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Destination guide

Experience the beauty of Italy in holiday lettings

Prepare to be enraptured by tales of Colosseum-building Roman emperors, be taken with the tastes of fragrant red Chianti and soft peppery Neapolitan pizzas, gasp at the unearthed ruins of Pompeii, or channel La Dolce Vita on the handsome Amalfi Coast. Welcome to Italy. Ancient and beautiful, and forever charming travellers with its tiramisu of culture, this one is a chart-topper, no question. Italy holiday rentals range from rustic cottages in the Tuscan hills to luxurious villas between the foothills of the Alps, city flats in buzzing Rome to boltholes by the Sicilian beaches. What will you choose?

History

History and culture near Italian holiday homes

With its long history, Italy is filled with intriguing historic sites that are a must-visit on your trip. Holiday homes are available near places like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, an elaborately adorned 14th-century tower with a famous leaning façade, and the Roman Forum, an excavation site with Roman temples and government buildings dating back 2,000 years. You’ll also enjoy Doge’s Palace, an ornate Gothic palace with exhibitions and prison and armoury tours.

Things to do

Attractions near your holiday rental in Italy

Italy holiday rentals in cities like Rome and Florence are a real treat for budding culture vultures. The capital is full of the remains of ancient forums and temples, the great Colosseum and the domed Vatican – no wonder it's called the Eternal City. It's Tuscan compadre Florence, meanwhile, has statues by Michelangelo and the great Uffizi Gallery with masterpieces from Caravaggio to Botticelli. Outdoor museums of Pompeii and Herculaneum have been uncovered close to Naples – Roman towns frozen in time by the ash plumes of hulking Vesuvius.

Activities

Things to do near holiday homes in Italy

Don't think Italy's only about morning espressos and stomach-stretching plates of pasta. This boot-shaped nation is also a veritable playground for adventurers. You can lace up the hiking boots and scramble the needle-like summits of the Dolomites – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can windsurf on the crystal-clear waters of Lake Garda. You can ski in the shadow of the Matterhorn. You can snorkel through Sicilian lagoons and venture up smoky volcanos like Vesuvius and Etna. Meanwhile, motorbike rides and train journeys will reveal glimpses of Gran Paradiso, the peaks of Aosta, or the cascading vineyards of the Amalfi Coast.

Weather

Best time to travel to Italian holiday homes

Italy is the quintessence of the Mediterranean. Warm, dry summers run from June to August, bringing highs of over 30 degrees to the Tuscan hills and peaks of nearly 40 to sun-scorched Sicily in the south – see why so many people seek out Italy holiday rentals with a pool there? The autumn has food festivals from Venice to Volterra, drawing culinary buffs in months like September and October. Winter means snow on the Alps and the Apennines – January to February are the prime skiing times. Spring is excellent for hiking, filling the Dolomites with footprints in April and May.

Natural features

Between peaks and plains in Italy

A postcard from Italy might depict the soaring Dolomites or Aosta Alps – a land of snow-mantled massifs carved by skiers and dotted with meadows of edelweiss. But it could also show sun-drenched coves and turquoise-green seas, lapping against the Costa Smeralda of Sardinia or the inlets of Sicily. Talking of Sicily, that's where mighty Etna rises to 3,350 metres, heralding the start of a volcanic ridge that extends through the heart of the country. The central Apennines are a part of that, topped with chestnut woods and rustic hamlets, interspersed with rolling plains of vineyards and cypresses.

Food & drink 

Experience the rich cuisine of Italy

Italian cuisine is known for its regional diversity, simple ingredients and abundance of taste. Different ingredients are used in recipes, ranging from fruits and vegetables, meats, fish, potatoes, rice, corn and sausages. You’ll also find stuffed pasta, polenta, risotto and plenty of tomato-based recipes in restaurants near holiday lettings in Italy.

How many holiday rentals are available around Italy?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 149,992 holiday lettings around Italy. From 22,890 villas to 34,388 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Italy?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Italy. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Sicily: 16,989 holiday homes
  • Rome: 7,149 holiday homes
  • Venice: 3,641 holiday homes
  • Lake Garda: 6,022 holiday homes
  • Lake Como: 3,874 holiday homes

HomeAway.co.uk offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Italy! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Italy?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Italy with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Rome: 7,149 holiday lettings
  • Venice: 3,641 holiday lettings
  • Naples: 1,571 holiday lettings
  • Bologna: 736 holiday lettings
  • Palermo: 1,816 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Italy?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in Italy are:

  • Taormina (TFC): 1,957 self catering accommodations
  • Malpensa Airport (MXP): 782 self catering accommodations
  • Sorrento (RRO-Sorrento Heliport): 5,959 self catering accommodations

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Italy?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Italy. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Cervinia Ski Lift: 523 holiday rentals
  • Livigno Ski Area: 242 holiday rentals
  • Spanish Steps: 6,866 holiday rentals
  • Colosseum: 6,863 holiday rentals
  • Viareggio Harbor: 4,555 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Italy listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.

Explore destinations around Italy

Sicily
16,989 holiday rentals
Tuscany
32,627 holiday rentals
Sardinia
13,970 holiday rentals
Puglia
12,001 holiday rentals
Marche
2,933 holiday rentals
Umbria
3,916 holiday rentals
Abruzzo
1,718 holiday rentals
Lazio
9,748 holiday rentals
Liguria
7,268 holiday rentals
Lombardy
12,172 holiday rentals
Calabria
1,966 holiday rentals
Aosta Valley
1,086 holiday rentals
Campania
8,218 holiday rentals
Piedmont
4,271 holiday rentals
Emilia-Romagna
2,947 holiday rentals
Veneto
10,610 holiday rentals
Trentino-Alto Adige
3,654 holiday rentals
Basilicata
334 holiday rentals
Molise
149 holiday rentals
Friuli-Venezia Giulia
1,489 holiday rentals