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

New Travel Articles About Italy

On Slow Europe we publish travel articles written by the vacation rental companies (agencies, owners) that we feature in our Find Vacation Rentals section. These are people who have good insider knowledge of their travel destinations. We have two new articles about Italy. Slow Europe Article – Food Shopping for Vacation Renters in Italy by Pat Byrne of Italy Perfect. You find the perfect vacation rental in Italy, you arrive and check in. Next you have … Continue reading New Travel Articles About Italy

A Slow Week in Alghero and North West Sardinia

Sardinia Pelosa

On any map of the Mediterranean, the Italian island of Sardinia is easy to spot being shaped like a foot and lying between Corsica and Sicily. Visitors are often surprised at the size of Sardinia – it is pretty much the size of Wales or West Virginia (but has the advantage of 1800km of mostly unspoilt coastline). Peter Ryder, who lives on Sardinia, introduces us to his corner of the island, near the town of … Continue reading A Slow Week in Alghero and North West Sardinia

Profile – Italy Perfect

This month we profile Italy Perfect, a US-based agency run by sisters Lisa and Pat Byrne. Lisa and Pat have a close connection to Italy, having lived there as children, and traveling there regularly now. Most of their rentals are in the famous art cities of Italy – Rome, Florence and Venice – and they offer some countryside rentals as well. Read all the details in our profile. Slow Europe Article – Profile of Italy Perfect

Affordable Accommodations in Europe


The Sunday New York Times has an article about staying in Convents in Europe. New York Times, Monastic Doors Open for Travelers, by Jane Margolies, Oct 19, 2008 This detailed article lists great resources for finding and booking this less expensive type of European accommodation. The writer mentions an article that I wrote with Kathy Wood for SlowTrav  – You CAN Afford Europe This Year – where we give our favorite tips for doing less … Continue reading Affordable Accommodations in Europe

Vacation Rental Pitfalls


Sure there are some bad vacation rentals out there, but most of them are good and staying in vacation rentals is a great way to travel – less expensive than most other options and more interesting (IMO). The New York Times published an article last weekend about one person’s very bad experience with a vacation rental that they rented directly from the owner. New York Times, Practical Traveler, Skirting the Pitfalls of Private Rentals, by … Continue reading Vacation Rental Pitfalls

Dream of Italy – Special Report: Villa Rentals

Dream of Italy

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 … Continue reading Dream of Italy – Special Report: Villa Rentals

Tuscan Traveler – New Blog about Italy!

My good friend Ann Reavis has started a blog about Italy: Tuscan Traveler – Burnt to a Crisp Under the Tuscan Sun. Ann has been back and forth between the US and Florence for the last decade, so has a lot of great information about Florence, Tuscany and the rest of Italy. She has several interesting articles posted on the blog now. I helped her set up her blog (which is why it looks a … Continue reading Tuscan Traveler – New Blog about Italy!

Who Says an Old Blog Can’t Learn New Tricks?

Some of my favorite blogs are the ones that I have been reading for years. Two of them have updated their looks in the fast few weeks. Art and Barb Live in Italy Barb from the Slow Travel and Expats in Italy communities moved her blog to her own domain name: Art and Barb Live in Italy. Barb has been running this blog since she and Art moved from Kentucky to Umbria in 2003. For … Continue reading Who Says an Old Blog Can’t Learn New Tricks?