About Renting In Italy - An Italian vacation rental agency for your villa or apartment rental in Italy.

DR. CRISTIANO CASTELLANI (photograph here)

Hello. I'm 37 years old and was born in Florence on the 4th of January 1968. I have a brother called Emanuele and a sister called Costanza and graduated in Political Science at Florence University.

I manage, together with my parents, a Tuscan farm estate lying just a few kilometres from Florence. We produce olive oil and Chianti DOCG wines and run a fine restaurant where Tuscan cuisine reigns supreme and the produce of our estate is served and appreciated.

However, the heart of the estate is a refined sixteenth century villa that has been in my family for over 60 years, and has been rented to foreign visitors for several years now. In 1994, after a careful and extensive restoration, an estate farmhouse was converted in to 10 delightful apartments and they, together with the villa, form what is effectively our own small hillside hamlet.

It goes without saying that the villa and apartments are presented and managed through Renting In Italy!

For many years I have been exclusively concerned with accommodating and welcoming overseas visitors to Tuscany, with their needs and requirements. I've lost count of the number of museums booked, the number of light bulbs changed in apartments, to say nothing of the number of wine-tastings organised in our cellars - I am a 'first-level' sommelier!

I've been lucky in that many of these guests have arrived as clients and left as friends, and this often surprises me; seven days are not really that many in which to form good friendships, but perhaps more than this comes the fact that I always strive to strike the balance between invasion of privacy, whilst at the same time being available and reliable.

Over the years I have worked with numerous overseas agencies and representatives - many of these too arrived for work reasons and left as friends - and it became pretty much the norm for me to deal almost daily with overseas agencies. I learnt to value their advice and suggestions, and to learn from their experiences in order to limit my mistakes as I learnt about the business and its demands.

With time I began to have other property owners knocking at my door looking for advice on how to advertise their holiday homes and vacation apartments in Tuscany and other parts of Italy, and I am now consultant for at least 20 such properties, as well as being a broker for 4 American agencies, 1 Australian agency and one British agency.

I write all of this to let you know that I understand well the requirements of visitors, and work closely with property owners to ensure that they do also.

Distinti Saluti, Cristiano Castellani, Firenze.

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