Seven Steps to Villa Rental Success

Have you ever rented a villa and arrived to find out that linens were not provided? Or, have you ever rented a rustic country cottage only to find out that it was impossible to childproof? Well, these and many other mistakes can befall first-time villa renters. Luckily, Travel + Leisure’s February issue features a User’s Guide to Renting Villas.

While the article focuses largely on villa rentals in the Caribbean, its general tips are helpful for every destination. T+L has also listed the “best” villa agency in Italy (called, appropriately, thebestinitaly.com). But, if you can’t afford $43,000 per week on your vacation, consider these other villa rental agencies:

Wimco.com, has properties in Tuscany, on the Amalfi Coast, and in Sicily (“weekly rates on the new villa inventory in Tuscany start at $3,490”)
Homebaseabroad.com, has private home rentals in Tuscany, Umbria, and Lake Como
Italian Vacation Villas, has rentals in Tuscany, Umbria, VeniceĀ and the Veneto, and “by the seaside”

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