I’ve had a half dozen friends and acquaintances ask me about renting a villa in Italy recently. Many were confused about where to even begin the task of finding a reputable rental company, or a high quality villa that would fit many people.
So, I called upon my friends at the Italian Tourism Board in New York! They enthusiastically recommended a few companies, and the properties look UH-MA-ZING.
The first company is the Parker Company. The Parker Company rents certified villas all over Italy – From seaside properties on the Amalfi Coast and the Italian Riviera to villas and farmhouses in Tuscany and Umbria to lakeside accommodations on Lake Como & Lake Garda to apartments in Rome, Florence and Venice. There are enough properties for every size group and different budgets.
Here is an example of a property -
Villa Montecristo in Chiusi, Tuscany. This home sleeps 12…. there is a nice review written about each property from former guests so you can gather more details.
During high peak season, (Mid-June-July) it rents for $8575… but in shoulder season May – beginning of June, you can get it for $5850!
Not only do they have some stylin’ villas, they can arrange tours where you wine taste, see ceramic making, go truffle hunting or simply toss a pizza in mama’s kitchen. www.parkervillas.com
Another recommended company with high-end villas is Papaverorentals. This company says it has a wide range of castles, farmhouses, cottages and apartments too. Some properties come with maid service, which is a very nice touch. The company is run by a third generation Italian-American, who knows some of the owners of the featured villas. Both companies offer help in trip planning.
Here is an example of a villa available through Papaverorentals -
Il Colegio in Siena…walking distance into town.
Mama Mia this looks incredible – it isn’t often you find something so contemporary in Italy – most of the time you will find old school design.
Il Colegio sleeps 12, and all the rooms are on one floor. This house comes with a maid, and a chef is available!!
It is pricey – high season May 31- Aug 29is $17,000 a week… Mid season/shoulder season the price drops to $12,900 a week.
I have rented villas in Italy before, and in other countries, and here are things you should remember:
1) There may be tourist tax added to the price – based on per person per night – ask if children are exempt.
2) Try and be flexible with dates – not traveling in high season can save you thousands of dollars in a week.
3) Ask if there is a cleaning service who will clean before you arrive, and not the owners. I have walked into not-so-clean rental homes before.
4) If you have small children and are renting a property with a pool, ask if there is a pool cover. Also ask if there is a pool heater!
5) Be prepared to encounter new critters – We were once the first of the season to rent a villa in Tuscany, and the place was infested with scorpions, which are common out in the country! Make sure you are in touch with the rental company if something like that happens, although the locals we mentioned it to just laughed as if it were part of the la dolce vita
And remember – the benefits are fantastic – the opportunity to live like a local, more space than a hotel, the opportunity to eat at home after shopping in a local market, and the ability to stay with a larger group in one place, for sometimes a cheaper stay than a nice hotel.
Have a great weekend.