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Can I rent a vacation rental for less than a week?

Pauline Kenny

Most vacation rentals in Italy rent from Saturday to Saturday, a one week minimum. But there are a few places that rent by the night instead of by the week. In England it is easy to find vacation rentals for less than a week (they call them "short breaks") - maybe this will gain popularity in Italy. It would be nice to not have to rent on the Saturday to Saturday schedule, although you can see that by doing it this way the owners get the maximum days booked. And once you get used to this, it is easy to arrange your trip around Saturday to Saturday rentals.

Vacation Rentals by the Night

These are the few vacation rentals that I know of in Italy that rent by the night. They are all from my Vacation Rental Listings pages. Look there for more information.


Residenza Maribelle: www.lemaribelle.it
Apartments in the village of Monticchiello, near Pienza. You can rent for less than a week.

Casa Florelia: www.florelia.com
Apartments in San Gimignano (from San Francisco Examiner "Follow the Reader" column).

Sant Antonio: www.santantonio.it
An old monastery near Montepulciano with 13 apartments. Available to rent by the week or for a weekend (low season only).

Vignamaggio: www.vignamaggio.com
An estate just outside Greve in Chianti, where the movie "Much Ado About Nothing" was filmed. Renaissance villa; birthplace of Monna Lisa. Rooms, suites and apartments. Prices and apartment descriptions are not listed on the web site, but you can contact them. You can rent apartments by the night.

Poggio Etrusco: www.Poggio-Etrusco.com
A privately owned organic farm near Montepulciano. You can rent for a minimum of 2 nights.


Villa Nuba Colle Giorgio II: www.villanuba.com
3 apartments in an historic farmhouse (dating back to the 1400s) on a hill just outside Perugia. Located in the countryside but very close to the historic center. This villa has been converted into four apartments - the owner lives in one and the others are vacation rentals. The kitchens are supplied with breakfast ingredients. 2 night minimum.

Consider Bed & Breakfast Places

You might want to consider Bed and Breakfast rooms instead. Many of the estates or farms offer these by the night. These are also called "agriturismo".

See our Classified listings for hotels, B&Bs and agriturismo in Italy.

See our page for finding hotels in Italy.

Karen Brown: www.karenbrown.com
The Karen Brown travel guides. The web site has detailed hotel, B&B and some vacation rental listings. You can get her books for Italy at bookstores.

Caffelletto: www.caffelletto.it
Agency based in Florence with 150 listings in Italy. Most are Bed and Breakfast places, but some are vacation rental apartments. All are in very historic villas, estates or castles. A catalog is available. They represent the Lucignanello estate near Pienza. The name is a play on the Italian for Caffellate and B&B - It translates to Coffee & Bed.

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