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Italy's perennial pulls

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?

Things to do

Italy – culture on every corner

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.


Exploring the Boot 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.


Always something happening in Italy

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.

Where to stay around Italy?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 166,481 holiday lettings near Italy. From 40,123 Houses to 24,867 Villas, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Italy for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

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 travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Sardinia: 15,567 holiday homes
  • Sicily: 21,633 holiday homes
  • Tuscany: 35,294 holiday homes
  • Puglia: 15,195 holiday homes
  • Venice: 3,836 holiday homes

HomeAway 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:

  • Venice: 3,836 holiday lettings
  • Rome: 9,848 holiday lettings
  • Sorrento: 3,530 holiday lettings
  • Lucca: 5,118 holiday lettings
  • Florence: 5,670 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:

  • Sorrento (RRO-Sorrento Heliport): 6,336 self catering accommodations
  • Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport (OLB): 3,899 self catering accommodations
  • Taormina (TFC): 2,448 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 offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Italy. From HomeAway travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Cervinia Ski Lift: 503 holiday rentals
  • Italy in Miniature: 958 holiday rentals
  • Portofino Beach: 1,128 holiday rentals
  • Spanish Steps: 9,443 holiday rentals
  • Colosseum: 9,456 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Italy listed on HomeAway 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.

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