Here Are the Top 5 Things to Do in Nîmes, France

If you’re visiting Provence on your upcoming vacation to France, then there’s one city you cannot miss: Nîmes! This gorgeous roman city has stood the test of time and is a must-see during your trip to the South of France. See incredible historic sites, stroll through elegant gardens, and eat delicious food—these are among some of the best things to do in Nîmes! Read on to learn more and plan the best day trip to one of our favorite French cities.

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5 Things to Do in Nîmes You’ll Love

Nîmes is more than a beautiful French city—it’s a real temple of history! Did you know that it was once called Nemausus? Back in the days of the Roman empire, it was an important hub along the famous Via Domitia: The first Roman road built in France (then known as Gaul). It’s the perfect destination for history buffs, and is only 30 minutes away from our properties in Uzès! Let’s dive in and discover five things you need to do while in Nîmes.

Les Arènes

Your first stop is one of Nîme’s most famous buildings: Les Arènes. This Roman amphitheater is more than 2,000 years old and is used today as a stage for various events and concerts. Did you know it can host up to 24,000 spectators? If you love amphitheaters, make sure you also stop by the one in Arles! It will make for another fun day trip. 

Jardins de la Fontaine

If you enjoy the outdoors, particularly French gardens, you must take a stroll through the Jardins de la Fontaine. Feel like Marie-Antoinette as you walk through these grand 18th-century gardens and marvel at the balustrades, broad stairways, various statues, and marble vases. Did you know that the Jardins de la Fontaine was one of Europe’s first public parks? Make sure you stop by the Temple of Diane, an impressive Roman monument (which supposedly used to be a library in Roman times).

Musée des Beaux-Arts

How does traveling back in time through art sound? The Musée des Beaux-Arts, or Fine Arts Museum, hosts a beautiful collection of paintings from the 1500s to the 1800s. This fascinating museum, founded in 1821, is the second largest in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. It hosts several works by artists like Rubens, Paul Delaroche, and Pieter Coecke Van Aelst. 

Pont du Gard

Nîmes is also home to one of the most iconic Roman buildings in the world: the Pont du Gard! This 50-kilometer long aqueduct was built in the 1st century A.D. and features three stories of limestone blocks as well as impressive 25-meter arch gaps. It’s an absolute must-see during your trip—you’ll learn so much about South of France history as you enjoy beautiful views of the Provençal countryside. 

Les Halles

After visiting these marvelous sites, you’ll most likely be hungry! Head over to the Halles de Nîmes and discover a wide array of fantastic Provence products. This amazing covered market offers a sumptuous display of olives, oysters, peppers, fresh fish, meat, cheeses, bread, charcuterie, fruits, vegetables, and cooked meals! We highly recommend the paella—it’s to die for!

What Are You Waiting For? Provence is Calling!

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Now that you know what an amazing trip you can have in Provence, it’s time to make arrangements. Why stay in a hotel when you can find a home away from home? Commendable Rentals offers several stunning properties in the lovely village of Uzès. Make yourself at home with loved ones, and enjoy the French lifestyle like a true local. Don’t wait another second — book yours today!

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What Do You Need to Wear on Holiday to Italy?

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Wouldn’t it be marvelous if we could pack your bag for your upcoming vacation to the beautiful region of Tuscany? Well, we can do better than that! In this blog, we’re going to tailor your vacation to your style and help you determine what experience is best for you. Pick the style that fits your personality the most, and we’ll reveal what to wear on holiday to Italy and the fabulous plans we have for you. Read on, take notes, and start planning your getaway today with Commendable Rentals!

Pick Your Style and We’ll Tell You What to Wear on Holiday to Italy!

If You’re Trendy

You love trendy pieces and wearing fashionable clothes. You’re always on the lookout for fresh trends and staple pieces, just like Kate Moss, Chiara Ferragni, or Gigi Hadid. You love adventure, living a luxurious lifestyle, and enjoying every minute of life as if it were the last! You have a radiant, bubbly personality and you’re often considered the life of the party in your group of friends.

Where to Stay

There’s one destination a dedicated follower of fashion like you cannot miss: Rome! This high-fashion capital is filled with haute couture stores, especially along the Via Condotti. Our home in Trastevere is a 4-bedroom, 4-bath condo with an open-concept living area and terrace with panoramic views of Gianicolo, Rome’s highest hill. The condo’s designer, Frederica Fendi, has worked in the luxury fashion industry since 2000, which makes it the perfect home for you!

What to Pack

Your bag for Rome should include a few chic dresses, some patterns like polka dots and gingham (to channel your inner Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday), sandals, a pair of fashionable sneakers, some dramatic sunglasses, heels for going out at night, and a pair of comfortable jeans. Avoid the shorts and flip flops combination—it’s a no-no in the Italian capital!

If You’re A Romantic

If you’re a romantic at heart, it certainly shows in your style. You live for flowy dresses, floral patterns, and timeless style. Your style icons include Kate Middleton and Grace Kelly. You radiate elegance and poise, and are full of joie de vivre!

Where to Stay

You want a vacation destination with scenic views and a slower pace of life. You dream of long walks on the beach, rides through the countryside, and summer dinners under the cypress trees. If this sounds like you, Tuscany is your perfect match! Stay in our beautifully renovated 18th-century farmhouse near Argentario. You’ll love the Renaissance charm of this magnificent villa, with its terracotta floors and high ceilings.

What to Pack

It’s time to wear all of your maxi dresses, puff-sleeves, floral patterns, wide-brim straw hats, cute bathing suits, sandals and flats, high-rise shorts, and airy tops! Remember to bring sunscreen, since you’ll spend a good amount of time by the water, or reading in the garden sipping a glass of apricot juice.

If You’re Practical

You’re not too interested in the constantly changing world of fashion and would rather rely on comfortable and sustainable pieces in your wardrobe. You love to plan ahead and meticulously map out an itinerary before traveling. You’re not the type to leave your vacation up to chance! You like to enjoy life’s simple pleasures and explore the treasures of history while unwinding from your daily stress.

Where to Stay

Rome is a fascinating place to explore, so we bet you’ll be right in your element there! You need something at the center of it all, not too big, and of course, cost-effective. That’s why we think our Colosseum Apartment is perfect. This 2-bedroom accommodation can fit you and your family nicely, and offers all the perks of the charming neighborhood that surrounds. Did we mention it overlooks the Colosseum?

What to Pack

You’re going to be doing a lot of sightseeing in Rome, so plan accordingly! Your suitcase should include at least a couple pairs of comfortable shoes (sneakers!), a small fanny pack or cross-body bag to protect you against thieves, neutral t-shirts, and a couple pairs of stretchy pants. Don’t forget a large scarf! This last item is a must if you wish to visit Rome’s churches. They require women to cover their shoulders, and men to cover their knees. Carry your scarf around and pop it out when needed! That way, you won’t have to wait in long lines for nothing.

Why Commendable Rentals Is the Top Choice to Plan Your Holiday in Italy

Planning a vacation can be stressful, which is exactly what you want to avoid when taking time off. Instead of hopping from place to place, how about finding a home abroad? Commendable Rentals provides just that for you. Experience Tuscany, Rome, even the beautiful landscapes of Provence and Uzès, like a true native, and find your home away from home! Our villas and apartments are perfect for couples, families, and even groups of friends. They all feature modern amenities and luxurious decor. No matter which destination you choose, you’re sure to find a home away from home in Italy with Commendable Rentals!

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Wine Tasting at a Tuscan Castle

September is here, but fear not, dear readers: autumn is also synonymous with the grape harvest! Since Roman antiquity,  wine has been worshiped as one of the most marvelous gifts of nature and culture; the Roman poet, Horace, celebrated wine which “gives courage, produces frankness and friendship, beautifies hope, drives away worry, brings out the fine arts, inspires eloquence and gives birth to freedom”. No less!


And so, it is in this spirit that we visited Antinori nel Chianti Classico, a winery located a few hundred meters from Castello Lorenzo, our magnificent Tuscan castle between Florence and Siena.
Castello Lorenzo is beautiful most of the year and especially in Autumn, when we were lucky enough to visit last year. Originally a medieval fortress built in the eleventh century, it was converted in the fifteenth century into a magnificent villa of the Tuscan aristocracy with a unique charm and impeccable taste. All its spaces and rooms are elegant and refined, with a particularly beautiful loggia which opens onto the Tuscan countryside, offering a show of nature’s splendid Fall color, inspiration to more than one Renaissance painter. Cherry on the cake: the swimming-pool has direct sunlight throughout the day!


Secret tip! If you book directly through Commendable Rentals, you’ll enjoy our Fall Special: 10% off!


Walking down the hill of Castello Lorenzo, you’ll find yourself on the Antinori Wine Estate. The Antinori family has been committed to the art of wine-making for over six centuries. The family’s historical heritage lies in their estates in Tuscany and Umbria, however over the years they have invested in many other areas, well known for producing high quality wine.
The estate is simply breath-taking: the winery overlooks the countryside from a terrace surrounded by vineyards. Designed to have a low environmental impact and maximum energy savings, the winery is an unusual and fascinating structure: almost invisible to the eye from the distance, the winery’s façade appears as two elegant horizontal cuts in the Tuscan landscape and its most spectacular feature is undoubtedly the impressive spiral staircase that connects the building’s three levels.

Indeed, The Antinori nel Chianti Classico winery is part of Toscana Wine Architecture, an association that unites unique and original wineries designed by famous contemporary architects.
While staying at Castello Lorenzo, you can visit the cellars and of course participate in tastings, but also have lunch in their restaurant Rinuccio 1180 located on the roof of the building. We will take care of your reservations, tastings and excursions!


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The treasures of Maremma

Welcome to Maremma!

We continue our Tuscany tour by travelling up the coast to the north of the Maremma region, a little less known than Argentario, but with many delights, and with a special focus on an exceptional property, La Civetta, a new addition to Commendable Rentals that has totally seduced us!

The Etruscan coast is beautiful, and if you come by car we strongly advise you to take time to explore, preferably hair in the wind! You will discover a succession of beautiful beaches, ancient and medieval preserved cities, country landscapes, flamboyant sunsets, as well as some pleasing vineyards of the famous Strada del Vino.

A carefully restored farmhouse of the eighteenth century, La Civetta is owned by a family of local nobility who have renovated it respecting tradition yet creating a sophisticated and stylish retreat. The villa, an impressive terracotta color is surrounded by a beautiful garden planted with Mediterranean flora created by the landscape architect, Arabella Lennox-Boyd. A 12-meter long swimming pool, a court Tennis and a superb private beach with cabana.

 

The villa can accommodate up to 14 people in 7 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms, each bedroom, with its own beauty, character and charm; each decorated with its own atmosphere, colors, objects, maybe wallpapers, and elegant bathrooms. The owner/designer has made sure that each offer a coherent and refined ensemble, pleasing to the eye and to the senses.

On the ground floor, the lovely double, L-shaped living room is cool in summer and warm in winter and is a perfect spot to welcome and assemble with all the inhabitants of the house to create unforgettable memories. Outside, the two furnished patios allow the perfect setting to relax and dine with a view of the garden, the sunset, or the stars during long summer evenings.

The house is fully staffed for ultimate comfort: La Civetta comes with a chef, two housekeepers and a gardener and pool person. You will indeed be well cared for during your stay. You can spend your holidays in this idyllic place with family, friends without work or worry, or even organize professional events.

This magnificent villa is located outside Castagneto Carducci, the principal village of the municipality. Known for its medieval castle, its breathtaking view of the sea (its old name was “Castagneto Marritima”) and many pretty churches, Castagneto Carducci is the perfect place for an evening stroll after a day spent at the beach, for sipping a glass of local wine, or for dining.

Not too far away, is the famous city of Pisa (and its leaning tower!) and Lucca is about 1-hour drive north. Drive along the coast and take the Viale dei Cipressi, a unique road in Tuscany that stretches for 5 km and was celebrated by the Italian poet Giosuè Carducci, and discover the fortified town of Bolgheri, its castle straight out of a fairy tale, and its enotecas! Indeed, Bolgheri is on the Italian wine route, Strada del Vino, and its region produces the most famous wines, such as Super Toscan Sassicaia, Ornellaia or Vermentino Bolgheri.

 

Our other destinations in Maremma & Tuscany:

Villa Uliveto

Mimosa Mare

Il Pecadillo

Francesca al Mare

Il Favoloso

Il Convento

Mare degli Angeli


Berlin in the Fall

Autumn: the Perfect Time to Visit Berlin

 

Why Berlin?

Whether it’s Old-world charm you’re looking for, a vibrant art-scene,  or exciting night-life, you will find it all in Berlin

Why now?

Fall weather is ideal for everything Berlin has to offer—whether it is an afternoon of people watching at a café, a stroll through one of the city’s many parks – Berlin is a Green city – or  a day of Gallery and Museum hopping  to take in the active art scene.

For classical music lovers, during two weeks every September, world-renowned classical musicians and conductors converge on the city during Musikfest Berlin. Nightlife you seek? Well, no trip to Berlin would be complete without an evening at Friedrichstadt Palast, Germany’s leading theatre, and Europe’s hottest show palace!

                      

Ready to book your flight?

There is no better place to rest your head at night than the luxurious Palacina Residence apartments, centrally located in the historic district of Schöneberg. Whether it’s the famous Potsdamer Platz you’d like to see or you’re ready for an evening of shopping at the famous Kadewe department store, located amongst a variety of restaurants at the famous Kurfürstendamm Avenue, a brisk 15 minute walk or 5 minute ride on the public transport will get you there! We are so exited to be able to offer this great Berlin choice. 

    

                            

You can choose from of 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments to suit your needs. Whether you’re searching for a Romantic Getaway, a Family Holiday, or a fun outing with close friends, you will experience Berlin at its best, enjoying the sophistication of a top hotel while feeling completely at home in  the comfort of spacious apartments designed to offer the best of the city’s Old-world allure with its modern-chic reputation as one of Europe’s trendiest cities.

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