Renting a Villa in Italy--Insider Tips for the Best Value

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The villa industry has evolved dramatically over the past five years, resulting in an explosion of properties posted on the Web. Now, travelers are finding it harder than ever to decipher the best from the rest. These insider tips can help travelers select a villa rental agent and a home.

Renting a villa in Italy? If you are among those who are intrigued by the possibilities, you’ve probably checked out Italy villa rental listings on the Web. The villa industry evolved dramatically over the past five years, resulting in an explosion of properties posted on the Web. Consequently, many travelers are finding it harder than ever to decipher the best from the rest.

The reality of planning a villa vacation is that it requires much more time and energy than booking a few nights at a hotel or organizing a week at a resort. Villa vacations take insight into the area, attention to detail, a network of resources at home and abroad, and a skilled staff to work out the logistics and communicate with foreign homeowners.

These top ten tips can help travelers choose the right villa rental agent, select a suitable home for their group, and plan a villa vacation that takes into account varying ages and interests.

  • Work with an agent who deals directly with the homeowner rather than through multiple agents (i.e., multiple markups).
  • Find out if the agent is personally familiar with the area, as well as when the last time he or she visited the properties. Does the location permit day trips to Florence, Rome or other destinations of interest?
  • Seriously consider location, and ask about any surprises to be aware of pertaining to accessibility. For example, the location may require guests to drive down a Tuscan countryside dirt road at night or hop in a boat to visit the local store from an Amalfi Coast villa.
  • Inquire about local festivities and Italian holidays that could affect the ability to get around and enjoy local points of interest.
  • When traveling with children or older parents, ask about the layout and amenities, as some luxury villa rentals have policies on supervising children.
  • Ask about the landscape, decor and features of the villa. Do they suit every member of the group?
  • If the language barrier is a concern, verify that English-speaking assistance is available once in Italy.
  • Find out if the villa rental agent can arrange a conversation with another guest who has used his or her services.
  • Be sure to ask about extra costs that may not be factored into the price.
  • Pay attention to every detail.

After selecting a villa rental agent and a home, make the most out of intelligence and insight of professional travel providers. The purpose of a good villa rental company is not only to serve as a matchmaker between travelers and owners of homes abroad, but also to provide valuable information and help guests make the most of vacation time.

Crafting a memorable cultural experience that appeals to families and friends traveling together is an art that Homebase Abroad knows well. Now in its 13th season, this Italy villa rental company set the standard with their extraordinary travel services and portfolio of homes, a distinctive mix of 40 of Italy’s best houses.

The travel consultants share their extensive knowledge and expertise with each guest personally, offering advice and insight that the best guidebooks cannot provide. Homebase Abroad also publishes a Housebook® for each traveling party, an all-inclusive book tailored to each individual trip.

For more information on Homebase Abroad, photography or to arrange an interview with a travel expert, please visit http://www.HomebaseAbroad.com.

About Homebase Abroad:

Based in Scituate, Mass., Homebase Abroad is an Italy villa rental company whose expert staff is recognized for the exceptional job they do in finding the meeting point between the Italian lifestyle and the demands of an affluent, well-traveled American clientele. In addition to matching travelers with Italy’s most distinctive homes, the Homebase Abroad staff spends as much time as needed with each, individual guest to ensure planning is thorough and every question is answered. From private shopping excursions to Italian cooking lessons, they arrange a variety of activities designed to immerse travelers in the Italian lifestyle.

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Pam Wadler/Megan Allen

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212-966-0024

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