I'm considering booking a villa for a group of about 4 girlfriends this spring or autumn. Ages 50-70. No mobility concerns. I've been to Italy quite a few times and I'm willing to try new or familiar locales. Here is what we are looking for and I'd love any input if anyone on TA has personal experience with a property that sounds like a good fit. I undestand that I can check Venere, VRBO, TA rentals, Homelidays, etc., but I'd like someone here who has personally stayed in the property to tell me positive/drawbacks.
1. Very near a village or town, hopefully close enough to walk, or on a local bus route within 5-10 minutes of town so that we don't have to deal with a rental car each time we want to go for a meal or the market. The village should have at least a few cafes, trattorie, markets and shops. At least one weekly outdoor market.
2. Within an hour or 1.5 hours of a major airport. We will rent one or 2 cars. With women and luggage, probably 2.
3. VILLA: Minimum 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms (with 2+ showers.) At least 4-5 very comfortable beds, no sofa bed counts. A private swimming pool (not shared with other units/owners/guests. I love to cook, so a fairly well-outfitted kitchen. Free wifi on property. If we go in September when it is hot, we want a/c. Otherwise, not important to me if we go April, May or October. I'll risk the weather then.
4. Budget is quite flexible.