Affascinante is a mid XIX Century
building and has
always belonged to
the family of the
Marquis of Rozzano. Facing southeast, at the
mid-point of Lake
Como, the Villa has views of all three arms of
the lake and the mountains
behind. Its large park has century-old
trees: sequoias, cedars,
oaks, and palms. The interior
is beautiful with
mosaic floors, a grand
staircase and statue. These features and the
elegant setting set
this residence apart
as a villa of superb
beauty. The villa has been
but maintains its
ancient atmosphere. It has all the amenities
of a modern house,
a private tennis court and private
mooring at Santa Maria
are a few words and phrases that
will come in handy in France.
"Hello" to a friend is Salut!
more polite way to say "Hello" is Bonjour
"Good evening" is Bonsoir
"Goodbye" to a
friend is Salut!
you later" is Au revoir or A
"Thank you" is Merci
To find trouver
Next to à côté de
Castle le château
In town en ville
In the country à la campagne
By the sea au bord de la mer
Family la famille
Mother la mère
Father le père
Steak le bifteck
Pizza la pizza
Rice le riz
Bread le pain
Cheese le fromage
Fish le poisson
French fries les pommes frites
Enjoy your meal bon appétit!
Travelers and Friends,
1983 when we opened our doors and wrote our first
contract on a rental property,
we've been listening to you,
our clients. We ask for your feedback whenever you
return from one of our properties and we
take that feedback to heart. We love to
hear about how wonderful your
vacation was, and believe it or not, we
deeply appreciate your candid criticism
as well. Of course the good news
us feel great, but the bad news motivates us to improve.
In keeping with our commitment to our clients we've
been making lots of improvements here at RentaVilla.com,
and we'd like for you to know about them. We've
been working hard to make your experience with us
even more enjoyable, and to that end we have added
100 new properties to our site in the last two months.
As you may know, our staff was spread out this summer
as we researched new properties in Mexico and Europe,
in particular Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and
some new areas of Italy such as the Lake
District and Umbria.
In Italy we also added new properties in our already
areas of Tuscany, Liguria,
Coast and Rome.
In an effort to make it easier and more convenient
for you to reserve your vacation villa, apartment
we have made it possible for you to book
a secure server. This means less time and hassle for
you, and all with the assurance that
your confidential information is safe, secure and
Maps have been a long-standing request from our clients.
You will now find that there is a map for every property
that we offer! Look for the View
on the right hand side of each individual property
As you click through our site you're sure to notice
other features we've added to enhance your experience
with RentaVilla.com. We're constantly improving
as a response to your input.
The availability of larger properties (6+ people)
goes quickly. So if you are thinking of vacationing
family and/or friends in 2006, contact
us soon and we'll
start looking for the perfect spot for you. Or visit
Planner page to request information about
any area that you're considering.
Emmanuel de Ricard, President
Lake District: the Northern
Frontier, Part I
2,000 years the rich and sensitive
have come to northern Italy to enjoy
the beauty of the Lake
Here they built castles and villas
on the shores of the many lakes,
enjoying the mild climate and typical
vegetation against a marvelous mountain backdrop.
This region is mostly a huge valley called the Great
of Lombardy and the Po Plain that was carved out by
vast glaciers between the Alps and the Apennines.
actually bordered by five nations including France, Switzerland,
Austria, Slovenia and Croatia. Historically
the area has been under immense pressure for dominance.
Being a rich region of resources, kings and rulers
over many centuries fought endlessly for power and
are fiercely regional, thinking
of themselves first as Tuscans, Milanese,
Umbrians, etc., rather than
Italians. Yet they're all bound together by
a single language and supported by the great Catholic
whose seat is Rome. But this northern part of
has always been separated from the Italian Peninsula
even now with the post World War II economic recovery
the area has prospered so much that there are
complaints that it's carrying the less prosperous
south. Some even want to form their own independent
League of the North. But it's very unlikely
Italy will ever abandon the unity it has fought
for. And as a traveler you will find that all
an interest in hospitality, are very proud of
their country and region, and enthusiastic in
tasty roll is delightfully rustic,
ideal for serving with hot soups. The
nice crust is easily accomplished with
the production of steam during
envelope dry yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 Tbsp salt
3 1/2 cups flour
1-2 Tbsp cornmeal
dry yeast over 1/4 cup of luke warm
water in a large warmed bowl and
let stand until it dissolves (3-4
minutes). Add 1 1/4
cups of luke warm water, the salt,
and 3 cups flour to the bowl. Mix
with a wooden spoon to make a sticky dough. Scrape dough
out onto floured board. Knead, adding
sprinkles of flour as needed, until
the dough is smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes).
the dough in a clean ungreased
glass or ceramic bowl, cover with plastic
wrap (tightly over the edges to
contain the moisture) and let rise in a warm place until
it doubles in bulk, 1-2 hours.
the dough down and turn it out
onto a work surface. Form dough into dome-shaped
rolls by cutting or pulling off
pieces a little bigger than a golf ball
and pressing the dough into your cupped
hand, pinching the seams together on the
bottom. Place rolls on ungreased
cookie sheets that have been sprinkled
with cornmeal. Cover lightly and let rise until doubled
in size, about an hour.
Heat the oven
to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, placing
a small empty cake pan on the floor of
the oven. Brush rolls with cold water.
As you place the rolls in the oven, place a dozen
ice cubes into the hot cake pan (steam
will rise immediately) and quickly close
the oven door.
minutes, until golden brown.
Makes 18 rolls.
Piccola This charming 17th century villa was once a
schoolhouse for a large estate, and has
been restored as the private home of one
of the family members. The restoration
was carefully designed to retain the original
architectural features with vaulted ceilings,
terra cotta pavers, and brickwork floor.
beautiful home is large and will comfortably
accommodate ten people. Views
are classically Tuscan in the midst of
olive groves. It is very private
yet close to dining, shopping, and
many enjoyable things to do and see.
villa was beautiful. We had a fantastic
time and would highly recommend
Scuola Piccola to anyone traveling to
Italy. Thank you! Thank you!" - HG,
you. We had a wonderful time. The
villa was wonderful! I will use
RentaVilla.com every time I need
a home to rent." - JT,
was a wonderful Villa - clean
and spacious and the kids really
enjoyed the pool. The cook was
the highlight of our trip!" - KW,
Harrington Park, New Jersey
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he gets mad at you, but when you take him for a car ride he sticks
his head out the window?
What kind of animals can jump higher than a house?
Answer: All kinds
of animals - houses
Newsletter editor: Kathy Hayes