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Vendome Guide to Wimco's Italy

NEWPORT, RI, April 2005Vendome Guide to Wimco's Italy Showcases Villa Life Circa 2005 in Residences (Restored) Dating to 16th Century

You do the math. One bel paese (make that one beautiful country -- Italy)... six-plus months (make that 24 choice vacation weeks)...and 95 villas with accommodations ranging from 2 to 18 bedrooms.

Cognoscenti, especially Americans, are anticipating a week or more in “their own” Italian villa this year, reports Janis Gordon, Vice President of Marketing for Wimco, the Newport, RI, and London-based luxury vacation villa and hotel reservations company.

“It’s no longer a secret that the finest travel experiences, perhaps those that make you smile the most, are Italy-based from April through October in your own private villa.” Gordon says. “But there is still opportunity to book a villa in Italy this summer.”

To help people determine which region and then which villa, Wimco has just published the second edition of its Vendome Guide to Italy, a 98-page, four-color display of villas in, among other regions, Tuscany, Umbria, Capri, Sicily and the Amalfi Coast.

More than a wish book of places to stay, however, Editor Quentin Warren includes tips on the best restaurants, wines and top calendar events in each region. Wimco’s reservations staff have personally recommended editorial inclusions of things to see and do as well as the villas themselves.

Wimco’s Italy also provides a check list of considerations before booking a villa, and outlines how Wimco can assist with airline tickets, rental car and final transfer to a villa.

Gordon notes that the rental period for Italian villas is by the week starting on Saturdays. Some villas require a two-week rental in the peak months of July and August. Prices are lower in May, June, September and October.

Also Wimco offers its own preferred hotels in regions near the villas so that vacationers can enjoy diverse cultural experiences. Overall its menu of Italian temptations includes villas and hotels scattered from the Amalfi Coast and Capri to the culinary capitals of Tuscany and Umbria.

Wimco’s 2005 villa inventory in Italy, as well as in South of France, Greece, Morocco and throughout the Caribbean, can be previewed on line at www.wimco.com (US) and www.wimco.co.uk (UK and Europe), By phone, please call toll free 1/800/932-3222 (US) or 0800 838 318 UK).

Since 1983 Wimco has marketed and managed reservations for an expanding collection of select Caribbean and European villas and hotels. Its London office, Wimco International, serves the European market.

PRESS CONTACTS:
US -- Sara@WidnessPR.com
UK – Sarah.hurley@mangopr.co.uk

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