-- NEWPORT, RI -- June 2002 -- WIMCO, the luxury vacation villa and hotel reservations company, is offering three Tuscan villas, including a 12th century estate, offer special rate reductions this fall for harvest season touring from now through November.

“Our WIMCO reservations specialists always recommend Italy in the fall, with grape and olive harvests and many fewer people at the prime tourist destinations,” says Jan Gordon, WIMCO’s Vice President Sales and Marketing. “American travelers can have an affordable and unforgettable fall vacation Under the Tuscan Sun (Frances Mayes).”

WIMCO, the luxury villa rental and hotel reservations company based in Newport, RI, suggests that La Cappella, Sassaia, and La Guardia, all in Tuscany, provide extraordinary accommodation in one of the world’s iconic destinations.

La Cappella is an ancient country estate dating to the 12th century on a hilltop near the Abbey of San Galgano where, according to legend, rests the Sword in the Stone left by a valiant and wealthy knight, Galgano, over 800 years ago. A wood-burning oven, stone well, bedrooms sleeping up to 12 (including in a separate guest cottage), handsome décor and spacious grounds are available until October 5th for $5015 per week, after October 5th for $3697 per week.

Sassaia, which sleeps 14, is in the village of Sovicille just 15 minutes from Sienna. Sassaia is in the heart of the Montagnola Senese hills famous for truffles and porcini mushrooms (mushrooms are gathered from September-December in this region). The configuration of the house lends itself to private quarters with separate entrances. It is surrounded by hills of oak, olives and vineyards. Sassaia is available until October 5th for $5397 per week, after then for $3952 per week.

Only minutes from the Renaissance town of Pienza, La Guardia is a restored country house in the heart of the Crete Senesi. Set on a hilltop with 360-degree views of the Tuscan rolling hills, La Guardia creates a haven for up to 10 guests with modern touches such as separate entrances, Jacuzzis and an infinity-edge pool. It is available until October 5th for $8032 per week, after October 5th for $5610 per week.

There are extra charges at all three villas for maid, cook, laundry and babysitting services.

WIMCO offers other villa opportunities in Tuscany, Umbria, Provence and St. Tropez as well as in the Caribbean.

Technically astute, WIMCO’s www.wimco.com recently received a "Best of the Web" accolade from Forbes.com and kudos from Town & Country magazine as one of the best travel web sites.

WIMCO offers over 1,000 luxury villas and distinctive hotels and resorts internationally in such select areas as Italy’s Umbria region, France’s Provence and St. Tropez and in the Caribbean (680 villas on 12 islands including St. Barts, St. Martin, Mustique, Nevis, Anguilla, 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 their website at www.wimco.com.

PRESS CONTACT: Hawkins & Widness Public Relations International, 646/602-7010.


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