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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 One Stop Italy

Over the past 6 months I’ve been hearing “horror stories” from various people I know who’ve returned from a trip to France. There are tales of loaves of bread costing the equivalent of £3 and beers at £8 each. I don’t recognise this as a problem in Italy. Although the Euro exchange rate has not been good (though it is now improving), prices in the country areas – where most of our self-catering properties are – have not gone up.  It is still a very affordable holiday for visitors from the UK.

I asked a friend in our Italian office, in the Val di Chiana about an hour South of  Florence, to give me the local prices for a number of food and drink items last week and here’s what she reported back:

1 espresso Euro 0,90 – 1,00  (approx. 80p)

1 cappuccino Euro 1,25 (approx. £1.10)

1 litre milk Euro 1,15 (approx. £1.00)

Loaf of bread (500g) Euro 1,20 (approx. £1.05)

Loaf of bread (1000g) Euro 1,80 (approx £1.58)

Bottle of table wine Euro 3,00 – 4,00 (approx. £2.65 – £3.50)

Restaurant price for Pizza Margherita  Euro 4,00 (approx. £3.50)

I think you’ll agree that these prices are for the most part similar to the UK and in some cases lower.

Obviously you will pay more in the tourist cities, but even here the trick is to eat and drink where the locals do, and you won’t go far wrong.

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