About an Italian Vacation
When to go
Italy is not a single season country. Of course your personal schedule (especially if you have children) may dictate the time you choose to visit Casa d' Oliva. If so you will probably plan your Italian vacation rental during the peak travel season, June through August. If you do have a choice, off-season in Italy is a wonderful time. The weather is more temperate, the crowds have gone home and Italy proceeds at a more leisurely pace. Certain Italian specialties such as truffles and porcini are in season in the off-season. Below is a chart showing temperatures (Fahrenheit) at Casa d' Oliva and in some major cities during the year.
To chart the weather in Italy a helpful website is www.wunderground.com. Just type the city (Perugia) and country (Italy) into the "fast forecast" box.
You may want to go to Italy to see a specific event. See the Calendar of Events page here to find what's happening in the area around Casa d'Oliva. Any good guidebook will also tell you about events throughout Italy during the year.
Some quick facts
When you have arrived in Italy you probably will be traveling to Casa d' Oliva by car . You will need a car for day trips to all of the lovely hill towns in the area. Renting a car in Italy is easy. It is best to reserve a car while still at home so that you can compare rates. Some websites to visit are:
Driving in Italy
Driving in Italy is not as daunting as you have been told. All of the roads, including the small one lane roads, are very well marked. At each exit the towns you will find along the way are listed on signs. It will be helpful for you to learn the road signs ( a good guidebook will tell you what they mean) and remember the one MOST IMPORTANT thing: stay in the right hand lane! Those traveling on the Autostrade drive much faster than we are used to in the U.S. You are expected to stay to the right unless you can safely pass to the left without blocking those behind you who want to drive faster than you do. If you do get caught out in the left hand lane you will see cars behind you flashing their lights at you, telling you to move over to the right. In other words: No poking along in the left lane! Another important thing to know about the roads in Italy is that the exits from the major highways and smaller roads have 2-way traffic. Stay in the right lane as the left lane is for oncoming traffic. Tolls on the Autostrade can be paid with a major credit card and the gas stops have terrific restaurants where you can get delicious hot sandwiches, drinks, ice cream and sometimes groceries. Go to www.autostrade.it for information on the highway system. Two maps that will help you navigate around the area are Touring Club Italiano Umbria e Marche (#64-8271-08) and Toscana (#64-8217-07). They are available at www.omnimap.com. Click on "MAPS", then choose "International Maps", then "Italy", then "Italy Travel Maps by Touring Club Italiano and Kummerly and Frey". There you will find the two maps mentioned above.
Where We Are Located - Casa d' Oliva is located near the center of Italy in Umbria about halfway between Rome and Florence. the map below can give you an idea of where we are located.
Once you have arrived in the Area
Once you have arrived in the area you will meet our English-speaking keyholders, Nick and Tricia Jackman. They will show you around the house and property and leave their number to be used in case of an emergency. Now it's time to relax. You will find a welcome basket of essentials for the kitchen and the bath and a book that will tell you much about the area including what to see, how to get there, where to get groceries, wine and staples and also emergency telephone numbers in case of a problem. Please use this book as a reference during your stay, but leave it behind in good condition for the next tenant.
Weights and Measures
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