definition of gira is to turn, to wander, to travel around –
basically, seeing and experiencing new things. When Italians are
traveling they often use the word gira to describe their
adventures. At Gira! Italian Vacation Rentals, we have taken
this one step further. Our interpretation of gira is
to truly experience the culture of Italy: its cuisine, wine, art,
landscape and sheer beauty, embrace cultural differences along the
way and just plain have fun! We believe that travel is a journey in
all the senses of the word, and we encourage you to embrace and
welcome the experience – whatever it may bring.
Gira! Italian Vacation Rentals (www.italyrentals.com)
began in 1998 after Susan and Jim Broyles combined their talents,
know-how and love for Italy to offer vacation rentals via the
What is your experience in Italy?
Italian heritage traces back several generations to her grandfather,
Onorato Labbadia, who settled in Colorado in the early 20th
century. Fluent in Italian and French, Susan grew up traveling in
Europe and visiting her relatives in her grandfather’s ancestral
village. As a young woman, she lived and worked in Italy for
several years, including a stint at Club Med.
As a couple, Susan and Jim enjoyed traveling abroad
with their two young children and later relied upon these
experiences to help develop their business. They loved the idea of
staying in one place for at least a week, actually unpacking their
suitcases and setting up a “home away from home”, whether in a
villa, farmhouse or city apartment. This type of travel allowed
them to gain in depth experience in different regions of Italy.
also shared their passion for Italy with groups of friends. What
they found worked best were friends who wanted to experience the
novelties of Italian life and embrace cultural differences. A villa
or a farmhouse was typically more economical for three or four
couples traveling together and allowed the group to share time
together cooking and socializing. They found that this style of
travel works beautifully for those who truly desire to enjoy the
pulse of daily Italian life and discover what Italy has to offer
beyond the tourist attractions.
These experiences led to a desire to share this philosophy with
others. Jim’s background in software and website development was
the perfect fit to Susan’s language and travel experience and
Gira! Italian Vacation Rentals was born.
Why should I book with Gira!?
Through frequent visits to Italy, Susan and Jim have fostered
trusting relationships with owners and select property managers in
all regions of Italy to provide quality weekly vacation rentals.
Their intimate knowledge of Italy combined with their commitment to
understanding your needs and providing the essential information
will make your travel in Italy as comfortable and memorable as
possible. In the spirit of gira, we offer culturally
enriching vacations by providing additional services: assistance
with car rentals, bike tours, wine tastings, or setting up cooking
lessons at your villa. We pride ourselves on being professional,
friendly and prompt in our response to your questions and concerns.
How do I find the vacation rental most suitable for me?
Our website was designed with the express purpose of keeping the
booking process simple. The facility of finding a property in your
preferred region of Italy, or simply choosing a location based on
your personal lodging preferences is easy and efficient. Most
are done on a weekly basis and availability for the majority of our properties is
displayed after your dates of travel are entered. We are available
to answer any questions you may have regarding a particular property
or to guide you in selecting the rental that fits your needs.
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What our clients say about us...
service was very much worthwhile. Susan and Jim were right on about
their explanation of the property, its surroundings, the property
owners, and what to anticipate regarding my arrival to Il Borghetto.
I had described to Susan the type of environment that I wanted to
spend two weeks in and she found me exactly what I
wanted.........actually, it was better than what I wanted!!!
Just a thank you for helping me have a fantastic vacation!!
My family and I had a wonderful time there. I will, with great
pleasure and enthusiasm, recommend the villa and your services. You
helped make a once in a lifetime event happen for all of us. The
next time I travel there, which hopefully will not be too long, I
will most certainly work with you again. Thanks so much!
Gira! made the whole experience of booking a home "sight unseen"
easy and pleasant. We had to make a change to our dates and the
people at Gira! were most accommodating. I would definitely use
them again and have already recommended them to friends.
Thank you so much for your help in making these choices for Tuscany
and Rome. It was an ideal trip. We will all highly recommend you to
any we talk with.