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5 Daytrips From Florence

Rent a car or take the train to one of these five Tuscan cities, just outside of Florence; each is charming enough to spend an entire day or more.

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California Vacation Rentals

Coronado Island. 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath, 2450 square foot home. Rooftop deck. Walk to beach, shops, Hotel del Coronado. Ferry or quick drive to downtown San Diego. Monthly rentals. Alum discount., 619-871-0659.

The Beach is Here, Where are You? Beautifully furnished 2-bedroom, 2-bath townhome with all amenities in Dana Point (midway between LA and San Diego). Beautiful sunsets, ocean views. Visit: Email:

Connecticut Vacation Rentals 860-434-1695. Quaint cottages to family homes on the CT shore. Put your toes in the sand this summer. Call or reserve online today!

Litchfield County. Gracious 1790 Georgian, newly restored perfection, sleeps 12, family reunions, retreats and seminars.,
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Florida Vacation Rentals

Ponte Vedra/St. Augustine Beachfront - 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, newly remodeled, Spanish oceanfront home. Deck, wireless internet, $1800-$2200/week or monthly. 330-553-0014.

Hawaii Vacation Rentals

Oceanfront beach home on long white sandy beautiful Waimanalo Beach.

Maine Vacation Rentals

Spectacular waterfront cottage, on Penobscot Bay/Deer Isle. 4 bedrooms, beach access. Amazing sunsets. Pets welcome. Also available for fall. $2,000/week. 857-928-7275.

DOWNEAST MAINE, fully renovated lakeside summer retreat, sleeps eight,

Kezar Lake, Lovell. 3-bedroom, 1-bath cottage, sleeps 5. Beautiful mountain/lake views. 2 kayaks. Private beach. Marina & golf course nearby. Harvard '63 owner. June: $1,200/week; August, September, $1,600/week. Photos: or 207-422-3000.

Massachusetts Vacation Rentals

WELLFLEET, CAPE COD—A house, not a cottage! 3 BR, great room, generous deck, screened-in porch, Wi-Fi, National Seashore beaches and ponds. $3400/2 wks or $6500/mo.

Osterville, spacious Cape Cod Cottage, 1 acre, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, washer/dryer, near village. $1200 wk.

Manchester-by-the-Sea, ocean view, private mowed path to Singing Beach. 10 minute walk to the village, harbor, two parks and the "T". 4 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, $3,700/week. Lower rates off season and by month. 978-526-1935.

NANTUCKET: DIONIS. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 4 decks, beach, early ferry reservations. 530-574-7731,,

Martha's Vineyard: Waterfront, private beach, perfect for a family. Four bedrooms. 416-931-5000.

 MARTHA'S VINYEARD. Idiosyncratic, charming, comfortable, fully equipped summer home on Lagoon beachfront overlooking Vineyard Haven harbor, a spectacular site. 3 bedrooms (one a sky-light loft), 1 1/2 baths plus outdoor shower, laundry and cable/wifi. Mooring for small boat. Photographs available. $2,600 per week plus cleaning fee. Michael Crampton, 860-558-4664, or Jennifer Reed,

Nantucket, Cliff Road. June-July. Minutes walk to North shore beaches or Main Street. 6 ½ bedrooms sleeping 12. Old Nantucket charm. For details, email:

New Hampshire Vacation Rentals

Franconia Notch Vacations. Professionally managed Vacation Rentals central to NH's Franconia Notch State Park & Western White Mountains. or call 800-247-5536.
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Private lodge on exclusive, pristine lake. Near Stark, north of White Mountains. Sleeps up to 8. Modern amenities. Porch overlooking lake, private dock, boats. Resident caretaker. No pets/no smoking., 202-320-8268. Info on lake/area:
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Serene NH Lake: swimming, fishing, canoes, rowboats, kayaks, tennis. Weekly: 2 bedroom boathouse overhanging lake; secluded 2+ bedroom cabin. Private cove. Spring/summer/fall: $900-$1,300. or 603-835-2683.
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New Jersey Vacation Rentals

Stone Harbor, NJ. On beach, 90 2nd St., 570-287-0595.

New Mexico Vacation Rentals

Santa Fe. Architect's all solar electric, 3-bedroom, 3-bath house on 12.5 acres, 15 minutes to Plaza. Stunning views; non smoking; no pets; weekly. 978-369-2647,

Vermont Vacation Rentals

Stowe RETREAT! Hilltop Country Farmhouse. Sleeps 6. EXTRA-CLEAN. Views, reviews:

Spotlight on Italy

Tuscany, Casole d'Elsa. Vibrant village life, complete privacy. 2 BR, 1-bath apt, free WiFi, garden/padio. All amenities. Restaurants, cultural activities and more outside your door. Close to Siena. HMS '86 alumni owner. 404-274-8287, $650-$750/wk., Harvard Alumni Business Network Advertiser.
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Rome—Bright Elegant Apartment. Beamed ceilings. Antiques. Walk to Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain. 609-683-3813,

Italian Photo Workshops. Join acclaimed photographer and author Frank Van Riper, NF ’79, for hands-on photo workshops in Umbria. Single-digit class size; first class accommodations. NO entrance requirements. For information:, 202-362-8103. Harvard Alumni Business Network Advertiser.
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Beautifully restored 18th century Tuscan home between Lucca and the sea. Private, gated, 4+ terraced acres. Manicured gardens. 65' pool. Convenient to beaches, Florence, Pietrasanta, Cinque Terre. Perfect for vacation or sabbatical.
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Rome. Stylish, comfortable apartment. 2 bedrooms, 2 baths. Elevator. Near St. John Lateran, major tourist sites and Metro. Stellar guest comments. $850/week., 212-867-0489,

VENICE, Italy, piano nobile in 18th century stuccoed bldg., sleeps 5, beautiful salon, alcove, Wi-Fi, washing machine. Minimum one week. Also small apt available.

TUSCANY: Luxury private villa for 8, beautiful pool and gardens,

Casale Sonnino. Spacious villa near Rome & Frascati. 5+ bedrooms, 3 full baths. Roof terrace with magnificent views. Surrounded by vineyards/olive groves. Award-winning extra virgin olive oil. Daily housekeeping/breakfast included. 30 mins. to Rome by train or car. Family reunions, groups of 4-10 welcome!,, 516-767-7188 (NY). Ivy alumni owned.

Red Savannah Villas. A stunning portfolio of luxury vacation rentals. Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Caribbean. 1-855-468-5555.
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Going to Italy? Let a Stanford alum who lives there guide and drive you. He'll follow your lead if you wish or he'll surprise you with discoveries he's made over the years. Your wishes are his commands. Check out:

Expert-led archaeological tours, food tours, walking tours and gulet cruises. Croatia, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Turkey and UK. Peter Sommer Travels,
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Florence Italy Tours. From Etruscan Origins to Saving Florence's Art during WWII.

Caribbean Vacation Rentals

Barbados Luxury Villa—7 Luxury Suites, 9 bathrooms, Executive chef and seasoned staff, large pool and (new) hot tub with 6 jets, outdoor bath, steam shower, two kitchens, media room, courtyard, (new) road tennis court, spa and gated. Stunning ocean views and easy access. Perfect for Destination Weddings. St James, West Coast. Contact owner for rates: or 914-589-6550. Ask for Guy.

Tortola, BVI: Three-bedroom house 50 yards from beautiful Long Bay Beach. or 646-526-7111.

Croatia Vacation Rentals

Gulet cruises in Croatia: Luxury gulet charter in Croatia. Get the best possible Croatia gulet to charter.

Gulet charter—Gulet cruises in Croatia, Contact us: +385 21 872 851,,

France Vacation Rentals

Paris. Luxurious, largesun-filled belle epoque apartment just off Place St. Michel on Left Bank. 4th floor. Lovely details, fully equipped, cleaning 2x/wk. Sleeps 5. Minimum week, $4,200. Call 617-491-0006.

Languedoc. Charming house in medieval village, sleeps 4-6, stunning views. Vineyards, Carcassone, Mediterranean, hiking.

Paris 5th. Blue State Special. Elegant ground floor studio in 17th century building half block from Seine opposite Notre Dame. Free internet, phone, TV. Full kitchen. Sleeps 2+.

Paris 16th: Sunny one bedroom, elevator, 5th fl. Perfect for sabbatical. Monthly only, $4150.

St-Cirq-Lapopie—(Midi-Pyrenees) Charming stone cottage perched high above the Lot River. In medieval village but set apart, tranquil gardens, private. Spectacular views. Fully equipped kitchen, dining on stone terrace, 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, fireplace. Sleeps 6. Ideal for family or two couples. Region special for hiking, biking, river sports, vineyards, markets, cuisine, caves with neolithic art. U.S $1700/week. AVAILABLE APRIL THROUGH OCTOBER.

AMAZING CORSICA. Located on the bay of Ajaccio in a private and peaceful enclave of exclusive villas, this 6 bedroom home has sea and mountain views that will leave you speechless. It is among the best Corsican luxury rentals for families, within easy reach of sandy beaches, the historical town of Ajaccio and the spectacular Corsican mountains, Contact:
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Paris 7th. Fifth floor, quiet, studio sleeps 3. Balcony. View Eiffel Tower. 207-752-0285.

Paris—7th. Metro Vaneau. Elegant 900 sq ft 3rd floor 1BR apartment with open view, washer/dryer, elevator, renovated kitchen and bathroom. Sleeps 4 w/ sleeper sofa. Weekly maid service. Located on quiet street, near Rue de Sevres and St. Germain. 1,250/week. 1 week minimum.

PARIS. Marais, Louvre, St. Germain. Boutique vacation apartments. Professionally managed & privately owned by Pad-a-Terre (est. '99). +33-1-42-77-92-10.
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Aix-en-Provence, Cours Mirabeau: heart of town. Two bedroom, WiFi, garage, patio garden. Great urban experience. $1450 weekly.

Paris vacation apartments, hotel reservations, things to do, destination guide & more. Visit:

PARIS: MARAIS/BASTILLE. Enchanting one-bedroom apartment on cobblestone pedestrian, gated passage. Parisian decor, full kitchen, 3rd floor. Sunny, central, quiet. Sleeps 2-3. Photos: 703-973-7976.

Paris. Near neighbors: Musee du Louvre, Opera, Vendome Ritz Hotel (City Center). Sleeps 2. Furnished Studio. WIFI. 831-521-7155 Length stay fixes terms.

Paris—Marais. Historic 17th-century, 500 sq. ft. apt on first floor, renovated, 1 bedroom, sleeps 4, brand new kitchen & bath, 2 private courtyards, high-speed internet access. 978-505-8300,

Beautiful seaside villa, 14 km from St. Tropez. Perfect retreat for couples or writers/artists. Sleeps 6. Not suitable for children. Private beach access, spectacular views. 3 hrs to Cannes. Rates/photos:

Paris 6th: Elegant Left Bank apartment by the Seine. Walk to Notre Dame, Louvre and Luxembourg Garden., 609-924-7520.

 Paris—Marais. Renovated 17th-century, tri-level, top-floor, courtyard apartment. Central, quiet, exposed beams, hardwood floors, fireplace, fully equipped. Long-term rental (9 mo.), Sept.-May. 206-723-6538;

South of France. Hilltop village above Nice near Vence and Grasse; two bed two bath house with spectacular views of Gorge du Loup; sleeps four. $1400 per week.
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Paris-Marais: Exquisite, sunny one bedroom apartment behind Place des Vosges. King-size bed, living/dining room, six chairs, full kitchen, washer, dryer. Weekly maid service. WiFi. $1350 weekly.

Great Britain & Ireland Vacation Rentals

LONDON, COVENT GARDEN. Walk to Theatre, Opera, Galleries. 1 Bedroom, 2 Bath flat in modern building with Porter. 7 night minimum. 307-733-8195;

Hungary Vacation Rentals

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY. Harvard alumni-owned, beautiful, classic, 2 bedroom apartment in the historic heart of Budapest. Sunny, many amenities, balcony, perfect for family vacations or business trips., or


Luxury Barge Cruises in the Upper Loire. Barge Meanderer is an exquisite, top-rated, owner-operated luxury canal barge offering six-day, FULLY inclusive cruises on French canals (6 passengers/6 crew). Enjoy transfers to/from the Barge, all meals and wines, open bar, shore visits to wineries, markets, chateaux, antiquing, optional guided biking tours and golf. Highly customized. Owned by parents of Harvard M.B.A. ’97. 602-790-0049,;
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Experience the real France. Emilie & Guillaume custom design your self-driving itinerary. Get daily itineraries and maps based on what YOU like. Warm French Welcome Guaranteed.
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Newfoundland and Labrador. Icebergs, puffins and whales. World Heritage sites, huge wildlife gatherings, award-winning local hosts. Escorted week-long, gentle adventures featuring people of the sea, wild days and comfortable hotels. Wildland Tours, 1-888-615-8279.


FANTASTIC LANDSCAPES TOURS, geologist-led, Scotland, Iceland, Yellowstone, Big Bend.
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Yacht Charters

Crewed Yacht Charters, Caribbean, Mediterranean, New England & Bahamas. Call Chris or Karin. 800-649-5701 or 321-777-1707.

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