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Winners of the 2011 Photo Contest

This year's Grand Prize of a $2000 Parker Villas rental certificate went to C. Famatigia-Fay who celebrated their parent's 50th anniversary at Stella del Chianti in Tuscany.

Three Memorable Villa Moment prizes each worth a $300 Villa Rental Certificate went to J. Mize for Just let yourself go; D. Lecehler for celebrating her terrific milestone in Italy and to A & M Hannah's Breakfast in your PJs.

All vouchers may be used toward any Parker rental home for a rental completed by May 31, 2013. Many thanks to all our contestants and congrats to our winners!

Selecting winners gets harder each year. All of your entries were truly wonderful, as each one uniquely sums up the villa rental experience in an inspiring way. A heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated in the contest. Scrolling through this gallery of photos, leaves everyone with a "feel good" vibe. Whether it's the fun-filled images that bring a smile to your face or the reflective moments that create a much needed sense of peace and calm, everyone can relate to these special moments caught on camera. Thanks again for sharing them.

Grand Prize
"Our parents 50th Anniversary trip to Tuscany." by C. Famatiga-Fay at Stella del Chianti.

Memorable Villa Moment
"Just let yourself go." by J. Mize at La Cantina.
Memorable Villa Moment
"Fifty and Cancer Free - Celebrating Italian Style!" by D. Lecheler at Monarca.
Memorable Villa Moment
"The best part about having your own villa is eating breakfast in your PJs" by A. & M. Hannah at Porta del Chianti - Vin Santo.


2011 Participants
Camaleonte Umbria
Submitted by R. Secreto  
"June and the gang in the pool after a day of sightseeing in Assisi." Submitted by R. Secreto 
Camaleonte Umbria
Submitted by R. Secreto  
"June presenting Mamma Fernanda (who prepared our dinner) with a sign in Italian to hang in her kitchen saying: Restaurant - Home Cooking - Open 24 hours. June also presented the owners, Gabriele and Ivana with smoked Washington Salmon." Submitted by R. Secreto 
Camaleonte Umbria
Submitted by R. Secreto  
"Everyone Joins the Singalong" Submitted by R. Secreto 
Camaleonte Umbria
Submitted by R. Secreto  
"Serenading Me Serenading You" Gabriele & Ivana entertaining our party after dinner. Submitted by R. Secreto 
Camaleonte Umbria
Submitted by R. Secreto  
"Ron & June enjoying a perfect day on the shores of nearby Lake Trasimeno." Submitted by R. Secreto 
Capitano Campania
Submitted by D. Eshelman  
"Three Cheers" Submitted by D. Eshelman 
Capitano Campania
Submitted by D. Eshelman  
"Karen, Dez & Vesuvius rising in the backgound." Submitted by D. Eshelman 
Capitano Campania
Submitted by D. Eshelman  
"A Different Sunset Every Night" Submitted by D. Eshelman 
Casa al Duomo Umbria
Submitted by M. Baird  
"Chilling in Orvieto." A long day of sightseeing. Submitted by M. Baird. 
Casa al Duomo Umbria
Submitted by M. Baird  
"Orvieto, the most beautiful place in all of Italy!" Looking at the Duomo from the balcony. Submitted by M. Baird. 
Cottage Cortona Tuscany
Submitted by S. & G. King  
"Help!" Submitted by S. & G. King 
Cottage Cortona Tuscany
Submitted by S. & G. King  
"Our 1st Evening in Tuscany" Submitted by S. & G. King 
Cottage Cortona Tuscany
Submitted by S. & G. King  
"Whoops!" Submitted by S. & G. King 
Cottage Cortona Tuscany
Submitted by S. & G. King  
"Even the parking area is pretty!" Submitted by S. & G. King 
Cottage Cortona Tuscany
Submitted by S. & G. King  
"Enjoying" Submitted by S. & G. King 
Cottage Cortona Tuscany
Submitted by S. & G. King  
"Great Chef & Cooking Instructor" Michele and Carla were a wonderful host and hostess. The food they prepared for us was fabulous and we enjoyed Michele's Cooking class so much... and then eating it! Their villa is tops! Submitted by S. & G. King 
Cottage Cortona Tuscany
Submitted by S. & G. King  
"Should I take a dip?" Submitted by S. & G. King 
Cottage Cortona Tuscany
Submitted by S. & G. King  
"Maybe they won't see me in here?" Submitted by S. & G. King 
Cottage Cortona Tuscany
Submitted by S. & G. King  
"Photo Op" Submitted by S. & G. King 
Cottage Petra Tuscany
Submitted by D. Eshelman  
"A Ray of Tuscan Sun Finds Linda & Dez." Submitted by D. Eshelman 
Cottage Petra Tuscany
Submitted by D. Eshelman  
"Tea in Petra's Garden With Gail." Submitted by D. Eshelman 
Cottage Petra Tuscany
Submitted by D. Eshelman  
"Good Friends, Good Wine, Good Times." Submitted by D. Eshelman 
Casa Galante - Galantino Tuscany
Submitted by B. & C. Kellerman  
"Here I am stuck in the middle of paradise." Submitted by B. & C. Kellerman 
Casa Galante - Galantino Tuscany
Submitted by B. & C. Kellerman  
"Private backyard, a perfect place for vacation reading with a spectacular view." Submitted by B. & C. Kellerman 
Casa Galante - Galantino Tuscany
Submitted by B. & C. Kellerman  
"Bartolo, Pecorino, Prosciutto, Montalcino, Galantino............Magnifico!" Submitted by B. & C. Kellerman 
Casa Galante - Galantino Tuscany
Submitted by B. & C. Kellerman  
"Fabulous restaurant one minute from our door with the infamous Pecorino Wheel." Submitted by B. & C. Kellerman 
Casa Galante - Galantino Tuscany
Submitted by D. Loughery  
"After our arrival, she (my wife) was insufferable. At least once per day, she would strike a triumphant pose with one arm raised for a high five and say, Who found this place? Who found this place? I, of course, had to answer, You did Dear. Nevertheless, it was well worth putting up with." Submitted by D. Loughery 
Casa Galante - Galantino Tuscany
Submitted by D. Loughery  
"These pictures were taken from the garden the afternoon of our arrival. I inadvertently deleted the iPhone picture that I wanted to send. My wife was standing outside one of the gates to the village of Montefollonico with her arms stretched overhead. She had scouted the rentals in Tuscany and selected the one for our stay (Galantino). We plan to go back to Montefollonico and the Galantino periodically. It is absolutely beautiful, the residents are friendly and there is a lot more we want to see." Submitted by D. Loughery 
La Cantina Tuscany
Submitted by L. Clegg  
"Making pasta by hand." Submitted by L. Clegg 
La Cantina Tuscany
Submitted by L. Clegg  
"Waiting on the Chef." Submitted by L. Clegg 
La Cantina Tuscany
Submitted by J. Mize  
"Just let yourself go." Submitted by J. Mize 
La Cantina Tuscany
Submitted by J. Mize  
"One of the winery workers with our friend Dene." Submitted by J. Mize 
La Cantina Tuscany
Submitted by J. Mize  
"Jacque in the vines behind the house." Submitted by J. Mize 
La Cantina Tuscany
Submitted by J. Mize  
"Our friends before dinner on the back porch." Submitted by J. Mize 
La Cantina Tuscany
Submitted by J. Mize  
"I sketched our rental home." Submitted by J. Mize 
L'Affresco - Pastello
Submitted by A. Remorenko  
"Our villa was perfect for us, our son, and our two friends" Submitted by A. Remorenko. 
L'Affresco - Pastello
Submitted by A. Remorenko  
"The views were intoxicating and the location perfect for exploring Tuscany." Submitted by A. Remorenko. 
L'Affresco - Pastello
Submitted by P. McFarren  
"Giovanni Meets Dregos, L'Affresco's Resident Canine" Submitted by P. McFarren 
L'Affresco - Pastello
Submitted by P. McFarren  
"Giovanni & His Dad William Crown L'Affresco's View" Submitted by P. McFarren 
Monarca Tuscany
Submitted by D. Lecheler  
"Fifty and Cancer Free - Celebrating Italian Style!" Submitted by D. Lecheler. 
Trevi - Palio Umbria
Submitted by J. Mize  
"Breakfast on our balcony in Trevi." Submitted by J. Mize 
Trevi - Palio Umbria
Submitted by J. Mize  
"Our apartment in Trevi the place was built between the Roman and Medieval walls whatever the little stone room above was, it is now a bathroom." Submitted by J. Mize 
Passo d'Elefante
Submitted by J. Papandrea  
"Bubbles in Perugia" Submitted by J. Papandrea. 
Passo d'Elefante
Submitted by J. Papandrea  
"Look at me in Italy" Submitted by J. Papandrea. 
Passo d'Elefante
Submitted by J. Papandrea  
"No Texting or Facebook - Just Swimming with the Cousins - And the Laughing is Truly Out Loud!" Submitted by J. Papandrea 
Passo d'Elefante
Submitted by J. Papandrea  
"Together at Last" Submitted by J. Papandrea 
Porta del Chianti - Vin Santo Tuscany
Submitted by J. DeSantis  
"Roof top wine tasting" Submitted by J. DeSantis. 
Porta del Chianti - Vin Santo Tuscany
Submitted by A. & M. Hannah  
"My secret way to the car: around the property, past the pool and through the olive trees." Submitted by A. & M. Hannah 
Porta del Chianti - Vin Santo Tuscany
Submitted by A. & M. Hannah  
"The best part about having your own villa is eating breakfast in your PJs" Submitted by A. & M. Hannah 
Porta del Chianti - Vin Santo Tuscany
Submitted by A. & M. Hannah  
"In the midst of our first vineyard." Submitted by A. & M. Hannah 
Porta del Chianti - Vin Santo Tuscany
Submitted by A. & M. Hannah  
"Let's go find the lake!" Submitted by A. & M. Hannah 
Porta del Chianti - Vin Santo Tuscany
Submitted by A. & M. Hannah  
"Our own private wine tour ... mmmm." Submitted by A. & M. Hannah 
Porta del Chianti - Vin Santo Tuscany
Submitted by A. & M. Hannah  
"Making friends at the Villa... Our daughters best memory of all of Italy." Submitted by A. & M. Hannah 
Porta del Chianti - Vin Santo Tuscany
Submitted by A. & M. Hannah  
"My Own Room!" Submitted by A. & M. Hannah 
Profumo di Mare Campania
Submitted by I. Oliviera  
"Stunning View from our Terrace...in our memory forever" Submitted by I. Oliviera. 
Profumo di Mare Campania
Submitted by I. Oliviera  
"Dining at the Villa...Pasta Anyone?" Submitted by I. Oliviera. 
Profumo di Mare Campania
Submitted by I. Oliviera  
"Happy Feet at Profumo di Mare" Submitted by I. Oliviera. 
Profumo di Mare Campania
Submitted by I. Oliviera  
"Here comes the pasta..." Submitted by I. Oliviera. 
Querceto in Chianti - Mandorlo Tuscany
Submitted by D. & L. McPherson  
"La Dolce Vita in the Vineyard" Submitted by D. & L. McPherson. 
Querceto in Chianti - Mandorlo Tuscany
Submitted by D. & L. McPherson  
"Leading a Group of New-Found Friends to Wine Tasting at the Villa" Submitted by D. & L. McPherson. 
Querceto in Chianti - Mandorlo Tuscany
Submitted by T. & A. Justice  
"Breakfast at Villa Mandorlo." The husbands woke up early and went into town and made us a delicious breakfast on our outdoor patio. Submitted by T. & A. Justice 
Querceto in Chianti - Mandorlo Tuscany
Submitted by T. & A. Justice  
"Hostess Laura" We had the best hostess and estate owner, Laura. She filled us with knowledge of the estate history and the process of wine making. Submitted by T. & A. Justice 
Querceto in Chianti - Mandorlo Tuscany
Submitted by T. & A. Justice  
"Boys with Fire" We had access to an outdoor grill where the husbands made the wives a delicious dinner. It was fantastic to see the cactus growing in Tuscany! This is such a beautiful estate!! Submitted by T. & A. Justice 
Querceto in Chianti - Mandorlo Tuscany
Submitted by T. & A. Justice  
"Light Lunch Extraordinaire Enjoyed by Pat & Amy" We had scheduled light lunch with Laura and it turned out to be a big highlight for all of us. Submitted by T. & A. Justice 
Querceto in Chianti - Mandorlo Tuscany
Submitted by T. & A. Justice  
"Light Lunch Extraordinaire Enjoyed by Travis & Anjanette" The food was delicious, and the wine was superb!! Submitted by T. & A. Justice 
Sabryna Tuscany
Submitted by G. Lemen  
"Birthday Bash!" Submitted by G. Lemen 
Stella del Chianti Tuscany
Submitted by J. Casoria  
"The wine is on the way" Submitted by J. Casoria. 
Stella del Chianti Tuscany
Submitted by J. Casoria  
"All the comforts of home - even a dog" Submitted by J. Casoria. 
Stella del Chianti Tuscany
Submitted by J. Casoria  
"Those are olive trees" Submitted by J. Casoria. 
Stella del Chianti Tuscany
Submitted by J. Casoria  
"3 Generations in Italy" Submitted by J. Casoria. 
Stella del Chianti Tuscany
Submitted by J. Casoria  
"La Nostra Piccola Bambola" Submitted by J. Casoria. 
Stella del Chianti Tuscany
Submitted by J. Casoria  
Three Generations in Italy" Submitted by J. Casoria. 
Stella del Chianti Tuscany
Submitted by J. Casoria  
"Let the good times roll." Submitted by J. Casoria. 
Stella del Chianti Tuscany
Submitted by C. Famatiga-Fay  
"Our parents 50th Anniversary trip to Tuscany." Submitted by C. Famatiga-Fay 
Villa Florentine Tuscany
Submitted by L. Lombardi  
"What have you been doing for the last 50 years? ... we have been very busy" Submitted by L. Lombardi. 
Villa Maria
Submitted by A. Weiss  
"Our kids were in heaven" Submitted by A. Weiss. 
Villa Santa Fina Tuscany
Submitted by J. Bruce Corcoran  
"Jumping into the Tuscan sun & pool!" Submitted by J. Bruce Corcoran. 
Villa Spago Umbria
Submitted by A. Jones  
"Mama teaches Sofia to make stuffed peppers" Photo courtesy of www.potentiamedia.com

Amanda Jones is a widely respected travel journalist. Her recent cover article on Italy for the Los Angeles Times followed the adventures of her family through Umbria, Tuscany & Liguria. All of the homes were Parker Villas. This is one of them.

 
Villa Spago Umbria
Submitted by A. Jones  
"Indigo Jones, supervised by Mama, makes tagliatelle." Photo courtesy of www.potentiamedia.com

Amanda Jones is a widely respected travel journalist. Her recent cover article on Italy for the Los Angeles Times followed the adventures of her family through Umbria, Tuscany & Liguria. All of the homes were Parker Villas. This is one of them.

 
Villa Spago Umbria
Submitted by A. Jones  
"Sofia Jones, now an expert at making pasta." Photo courtesy of www.potentiamedia.com

Amanda Jones is a widely respected travel journalist. Her recent cover article on Italy for the Los Angeles Times followed the adventures of her family through Umbria, Tuscany & Liguria. All of the homes were Parker Villas. This is one of them.

 
Villa Spago Umbria
Submitted by A. Jones  
"Left, Sofia Jones (11) and Right, Indigo Jones (13) raise a glass on their first day tasting the splendor of Umbrian cooking. " Photo courtesy of www.potentiamedia.com

Amanda Jones is a widely respected travel journalist. Her recent cover article on Italy for the Los Angeles Times followed the adventures of her family through Umbria, Tuscany & Liguria. All of the homes were Parker Villas. This is one of them.

 
Villa Stella Maris
Submitted by A. Jones  
"Amanda Jones celebrates her birthday overlooking the Mediterranean on the terrace at Villa Stella Maris." Photo courtesy of www.potentiamedia.com

Amanda Jones is a widely respected travel journalist. Her recent cover article on Italy for the Los Angeles Times followed the adventures of her family through Umbria, Tuscany & Liguria. All of the homes were Parker Villas. This is one of them.

 
Villa Stella Maris
Submitted by A. Jones  
"The groovy grannies, Left Margaret Crotty (Amanda's mother) and Right Ellen Gibson." Photo courtesy of www.potentiamedia.com

Amanda Jones is a widely respected travel journalist. Her recent cover article on Italy for the Los Angeles Times followed the adventures of her family through Umbria, Tuscany & Liguria. All of the homes were Parker Villas. This is one of them.

 
Villa Stella Maris
Submitted by A. Jones  
"Sofia Jones holding the ingredients for the pie (cooking class at the villa)" Photo courtesy of www.potentiamedia.com

Amanda Jones is a widely respected travel journalist. Her recent cover article on Italy for the Los Angeles Times followed the adventures of her family through Umbria, Tuscany & Liguria. All of the homes were Parker Villas. This is one of them.

 
Villa Tramonto Tuscany
Submitted by A. Jones  
"Ellen Gibson rolls out pici pasta at the cooking class Mama's Tuscan Table." Photo courtesy of www.potentiamedia.com

Amanda Jones is a widely respected travel journalist. Her recent cover article on Italy for the Los Angeles Times followed the adventures of her family through Umbria, Tuscany & Liguria. All of the homes were Parker Villas. This is one of them.

 
Villa Tramonto Tuscany
Submitted by A. Jones  
"Amanda and Indigo Jones roll out the pici." Photo courtesy of www.potentiamedia.com

Amanda Jones is a widely respected travel journalist. Her recent cover article on Italy for the Los Angeles Times followed the adventures of her family through Umbria, Tuscany & Liguria. All of the homes were Parker Villas. This is one of them.

 



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