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Sep 14th, 2010, 09:01 AM
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I've rented lovely villas over the years and I have to give another perspective. Looking back I feel I made the mistake of running around on long day trips and not spending more time just enjoying the villas and the grounds. We would leave after breakfast and since some of the roads are two lane and because we would sometimes venture too far afield, we would at times stay for dinner in another town. We would get back to the villa in the evening and then do the same the next day.

It looks like you are making the same plans as we have done and just thought that in seven days you are cramming too much into it.

There was one couple who would sometimes travel with us and stay at the villas but they didn't go on the long day's trips. They bought produce from the nearby farmers and would have long picnics on our grounds, took short jaunts and got to know our neighbors and the locals nearby. At the time I thought they were boring and missing so much, but in retrospect they took full advantage of the villa life and we traveled around like we were staying in a hotel.

Just something you may want to think about.
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Sep 14th, 2010, 10:01 AM
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SeaUrchin - I think that is why we so enjoyed having our cooking class one day. It allowed us to just hang out in the villa and enjoy the garden and house. Plus the food was awesome!
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Sep 14th, 2010, 10:06 AM
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Yes, when we rent a beautiful villa it makes sense to make it the hub and spend some time there or nearby. I bet that cooking class was fabulous. I would love to stay where that would be possible again soon.
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Sep 14th, 2010, 09:47 PM
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Thank you everyone for the great advice and comments.

eks -- i know our paths keep crossing and we seem to have similar travel interests. the sad thing is that puglia got nixed from our itinerary this year. have you had your trip yet? we're doing the week in umbria (w/bologna and rome tacked on at either end), a week in greece, and then 3 nights in istanbul.

SeaUrchin -- you are SO right! we will have to be very careful not to over do the day trips. i almost want to just hang at the house all day and then venture off in the late afternoon for visits and dinner.

cls2paris -- we'll definitely contact that cooking class company. they seem great.

dayle -- i will definitely have a glass for you!! i can hardly wait.
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Sep 15th, 2010, 03:07 AM
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Dina: We are leaving this weekend for Puglia. I will be sure to report back..I agree about our shared interests and I am so pleased that you have found your little piece of paradise in Umbria! I was thinking of Umbria/Tuscan Coast for the future....(??)

BTW: Did you happen to see the thread on the Asia board about the new Hyatt credit card and how you can get two free nights in any Hyatt for signing up?
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Sep 15th, 2010, 04:53 AM
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Sep 15th, 2010, 06:16 AM
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Eks- have a wonderful trip!! i cannot wait to hear about it!!!

did not hear about that hyatt CC. thanks for thinking of me, but we are diehard starwood members, though, and that has served us really well so far. (only paying for the week in umbria and 2 nts in bologna for this next trip, all other accomodations are on points)
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Sep 15th, 2010, 06:56 AM
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EKS - have a GREAT time in Puglia, I await your trip report with baited breath. Dina, enjoy Umbria, it is GORGEOUS !!!
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Sep 15th, 2010, 07:05 AM
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Buon viaggio! I will have to travel vicariously thru you two. Please do trips reports for us when you return.
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Sep 15th, 2010, 08:55 PM
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Thanks!

I won't be going till next June, though. So you may have to deal with more questions from me...
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