- How many are in your party? What sort of bedrooms do they need?
- Are there any small children in your party, or guests who will have difficulty with steps? If so, you may also prefer a swimming pool with steps rather than ladder.
- If you are a large group, consider the importance of multiple living areas, indoors and out. Would yo prefer to be under one roof, or enjoy the privacy and flexibility of an extra kitchen, a guesthouse or even a separate villa nearby?
- Is it important for you to be able to walk to shops and restaurants? (a feature much appreciated by teenagers). A car is a must in most locations, but there are a few with pubic transportation nearby.
- If sightseeing is a priority, you'll want to be within a reasonable distance of places of interest. If quiet days are reading or lounging by the swimming pool are more important, you may prefer a spot well off the beaten track.
- If this is your first visit to Italy, you may wish to consider one of our properties with an English-speaking caretaker who can provide sight-seeing and restaurant tips.
- The location of your villa will affect the cost of evenings out and extra services - the hourly rate for a maid or cook on the Amalfi Coast is roughly double that in rural Umbria.
- If your ideal holiday means never having to set foot in a kitchen, consider a fully-staffed property or one set in a village with a choice of restaurants.
- Rustic charm is not for everyone and older houses, often include more traditional facilities, albeit carefully looked after, may not be as efficient as modern utilities. If the success of your holiday depends on perfectly functioning utilities, you may be happier in a modern villa or one that has been more than consmetically restored.
- Climate. The rule thumb in Italy is that you can add one week of summer and substract one half-inch of rain for every degree of latitude as you move southwards. in April, when Venetians are just beginning to think of tucking away their winter woolies, Sicilians are already vying fr sun loungers on the beach. In summer it is always cooler on the coast than inland and altitude makes a difference, too. Ignore the temperature charts in guidebooks: chances are that you'll choose the 'exceptional' year to visit Italy.