I will be traveling throughout the Tuscany Region of Italy with 9 girlfriends the last week in September 2010. We have researched Villa rentals until we are cross-eyed and finally all agree on “the one”. I have spoken to the owner to verify the availability and for misc. info. I went to give him my credit card number to reserve the villa but the only option we have to reserve it is to wire 1000 euro into his account. I know that this is not uncommon in this part of Italy but my hesitation is that He only has 2 reviews on the site both of which were made within a month of each other. I can not find this villa listed on any other vacation sites nor can I find any independent reviews on it. Please take a look at this and tell me if I am missing something obvious, if I am being silly, or any other way to investigate the villa.
Thanks a bunch!!