Archive for May, 2012

From Gillian at One Stop Italy:

We are offering last-minute 20% discount on our list prices at the following villas with private pool.  For June dates where available.  Please click on each photo for full details of the property and more photos.

La Peschiera on outskirts of Arezzo, Tuscany.  Sleeps 10. Was Euro 1430 Now Euro 1144 per week. Available w/c 2nd June, w/c 9th June, w/c 16th June.


Molino delle Gualtiere near Chianciano Terme, Tuscany. Sleeps 12. Was Euro 1400. Now Euro 1120 per week. Available w/c 9th June, w/c 16th June.


Villa Giola, near Pozzo della Chiana, Tuscany. Sleeps 20. Was Euro 3600 Now Euro 2880 per week. Available w/c 9th June only.

As always we are happy to give advice and answer any questions you may have.


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Update from Gillian at One Stop Italy:

We’re offering an ideal opportunity for a small party to enjoy all the benefits associated with a larger villa at a reduced price.

Location of villa: 7km Civitella in ValdiChiana, 15km Arezzo, Tuscany.

For all dates still available in September and October 2012, a  group of up to 6 people can rent just the Ground Floor of the villa ‘La Quiete’ and enjoy exclusive private use of the large swimming pool, garden and its facilities.  The 1st Floor will be closed-off. The rental price has been reduced accordingly to Euro 710 – Euro 920 per week, depending on the time of your stay. The pool is open until 13th October.

The Ground Floor comprises:

  • sitting/dining room with fireplace
  •  kitchen with large portico facing out onto the swimming pool and equipped for ‘al fresco’ dining
  • two double bedrooms
  • bathroom with shower
  • laundry room
  • plus the possibility to add two single beds if required

Around the villa there is:

  • a large garden equipped with garden furniture
  • barbecue
  • table tennis
  • a children’s playground
  • a beautiful swimming pool (size 6 x 12 m, depth 1,10-2,00 m)

There is also:

  • satellite TV (in each bedroom),
  • stereo
  • internet connection.
  • table football.
  • possibility to rent bikes.

See full details, prices and availability of La Quiete here.  See Photo Gallery here.

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It was a somewhat daunting prospect.

The Colosseum. The Palatine Hill. The Forum.

Three Roman sites to see in one day, in the company of a fanatical Ancient History buff (our student son).

Early September. Scorching sun. High humidity. And no prospect of a nice sit-down until every last ruin had been ticked off the list.

Somehow we had to reduce the hassle factor. So we hatched a cunning plan.

Dateline: 8th September 2011

Time: 11.20 am

Location: Colosseum, Rome

The queues for a day pass were snaking around the outside when we arrived. Two hours wait, people said.

But we just sailed past them all.

Straight inside we went, down the special channel for Internet Reservations. Direct to the dedicated ticket booth.

Yes, we had ordered our tickets online, successfully, with no problems. IT HAD WORKED!

Entry to all 3 monuments was great value at Euro 12.00 (with an 18-24 discount for son at Euro 7.50). And the supplement for advance purchase? We each paid just Euro 1.50 on top.

I must admit, I had been a bit sceptical a few days earlier when our son suggested we used Omniticket. (The English version of their website has too many flashing lights for my liking).

But, as is so often the case, his youthful optimism won the day.

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