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Perugia: old style apartment in the city


In a tiny piazza within Perugia’s historic center, this apartment occupies a floor of a magnificently preserved medieval palazzo. Wonderfully romantic, this part of town has changed little since the 14th century. This spacious apartment is ideal for those who want to experience the grandeur of a bygone age.

The impressive vaulted and frescoed ceilings of the apartment are worthy of a museum. A collection of antiques and the two fireplaces create an aura of refinement.

The city’s exciting medieval center radiates from Corso Vannucci, 50 yards  away. All manner of shopping and dining choices are close at hand. The Italian University of Perugia and the University for Foreigners of Perugia are 300 yards away. On the last weekend of each month, a colorful, outdoor antique market takes place in Piazza Italia, 50 yards away. In July, the Umbria Jazz Festival plays host to the world’s best artist for 10 days. Mid-October brings the Eurochocolate festival that effectively turns Perugia in to an open air pastry shop for a week.

Distance: Parking, bus station and train station are all just a few minutes walk away.

Price: from 435 Eur/week

Perugia: apartment in the city center


Bright and comfortable apartment of 40 sqm, perfect for 2/4 people, in the historical center of Perugia, next to the beautiful church of St. Ercolano. It is located on the third floor (no elevator) of a historic building, in the center, a few steps away from the minimetrò.

It is the ideal base to experience the life of a medieval center and discover the art of Perugia and other beautiful towns of Umbria.

Recently renovated, it has an entrance hall, kitchen / living room with double sofa bed, TV, double bedroom, bathroom with shower. Every room (including the bathroom) has windows that make the apartment very bright. Wi-Fi is free of charge.

How to get there: by train to Stazione di Perugia, take the minimetrò (exit Pincetto) or a taxi (5 minutes). If you arrive by car you must take into account that the Old Town is a restricted traffic area so you need to leave your car in one of the two neighboring parking fee (Market Hall, The Bridles) or free of charge and in strategic places just outside the restricted traffic zone.


Distance: airport 20 km, next restaurant 200 m

Price: from 435 Eur/week depending on the season

Tuscany: Rural villa with pool

Villa with 2 bedrooms

Price: from 700 Eur /week

Accommodation: Beautiful villa (renovated in 2008) with two bedrooms, dining room, fireplace, bathroom with shower, hair-dryer, large panoramic esplanade in front of the garden, kitchen area and a swimming pool.

Distances: beach 6 km, airport Pisa 100 km; Siena, Firenze, Pisa, Roma, Livorno in 50-200 km

Firenze: apartament 2 persons

Bright apartment with large terrace next to the Old Bridge



Accommodation: Apartment 22 sqm. 1 bedroom and kitchen, 2+1 beds, in the historical center

Apartment fully renovated and very nicely and functionally furnished. Provided with kitchen / living room with sofa bed and 1 bedroom. Located on the fifth floor, it offers exceptional peace and light, certainly not common features for accommodations in the historical center. The large terrace of 12 sqm. with table and chairs offers the unique opportunity to enjoy outdoor meals and whenever you like while being a stone’s throw from the Ponte Vecchio. The kitchen is fully equipped. The bathroom has a large and comfortable shower (120×70 cm). Safety is guaranteed by a security door and the whole apartment is air conditioned for total comfort. A 26-inch LED TV, a hairdryer and an iron complete the equipment of the apartment. 

Price:   525 Eur*/week/2 persons

            *Flight from Bucharest to Italy is not included and estimated at ca. 275 Eur/2 persons (low cost)

Liguria: Vacation farmhouse for 4-6 persons

 Surrounded by ancient olive groves the recently renovated building dates back to the XIX century offers 4 different choices of accommodation to its guests, all varying in size, tastefully decorated and with artistic touches added by the artist Manol Bozuffi. The Property is surrounded by the greens of the Garlenda Golf located in the valley of Lerrone river, one of the most picturesque valleys in the inland of Liguria. Wild mountains and alpine walks on Maritime Alps, untouched villages are outside your door. The area offers many kind of outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling and rock climbing. The sandy beaches, and night life of lively town of Alassio is only 4,5 miles far. There are several excellent restaurants within a short walk or drive. An excellent base to explore both the French and Italian Rivieras. Close to Monaco (1h), Nice(1h), Portofino. 




6 Kings Apartment: 65 sq m, situated on ground floor, large panoramic pergola, spacious double bedroom, bright bedroom with double bed, large living room with cooking area and comfortable sofa bed (double). Bathroom with shower. All apartments are equipped with dishwasher, microwave, safe, color Satellite TV, VCR/DVD, Air Conditioning, FREE Internet access possibility. L’agriturismo is an ideal place for a really relaxing holiday. This house is perfect for those who love the sea as well as the peace and quiet of the countryside; just restored, it has a large garden and is plenty of all the comforts such as swimming pool, bowling green and equipped barbecue area where is wonderful to dine. 

Distances: beach 7 km, restaurant 1 km 

Price: from 1.200 Eur/week

Catania: City break

Comfortable apartment in the historical center of Catania.

Accommodation: Renovated flat in the historical centre of the city.

The small apartment has one room, a bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, satellite TV, heating and air conditioning, linen and towels, free Internet access.

Distances: The apartment is located in the historical city center, 10 minutes walking from Piazza Duomo and Ursino castle, 2 km from the station, 5 km from the airport and 4 km from the seaside.

Price: ca. 225 Eur accommodation 3 nights (+50 Eur/each further night)

ca. 165 Eur flight Bucharest-Sicily (low-cost company)

All prices are calculated for 2 persons!

Tuscany: Stonehouse with private pool

Romantic villa with pool situated in the middle of olive groves

The villa has two rooms: living room with kitchen on the ground floor and a bedroom with a bathroom upstairs. The terrace in front of the house is beautifully decorated and has a dining table for 4 people, a swing and other garden furniture, including 2 sun beds.
You must bring your own food or dine in the restaurants nearby (distance closest Restaurant: ca. 3 km). There is a barbecue area next to the house.

The location is both beautiful, because the little house is located on the hill in the middle of an olive grove and offers a beautiful view of the valley, other small villages, olive trees and sea. Almost every sunset is breathtaking.
At the same time the location is also terrible, because the house cannot be reached by a “normal” car.
Casa Viola is located in Buchignano, a very small village which is about 3 km from Camaiore – a city with shops, restaurants, gas station, church, etc. The road is asphalted, but still very bad. However: compared to the one kilometer without even the asphalt this is a luxury road … I thought that my car broke into pieces: (I didn´t drove a 2nd time up there, but left the car in Buchignano. Still, it was every time very exhausting to drive the 3 km up and back. But if you drive a SUV or a rented car, this should not be a problem anymore.
The nearest large supermarket is located in Viareggio, that is 9 km far from Camaiore and 12 km far from Buchignano. For the 3 km from Camaiore to Buchignano you need more time than for the remaining 9 km from Camaiore to Viareggio :-)
In Buchignano itself there are absolutely no stores/shops.
The beach in Lido de Camaiore is about 20 km away.
There are plenty of excursion options: Lucca (25km), Pisa (35 km), La Spezia (70 km) and if you want to drive more than 100 km / day Florence, Siena etc.

The owners have been friendly. On our departure day, we have asked them to drive all our luggage in their car to the village and that was no problem for them. However, we had to explain our concern 5 times because their foreign language skills were very poor.
Only one of her daughters was speaking German, but there has been no opportunity to speak with her, so that we cannot assess her knowledge. With the owners we spoke English.
The negative points are because of the poor foreign language skills, but because of the lack of cleanliness. Although we have noticed ourselves that spider webs have appeared over and over again (the spiders were always very busy during the night!), for the hand and bath towels that were not even on the first day very clean, I can see no excuse. Especially not when you consider that for the final cleaning 60, – € are being paid!
We have complained only about the miserable way to the cottage and the owners explained that it had been raining very heavily in the last few days, so that the unpaved road was “washed away”. This was already reported to the local police and should soon be brought back in order.

The pool is actually a large wading pool that was ALWAYS full of insects. We had to spend about 15 minutes each time with the cleaning of the pool before we could actually get into the pool.

None of the rooms is large, but very nice and cozy. The only negative point: the narrow bed. 2 adults fit only to bed when they sleep close embraced :)
I took pictures of the whole house so that you can make your own opinion about the whole arrangement and the size of the bed.

If you don´t drive a rented car or SUV, you should leave the car in  Buchignano and ask the owners to provide luggage transport with own car. From Buchignano Casa Viola can be reached on foot in about 15 minutes. However, please be aware that you have to climb up the hill which might be a little exhausting if the sun is very hot.
Otherwise one should use all the repellent methods (preferably all at once!) provided by the owners – We have never been attacked by mosquitoes as much as in Casa Viola: weather in the Caribbean, nor in Asia.
Casa Viola is equipped with a small refrigerator, stove, dishes, towels, soap, toilet paper, wood, etc. We have bought just a dish detergent and a sponge for the dishes.

Price: from 750 Eur/week for 2 persons

Tuscany: Medieval Inn

Medieval Inn on Pistoia Hills, 40 Minutes from Florence

Accommodation: The Inn is located on the Tuscan Apennines, 17km North of Pistoia in a lush valley where the River Reno runs parallel to the State Road 66, which connects Florence to the area’s tourist destinations, among which the winter resort of Abetone stands out.

Because of its position, the   Inn may be an ideal base for tourists interested in visiting the art cities of Tuscany as well as for nature lovers, aiming to discover the Apennines, in all seasons.

The apartment is spacious and bright, facing the river Reno and characterized by seductive colors and a touch of chic. This one-room apartment of 30 square meters is suitable for short and long stays and offers excellent value for money. With a king size bed and a sofa-bed can accommodate up to 4 people.

Distance: beach (Viareggio) 80 km, Florence 50 km, restaurant 20 m

Price: from 335 Eur/5 nights

Napoli: Hotel Real Ortobotanico***

The strategic position of the hotel allow to the guest to reach various cultural route, archaeological museum, Naples cathedral and it’s main road from where one can visit all historical Naples.

Real Ortobotanico is also close to the main means of communication, underground, central station, Capodichino airport, so that the hotel is always a constant landmark.


The hotel has 36 rooms, with private bathrooms, colour TV sat, hairdryer, safe, pc- line direct phone and air condition.

Price: from 446 Eur*/week/2 persons

*Flight from Bucharest to Italy is not included and estimated at ca. 250 Eur/2 persons (low cost)

Sicily: Beach Apartment

The vacation house is located in Mazara del Vallo in the province of Trapani. It is 300 meters far from the Tonnarella Beach and 1500 meters away from Italy’s biggest fishing harbor. The building has been recently modernized.


Each room has a kitchenette (including kitchen items) with fridge, microwave, table, chairs, TV, internet wifi and independent air conditioning. The comfortable bathroom is equipped with shower, hairdryer and cabinets for personal belongings. The house has a beautiful solarium-terrace, which overlooks the breathtaking view of Mazara sea and its amazing sunsets (access is granted to all house guests).

You can cook your own dinner in your apartment, use the outdoor grill for a barbecue or go out for a fancy restaurant.

There is a big store in front of the vacation house where you can find everything you need at very good prices!

Distances: beach 300 m; harbor 1,5 km; Catania 280 km; Trapani 53 km

Price: 265-595 Eur 1 week accommodation for 2 persons; flight from Bucharest: from 150 Eur/person

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