the finest ways to explore Italy is from the comfort and convenience
of a self catering villa or vacation home. Equally, one of the
finest ways to relax and recharge is from the comfort of a deck
chair in the shade of a self catering villa or vacation home.
Whatever, it is much better to be wise before the fact, and the
following notes and suggestions may be useful to you...
First of all, not all properties have pools. The typical 'season'
for pool opening runs from the beginning of June until the end of
September. A few pools are heated and it is normal for the pool to
be cleaned for you during your stay.
Duration of stay
Most rentals run from Saturday to Saturday. You are usually asked
to arrive after 16.00 hours and depart before 10.00 hours. You
may find that you have to pay a supplement for a stay of less
than two weeks in some of the larger properties. Remember also
that all dates on this site are in the European Day - Month -
Type of property
Be sure of what you are renting. Some villas and large dwellings
have been converted into a series of holiday apartments. Other
properties may have a resident owner in one part and rent out
a self-contained apartment in another part. Whereas it is certainly
the norm for you to rent a house or villa on an exclusive basis,
there are occasions when this may not be the case. Click
for a page going into greater detail on Italian
and how they are arranged on this site.
It is quite common to be asked to pay a security deposit on arrival
to cover possible breakages and damage. If the property you are letting
has an outgoing telephone you may also be asked for a deposit against
charges incurred during your stay. Both of these deposits are often
expected to be in cash.
Domestic electricity in Italy is 220V but the average supply is only
three kilowatts. Take one hairdryer, add an electric kettle and stir
in a washing machine to taste and you have an instant recipe for circuit-breaking.
Be sure you know where the fuse box is. There is little mains gas
outside of towns and cities. You'll quite likely find that your oven
will run off a small gas canister and that gas central heating will
be run from a larger tank in the grounds of your property. Water shortages
in summer are quite common. Use sparingly as many country properties
have water tanks that are only topped up (from the mains) at irregular
If you are arriving on a Saturday, don't
leave the shopping
until Sunday. Practically nowhere will be open. If the villa or house
you are renting offers a 'shopping list' service you may well be grateful
that you took advantage of it when you arrive hot and tired from the
airport or long drive.
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you would like to know that knowital
aims to be
the definitive guide to staying Tuscany and Italy, with hotels,
holiday accommodation, vacation rentals, private apartments, villas
and homes to let.