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Oct 7th, 2009, 11:49 AM
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catsailor: "Zeppole: The links you posted earlier have disappeared. Could you perhaps be so kind to repost. I did not get a chance to check them out yesterday."

In case you didn't notice - The editors deleted all of zeppole's posts from your thread, not just the links she gave you.
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Oct 7th, 2009, 12:01 PM
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Sher: I just checked their website and the e-mail sent to me from Collelungo. They mustn't be increasing their rates for next year as they quoted me 2009 rates for low season plus a 5% discount. for early booking for my dates in 2010.

They only require 35% down to reserve and the remaining balance 4 weeks before we arrive.

The other place (which I did not name) wanted 50% down upon booking, the remaining 50% 90 days before we arrive. But if I wanted to lock in the 2009 rate, I would have to pay the final 50% before Dec 31, 2009. The proprietor indicated that rates for weekly stays would be going up approx 4% in 2010 and that nightly would be increased higher, but did not say how much. That is what I had the problem with....

First I think that was an unusual practice. I haven't ever been asked to pay up by year end for face an increase in the next fiscal year. Second, I don't want to enter into a contract not knowing how much the rate is increasing. For all I know, he could say that he had to raise rates 50% because business is bad and since I did not pay by Dec 31, 2009 I am responsible for the new rate or I lose my 50% deposit.

I am not saying that would happen, I just don't want to enter into an open ended contract.
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Oct 7th, 2009, 12:05 PM
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Random Question..... Is there a moderator on this forum? It appears that a number of posts were deleted from this thread, one containing information that I wanted to follow up on.

I certainly see why some of the posts were deleted and were glad that they were due to the level of personal attacks and nastiness, however, I believe it should be noted that the moderator stepped in and deleted the posts.

I am new to this website and am not sure if a person can delete his/her posts or a moderator jumps in and deletes posts.
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Oct 7th, 2009, 12:22 PM
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janisj, it wasn't just my posts that were deleted. So were yours and st cirq's, nukesafe, some of peter's and stu's. Any guesses as to who felt it necessary to call in censors? The immaturity level is incredible around here.

catsailor, I'll do my best and be back with a different post to reconstruct the links.
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Oct 7th, 2009, 12:48 PM
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catsailor,

Deleting posts, let alone those that contain information useful to travelers is a first in my experience, but let's try again:

This is a Tuscany agriturismo website you can use to specifically filter the search for short period stays:

http://www.tuscany.net/accommod/chia...na_tuscany.htm

I think I posted some of these places as possibilities for short-term stays, with a disclaimer that I hadn't stayed there, so you need to check reviews where you can:

http://www.agriturismo.net/castellina-in-chianti-45/

http://www.agriturismo.it/miscianello/enprezzi.asp

http://www.agriturismo.it/fattoriadi...o/enprezzi.asp

http://www.agriturismo.it/lagrottadi...nalloggi.shtml

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Rev...i_Tuscany.html

And I had previously posted this place which, while it doesn't have apartments with kitchens, does have a resident cook, which I would enjoy for a five night stay.

http://www.agriturismoilleccio.it/

You mentioned that you might be considering Cortona, but given your shopping itinerary, I think that is a little bit too far south, although there is a fast highway right there, heading north. I would resist being steered to the val d'Orcia area (Pienza, Montelpulciano, San Quirico, Montalcino) because given your trip itinerary, it doesn't work as well as the Chianti area.

Have a great trip!
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Oct 7th, 2009, 04:35 PM
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catsailor. Well, at least with them you will know where you stand and paying four weeks before isn't too bad.
SlowTrav specializes in Italy and there are many postings of places to stay. I think you can pretty much feel confident that they will not steer you wrong.
I remember when we were looking for a place I went nuts looking at listings.
Let us know what you decide.
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Oct 7th, 2009, 06:07 PM
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catsailor: "Random Question..... Is there a moderator on this forum? It appears that a number of posts were deleted from this thread, one containing information that I wanted to follow up on."

That would be the editors at Fodors. They deleted all posts from one person (as well as some from others that referred to those posts) One of the few major rules on here is re personal attacks. It is typical for the editors to nuke nasty posts plus those posts that refer to the nasty ones, and all the tit for tat swirling around them. Sometimes it does leave a weird thread since there wil be references to posts that no longer exist. I'll assume it was impossible to leave any bits/pieces of that person's posts because each one must have broken the rules in some way.

zeppole: janisj, it wasn't just my posts that were deleted. So were yours and st cirq's, nukesafe, some of peter's and stu's. Any guesses as to who felt it necessary to call in censors? The immaturity level is incredible around here."

Oh my goodness. Now you are blaming others for getting your posts zapped. I am pretty certain no one 'called in censors'. The editors monitor these boards all the time and this was definitely not a first.

So if we all play nice and provide useful info w/o attacking others, maybe the info will stay put this time.
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