Sant’Antonio in the Heart of Tuscany

Apartments at Sant'Antonio

Nico and Elena Pannevis run the Sant’Antonio Country Resort, an estate outside of Montepulciano, in Tuscany. Thirteen vacation rentals (villas, cottages, apartments) and six languages (Italian, English, Swahili, Dutch, German, French) on an idyllic olive growing estate that started life in the 12th century as a Monastery. The estate has large gardens (with over a kilometer of Bay Leaf hedges), views north to Lago Trasimeno and south to Monte Amiata, a large pool, underground parking … Continue reading Sant’Antonio in the Heart of Tuscany

HomeAway Puts Vacation Rentals on the Scoreboard

View from our balcony in Cetona, Tuscany

updated January 29, 2010 HomeAway, the Austin TX based company who owns most of the major Rent-by-Owner websites (,,, etc.*) will have an ad in the 2010 Super Bowl! Finally, vacation rentals will be on the scoreboard! The ad features Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo reviving their roles as Clark and Ellen Griswold in the 1983 movie “National Lampoon’s Vacation” about a family on a vacation to “Walley World” (a great movie!). Brian … Continue reading HomeAway Puts Vacation Rentals on the Scoreboard

Sants – Montjuïc District in Barcelona


Barcelona is one of the most popular European travel destinations. It is located in northern Spain, in the Catalonia region near the border with France, on the Mediterranean coast. Modernism, a variant of Art Nouveau, was born in Barcelona in the late 1800s. Gaudí designed many buildings in the Eixample district of Barcelona. Max, a transplanted Italian, lives in the Sants – Montjuïc district and runs The Urban, 20 suites and apartments (vacation rentals) … Continue reading Sants – Montjuïc District in Barcelona

Guide to Lanzarote on the Canary Islands

Lanzarote Guidebook

The Canary Islands, located around eighty miles off the coast of West Africa close to the Tropic of Capricorn, are a Spanish owned volcanic archipelago of seven islands that was once thought to be the remnants of the mythical lost city of Atlantis. The Canaries are essentially the European Caribbean, boasting year round sunshine and daytime temperatures that range from 70 to 79 degrees Fahrenheit (20 to 26 degrees Celsius), making them a hugely popular … Continue reading Guide to Lanzarote on the Canary Islands