fatto a Mano, call (415) 830-3040, visit their website at, or come in to their store located at 1800 Union Street at the corner of Octavia in San Francisco. They are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:30am to 7:00pm.

About Fatto a Mano

Fatto a Mano celebrates Italian style and lifestyle by offering handmade (fatto a mano) home furnishings and stylish antique furniture as well as gourmet Italian food and fine Italian personal care products – all that a person needs to live “la dolce vita.”

Fatto a Mano San Francisco antique furniture and home furnishings store is owned by husband and wife team, Massimo Mallamace and Heather Dempsey. Heather, an American, and Massimo, an Italian, met in Florence many years ago. In 2008, Heather and Massimo managed a $ 1 million remodel on the Dempsey’s farmhouse in Chianti (view the finished product at and learn how to experience this beautiful property!). At Fatto a Mano, they keep it in the “famiglia” – Heather’s mom Jan makes one-of-a-kind jewelry and her 88-year-old Grandma Alice loves to sell her collectible treasures.



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Explore the Land of Tuscany This Christmas Vacation at Holiday Villas

Tuscany is the most popular holiday destination in Italy this Christmas. You have various types of accommodations to choose from such as farmhouses, vacation villas, hotels, apartments for your stay in Tuscany. Holiday villas are mostly in demand but other accommodations are also preferred. Tuscany is a beautiful place to visit for a pleasant experience. The great sea, enticing mountains and beautiful scenery wherever you go always welcomes you in their warmth.

Life is full of zeal in Tuscany. People here are always enthusiastic and celebrate festivals and have admiring culture. ‘The Grey Car Festival’ is the most popular festival of this place. Tourists from all over the world come here especially for this festival. Hiking is also another attraction of this place for tourists. Nature lovers can also explore the beauty of nature here as it provides the splendid picturesque.

Tuscany with its natural beauty is also a place for romance and fairy tales. Many romantic and dramatic films have been shot due to its site locations as they provide perfect cinema location for shooting. Tuscany villas rental and holiday farmhouses are also used in these cinemas as they provide ideal background. This place is gift of nature where you find all sorts of locations such as beaches, valleys, hills, mountains, sea, etc. to rejuvenate life.

Tuscany has the best beaches in the world that offers beautiful panoramas and crystal clear water. Tuscany is a great place to visit any time of the year. Number of tourists increase during the peak seasons. Tuscany villas are very much popular among the tourists here. This enchanting holiday villa provides best accommodations along with privacy and beautiful natural sceneries to enjoy.

Tuscany is place to enjoy food also. You get everything from pastas, sandwiches, world famous pizzas to Tuscany specials. You get wide range of food items to choose from and sooth your taste buds. Enjoy the foods of Tuscany with salads, pastas, pizza and wine to enhance your mood. You would also like to visit some restaurants that have unique traditional Tuscan style. So, what are you waiting for when so many attractions of Tuscany are calling you to enjoy this Christmas holidays? Have a great vacation this Christmas while staying at Tuscan vacation villas to enjoy with your family.

Italy is the perfect destination and villa rental in Tuscany is the best accommodation solution for a vacation that would appeal to the whole family, round the year. Tourist Visit Italy for luxury accommodation and delicious cuisine. I have Visited Italy in Last Summer.

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Tuscany is blessed with finest monuments of arts. Across Tuscany there are many attractive farmhouses and villas, which provide opportunities to enjoy local cooking, wines and to explore small villages each with its own treasures. So, when you rent a villa, you can be a part of whole Italian experience or living like an Italian. The Tuscan area is rich in art, culture and history and also it is an area which hasn’t lost its ancient tradition. It is the place where you will be taken back in time as you wonder along the country roads immersed in the splendid Tuscan scenery, interrupted only by the ancient towns where you can savor the culinary arts of Tuscany.

Vacation villa Tuscany is surrounded by beautiful olive groves. There is very large dining table and exterior light and Japanese style garden along with long large free form swimming pool. Near by it has unspoilt hills. The living room has an original stone fire place. The kitchen is fully equipped with modern appliances like microwave, toaster, freezer, dishwasher and a large fireplace to roast meat and vegetables. The kitchen is connected to large brick arch.

Some vacation villa Tuscany consists of bunk beds which are ideal for children and galleried room with spiral staircase. The bedrooms in the villa all have private bathrooms, air conditioning and open fireplace that will surely add comfort and enjoyment to your holiday. They offer two patios for meal “al fresco”. Also it is possible to organize a typical Tuscan meal at the villas.

Spectacular and sensational, Tuscany offers some awesome artistic heritage being the historical foundation of the Renaissance. One can discover the facets of a host of talents in her sculptures, the museums, historical buildings, amazing towns, galleries, gardens and national parks. Tuscany reflects your tastes, emotions and passions with her colors, fragrance and a deep sense of family ties that bonds you with one of the most memorable holiday destinations of the world.

Some vacation villa Tuscany have double storey and the ground floor opens out to an entrance hall decorated with lovely frescoes. There is a lounge area that is really huge with a big fireplace, a spacious dining area, and library, a conveniently big kitchen-cum-dining room with a fireplace, a toilet and a laundry room. The upper level may have six excellently furnished and pristine bedrooms, each with its own identity and style, with ensuite bathrooms and one with a bath. All the rooms have ceiling fans and have lovely views of the garden that surrounds vineyards. The estate may have a beautifully kept garden that ranges over 3.000 square meters with golden mimosas, hydrangeas, roses and camellias that reflect the colors of the countryside. So the guests can spend a lazy day relaxing under the gazebo or swimming in the pool. The original décor and style decorating the interiors are mirrored throughout the villa that enhances the ambience along with the fireplace in the cheerful manner.

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Vacation in Italy

Italy is historically rich, bold, romantic and colorful. Italy is keystone of today’s western culture. Italy is agriculturally rich country. Its countryside is a prolific producer of fruit, vegetables and livestock. Also culturally rich, Italy has created the world’s best art, architecture, music and literature. Italy’s greatest wealth is its people. People here are sociable, charming that seem to know how to do everything bigger and better. They are lively, gregarious and have ardor for everything they do. They are expressive because they show their emotions more freely than most and are not reluctant to give hugs, kisses, and other displays of affection. Italians love to laugh and talk loudly, usually giving stress on everything using hand gestures. They are not at all reluctant to welcome strangers into their towns and homes, and are always all set to share a meal or a story, a good joke or song etc. They love their food, their families, their music and custom. They display confidence, charisma and hospitality. Italy has received more attention from tourist in the last decade than any other European country. For these reasons tourist will find that vacation in italy is most memorable experience of their life.

There are wonderful places like famous Rome, picturesque Venice, cultural Florence, and the wonderful coastlines of Amalfi and Italy’s distinctive islands. The most famous place of Italy is Tuscany. It is without doubt considered the most beautiful region in Italy because of its landscapes and its artistic legacy. In 1860 Tuscany became a part of Italy. Pisa is the budget airline doorway to Tuscany, but Florence also has its own airport. Rome and Bologna Forli are other options with excellent transport links to Tuscany. Tuscany is a place where best italy vacation rental can be found. The main railways running through Tuscany are the Rome-Pisa-Genoa-Turin line and the Rome-Florence-Bologna-Milan line, which provide quick and well-organized connections with the rest of Italy. Tuscany’s smaller towns are well-connected by bus.

Florence is Tuscany’s crown, with its beautiful buildings, rich history, priceless art and distinctive atmosphere .For decades Tuscany has been the dream holiday for many travelers all over. Minor Tuscan destinations which are famous with holidaymakers include Lucca,San Gimignano area.San Gimignano has been called a “medieval Manhattan and people group to this tiny village to see the popular skyscrapers. If you arrive here before 9:30 am you will see the village as it was meant to be seen, i.e., tranquil and peaceful, localities enjoying their first cappuccino of the day as they contemplate an active day ahead. This place will be packed with tourist At 9:30 the buses begin to park outside the ancient walls and the day trippers start coming. All day there will be a steady stream, arriving frequently in groups of 20 or so.

Whether they live in a large city or a tiny village, the people of Italy work hard and take pleasure in their free time. Walking through the narrow streets of Florence, gliding along on a gondola in Venice, or riding a bicycle through a tiny northern town, any tourist will notice that the Italian people have homes that are simple and practical, but beautiful and vibrant. Probably because it offers diverse italy vacation package that makes vacationing here more popular.

Vacation in Italy, is a good place to start your vacation. You can start their vacation planning selecting Italy vacation rentals and popular itineraries, choosing from a wide range of Italy vacation packages. You may further customize it to suit their requirements and conveniences. You can view some of the most beautiful places in Italy dating from the period of the Venetian merchants.

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