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Recent Europe reviews

  • Magnifico!

    "Just a week returned from an eight night stay at Villa Buonanotte Barbanera and my family and I would love to get on the next flight and visit again. My wife and I, our 6 year old daughter and our 20 month old son, spent Pasqua (Easter) in Spello at Andrea’s beautiful villa. The villa is as spectacular in person as it is in the pictures – and the views are even better. The conversion/restoration of this 14th century church was done with care and an incredible attention to detail. It retains the old world feel but contains all of the modern conveniences you want. The décor is comfortable and stylish. Our daughter loved having her own space upstairs with its unique Moroccan inspired theme. The outdoor space is a treasure, made even more spectacular by the fact it is within the old city walls. You never tire of walking into the private garden from the street and seeing the tremendous views. The location of the villa provides the best of both worlds – a country feel/view but with in-town convenience. Andrea herself was a joy to work with during the planning process and a genuinely great person when we met her. She can organize all sorts of activities for you, restaurant recommendations, pantry stocking – pretty much anything. During our stay she said to me that she knows there are many nice villas for people to stay in, and so it was important for her to provide a service level that elevates a stay with her above other options. These are not hollow words, she clearly believes and acts on them. She is also clearly well known and respected in town as many local business/restaurant proprietors knew her and knew that we were staying with her. I also wanted to mention Sabrina, a young woman Andrea relies on occasionally when she cannot meet a guest for check in (which was the case for us). Sabrina was so nice, and so great with our kids, that we actually had her babysit (or “funsit” as my daughter said) for us half-way through our stay. We were a bit unsure how it would go as the kids didn’t know her. It couldn’t have gone any better, the kids had a great time with her, going out for gelato, going to a playground, and just hanging out at the villa. It went so well in fact that when we told our daughter we were going to have her come again later in the trip she jumped for joy. I would not hesitate to return to Buonanotte Barbanera or suggest it to others. It was an integral part of our fantastic vacation. If you’re going to Umbria give Andrea a call!"
    Guest: uFlecku Date of Stay: April 2015 Review Submitted: April 20, 2015
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  • Great holiday home for our first family holiday away

    "We had a great time in Deal at this holiday home. It was our first family holiday with our eight month old and travel cot, stair gate and high chair were all supplied which made our jaunt away far easier. There's also plenty of toys and books to keep littles ones occupied for hours. The holiday home is great and we loved the decor - very different to our home so we really felt we were in a special place and it added to our holiday vibe. The downstairs is particularly stunning in the morning when the sunlight streams in - being open plan, it was also lovely to be able to see our little one happily playing in the living room area whilst we prepared breakfast in the kitchen. We planned to have a BBQ but sadly the weather turned so we couldn't but the garden would be a wonderful place to have one! Deal itself was lovely. A great mix of shops, coffee shops, restaurants and pubs. We became daily visitors to JC Rooks Butchers and the sausages from The Black Pig were particularly delicious! We also went on a couple of nice walks further afield. One to Kingsdown where we enjoyed a drink outside The Zetland (Appears to have had a recent revamp and was very busy on the weekend so if you want to eat there would recommend booking in advance). Another walk took us to Sandwich which was about 6.5miles and very pleasant if somewhat tough at times with an urban pram over slightly tougher terrain (we enjoyed a lovely Italian dinner at Luigis, a picnic in the park by The Salutation and our daughter enjoyed her second ever go on the swings too!). We also took the train to Ramsgate one day and then walked to Broadstairs, stopping in Ramsgate by the harbour to enjoy a cuppa whilst we gave our daughter her lunch and then a later stop off by Louise Bay for a picnic for us. Broadstairs was lovely and we enjoyed a walk around the front, a perusal of the shops and later dinner at Samworth + Mee (great steak and burger!). All in all, a lovely week away!"
    Guest: Rachel Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: September 16, 2014
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Europe Travel Tips

If you’re ready to say goodbye to the U.S. and bonjour, ciao or hola to Europe, here are some country highlights and other tips to get you started on planning your perfect European getaway:

European Travel Tips

There’s a lot to keep in mind when traveling across the pond, especially to a country where you don’t speak the language. Though Europe is a collection of diverse countries, there are some general things to know about this Old World continent that will help you plan and enjoy your trip.

- Learn a few polite key words, standard greetings and salutations in each country that you visit, including: good morning, how are you, I’m fine, thank you and please. Another helpful phrase that needs no explanation is: “Where is the bathroom?”

- In the majority of European locales, waiters and other restaurant workers are paid full salaries and don’t depend on tips as wait staff do in the U.S. It’s standard to leave just a few Euro (unless you have a very large group) as a tip for each meal.

- Before leaving for your trip, make sure your passport is up-to-date, as well as your license if you plan to rent a car. Check in with your bank to let them know you’ll be vacationing in Europe so they are aware and don’t freeze your account. Ask about their credit and debit card policies for ATM use abroad.

- Pack lightly, if you can! Many charming old buildings in Europe don’t have elevators, so it won’t be fun to carry a very heavy bag up several flights of stairs. Also, if you forget some essentials, you should be able to find what you need abroad.

-Purchase converters and adapters so you can charge your phone, dry your hair and plug in your laptop without ruining your devices or blowing out the power.

Italy

Italy is one of the top spots for Americans on their European travels due to its seductive culture, scenic landscapes, ancient history and rich cuisine. Some of the best things to do in Italy are to wander down narrow, ancient streets and duck into various opulent and ancient churches. Indulge in the Italian tradition of a four-hour meal in a fancy restaurant, relishing in “il dolce di fare niente” - the beauty of doing nothing. Here are some of the must-see cities and sights on your Italian vacation:

Rome

Your Roman holiday will be filled with architectural gems known the world over. Take a tour of the Colosseum, spend a few hours traversing the ruins and stare up at remarkably well-preserved temples in the Roman Forum. Walk down an unassuming, narrow alley until you emerge in a wide-open piazza and are graced by the magnificence of the Pantheon. Other must-visits are the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, the fountains of Piazza Navona and the Borghese Gardens. Grab gelato at tiny Old Bridge and massive La Palma - two of the best gelaterias in the city.

Tuscany

The Tuscan countryside is romantically written about by authors around the world, and when you pay a visit to Siena, Florence or the smaller surrounding cities, you’ll know why. Stay at a bed and breakfast in the rolling, sunflower-laden countryside outside Siena, and make sure to spend some time in the city center as well - Piazza del Campo (the town square) and the Siena Cathedral are particularly breathtaking. In Florence, the center of the European Renaissance, make an appointment ahead of time for the renowned Uffizi Gallery, shop for gold jewelry on Ponte Vecchio, climb the steep steps inside the Florence Duomo for thrilling views and don’t miss seeing Michelangelo’s famous “David” at the Accademia di Belle Arti.

United Kingdom

The U.K. is a good place to visit for your first trip to Europe because there’s no need to learn a new language. You might want to learn a few British slang words though: A restroom is “the loo,” a stroller is a “pram” and “knockered” means completely exhausted. Here are some tips and top spots for U.K. holidays:

London, England

London is a massive, cosmopolitan city brimming with culture, history and fun. While you are here, take a ride on the London Eye, tour Her Majesty’s Buckingham Palace, learn about the sordid and magnificent history of the Tower of London and make an appointment ahead of time to climb the 334 steps up Big Ben’s belfry for excellent views of Westminster. Also, take advantage of London’s fabulous museums such as the Tate Modern, the Natural History Museum and the British Museum, an architectural gem that holds the Rosetta Stone and other famous antiquities - they’re all free to visit! Your trip will not be complete without a shopping trip at Harrod’s and a stroll through part of the 350-acre Hyde Park.

Dublin, Ireland

Ireland is known for its emerald countryside and scenic cliffs overlooking the sea. While in Dublin, one of the top things to do is visit the ancient Dublin and Malahide castles. Walk through the historic, gothic-style St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which was built in the 12th century, have a picnic in Phoenix Park or St. Stephen’s Green and go shopping on quaint Grafton Street. Other must-visits are the Trinity College Library, the Kilmainham Gaol panopticon prison and the National Museum Ireland. Take a tour and raise a glass at the Guinness Storehouse and the Old Jameson Distillery.

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