Live like a king in an Italian villa; June and September rentals offer
substantial savings over summer rates.


-- NEWPORT, R.I., May 2001 -- Renting a villa in Italy in the months of June and September can represent savings of up to 35 percent compared to July and August rates.

According to Janis Gordon, spokesperson for Newport-based WIMCO, one of the world’s leading villa rental companies, June and September represent the best value for families seeking a villa rental in Italy, and these months are less crowded and cooler. For example, Villa Salicotta in Umbria on the Tuscany border, on WIMCO’s inventory of exclusive European villas, offers rates at $5,280 per week in June and September. The same villa is $8,655 weekly in July and August.

Villa Salicotta, explained Gordon, offers accommodation for six, tennis and swimming, fax machine and satellite television, plus the charm of a centuries-old stone dwelling with ancient exposed beams and understated décor. Villa Salicotta is near the ancient village of Cotrona, a favorite spot for its fabulous Saturday market, noted Gordon. 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.

Further information on Villa Salicotta and other villas offered by WIMCO in Umbria, Tuscany, Capri, Positano and other choice places in Italy is available on the company’s website, or call 401-849-8012 (Fax: 401-847-6290). A lavishly illustrated book describing all the properties in Umbria, including color photographs, is also available. WIMCO offers over 1,000 luxury villas and distinctive hotels and resorts in Italy, France, the U.K, Ireland and the Caribbean (680 villas on 10 islands including St. Barts, Mustique, Nevis, St. Martin, Barbados and others). 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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