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Monthly Archives: March 2018

Purchasing Private Florida Villa

Consider the Location
First of all, if you’re going to purchase a private Florida villa, you need to consider the location of the villa. There are many different places all across the state where you can purchase. Figure out the area where you want to buy. Do you want to live further away from the city or do you want to be near the hustle and bustle of a city full of life? Do you enjoy being near the beach or do you want to be near Orlando and all the great tourist attractions available?

Once you actually think about the property location, then you need to decide the type of property you want to go with. Do you need only a couple of bedrooms or a place that has several bedrooms so you can enjoy company? Figure out whether you want a pool, whether you want to be on a large resort, or whether you prefer to be in a small development where there is a lot of privacy for you.

Think About Your Budget
The next thing to think about is your budget. Figure out how much money you can realistically spend on the private Florida villa. Your budget may influence the area, since some of the villas in less populated areas like parts of central Florida aren’t as expensive as those near the beaches, such as villas in the Miami area. It may be a good idea to start talking to a lender to see how much money you can be preapproved for and consider the payments you can handle each month.

Always Do a Home Inspection
Probably one of the most important tips to remember if you’re purchasing a private Florida villa is to do a home inspection. There are many problems that can occur to Florida homes, and most people aren’t aware of them. Not only will you want to do a regular home inspection, but you’ll also want to have a pest inspection done, since Florida is well known for pests, especially termites. The last thing you want is to purchase a villa that is infested with termites and about to fall down around your head. So make sure you inspect the property before you actually buy it.

Autumn Brings a Host of Italy

If you’re searching for Italy travel deals throughout September, October, November, and early December, you’ll find that this “shoulder” season means lower prices on everything from hotel rooms to organized and custom tours. The discounted prices can lower your output substantially, leaving a little extra money to splurge on that great pair of shoes in that shop in Milan, that extra bottle of wine with dinner in Tuscany, and perhaps that unique work of art you’ve spied in a gallery in Florence.

In addition, autumn puts travelers in Italy during a time when festivals are abundant. Italy travel deals in the fall months might include a visit to Calabria, for example, where there are at least three notable festivals occurring during that season. September brought the “Pizza Chef Champion of Italy 2010” competition to this town located on Italy’s “toe”. It October there’s a quirky gathering of accordion players that’s part of the Festival of the Madonna of Constantinople. To cap off the season, an annual Mushroom Festival is held in the town of Mammola, celebrating the harvest of mushrooms from the thousands of acres where they grow around the town. All sorts of mushroom dishes are prepared in a variety of ways, and there’s plenty of singing and dancing as well at this day-long celebration.

In general, autumn in Italy presents plenty of opportunities to get to know the local products. For example, the Euro Chocolate Festival in Perugia features well-known Baci Perugina candies and other chocolates from the area. You might even be there to celebrate Chocoday! What could be better! Of course, you may even stumble on a truffle festival or two as well as some excellent wine tasting events. If you’re booking a custom Italy tour, visits to these events or any others can often be arranged as you organize your itinerary.

You can Enjoying Foods in Italy

The foods in Italy are specialties of the particular region of the country that you find yourself. There is no country with a greater diversity of cuisines native to the area than Italy. Some of the cooking practices have been passed down through the generations and continue to add to the flavor of this wonderfully diverse country.

The cuisine in Northern Italy uses more butters and cream sauces than what you may think of when you think about Italian food. There is less use of olive oil and tomato sauces in Northern Italian cooking. The coastal regions have a wonderful selection of seafood. The regions of Italy typically rely on the game and fowl that live in the area.

As you travel through the various cities in Italy, take the time to explore the local cuisine. Enjoying the foods of Italy is the best way to experience the culture of the region. Italian people take great pride in the foods that are cooked in the country. What you will learn as you vacation in Italy, is that there is more to Italian cuisine than just lasagna and pizza, however when you do eat authentic Italian pizza, it is likely to be the best you ever tasted.

The wines of Italy are another cultural experience that should be included on a trip through the different regions of Italy. Foodies and wine lovers will find that Italy provides travelers with an experience unlike any other. Be prepared to bring your appetite when you travel to the food capital of the world.

There are vacation packages and tours of Italy that explore the foods of the region. These vacations are designed with food lovers in mind. It is a good opportunity for travelers to taste the various local foods and explore some of the lesser known foods in the area. Enjoy the wonderful cultural diversity and gorgeous landscapes while you are in Italy exploring the foods. A trip to Italy will give you some wonderful ideas for your own Italian cooking at home.

Choice Hotels

La Perla Corvara, Italy

Situated high in the Dolomites, the South Tyrolean lodge called La Perla is located in Corvara, a friendly Alpine village that’s near the Swiss border. The lodge has traditional rooms with rustic wood furniture, decorative headboards and printed fabrics. The hotel resembles a typical Swiss lodge, with a dining area that has all wood paneling and timbered ceilings. The walls are lined with wine bottles. There’s also an unusual motorcycle museum at the resort that has antique bikes on display! The resort is just over 100 miles from Venice.

Guests at La Perla enjoy the daring view of the Dolomite peaks, snowshoeing and skiing activities, and also hiking

during warm weather. There are Turkish baths, a jacuzzi and saunas as well as an indoor-outdoor pool. This is a fun and relaxing place to rest during your Italy tour.

Vigilius Mountain Resort South Tyrol, Italy

This resort sits at the top of a mountain in South Tyrol in the Alps, near the Italian-Austrian border. Don’t want to drive up the mountain? You won’t have to because this resort is accessible by cable car only – 1500 meters up!

The hotel is modern in design with stone and concrete on lots of plain wood. If you want remote, this is the place to be.

Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria Sorrento, Italy

This hotel is located high on a cliff that overlooks the harbor in Sorrento. The hotel is actually three villas, each built in the 1800s. The hotel has been restored, but still maintains its original design. Ornate frescoes on the ceilings of a few suites and unique furniture give the hotel its unique beauty.

There are two restaurants. One is a traditional dining room with a 19th century elegant style. The other is a terrace restaurant that has a tremendous view of the harbor. Guests staying during the summer months might get to dine by candlelight on the Vittoria Terrace as a small orchestra plays music. The hotel offers a private elevator, which transports guests to the harbor. Boats are also available for hire here.

Il San Pietro di Positano Positano, Italy

For those not afraid of heights, this unusual hotel descends with each level down a cliffside. The views of the sea can be enjoyed from each room and terrace to the max because the hotel is built alongside the cliff only one room deep. Each room has its own private terrace. This makes for a very relaxing and quiet getaway.

The entrance of the hotel is actually a small chapel from the 17th century that was devoted to San Pietro. There is a restaurant on top of the hotel that serves Italian cuisine and offers more stunning views of the Gulf of Salerno. There’s also a swimming pool that has been carved into the cliffside. A lift can be taken from the hotel lobby down to a private beach and seaside cocktail bar.

Grand Hotel Quisisana Capri, Italy

The Grand Hotel Quisisana is where many supermodels, actors and other members of the elite go to hide away. Located in the popular city of Capri, this hotel resembles a habitat for the rich and famous with its 19th century design, endless mirrors and amazing floors. A pool and outdoor cafe are available.

Caesar Augustus Hotel Capri, Italy

Sitting above the Bay of Naples, 1000 feet above, is this classic hotel with its unmatching views of the bay. The rooms are welcoming with bright modern bathrooms and private balconies. There is a restaurant on a terrace that overlooks the bay also. It offers stylish comfort and a beautiful view all in one package!

The Capri Palace Anacapri, Italy

A hotel with Roman Empire elegance and a stunning view of the sea, the Capri Palace welcomes guests to gorgeous rooms with chandeliers, tile and marble baths and canopy beds. Luxury is an understatement at this hotel. Even outside the hotel is a well-kept garden. A pool and spa are available for relaxation. The hotel offers a penthouse suite and also an apartment-style suite for long stays that has its own garden and pool.

Don’t settle for second best on your trip. If you don’t see a unique hotel above for the area you plan to visit, use online resources and searches to find other dream resorts in Italy! Choice Hotels, Unique Settings for the Italy Traveller