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  • Villa La Quercia- a truly wonderful Italian experience

    "A friend and her extended family vacationed here a few years ago with her new baby girl, and she recommended this beautiful place when I and another co-worker were talking about renting a villa in the Italian countryside. Even with the pictures implanted in our minds during the 2 years of planning our trip, we were pleasantly AMAZED when we arrived to this beautiful place. The stone house resonated with the sounds of the Italian tenors and classics from the music room and provided a movie-like background to the incredible ambiance around the salt water pool and even onto the 2nd floor balcony of the guesthouse where we sipped wine watching the shimmering lake view on the horizon beyond the expansive natural fields and vineyards. 2 of the bedrooms in the main house also have balconies where morning coffee by sunrise was enjoyed. We felt truly "Italian" for a group of 8 French Canadian and Jewish American women ages 50-85 and the meals prepared in the expansive and well appointed kitchen of the lovingly restored farm house provided many an evening of pure Italian delight. Dining under the grape canopy which was teeming with grapes for harvest, to be made into jelly, provided outdoor conversation and connection, complete with a wood fired outdoor pizza oven! And had we had a bit more wine to drink, and were perhaps 20 to 40 years younger, we might have enjoyed the enclosed trampoline on the front lawn. It was hard to leave our home base, but we did, because we were so well located to explore the ancient walled cities and bike the countryside of Umbria and Tuscany, meet the local people who were so gracious and inviting, eat in their fantastic eateries, train to Florence and Rome to explore places previously only read about, and taste the wines during the grape harvest. Our villa was so welcoming to come home to after each day of adventure. Our villa owners are especially attentive to the needs and wants of their guests and in so many ways provide for a worry free and relaxing vacation experience. They truly have the gift of hospitality and have arranged for a team of local caretakers to maintain and tend to the needs of their guests. As this trip was planned as a trip of a lifetime for my 85 year old Mom, I am especially thankful that our villa more than met our highest expectations! Thank you, K. and D."
    Guest: Jo E. Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: December 28, 2014
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Germany Travel Tips

Seasons to Visit Germany Vacation Rentals

Most visitors to Germany travel in the warmer summer months that run from May through September. The peak travel season is typically during June and July. In general, summer days are long with the sun only setting after eight at night. This allows plenty of time for sightseeing and other activities. In the winter, the temperatures range from mild to freezing depending on where you are in Germany. The northern and eastern parts frequently get heavy snowfall during December and January. In the south and more mountainous regions, the snow and scenic beauty attract many visitors in the wintertime.

Attractions and Activities at Germany Lodging

Germany has a rich and diverse history. In almost every town or city, there are buildings dating back to the Middle Ages, beautiful churches or cathedrals, and local legends that have become part of the local traditions. There are many museums in Germany catering to a wide range of interests. Far from boring showcase-type exhibits, modern museums include video, sound and actual artifacts to bring history to life. While traditions remain strong, Germany is a modern nation and this is reflected in the high-tech modern style of living in the cities. Restaurants and bars range from traditional eateries to quirky and sometimes bizarre-themed venues. Most people visit Germany to take in the ancient castles, museums and churches. In the summertime, the best way to explore is on foot. Enjoy a cup of coffee at a street side café and browse through the shops in between your visits to museums.

Germany Travel Tips

Getting around Germany is easy but before you set out, make sure you have a good guidebook with you. In this way, you can plan some of your travel routes and make sure you get to the sights that you really want to see. If you plan to travel by train or are spending some time in one particular city, look into purchasing a travel pass. This is often far more affordable than single route tickets. Germany is relatively safe but be aware of walking around alone at night. Like most major cities, there is always a risk of becoming a target for crime.

Getting to and Around Germany

Germany takes up a large part of Central Europe and is easily accessible by air, land and sea. The harbor at Hamburg is one of the largest and busiest in the world. While it is mostly cargo that is transported, several worldwide cruise liners also dock at Hamburg. If you already reside or are traveling in Europe, one of the best ways to get around is by train. There is an extensive rail network in Germany that links it up with the rest of Europe. High-speed intercity trains are a convenient way of traveling longer distances. Smaller towns and villages can be reached on standard trains. Some of the rail routes, such as the one from Cologne and Dusseldorf to Frankfurt, follow the scenic route along the Rhine River. This is one of the best ways to see the countryside.

There is also an extensive road network; however, you do need to be confident in your driving ability. The high-speed autobahns and inner city congestion can be somewhat intimidating if you are not used to it. Germany has several efficient international airports. The busiest is Frankfurt International Airport. This is mostly due to its central location within Germany and Europe. Other international airports include Berlin Airport and Munich Airport. From these airports, you can get domestic connections on to other cities such as Dusseldorf, Bonn, Hamburg, and Dresden.

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