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Here’s what our customer Mrs B.D. of Bristol, UK wrote about her family holiday at Villa degli Olivi, just 1.5km from the medieval town of Castiglion Fiorentino, Tuscany:

Villa degli Olivi

Villa degli Olivi

Had fabulous holiday. Villa Degli Olivi was absolutely beautiful and Aida and Massimo were so kind and welcoming and truly lovely to my 90 year old mum who was very keen to practice her rusty Italian!!

My ‘children’ thought the pool and grounds were magnificent, kept lush and green with gorgeous flowers and the pool has a proper deep end which in our experience is unusual, but for teenagers makes a really massive difference to their enjoyment of using the pool.

Diving into The pool at Villa degli Olivi

Diving into the pool at Villa degli Olivi

We have been holidaying as an extended family for donkeys years (since 1986?) but really loved this villa a lot. Castiglion Fiorentino is a very pretty local town, particularly with the station which we found very useful as you suggested (Florence and Rome for some) and two fantastic restaurants we went to. (Steak connoisseur brother thought best ever!)

Outdoor dining at Villa degli Olivi

Outdoor dining at Villa degli Olivi

Many, many thanks for helping organise such a wonderful and memorable family holiday”

Mrs B.D., Bristol, UK

Pizza oven at Villa degli Olivi

Pizza oven at Villa degli Olivi

If you are planning a holiday in Italy for a large group, One Stop Italy can find you the perfect venue. We specialise in family reunions, special birthday celebrations with groups of friends, accommodation for wedding parties. Start by taking a look at our large villas with pool in Italy.


Tel: +44 (0)1603 812212 and talk to Gill or Adrian.


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The news today is full of a ‘school holiday rant’, which a guy posted to his friends on Facebook and has since gone viral. He complains about the general practice amongst holiday companies of raising prices outside of term-time, making it much more expensive for families. And of course this comes on top of the case of a Shropshire couple who were fined £1000 a few weeks ago for taking their children out of school during term-time.



Lots to do on-site at these family apartments on an organic farm near Volterra, Tuscany


Are you planning a family holiday to Italy in May half-term 2014?  We have a huge selection of self-catering villas and farmhouse apartments in Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio where the rental price remains the same throughout May, including half-term (24th – 31st May 2014). Not only that, but the whole of May is priced at LOW SEASON rates.  In other words, it’s cheaper to go on holiday in May than in June, July, August or September. And that includes May half-term week. Swimming pools, tennis courts, table-tennis, table football, volleyball, five-a-side football – our range of holiday houses has plenty to keep the children occupied all week long.

And it’s the same in October. LOW SEASON rates. No price increase for October half-term.

The above applies to everything in Brochure 1 on our website.

For advice and personal service, contact Gillian at One Stop Italy.

P.S. We offer a free tailor-made holiday search service

Not all holiday companies are alike …

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From Gillian at One Stop Italy.

Many of our customers who are holidaying in Italy for the first time find it a bit overwhelming at the beginning when they are choosing a rental property. There’s so much to think about, and so much choice, so where do you start?

I always begin by asking them a few questions about the location of their ideal holiday home.

Distance from the airport. Is this a factor?

Is sightseeing important to you? If yes, which places do you intend to visit during your stay?

Do you require a property in a remote, isolated or secluded position, e.g. high up in the hills or mountains?

Or is walking distance to facilities essential?

Will you have the use of a car during your stay?

Does the holiday property have to be within striking distance of the coast?

As two thirds of Italy is made up of hills and mountains, and holiday properties are generally rural, you can see why it’s important to know the answers to these questions. I’ve heard many horror stories from clients who have booked a holiday rental “blind” on the internet and found out to their cost when they arrive that it is not really suitable because it’s too high up / too  many steps for elderly members of the party /  not flat enough for children to play safely in the garden etc.  All these issues and more can be easily addressed if they are discussed beforehand with someone who is experienced enough to ask the right questions. Which is, I hope, where we come in ….!

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