BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Families planning to vacation in an Italian villa this summer will save hundreds of dollars a day versus staying in a hotel. While hotel and other expenses continue to climb, renting a villa for a week remains one of the true hidden values in Italian travel.
A hotel stay at any popular Italian destination, for example, could cost a family of four anywhere from $400-$1200 per night, based on two rooms, double occupancy. Renting a villa for a week (with anywhere from 2-20 bedrooms) in the same locale would cost about $200 per night for a family of four, double occupancy. The savings becomes even more pronounced for larger groups. In fact, villas are becoming a top accommodation choice for families, couples or friends traveling together, college and anniversary reunions, and business travelers combining family vacation with work.
“An increasing number of American travelers are pleasantly surprised to discover the affordability of renting an entire Italian villa, which offsets the perceived high cost of traveling to Europe,” said Mario Scalzi, founder and president of Boston-based Parker Villas. “Couples, families, or large groups can relax and enjoy each other’s company at a beautifully appointed villa while saving substantially over the cost of staying in a hotel.”
“Our villas are located in prime locations throughout Italy, offering spacious living areas and fully-equipped kitchens for preparing meals, if you wish. Many visitors enjoy shopping for fresh food at the local markets together and having a leisurely, more informal dinner. And of course, it’s an additional savings over eating every meal out,” said Scalzi. “Staying in a villa provides an affordable way to truly live like an Italian while fully experiencing the all the pleasures Italy has to offer.”
Despite the current Euro-Dollar exchange rate and international air fares, Parker Villas is experiencing a steady increase in rental bookings, according to Scalzi, a travel expert on Italy, who currently sits on the Board of Directors to the Italian Travel Promotional Council and is the creative consultant for the Italian Tourism's annual guide to Italy that is distributed by the Italian Government Tourist offices in the United States.
Parker Villas’ catalog, "Undiscovered Italy," is a free, comprehensive guide for vacationing in Italy, and can be ordered by calling 1-800-280-2811. The company’s web site, www.parkervillas.com, offers even more photos, detailed information about each property, and real-time availability and online booking.
Parker Villas has been written about in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Consumer Reports, as well as numerous travel publications, and has been featured on CNN and NBC’s Today Show.
About Parker Villas
Boston-based Parker Villas, founded by Mario Scalzi in 1993, provides accommodations to more than 25,000 Americans each year. The company offers expert travel advice and provides Rental Postponement Coverage for its customers for up to three years for any reason. Parker Villas maintains a dedicated customer support center in Italy and offers a 24/7 in-country emergency hotline.