Archive for May, 2007

A recent BBC article has highlighted the costs of preserving Italy’s historical buildings for the next generation. It seems that the foundations of Rome’s ancient monuments are literally crumbling. Even global warming is playing its part, as water from freak rainstorms is seeping into the cavities caused by centuries of tunneling and digging. Read the full article here ….

It begs the question whether the protection of world heritage sites such as the Colosseum should be the responsibility solely of national governments ….


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I am in the process of writing articles about villa holidays in Italy, particularly for those of you who are new to self-catering accommodation or Italy, or both!  Here is the link to our Villa Holidays Italy article archive on our website One Stop Italy.

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For anyone who has not yet booked their flight, here is an update of new routes from Easyjet:

London Gatwick to Pisa – already operational.

Bristol to Milan Malpensa – already operational.

London Gatwick to Palermo (Sicily) – starts 18/06/07.

This is of course in addition to their existing Italian routes/destinations. For more details visit www.easyjet.com

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I just had to share this gem with you. With a huge cast of dancing vegetables, this series of ads for Parmigiano Reggiano cheese has such a catchy tune you’ll be humming it all day.

Altogether now: Pa, pa, pa, pa, parmigiano ….

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gillian-dearnley_53899.jpg    Ciao!  Welcome to my blog for anything and everything related to villa rentals in Italy. For those of you who are new to this type of holiday, I hope to give you some gentle guidance. For old hands there will be plenty of news and views to keep your interest.

Firstly though, an introduction.  I’m Gillian Dearnley, the owner of One Stop Italy . We offer villa holidays in Italy with a personal touch, arranging self-catering villa, farmhouse and apartment holidays throughout Italy. We now have over 20 years’ experience in helping you find the accommodation that’s exactly right for you. Our emphasis is on friendly, personal service and over 50% of our bookings are repeats or recommendations from previous customers.

Many ‘special occasion’ holidays have been organised through us over the years, including family reunions, birthday celebrations, honeymoons and even the wedding itself!  We once  arranged an entire castle for an international pop group and its entourage as a ‘chill-out’ zone after a long world tour. (Their expenditure in the bars of the nearby village over the two month period they were in residence changed the local economy …..)

There are over 2000 properties in our brochures, so whether it’s a luxury villa for a large family gathering, an intimate honeymoon hideaway or a value-for-money farmhouse apartment we have something for everyone.

  • We have holiday accommodation in the countryside, on the coast and in the city. Tuscany, Umbria, Lazio, Le Marche, Veneto and the Italian Lakes, Amalfi Coast, Sardinia, Sicily, Apulia and in the cities of Rome, Florence, Venice, Siena and Lucca.


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