The September issue of the Dream of Italy newsletter is all about Villa Rentals and is the first media mention for Slow Europe 🙂 The June 2003 issue of Dream of Italy was their first Special Report on Villa Rentals and it mentioned the site I was running then – Slow Travel. It was the second media mention we had and many more followed. So, this is a good beginning for my new Slow Europe site.
I worked with Kathy McCabe (editor and publisher of Dream of Italy) and Valerie Schneider (My Bella Basilicata) on the issue. The main article is about my experience with Slow Travel – both this way of travel (staying in villa rentals) and running the Slow Travel website: how I became a Slow Traveler, creating the Slow Travel website and community, renting from agencies vs. owners, changes in vacation rental agencies in the past decade.
Another article is “How to Find a Good Villa Rental Agency” – what we look for in a good agency. We wrote about terms used to talk about vacation rentals – villa rentals, holiday cottages, agriturism, etc. – “you say tomato, I say tomahto”.
Kathy added some great tips for first-time renters. We put our heads together and came up with a three page list of recommended villa rentals for Italy, by region (agencies and estates with cottages).
Villa Rental – Vacation Rental | Tomato – Tomahto
Scene from the movie “Shall We Dance” with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers singing “Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off”.
“You say either and I say either, You say neither and I say neither
Either, either Neither, neither, Let’s call the whole thing off.
You like potato and I like potahto, You like tomato and I like tomahto
Potato, potahto, Tomato, tomahto, Let’s call the whole thing off.”
– Louis Armstrong, “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off”