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We will never stop talking about the most incredible celebration of our fiftieth wedding anniversary with our family. The villa was beautiful in every aspect-the grounds, the living quarters, the bedrooms, the pergola, the infinity pool, the special people who took care of everything for us. Rosella is a gem, as were her helpmates! We enjoyed three of her delicious Italian five-course meals.

Thank you for always responding to my emails so promptly and answering my many inquiries. You definitely deserve praise for your services within the villa rental business.

--Emma S., 2012

 

Thank you so much for your recommendation of La Foce for our stay in Tuscany. Everything about it was perfect…The apartment itself was even lovelier and larger than I expected it would be and we both slept better than we had in years. We had no trouble at all driving around and exploring the fabulous countryside (lots of poppies) and towns. The private tour of the garden was a delightful surprise. Thank you again!

--Gretchen S., 2012

 

We are home and still buzzing about our amazing week in Venice. We loved staying at Palazzo Albrizzi, and Giulio was awesome and look care of our every need. His chef/housekeeper Marta was amazing as well. She treated us like family, and we were pampered the whole week. Thank you again for all of your support in making our week in Venice that memorable!

--Carla M., 2012

 

The apartment worked out perfectly. It was extremely well appointed, quiet at night, comfortable and quite lovely, with friendly neighbors. We would rent from you again and would recommend you highly to anyone should you want to give a client our email info.

--Cindy P., 2012

 

Now that I've settled back in, I wanted to let you know what a great experience we had staying in Apartment Moderna in Rome during April. We felt lucky to be in the apartment so soon after it was redone. The location was fantastic, and the apartment was a perfect match for our needs…Car service from the airport was a terrific add-on provided by the owner. Refrigerator stocking was perfect to give us an evening snack of meat/cheese/wine, and some yogurt to get us started the next morning. It was also a lovely gesture to find a chocolate egg waiting for my niece. Thoughtful contents of apartment would make it easy to travel light, knowing that some essentials would be there upon arrival. I'd brought converter/adapters and there were plenty there. I'd brought a few key guide books and food guides, and the same ones (newer editions! And particular compliments to owner re Fred Plotkin guide!) were to be found on the shelf there. Touches such as bathrobes, umbrellas, games - all great. Rome-themed videos - great! iPod charging station - great! Location, location, location. Not only is the apartment situated in a great area for on-foot sight seeing, but proximity to two Metro stops, a bus depot at Piazza San Silvestro and taxi stand bring everything within easy access. Needless to say, a supermarket around the corner was terrific, too. As you can tell, we were very happy with our stay. I would be happy to provide a reference for other clients, and I hope you'll let the owner know how much we enjoyed it.

--Joanne L., 2011

 

Thank you so much for all of your help in arranging Le Lagore for us! We absolutely loved every minute of our stay and are already looking at the calendar to see when we can go back! What a place…the villa, the town, the region…the country. It was so much more than we could have imagined.

--Jodi L., 2011

 

We have arrived back from our Tuscany/Italy trip, and want to thank you for your help in lining up Casa Tara for us. We loved the house and the week we spent there. The house was wonderful, the location is stunning. Vania, who managed the house, was very helpful throughout the week. We were pleasantly surprised by the activities available for the children - trampoline, tennis, croquet and the beautiful garden. By the end of the week, our grandkids would have been happy moving there permanently (maybe the adults as well). We used your recommendation to have a very good dinner at Trattoria "C'era una volta" in Lucardo.

--Pat K., 2011

 

I meant to write to you as soon as we returned from our week in Castellina in Chianti to thank you for all your help in putting our wonderful vacation together. The house, weather, food, wine and company were all perfect! Silvio was there to welcome us Saturday afternoon, and Maddelena had prepared a delicious dinner that filled the house with tantalizing aromas. We saw lots of Tuscan towns that were new to us as well as some - Siena and Montepulciano in particular - that we revisited. One of the nicest things I can say about our week is that there were no surprises. Everything was just as described and perfect for our group, and Silvio made us feel very much at home. We also had an interesting tour of the estate with its history and the wine making operation, the fruits of which we sampled a couple of times during the week. We had a wonderful vacation and talked about hoping to be fortunate enough to do it again. Of course, we would be in touch with you if the stars ever so aligned.

--Marcia S., 2011

 

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Castellina in Chianti at the Ville Delle Upupe. The accommodations were just what we needed and the staff at the Castellare Winery were very cordial. Orsa Pellion and her cooking class was marvelous…not to mention the wonderful meal we all participated in at the conclusion of the class. Your notes were very comprehensive and addressed many of our disparate questions during our stay. Again, thanks and we'll be sure to recommend you to friends for future visits to Italy.

--Gerry and Susan G., 2010

 

Your information packet was helpful and we enjoyed trying out your restaurant recommendations. We will contact you again whenever we next travel to Italy, and we will refer you to friends!

--Larisa U., 2010

 

It was a delight to deal with you, and I will continue to recommend you.

--Steve H., 2010

 

When my husband and I decided it was time to take a family trip to Tuscany, we contacted our friend Alice Tetelman. She could not have been a better choice. Over the course of several months, Alice provided us with information on a number of subjects from rental cars to restaurants. The latter was an especially helpful list because she took into account that we were traveling with children but still wanted very good food. She offered tips on shopping, transportation and a number of properties that might have suited us. We had a truly splendid vacation, and Alice was the perfect guide. We have recommended her firm to many friends and will continue to do so.

--Patricia S., 2010

 

We had a wonderful 2 weeks and the villa for our second week was spectacular! We really had a great time and appreciate all you did for us on short notice. We'd gladly work with you again and will recommend you to our friends as well!

--Bob M., 2010

 

Our trip was wonderful. Fontanelle was perfect for our group. The setting was beautiful, the sunsets were magical and the housekeeper was excellent. Thank you for all of your help. We'll be in touch for our next trip to Italy.

--Eileen F., 2010

 

This is just a quick note to tell you how wonderful our trip to Tuscany was and how much that was because of the wonderful villa we rented through you. If anything, the information on it understated significantly what a magnificent place it was. Not only the house itself, but the grounds, including the mountain views and the lush vegetation and the fact that we were invited to eat the produce in the garden and the fruit on the trees, which we did.

--Nancy C., 2010

 

I just wanted to tell you how pleased we were with the accommodations in Venice. The location was super, near all the vaporetto connections, quiet, and still within easy walking distance of San Marco. We had enough time to visit some of the islands around Venice-Murano and Torcello-which were wonderful, just off the beaten path and full of history and beauty. So thanks again for helping to make this business trip a really wonderful experience.

--Sarah W., 2010

 

We had a great time at Il Giardino. In fact, you had described it really well, so I knew what to expect. The views from everywhere were stunning, our master suite was lovely, and there was plenty of room for everyone to have their own space. Thanks so much for your help with a really special trip. I can't wait to do it again! Watching midnight feast day fireworks from the terrace outside our room is a special memory!

--Marla U., 2010

 

I would like to let you know that we had an absolutely fabulous visit to La Pozza in Volpaia. We have all fallen in love with Italy and in particular Chianti. The villa was gorgeous with beautiful flowers all around. We loved the location near the hamlet that we could walk up to for coffee or lunch. The property is well maintained and the people of the town are wonderful and welcoming. We couldn't have chosen a better location. Thank you for your help.

--Julie B., 2010

 

We returned yesterday from Italy and I just wanted to let you know how spectacular our trip was. Both villas were incredible, but Villa Tiberina was beyond that. There are far too many good memories to recount here but Sabina cooked for us one night and it is one of the most memorable times of all our lives. You will be hearing from us in the near future.

--Maria W., 2010

 

Our two weeks at Le Rondini exceeded our expectations. It is a fabulous property and the owners were wonderful. They even had a home made pizza night for us . . . Yum! Many thanks for all your help.

--Kay S., 2010

 

I just wanted to thank you again for helping us set up a wonderful trip to Tuscany. The villa La Flora was everything we had hoped and so much more! You were so helpful and listened to our wishes and made recommendations that fit our requirements. We will definitely recommend you to our family and friends.

--Mimi C., 2010

 

I just wanted to let you know how much we loved La Foce! We were greeted upon our arrival by Elena who ended up preparing many wonderful meals for us during our stay. The villa and setting was magical….views of Casteluccia in one direction and Monte Amiata in another! We filled our days with day trips, cooking classes, markets, and long walks. The entire stay far exceeded our expectations and I want to thank you so much for your guidance in our selection. We look forward to returning!

--Pamela P., 2010

 

Thanks to Italian Vacation Villas for all your attention. You went above and beyond to help us select a property and prepare for our trip. We were a group of seven, all with different wishes (and ages!), and had never rented a house in the region before. You made sure we found a villa that would enchant everyone and were very honest about different options. You went through countless different options with us and made the whole process seem easy. We couldn't be happier with the villa we selected. You also had fantastic suggestions for a chef and for day-trips around our villa. Our many emails to you always got answered within a few hours, no matter the day or time! Thanks again for everything. We will certainly recommend you to friends and family.

--Sophie and Charles D., 2010

 

I want to thank you for all the help you provided in making our trip to Italy such a wonderful one. The apartment in Portovenere was perfect - we enjoyed everything about it! From watching the man in the apartment below lovingly water his herbs to seeing the fishing boats head into the harbor every night, it was the perfect start to our vacation. Thanks again, and we will most certainly recommend you and your expertise to future travelers!

--Liz E., 2009

 

We absolutely loved our trip to Siena, Tuscany and our travels to Cinque Terre and Rome. The house in Siena was everything we had hoped for and more. We really cannot say enough about the beautiful scenery that surrounded us each morning we awoke. The cherry trees were fully ripe and we were encouraged to pick them as often as we liked. The house was clean and even more spacious than the photos. It was a perfect location to stay in and travel by car to visit spots like Lucca, Florence, Montalcino and more. The caretaker was very nice and we managed surprisingly well even though he spoke little English! Thank you and we will be sure to use you again when traveling.

--Kitty B., 2009

 

We had a fabulous time in Italy. The trip could not have turned out better. The villa was great! It is in a beautiful setting and we enjoyed the surrounding towns. There is no bad food in Italy!!!! The wines were superb. Our weather was great. Spring was in full bloom and the air was sweet with the fragrance of flowers. Thanks for your help. This was a great vacation.

--Ross & Karin M., 2009

 

We had a wonderful wonderful wonderful time…The apartment itself was beautiful…enjoyed buying delicious meats from the butcher down the road and the fantastic restaurants in walking distance and plenty more all around the area. If you ever have any clients who would like to find out more about Renaiola before they book it, I would be happy to share all the fantastic experiences with them anytime, so please feel free to use my name as a reference.

--Robyn H., 2009

 

We have just returned from our honeymoon in Italy, and my wife and I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for your great help in getting us set up at Casamonti. The villa was absolutely beautiful; it was everything we had hoped for, and much more - the perfect place to spend our honeymoon…Thank you so much for taking the time to understand what we were really looking for, and delivering it!

--David Y. & Janice K., 2009

 

I wanted to send you just a short note to let you know that the villa rental was a huge success. Everyone was very, very pleased with the facilities and the owners. The location near Florence and Siena was great. It was a great experience for everyone. Of particular note was the meals served at the villa. They were experiences everyone raved about. If you ever need a reference for this villa, please do not hesitate to contact me.

--Craig T., 2009

 

We had a wonderful week in Tuscany at Molino del Ponte. We spent a lot of time in Radda, Greve, Castellina, and Montepulciano. We had some great purchases (mainly wine) and we were pleased to renew our acquaintance with Pietro, the gardener.

--Mark J., 2009

 

Il Giardino was magnificent. You are batting 2 for 2 with us.

--Wayne C., 2008

 

It was fabulous. We loved the villa, the view and the grounds, the Dottorre was very charming, the recommended chef was wonderful, and Rosaria and Roseanna were the best housekeepers/breakfast makers (we became VERY spoiled every morning) and all of the arrangements worked well. I'll continue to sing your praises to everyone who asks about how to rent villas in Italy - thank you again for all your help and recommendations!

--Catherine B., 2008

 

Our trip was excellent! Apartment Fiori exceeded our expectations and really made our trip. The location of the apartment is absolutely outstanding. It was the perfect location to explore everything that Rome has to offer. Your information packets were outstanding. It was a once in a lifetime trip that your company was a huge part of.

--Michael M., 2008

 

Our group had a wonderful time at Solaria. It's a lovely property, up there on the hill looking at Siena, and it was perfect for our group's needs. It's wonderfully situated for the visits we wanted to make to Siena, Florence, various hill towns, and vineyards. All of our group are looking forward to the first person who asks about villas in Tuscany, so we can pass on a recommendation for you and your firm.

--Don A., 2008

 

We had a wonderful time in Italy. And I highly recommend Antica Magione to anyone. The owners were wonderful and gracious. I loved my cooking class, and the tour guide you recommended for Florence was fabulous. Bob and I hope to get back to Italy some day, and you'll be the first call I make.

--Kelly H., 2008

 

The "San Gaetano" apartment was beautiful, comfortable, equipped with everything one would need, and of course the location optimal. For the four of us it was perfect…The doorman was always cheerful…THANK YOU, MARTY, FOR ALL YOU DID FOR US! We hope very much to be able to select another of your villas in the future.

--Liz & Bob O., 2008

 

Casamora was terrific: great facilities; excellent food; well situated for exploring Florence and the rest of Tuscany; excellent setting for AM/PM hikes through the countryside….Overall a great experience that we would highly recommend to anyone.

--Richard W., 2008

 

Just back from Italy and what a fantastic place!….We loved the apartment and especially enjoyed the people watching in the piazza. The location was as perfect as it could get. Also went to one of your restaurant recommendations, the one by the Uffizi, and had a great meal and a great time. We will definitely be going back and will be referring your company to all our friends who visit Italy!

--Pamela V., 2008

 

We are back from our Italy vacation and I just wanted to drop you a note to tell you how much we enjoyed the villa and how it completely exceeded our expectations. What a beautiful location and property!…. I cannot thank you enough for your patience and the assistance you provided throughout this process - and I want you to know I've already passed on your information to more than a dozen people….Thanks again for everything - it was truly a vacation of a lifetime!

--Elizabeth N., 2007

 

Just wanted you to know our trip was absolutely fabulous and L'Uccelliera is paradise!….Thank you very much for your help with the trip and for having such special places for us to choose from.

--Diana and Tim F., 2007

 

Barbara and I had a great time in Italy, and one primary reason was the assistance you gave us. Apartment Fiori was exactly what we were hoping for, a chance to live a little inside of the Italian culture. We felt very lucky to have the apartment.

--Perry L., 2007

Just got back from Italy.…What an amazing trip. The villa was truly incredible….Our thanks for helping make this so easy and non-Italian-speaking-friendly. Everything worked out beautifully!!

--Terri C., 2007

We're back from a great trip to Italy and a wonderful visit at La Foce. The Tartaruga apt. was perfect; my parents were thrilled and the estate, as you so rightly told me, was glorious. Thanks again for all your wisdom and assistance!

--Jo-Ann R., 2007

 

We want to thank you for your help in arranging a wonderful week in Tuscany. The apartment was great….very helpful people to assist us….the cook you arranged was wonderful….We hope that in the future we can again call upon you for your expert guidance.

--Al S., 2007

 

For anyone interested in renting a villa in Italy, look no further than Italian Vacation Villas. Alice helped us find the perfect villa to fit our needs. Our vacation memories are priceless thanks to the wonderful villa we rented through Italian Vacation Villas. Italian Vacation Villas provided us with amazing trip documents before we left for Italy, which included detailed maps, directions and restaurant recommendations. Alice was a great help, and we look forward to planning our next Italian vacation with her.

--Kim S., 2007

From my first contact with you I had a very positive impression of how you conduct your business. Of course you never really know until you are there, but I can only say that the property exceeded my expectation …You seem to have known, maybe even better than myself, what we were looking for. Thank you so much for helping us to create so many wonderful memories.

--Diane S., 2006

I know I will never go anywhere that everything works out so perfectly. We owe most of that to you…Donika was wonderful to us there and a marvelous cook. We came home each day to the most divine 5 course meals…Our cooking class with Giovanelle was also outstanding. It was another highlight. We used tour guides you recommended, tried restaurants, and all were right on target.

--K.K. B., 2006

I just wanted to let you know how thrilled we were with all the accommodations during our recent trip to Tuscany…The villa was wonderfully well furnished and equipped, beautifully located and spotlessly clean. All the info you provided to us prior to our trip as well as the answers to our many queries was much appreciated.

--Bonnie M., 2006

We had an absolutely fabulous time at La Foce, Gonzola. You did a great job of interpreting what I was looking for, and coming up with the perfect suggestion.

--Karen C., 2006

The apartment met our expectations, actually, it exceeded our expectations. It was large, comfortable, very well appointed, convenient, and most of all quiet!…Your prompt responses to all my questions during the preparation stages of our vacation were very much appreciated…Thank you again for making our rental experience in Florence a stress free and pleasant one!

--Nancy P., 2006

In short, it was a magnificent experience. The Tuscan countryside location was exhilarating, and the owners/managers could not have been more accommodating. The villa has ample grounds amid several vineyards, with panoramic views in all directions…Of course, it all starts with you. Your professionalism, recommendations, and guidance throughout the selection process virtually guaranteed a memorable experience.

--Joe F., 2005

I want to thank you for all your input, advice, helpful hints and suggestions and especially for your information about the markets. We had the best time “living in Italy” and experiencing the culture…Someone asked me if I would go back to do it again and I responded “yes, within 30 seconds.”

--Bobbi W., 2005

I just wanted to thank you for assisting us in choosing the villas for our Italian family vacation. We enjoyed both villas very much…Your assistance and patience with my mother and me while we went through the villa selection process was admirable! I appreciate your time and effort. This was very special to all of us, but especially to my mom as it was fulfilling a dream of her parents. Our trip meant the world to us and we could not have done it without you!

--Andrea B., 2005

Thank you, thank you! Incredible service and attention, start to finish, for this trip, and we will definitely work through you and Alice again.

--Edie B., 2005

I just wanted to let you know we were thrilled with our rental at La Foce. It was a very special place indeed and we enjoyed Tuscany very much. Your numerous travel tips and restaurant recommendations were also very much appreciated…Thank you for all your assistance in setting our trip up and once again I must say La Foce was a little piece of heaven!

--Pat L., 2005

The Casetto was beyond our expectations in all respects—location, view, facilities, cleanliness, size…It really worked out well and we will definitely book again with you on our next trip to Italy.

--Larry S., 2005

We wanted to express our immense satisfaction and enjoyment with the property, the local contacts, and your arrangements. The property was fantastic. With excellent views, a quiet setting, a great pool and outdoor dining facilities, we were in heaven. The local contact Sara was very supportive, taking care of our needs. The housecleaner, Enrica, was very friendly and was great with the children…Choosing a property agent is a decision that is difficult when visiting a foreign country. We are pleased we selected you and your firm. Thank you, and we highly recommend your services to anyone else seeking guidance for their visit to Italy.

--Ian B., 2004

Just got back home from the trip to Europe and I would like to thank you for the wonderful time we had. Il Mezzanino, in Lucca, was everything you said and more. Signora Emanuela is a very nice person (that’s an understatement) and made our stay even more pleasant. But the highlight of our trip was a restaurant [Maria Grazia in Marina del Cantone] you list in your recommendations…Thank you again, it was a great trip and your help and advice were most valuable.

--Alfredo M., 2004

The farmhouse, La Sassaia, at La Foce could not have been more perfect for our family. The accommodations worked out beautifully and the simplicity of the place made it ideal for the children and ourselves…Thank you for all of your help and advice. It is a little scary taking 14 to an unknown house, especially babies and little ones. We loved it all. We will certainly call upon you again.

--Emily K., 2004

I wanted to let you know how much we loved the Apartment Tridente in Rome…In addition, your website provided us with valuable links—to AutoEurope for the car rental and to train routes and schedules—which made the trip smoother. Thank you so much for suggesting the Apartment Tridente and for your professional and friendly service.

--Connie F., 2004

We are back from our vacation in Tuscany, and I wanted to tell you that it was everything we had hoped for – and more. Certosina was beyond perfect…You may recall that I described the kind of rustic elegance we were looking for, and you—rightly so—recommended Certosina…Thank you for your part in making our dream of this precious time with our family come true, and better than we could have imagined.

--Nancy K., 2004

Your information was so thorough and you were so helpful that I think the trip would not have been the same without you.

--Marty C., 2003

The villa was superb—very spacious and comfortable. The meals they cooked us were great and the views beyond compare. Most of all, the Gianis were gracious hosts. They stayed out of our way, but were there to answer questions and help us plan restaurants, etc. The location, too, was terrific—close to so many of the places we wanted to see.

--Casey B., 2003

Our villa was great, better than expected, and I found working with you easy and rewarding. Thank you so very much!

--Emily S., 2002

Our trip was a resounding success…Everything about Tafania was perfect—great villa, great location, nice people. Your recommendations on hill towns to visit and restaurants to eat at were consistently on the mark.

--Jim A., 2002

Well, we are back from the best vacation of our lives. We had a wonderful time in Italy and enjoyed every moment at Petrolo. Being comfortable in our living space was one of the reasons our trip was so special—we always looked forward to coming “home.” It was a pleasure working with you. We appreciate your knowledge, your friendliness, and your endless patience for our many questions.

--Kathy M., 2001

I’ve wanted to write to you to tell you what a fantastic summer I had, in large part thanks to your suggestions. La Foce was gorgeous beyond belief, and Il Palagio was incredibly beautiful and relaxing. The accommodations, swimming pools, and grounds were all incredibly well-kept at both places.

--Jeff H., 2000

From Hotel S. Chiara in Rome to Locanda Rosati in Orvieto and then, of course, Fuserna, all of your Italy travel recommendations were right on the mark! We had the trip of a lifetime and want to thank you for all your invaluable help.

--Nancy S., 2000