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Recent Europe reviews

  • Incredible experience

    "I cannot thank Diane enough for making this house available to my friends and me for our recent vacation. It is warm, welcoming and perfect as a base to explore the French countryside or to just sit and relax. It is well stocked with dishes and cooking supplies, towels, linens and everything you could need to have a six course meal or just cook up some scrambled eggs for breakfast. There were plenty of bedrooms and the beds were comfortable. It was great that we each could have our own bathroom. There is a great book she has prepared with recommendations about activities, restaurants and just general info. We were fortunate that Diane was in residence in her portion of the property so were able to spend some time with her. Her restaurant recommendations were superb, particularly L'Auberge de l'Ecole about 20 minutes away. We has an incredible meal served by a friendly and helpful staff. Meusnes is not a hotbed of activity but the nearby town, Selles Sur Cher has a lot to offer including a great weekly market, cafes and restaurants. From our base we took daily excursions to le Chateau de Chenonceau, the Zoo Beauval (not to be missed), Blois, Tours, and several other areas. The drive through the French countryside was beautiful and not to be missed. The house was easy to get to from Paris. We rented a car in Paris and drove down using the GPS I had brought from home. No problems, not hard getting out of Paris and a fairly easy 2.5 - 3 hour drive. This is a great house for friends to share or for a family or an extended family vacation. It would work well with multi generations. I would love to be able to stay for a month, hosting various friends to visit and really becoming part of the French country life. Maybe when I retire..... Thank you, Diane"
    Guest: Janet H. Date of Stay: April 2014 Review Submitted: May 2, 2014
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  • Great place for R & R

    "We were delighted with both the villa and the caretakers, who proved to be warm and helpful people who answered questions, provided snacks and good recommendations. We came with another couple, good friends, who were also eager to explore the area. The site was a good starting off point for daily excursions to both medieval towns, panoramic vistas, and modern cities. We did have a car at our disposal, but availed ourselves of a recommended (very knowlegeable) tour guide with a car for an excellent overview. Cocktails on the patio with a view of the Mediterranean made for a special memory. Thumbs up! (and kudos to the mission work!)"
    Guest: Norm Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: October 7, 2014
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  • We loved Lancelot!

    "My husband and I booked this apartment while we were in Paris celebrating his 50th birthday. We absolutely LOVED it! The location is great! Located in the 4th arrond. in the Marais, close to the Hotel de Ville stop on the metro. There are great cafes, restaurants and shopping close by. There is also a nice wine store close by and the owner gave us nice recommendations each night. There is also a market close by for things you will need during your stay. The apartment is clean and had everything we would need including coffee, tea, and sugar. Marie was very easy to work with and she provides a nice guest book with restaurant recommendations and helpful information to get around the city. I noticed previous posts about having to walk up three flights of stairs, it is truly a non-issue if you do not have any health concerns. The walk up is very easy. I would definitely book this apartment again!"
    Guest: KRLoomis Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: October 7, 2014
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Italy Travel Tips

Seasons to Visit Italy

For the most part, Italy is widely thought of as a summer vacation destination. Because it has such a long coastline, it is a popular beach destination in Europe. The summer season starts in May and runs through to September. Traditionally, June and July are the peak travel months and major tourist centers can get very crowded. For those traveling to Italy to go skiing, the peak season is during December and January when the snowfalls in the Alps are their best.

Visitors to Italy

People visit Italy for a number of different reasons. Some have an interest in ancient civilizations and will spend their time exploring the ruins of Rome and other historic cities. Many of the coastal towns on the southern coastline have forts and ruins bating back centuries. There are many areas where archeological digs have produced a range of interesting artifacts. Italy is a country known for its distinctive flair for things artistic and creative. Cities such as Milan attract fashion enthusiasts from all over the world. Florence attracts art lovers and Venice draws the romantics. The rural countryside is often explored by bikers and cyclists who prefer to explore at their own pace. The far northern Alps attract ski enthusiasts in the cooler winter months. During the summertime, many Europeans flock to Italy’s beaches to take advantage of the warm Mediterranean climate and beautiful beaches. Many religious visitors plan their stays around being able to visit the Vatican and see or hear the pope speak.

Italy Travel Attractions

Italy is a country of diverse landscapes. To the north, there are the Italian Alps which are a major ski attraction during the winter months. There are many top-quality ski resorts that offer downhill skiing, snowboarding and cross country ski routes. In terms of ski resorts in Europe, Italy is often thought of as one of the more affordable ski destinations. In the summer months, the Alps provide many trails for hikers and mountain bikers.

Italy’s cities are a wealth of cultural attractions. The ancient ruins in Rome tell of empires past. The beautiful churches and cathedrals that are characteristic of Italy vary in style and design but are all undeniably beautiful. Magnificent artworks decorate the ceilings and walls. Some of the most famous are the Sistine Chapel that is home to Michaelangelo’s creation. Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper can be seen at the church of Santa Maria Belle Gracie in Milan. Fountains, alleyways, city squares and monuments are all part of Italy’s wealth of attractions.

The cities are a wonderful blend of both old and new culture. In some areas, traditions are held onto, whereas in other centers there is a distinctly modern feel to life. Venice is unique because of its extensive network of canals and beautiful architecture. The rural area of Tuscany is well known for producing award-winning wines and rich olive oils. The smaller towns and villages tend to be more traditional and this is where you can experience the Italy of old. Warm hospitality and meals that are a celebration of life are characteristic of rural life.

Getting to Italy

Italy is well connected to Europe and the rest of the world through air and rail links. There are several international airports in cities such as Rome, Milan, Florence, and Venice. Several smaller domestic and regional airports provide easy access to other parts of the country. There is also an extensive rail network that links Italy to the rest of Europe.

Nothing's quite like a vacation in Italy, whether you rent a country villa in Tuscany or see the sights from your self-catering apartment in Rome. Italy offers hundreds of delights for travelers, and our owners offer a vast selection of vacation rental homes and apartments that will invite you to relax and enjoy your Italy vacation to the fullest.

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