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July 2004

Terrific place - loved it . You do a great job - thanks! 

L. DeMarchi Toronto, CA La Colonna
July 2004

Christina was wonderful. Fireplace in kitchen was the highlight of the stay. Very homey and beautiful villa. We were pleased with our choice. Thank you for the wonderful service you provided! 

Shannon G. Dallas, TX Palazzuolo
July 2004

Even more beautiful than your pictures! And although there were 5 units, it always felt like it was only ours. After looking at all the other websites prior to booking, I think you have the most user friendly. And it answers most or all of your questions. Both Lori Redmond and James Dominic were quick and efficient in answering questions, and we never felt like we were out in the cold after paying our money. 

Pearl Collins Santa Moncia, CA Torre
June 2004

The house was great - everything we expected it to be. I do have two suggestions about this particular house. The last two hundred yards of the dirt road up to the house is pretty rough. Some of our guests had cars with low ground clearance which would hit bottom on some of the pot holes. Our car had no problem. You might want to advise future guests to rent cars with normal or high ground clearance for this particular house. You also might want to add that the Val d' Orcia, which is your view from the house, is now a United Nations World Heritage site. We thought that your website and your service was great and plan to use you again. Southern France maybe? 

David N. San Rafael, CA Palazzuolo
June 2004

We loved Vigna! It was everything you described and more. Gianna was a warm and welcoming host and we loved the estates wines. Your advice about selecting this property was right on. 

A. Schmidt Canton, MA Vigna
June 2004

Hi, Lori, James--

It was a flat-out wonderful trip for everybody, one of the all-time greats! Villa il Castello exceeded all our expectations, and overall we found it very comfortable and welcoming. The view--stunning. The pool was much more substantial than we expected (and the changing room a great blessing for my mother). The location of the village was perfect for local/regional explorations (so much to do!). The housekeeping was just fine. And as you indicated, the owner could not have been more gracious and warm. If you would like us ever to make a recommendation to/for a client on behalf of the agency or the villa, we'd be happy to oblige. Our experience with Via Travel Design has been unqualifiedly pleasant. Hats off to you and James for running such a tight, swift ship.


A. Godine Brookline, MA Villa Il Castello
May 2004

Our stay at Colle Aperto was wonderful! Your recommendation to stay at Torre Veccchia was just the right touch to cap off our vacation in Italy. 

Jeff S. New York, NY Colle Aperto
April 2004

James and Lori, We had a blast on our trip. Colle Aperto is beautiful and the scenery is absolutely spectacular--probably the prettiest in Tuscany. Graziella is so gracious and accommodating. Her meals were so good, she cooked for us almost every night. Sitting around the big table with 8 of our friends and having a true dining experience was wonderful. We met someone at the airport and gave them your website because they are interested in renting it. They are from Montgomery Alabama. Thanks again for an absolutely wonderful vacation. Your information you sent us was so helpful and we really enjoyed all the hillside towns. 

Ginny G. Sugar Land, TX Colle Aperto
September 2003

James and Lori, I just wanted to drop you a quick note to tell you how much we appreciate your help in creating a perfect trip to celebrate my birthday. We will get you some pictures in the next few days. Thanks again, 

Alan K. El Paso, TX La Casaccia
September 2000

Great property, it just added to a great vacation and we picked the perfect week with the "Dark Blues" rock concert and wine festival both in Panzanno the week we were there. 

R. Mattes Midlothian, VA Il Ciliegio
July 2000

This was a beautiful place to stay...the Scenery. Location, Accommodation was just perfect! 

P. Hubner Ontario, Canada Torre
June 2000

The property was better than we imagined, and Giovana could not have been more gracious. 

D. Garrison Corpus Christi, TX Il Ciliegio
June 2000

Dear Lori, Just to let you know that Torre was paradise. Hope to return someday. Thank you for recommending this beautiful property. The tower master bedroom was a dream. 

J. Kron Randolph, NJ Torre
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