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November 25, 2001

* Italy: Pat and Joseph Murphy, Orange--Residenza Farnese, 59 Via del Marche-rone, Rome; 011-3906-6889-1388. "A 28-room boutique hotel two blocks from Ponte Sisto on Piazza Farnese. Staff speaks English and couldn't be friendlier. Fair-size rooms, modern bath, above-average breakfast. For a 15th century remodeled villa two blocks from Tiber River, a bargain." Rate: About $130 double.

* California: Pat Finot, Fallbrook--Rancho del Valle B&B, 435 Rancho del Valle Drive, Fallbrook 92028; (800) 841-4908 or (760) 451-9584, http://www.ranchodelvallebnb.com. "A wonderful surprise when we needed a place for relatives to stay. Setting is beautiful, rooms are immaculate and hosts Drew and Jolene Robins are most gracious. Our Northern California guests (usually critical of Southern California) were delighted." Rates: $105-$125 double.

* Croatia: Hedy Williamson, Laguna Beach--Short-term apartment rentals, Bandureva 1, Dubrovnik; 011-385-20-411-206, e-mail marc.van -bloemen@du.hinet.hr . "Charming and in a perfect location near Rector's Palace museum. A historic building but clean, tasteful and modern. Two apartments and a studio. They even did our laundry for us." Rates: about $40-$60 double.

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