Nelly, out of curiosity, where are your reading reviews for The Thinking Traveler?
I contacted them back in 2018/19 for our first visit to Sicily in May 2019; sadly, it wasn't a great experience. The company was experiencing a fair amount of turn over at the time, in terms of villas available to rent, and people available to answer questions. We were shuffled between three different employees: the first person we spoke with left the company shortly thereafter, the second was just getting started and needed to contact a third with more experience. It all felt very disorganized. Then, after a ridiculous amount of back and forth getting questions answered, two villas we were considering were suddenly no longer available - the owners had decided to no longer list with TTT. At the point we gave up since several months of time had been wasted and we needed to book reservations.
Thankfully, I found some lovely small hotels that worked out beautifully and we had a lovely trip - no thanks to TTT. To be honest, our trip actually turned out better than if we had rented a villa since we saw more of the island, especially since I'm not the sort of person who's content to lounge by a pool all day. Changing locations after three days suited us much better than staying put for an entire week, but that's just our preference. One other note: while renting a villa may be more economical for a large family or group, it's much more expensive for just two people traveling together, like my husband and I. Since one bedroom villas are understandably non-existant, we were willing to book up to a three bedroom villa, yet our choices were still rather limited in many places. I haven't given up on the idea of a villa rental for a future trip, but I'll be looking for other options besides just TTT.