The pleasures of Umbria play a starring role in Wimco's collection
of luxury villa rentals in Italy this summer.


-- NEWPORT, R.I., February 2001 -- Sunflower fields and olive groves, history and art at every turn, medieval towns and hilltop villages, wild mushrooms and pungent truffles, Perugia, Assisi and Spoleto: the pleasures of Italy’s Umbria region are virtually endless. WIMCO is the expert on vacation villas and distinctive hotels in Italy and the South of France, specializing in such desirable locations as Umbria, Tuscany, Capri, St. Tropez, and Provence. WIMCO offers 40 choices of villa rentals in Umbria alone, from country houses fit for a king to ideal holiday homes for families.

Two examples are:

Villa Monti, Montecastello di Vibio: This antique stone farmhouse with panoramic views sleeps up to 10 in elegant comfort. Massive timbers, archways and dark wood lend an air of refined rustic grandeur while a veranda, heated swimming pool, library and billiard room add an element of relaxation. The dining room, with fireplace, seats 12, and there’s even an Arabian-themed bedroom. Modern amenities include satellite TV, video recorder, stereo, telephone, dishwasher and washing machine (maid service is included) recreational activities include tennis, horseback riding, and shopping. Villa Monti is priced weekly at $7,920 in July and August; $5,280 in June and September.

Villa Gelso, Todi: Owned by an English architect and his Italian wife, Il Gelso is a handsomely restored farmhouse accommodating up to 10. Ideal for families, it is near 25 restaurants and the medieval pleasures of neighboring towns and villages. It features a main house and a guesthouse (sleeping two) with four double bedrooms, swimming pool, huge open fireplaces and a gazebo. Amenities include dishwasher, telephone, fax, satellite TV, stereo, laundry room, microwave, maid service and restaurant delivery service. Villa Gelso is priced weekly at $4,570 in July and August, $3,075 in June and September.

For further information, write WIMCO, P.O. Box 1461, Newport, RI 02840; Tel: 401-849-8012, Fax: 401-847-6290, or visit the website.

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