8 Top Tips for Villa Renters in Italy

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Get the most out of your villa rental experience!

Get the most out of your villa rental experience!

Whether you’ve rented before or are looking towards your first experience in Italy, here are 10 tips that will help you get the most out of your villa rental stay:

1. Before you go, call your cell phone company and purchase travel insurance.

A working cell phone is essential. It will enable you to contact the owner or key holder prior to your arrival, and stay in touch with him/her throughout the week should an issue arise.  With the help of your cellular provider, ensure that your cell phone is unlocked and has the correct 900/1800 bands to be used internationally. You can then either sign up for an international call/date package, or rent or purchase an Italy SIM card. A personal WiFi hotspot, like the MiFi device, is a great way to avoid excess data charges. Click here to find out more about using your cell phone internationally and renting a MiFi device. Regarding travel insurance, let’s face it: Things happen. Safeguard your vacation investment in the event of an unforeseen accident, illness, or event. We recommend Travel Safe. Call RentVillas for details: 1-800-726-6702.

Plan on using a GPS during your villa rental week!

Plan on using a GPS during your villa rental week!

2. GPS!

Plan on using it—a lot. Poor signage is common throughout the Italian countryside. Your rental voucher will include GPS coordinates for your villa. Rent a GPS unit with your rental car, or bring one from home with Italy maps loaded. GoogleMaps on your smartphone is also a good bet (but bear in mind roaming charges).

3. Learn some basic Italian.

Even a cordial “buon giorno” will earn you serious points. We’re not suggesting that you become proficient, but rather that you have a few key phrases under your belt to be called upon when shopping or dining. Amongst Europeans, Americans are notorious for their lack of facility with foreign languages. Do what you can to change this perception!

4. Stock up on groceries and household supplies before you arrive at your villa on Saturday.

Most stores are closed on Sunday. Plan on stopping in the town nearest to your destination and visiting a local market, like a COOP, Conad, or Eurospin. This way, you’ll have enough food to last you until Monday. If you’re traveling in the spring, summer, and early fall, be sure to purchase plug-in anti-mosquito devices (Vape is a popular brand) and/or coils. Mosquitos go hand-in-hand with countryside living!

When you arrive at your villa, ask questions! The owner or manager is there to assist you.

When you arrive at your villa, ask questions! The owner or manager is there to assist you.

5. Ask questions.

When you arrive at your villa, request instructions for operating appliances such as European-style dishwashers, washing machines, and stoves, as well as steps to take in the event of a power outage. Sometimes, written instructions are provided, but not always! It’s also helpful to inquire about utilities, such as heating (available November 1st – April 1st) and/or air conditioning. Although the owner or key holder remain at your disposal for questions or concerns throughout the week, the more you know about enjoying your home away from home, the better your experience will be.

6. Shop at the weekly markets.

Every town and village in Italy has a weekly open air market. Here you’ll find fresh, seasonal produce, cheese, bread, salumi, housewares, and clothing, to list only a handful of available items. The markets offer the perfect way to learn about local cuisine. Keep an eye on where the natives shop—they’ll guide you to the best vendors.

You'll find a bounty of fresh, seasonal produce at weekly markets.

You’ll find a bounty of fresh, seasonal produce at weekly markets.

7. Attend local cultural events.

As a customer recently stated in his property review, if you should see a sign for an event in your local village, do yourself a favor and check it out! Concerts, theater, and seasonal gastronomic and religious festivals are a fantastic way to get to know the culture of the region.

8. Allow time to simply enjoy your villa or apartment.

It can be tempting to plan to spend every last minute day-tripping and seeing the sights. Consider carving out a day (or more) to simply enjoy your home-away-from-home with family and friends. You won’t regret it!

Take time to savor the villa experience!

Take time to savor the villa experience!

Amalfi Coast and Naples Driving Tours

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See the best of the Amalfi Coast with a driver and guide!

Here are three driving tours on the Amalfi Coast, on Capri, and in Naples (including Pompeii) available through RentVillas:

1. Amalfi Coast Driving Tour – 8 hours (MB)

Overview: Departing from Naples, Rome, or any location on the Amalfi Coast, this 8-hour, all-day driving tour offers a fantastic introduction to the Amalfi Coast. Your knowledgeable driver/guide will show you the unparalleled natural beauty of this region while you relax in the air-conditioned comfort of a private van. No need to worry about the notoriously narrow roads or the lack of parking! You’re in excellent hands.

  • Your day begins in Positano, a lovely fishing village where homes appear to tumble down to the sea. Next, you’re on to Sorrento, where once again you’ll experience spectacular vistas and gorgeous coastline. After exploring the charming shops, you’ll continue on to Amalfi. Here you’ll enjoy free time for a leisurely stroll, as well as a visit to the 9th century cathedral. The tour culminates with a visit to Ravello, a medieval town perched high above the sea.
  • Lunch will be enjoyed in Ravello at a distinctive local restaurant.
  • Your return trip includes additional sightseeing.
  • Cost: 600 Euros for 1-7 pax. Note: Departures from Rome are not included in the price. Lunch is an additional cost.
Visit the ruins of Pompeii!

Visit the ruins of Pompeii!

2. Naples and Pompeii Walking/Driving Tour – 8 hours (MB)

Overview: This tour offers a fascinating glimpse of Naples, Italy’s third largest city and for many centuries, the capital of the Italian state. The second part of the tour includes a visit, on foot, to Pompeii, one of the most interesting archaeological sites in the world.

  • Your English-speaking guide will pick you up at your villa or apartment in Rome or on the Amalfi Coast. Once arrived in Napes, your guide will show you the city’s most distinctive sites, including the historic center, Castel Nuovo, Palazzo Reale, Teatro San Carlo, Museo Archaeologico Nazionale, and the Museo and Gallerie Capodimonte. You’ll also take in the gorgeous views of Capri and Ischia over the Bay of Naples
  • Next stop is Pompeii, the city that was buried in ash spewed fort in the 79 AD eruption of Mount Vesuvius. You’ll be taken on a 3-hour walking through the remarkable ruins.
  • Lunch will be enjoyed in Naples at a distinctive local restaurant.
  • Cost: 612.50  for 1-7 pax. Note: Departures from Rome are not included in the price. Lunch is an additional cost. Museum/site entrance fees are not included.
  • Please note: Your driver/guide will offer a basic overview of Pompeii. For an additional in-depth explanation of we recommend the services of a licensed archaeological guide. Licensed guides are available for a minimum of 2 hours, for an additional cost. Please contact RentVillas for a quote.
Enjoy Capri's breathtaking views of the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Enjoy Capri’s breathtaking views of the Tyrrhenian Sea.

3. Capri Driving Tour – 6 hours (MB)

Overview: This is a 6-hour driving tour (in a convertible!) around one of the loveliest and prestigious destinations in the Tyrrhenian Sea. Get to know the entire island from the comfort of a private car. Your tour begins on the island, so we recommend taking the ferry from Naples, Sorrento, or another location on the Amalfi Coast.

  • Your English-speaking guide will meet you at Marina Grande, Capri’s main port. The first stop on your driving tour will be Anacapri, an ideal spot to enjoy not only the lush and beautiful landscape, but some of the island’s best food, as well. From Anacapri, you’ll summit Monte Salaro, Capri’s highest point. There, you’ll gaze down upon sweeping views of the Tyrrhenian sea and the Bay of Naples.
  • Your next stop is the Blue Grotto. Here you’ll have the opportunity to explore the magically illuminated cave; your guide will take you directly to the cave’s entrance, where you’ll then proceed via rowboat.
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch in a seaside restaurant with incomparable views.
  • After lunch, travel by convertible to Capri’s famous Piazetta, a charming shopping area with wonderful outdoor cafes.
  • Cost: 450  for 1-7 pax. Note: Lunch is an additional cost. Museum/site entrance fees are not included. 
Enjoying la dolce vita on the piazza in Amalfi.

Enjoying la dolce vita on the piazza in Amalfi.

FOR RESERVATIONS:

Please contact RentVillas at (800) 726-6702.To confirm a reservation, a 20% non-refundable deposit is required. Upon receipt of the deposit, you will be put in direct contact with the Tour Guide, who will be able to answer your specific questions regarding the details of the tour, including balance payment, extra costs, and the meeting time and place. We recommend that reservations be made at least two months prior to your departure.

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Chef Francesco – Menu Options

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Here are the 8 menus offered by Francesco:

1. Tuscan Tradition

Antipasto: Seasonal Bruschetta; local pecorino with homemade jam; zucchini and cheese purée; Tuscan salumi.

Primo: Tagliagtelle al ragù (tomato sauce with pork and veal over hand cut tagliatelle, a long, flat pasta)

Secondo: Traditional sliced veal with aromatic salt and roasted potatoes.

Dolce: Tiramisú with chocolate and coffee

2. Cortona Tradition

Antipasto: Crostini neri (toasts with meat and caper topping); pappa al pomodoro (bread and tomato soup); chickpea and ricotta purée; local pecorino selection with homemade jam.

Primo: Pici al fumo alla Cortonese (tomato, bacon, and rosemary sauce over pici, a regional pasta)

Secondo: Pork filet with fennel salad

Dolce: Panna cotta with strawberry sauce

3. Italian Tradition

Antipasto: Cod with onions; caprese salad; Tuscan salumi; pappa al pomodoro (bread and tomato soup).

Primo: Traditional lasagna; gnocchi al pesto

Dessert: Tiramisú with chocolate and coffee

4. Vegetarian Menu

Antipasto: Bruschetta with radicchio salad and pecorino; caprese salad; zucchini and cheese purée; panzanella (bread, onion, tomato, and cucumber salad)

Primo: Pici all’Aglione (tomato and garlic sauce over pici, a regional pasta)

Secondo: Eggplant torte with parmigiano and fennel salad

Dessert: Panna cotta with strawberry sauce

5. Tuscan-American

Antipasto: Pork and seasonal vegetable soup with pork sausage; Cortona wedge salad; Tuscan salumi on foccaccia

Primo: Spaghetti con ragu’ di Polpette (spaghetti with meat balls)

Secondo: Hamburger with local Chianina beef, served with pecorino, local bacon, Tropea onion, and Pachino tomatoes.

Dessert: Tuscan cheescake

6. Chianina Steak

Antipasto: Seasonal bruschetta; caprese salad; Chianina veal carpaccio with rocket and pecorino; ricotta cheese with asparagus and basil pesto.

Primo: Fiorentina (Chianina t-bone steak), served with grilled vegetables and mixed salad

Dessert: Homemade ice cream with fruit salad

7. Tuscan Luxe

Antipasto: glass of prosecco; bruschetta with black truffle; leek and potato flan with truffled Tuscan toast; cannellini bean sauce with prawns

Primo: Saffron and truffle risotto

Secondo: Veal filet with Chianti sauce and grilled vegetables

Dessert: Chocolate mousse with fruits

8. Tuscan Gourmet

Antipasto: glass of prosecco; cacio & pere (cheese mousse with pear jam); fried eggplant rolls with tomato bacon sauce; vegetable flan with cheese sauce.

Primo: Saffron and truffle risotto

Secondo: Tuscan-style sliced roasted duck breast with Cortona beans

Dessert: Piccola crostata alla crema (individual Italian custard tarts with fruit)

Learn to be a Roman Gladiator!

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If you’re renting an apartment in Rome and are looking for a fun, family-friendly activity to enrich your stay, consider Gladiator School!

Gladiator School (2 hours) (YPI)

Overview: Learn about ancient Roman history, culture, and sports all at the same time! The 2-hour class begins with a lesson in gladiator history and a tour through the Roman Soldier Museum. Next, participants will be instructed in the art of gladiator combat and sports (gladiator tunics provided!) using authentic Roman equipment.

  • This 2-hour class begins with a guided tour of the Roman Soldier Museum, where artifacts, weapons, and costumes from ancient Rome are on display. Learn about the gladiators, the superstars and preferred entertainers of the Romans, who stole the limelight in majestic amphitheaters throughout the Empire.
  • Your lesson continues with a discussion of the art of ancient battles and games, including different techniques used by Roman gladiators.
  • Next, YOU put what you’ve learned to the test by trying your hand at a “duel” like a real gladiator, using authentic Roman weapons (and wearing your very own tunic!).
  • At the end of the class, each participant will receive a personalized certificate of completion.
  • This experience is available for both adults and children, ages 7 and up.
  • Cost: 225 Euros (1 pax); 338 Euros (2 pax); 438 Euros (3-5 pax); 563 Euros (6-10 pax).

FOR RESERVATIONS:

Please contact RentVillas at (800) 726-6702.To confirm a reservation, a 20% non-refundable deposit is required. Upon receipt of the deposit, you will be put in direct contact with the tour purveyor who will answer your specific questions regarding the details of the experience, including balance payment, extra costs, and the meeting time. We recommend that reservations be made at least two months prior to your departure.

Book Your Lesson at Gladiator School

Learn How to Make the Best Pizza in the World!

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Spend a day during your villa rental week in or near Sorrento learning how to make authentic Neopolitan pizza!

Learn to make pizza like a Neopolitan! Photo courtesy: AFAR

Learn to make pizza like a Neopolitan! Photo courtesy: AFAR

The Perfect Pizza Maker (Half day with lunch) (YPI)

Overview: Enjoy a lesson in preparing Neopolitan-style pizza on a historic agricultural estate located just outside Sorrento. A delicious light lunch is included. Your half-day experience also includes a cheese-making demonstration, guided visit to the farm, and a light lunch (with local wine).

  • Your day begins at the farm, where you’ll be given an introductory tour of the beautiful family property.
  • Next, you’ll enjoy a hands-on lesson in preparing authentic Neopolitan pizza (world’s best!), which will include a demonstration of the cheese-making process.
  • A light lunch featuring products from the estate plus the delicious pizzas you’ve prepared will follow. Local wines are included!
  • Cost: 375 Euros (1-2 pax); 469 Euros (3 pax); 563 Euros (4 pax); 656 Euros (5 pax); 750 Euros (6 pax); 844 Euros (7 pax); 938 Euros (8 pax). 
Enhance your villa rental experience on the Sorrento coast with a pizza-making class!

Enhance your villa rental experience on the Sorrento coast with a pizza-making class!

FOR RESERVATIONS:

Please contact RentVillas at (800) 726-6702.To confirm a reservation, a 20% non-refundable deposit is required. Upon receipt of the deposit, you will be put in direct contact with the tour purveyor who will answer your specific questions regarding the details of the experience, including balance payment, extra costs, and the meeting time. We recommend that reservations be made at least two months prior to your departure.

Request Your Sorrento Cooking Class

Tuscan Vineyard Tours and Wine Tasting

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If you’re a wine aficionado or just want to learn more about the world of Tuscan wine, we recommend booking a vineyard tour and tasting during your villa rental week! All of our tours and tastings are held at central locations in Tuscany and can easily be reached by car from your villa.

The wines of Tuscany are some of the greatest in the world! Get to know them with an expert.

The wines of Tuscany are some of the greatest in the world! Get to know them with an expert.

1. Chianti Countryside Tour and Wine Tasting – (full day) (MB)

Overview: Explore the countryside then enjoy tastings, a cellar visit, and lunch at a Chianti wine estate.

  • This full-day tour begins when your guide picks you up in Florence (or at your villa for an extra cost) to travel the picturesque Chiantigiana road, winding through vineyards, olive groves and towns.
  • You’ll stop first to tour Montefioralle Castle, then on to Greve, the pretty market town which is the capital of the Chianti region.
  • The special treat comes when you visit the working winery of Fattoria Montagliari, where you’ll see the cellar and taste the Chianti Classico made by the welcoming family; a lunch at the winery (menu changes daily) is available for an extra cost (paid locally) of 25 Euros per person. Afterward, you’ll drive through Panzano and on to Castellina, a pretty medieval town.
  • The tour does not include meals, museum entrance fees, or gratuities. The order of the tour stops may change depending on local conditions.
  • Cost: 425 Euros (1-3 pax); 450 Euros (4-6 pax); 500 Euros (7-8 pax).
The rolling Chianti countryside is a feast for the senses! Explore it with an expert guide.

The rolling Chianti countryside is a feast for the senses! Explore it with an expert guide.

2. Domini Castellare Castellina in Chianti – (1 hour) (YPI)

Overview: Visit the Domini Castellare winery (located near Siena in Castellina in Chianti) and enjoy a vineyard tour, tasting (3 wines), and samples of local salumi (cured meats) and cheeses.

  • The wines are selected from the following varietals: Rosso di Chianti Classico, Chianti Classico Riserva, and Sodi di San Niccolò.
  • Tastings will be paired with local salumi and cheeses.
  • Cost per person: 56 Euros. Minimum 2 people. Transportation to the winery is not included. 
Learn about Tuscan wine from an expert!

Learn about Tuscan wine from an expert!

3. Castello Monsanto Barberino Val d’Elsa – (1.5 hours) (YPI)

Overview: Participate in either a Classic Tour (cellar tour and tastings only) or a Merenda Tour (cellar tour, tastings, and light fare) at the Castello Monsanto Barberino Winery (located in Barberino Val d’Elsa near Florence).

Classic Tour – 1.5 hours

  • Enjoy a guided tour of the cellar and discussion of the wine-making and wine-aging process. Taste 3 wines: Fabrizio Bianchi Chardonnay, Chianti Classic D.O.C.G., and Cabernet Savignon “Nemo”.
  • Cost per person:   71 Euros. Minimum 2 people. Transportation to the winery is not included.

Merenda Tour – 1.5 hours

  • Enjoy a guided tour of the cellar and discussion of the wine-making and wine-aging process. Taste 3 wines: Fabrizio Bianchi Chardonnay, Chianti Classic D.O.C.G., and Cabernet Savignon “Nemo”, accompanied by bruschette (brushed with the winery’s own extra virgin olive oil), pecorino, and assorted salumi.
  • Cost per person: 79 Euros. Minimum 4 people. Transportation to the winery is not included.
Combine wine tasting with a light lunch or cooking class.

Combine wine tasting with a light lunch or cooking class.

4. Fattoria Le Corti San Casciano Val di Pesa – (2 hours, 15 minutes or 3.5 hours) (YPI)

Overview: Choose one of two experiences at Fattoria Le Corti, located near Florence:  Wine and Olive Oil Tasting with Light Lunch (2 hours, 15 minutes), or Wine Tasting and Farm-to-Table Cooking Class (3.5 hours).

Wine and Olive Oil Tasting with Light Lunch – 2 hours, 15 minutes

  • Enjoy a guided tour of the winery, olive orchard, and olive mill. Then, taste a flight of 3 wines and the estate’s own olive oil.
  • Following tastings, participants will be served a light lunch (antipasto, 2 primi (first courses), and dessert and coffee.)
  • Cost per person: 88 Euros. Minimum 2 people. Transportation not included.

Wine Tasting and Farm-to-Table Cooking Class – 3.5 hours

  • Enjoy a cellar visit and wine tasting. Then, participate in a cooking class in the estate’s 17th century villa kitchen.
  • Ingredients, such as vegetables and herbs, will come from the estate’s garden. Menu includes 1 antipasto, 1 primo (first course), and dessert.
  • Cost per person: 231 Euros. Minimum 2 people. Transportation not included.
Local salumi are a delicious wine pairing.

Local salumi are a delicious wine pairing.

FOR RESERVATIONS:

Please contact RentVillas at (800) 726-6702. To confirm a reservation, a 20% non-refundable deposit is required. Upon receipt of the deposit, you will be put in direct contact with the tour purveyor who will answer your specific questions regarding the details of the experience, including balance payment, extra costs, and the meeting time. We recommend that reservations be made at least two months prior to your departure.

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Tours in Rome – Group B

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Take an in depth look at the archaeology and art of Rome!

Take an in depth look at the archaeology and art of Rome!

Our Tours in Rome – Group B are ideal for the traveler who wishes to learn more about the history, archaeology and art of Rome , as well as explore beyond its famous core to sites further afield, such as Ostia Antica; the E.U.R.; the Etruscan remains at Tarquinia and Cerveteri; and Tivoli.  Please see Tours in Rome – Group A for additional tour options, including guided visits (both walking and driving) to the Roman Forum, Coliseum, and the Vatican.

Here are guided archaeology and art tours available through RentVillas:

ARCHAEOLOGY TOURS

1. Ostia and E.U.R. Tour – 6 hours

Overview: Your 6-hour car and walking tour with an English-speaking driver/guide takes you through the ancient city of Ostia, Rome’s military outpost and main supply port. One the way back to your apartment, you’ll also visit the E.U.R. (Esposizione Universale Roma), a residential and business district south of the city center which Benito Mussolini planned as the site of the 1942 World’s Fair.

Learn how real people lived in ancient Rome!

Learn how real people lived in ancient Rome!

  • Your guide will pick you at up your Rome apartment (or meeting place of your choice) and transport you to Ostia Antica, about 40 minutes from Rome.
  • There, you’ll walk through this fascinating archaeological site of the Roman city and port built during the Imperial Age. Originally founded as a military outpost during the monarchy, Ostia later became recognized as Rome’s official harbor. Ancient apartment buildings, taverns, and grocery stores are still visibly intact. The focus of your visit will be the daily life of regular, working class Romans, including the economy of the empire and the commodities that made their way through Ostia every day.
  • The artifacts, including sculptures and mosaics, that have been unearthed at the site can be seen in the nearby Ostiense Museum. Your tour includes a museum stop.
  • Returning to Rome, your tour includes a visit to the E.U.R district, built by Mussolini before World War II. You’ll visit the buildings and urban spaces that best exemplify how architecture could transmit the ideology of Fascism.
  • Cost: 390 Euros for 1-7 pax. Lunch in a local restaurant can be arranged upon request; cost not included. Ostiense Museum entrance fee is not included in the price.
  • Please note: Your driver/guide will offer a basic overview of the sites from the comfort of your private vehicle. For an additional in-depth explanation of archaeological areas, churches, galleries, and museums, we recommend the services of a licensed guide. Licensed guides are available for a minimum of 3 hours, for an additional cost. Please contact RentVillas for a quote.

2.  Etruscan Civilization Tour – 7 hours

Overview: Your 7-hour car and walking tour will take you through the main villages of the Etruscan civilization: Tarquinia and Cerveteri. Admire their mastery of funerary architecture and marvel ancient traces of 3,000-year old wall paintings.

  • Your guide will pick you up at your Rome apartment (or meeting place of your choice) and transport you to Cerveteri. There, you’ll be escorted to the remains of the necropolis, which is beautifully located amidst cypress, scotch broom, and pines. Here, in this ancient city, you’ll visit underground funerary chambers, as well as tumuli, which are characteristic tombs dating from the 7th century BC.
  • Next, you’ll proceed to Tarquinia, an expansive necropolis that contains thousands of tombs dating as far back as the 1st century BC. Although there are no architectural features here, there is an extraordinary assemblage of paintings that decorate the walls in the underground funerary rooms. These paintings include scenes of everyday Etruscan life, including dining, dancing, hunting, and fishing.
  • Your tour also includes a visit to the Museo Nationale Tarquinese, a museum of mainly Etruscan exhibits and sarcophagi that have been excavated from the nearby necropolis.
  • Returning to Rome, your guide will treat you to additional sightseeing.
  • Cost: 490 Euros for 1-7 pax. Lunch in a local restaurant can be arranged upon request; cost not included. Museo Nazionale Tarquinese entrance fee (15 Euros/person) is not included in the price. 
  • Please note: Your driver/guide will offer a basic overview of the sites from the comfort of your private vehicle. For an additional in-depth explanation of archaeological areas, churches, galleries, and museums, we recommend the services of a licensed guide. Licensed guides are available for a minimum of 3 hours, for an additional cost. Please contact RentVillas for a quote.

3. Tivoli Tour: Antiquity to Renaissance 8 hours

Overview: Your 8-hour car and walking tour will first take you through the Villa Adriana, the ruins of the ancient home of Emperor Hadrian. Then, you’ll visit the Villa D’Este, which was built during the Renaissance and known for its exemplary  gardens.

  • Your guide will pick you up at your Rome apartment (or meeting place of your choice) and transport you to Tivoli, about 19 miles northeast of Rome. In ancient times, this town was a favorite summer residence of Roman nobility. Here lies what remains of the imperial residence of Emperor Hadrian, a huge an luxurious country estate built on 120 hectares at the height of the Roman empire.
  • Following your visit to the Villa D’Este, you’ll have lunch in a typical local restaurant and sample handmade pastas, mixed appetizers, and house wines.
  • Your next stop is Villa D’Este, commissioned by the Cardinal of Ferrara, Ippolito D’Este, when he was governor of Tivoli. The entire complex is a highly structured geometric system of paths, ramps, and steps. Fountains, grottoes, and arched walks intersperse the landscape. The garden is considered to be one of the reigning examples of classic European style.
  •  Cost: 490 Euros for 1-7 pax. Note: The cost of lunch, site tickets, and audio guide (available at the entrance of both sites) is not included in the tour cost. 
  • Please note: Your driver/guide will offer a basic overview of the sites from the comfort of your private vehicle. For an additional in-depth explanation of archaeological areas, churches, galleries, and museums, we recommend the services of a licensed guide. Licensed guides are available for a minimum of 3 hours, for an additional cost. Please contact RentVillas for a quote.

ART TOURS

1. Galleria Borghese Walking Tour – 2 hours

Discover the priceless art collection at the Galleria Borghese.

Discover the priceless art collection at the Galleria Borghese.

Overview: This walk is an in-depth examination of the Galleria Borghese and one of the greatest private art collections in the world.

  • Your guide will meet you at your Rome apartment (or meeting place of your choice) and you’ll then walk to the museum.
  • Over the course of the two hour, pre-booked visit (the maximum amount of time allowed for visits), you will develop a better understanding of not only the art the Galleria contains but the intricacies and politics of art collecting during the Baroque period.
  • Note: Your guide will make the necessary reservation in advance. The price of this walk does not include the price of the entrance ticket which is to be paid in cash upon entrance.
  • Cost: 140 Euros for 1-7 pax.  Additional admission costs: 14.50 Euros per person (entry tickets). Note: The museum is closed on Mondays.

FOR RESERVATIONS:

Please contact RentVillas at (800) 726-6702.To confirm a reservation, a 20% non-refundable deposit is required. Upon receipt of the deposit, you will be put in direct contact with the Tour Guide, who will be able to answer your specific questions regarding the details of the tour, including balance payment, extra costs, and the meeting time and place. The balance payment must be paid by credit card one month prior to departure by calling the 1-800-691-6036 in the U.S. We recommend that reservations be made at least two months prior to your departure.

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