I will be travelling to Rome in August, with my husband, 3 kids, and possibly an adult friend. It is clear from reading the many posts here as well as other sites that a vacation apartment would suit our needs better than a hotel. However, I have never done a vacation rental ANYWHERE before, and I am a) overwhelmed b) too busy to do a ton of research.
I have searched through posts on this forum, and looked at SlowTravel.com. Some of my friends have told me I should use a rental agency rather than VRBO. Why is that? And also, my friends say to go with a US based rental agency? Is that really a good idea? And would they have a person in Rome to help out if things go wrong?
I've also read to only use a rental agency or owner that accepts credit cards. That makes a ton of sense to me. Is it hard to find agencies that do credit cards?
Is it hard to find an apartment with Internet service? I can't go without my Internet fix each day!!!
And finally, given that we are really busy and are having trouble finding time to research this, should we use a travel agent? Are there travel agents who can handle apartment rentals? Does anyone want to recommend a travel agent?