Holiday lets and villas with a pool are ideal for a large family or group and popular for couples. Experience the culture, cuisine and history of Italy for yourself, whether it's a home stay holiday, villa or house rental. Ownersdirect holiday rentals allow you to immerse yourself in the Italian way of life. Italy is the ultimate family holiday destination, with kids welcome in restaurants and cafés. The weather can vary with the north generally being a little cooler than the south where summers can be hot and humid. Transportation is easy around Italy with well maintained motorways and an extensive rail network. The most popular tourist destinations are easy to reach by train or coach from nearby airports. Some of the best destinations in Italy you will probably have heard of but many popular holiday destinations are also a little off the beaten track.


As the capital, both ancient and modern, there is always lots going on here from guided tours of the exquisite Acropolis to fine dining, boutique shopping and an assortment of holiday lettings to suit every family holiday. After the Athens Olympics of 2004, the city has enjoyed a renaissance and the old and new exist together in easy harmony. Of all holiday apartments in Greece, those in Athens tend to be the most expensive but they are worth every Euro cent.


Venice is truly a city of romance. Take a gondola ride through the watery streets and hear the voices of singing gondoliers echo under the bridges. Ride a vaporetto (waterbus) to experience a city unlike any other. A holiday let in Venice can be great for family holidays and large group holiday lettings with plenty of attractions. Discover popular St Marks Square and the Campanile bell tower and visit the many festivals to soak up the atmosphere.


For lovers of art and wine, Florence in Tuscany is a popular destination. Apartments to rent are easily available. Enjoy a romantic stroll through streets where Renaissance artists once walked and visit the buildings and churches which dominate the skyline of Florence. Visit the Uffizi gallery, Ponte Vecchio and Duomo. Take a wine tasting tour around Florence in the rural setting of Tuscany or a day trip to Pisa and Siena by car or bus.


The capital of Puglia, the commercial port city of Bari has a vibrant nightlife. With self-catering accommodation, you can buy food from the local market. Visit the Basilica di San Nicola where the remains of St Nicholas lie. The old town, Bari Vecchia, is a labyrinth of historic streets waiting to be explored. Bari is a popular budget destination, great for large groups. It can be difficult to find hotel accommodation here so holiday lettings are a fantastic option.


Naples is a bustling historical city which also embraces modern life. You will find plenty of cafés and restaurants and shops but can also visit some historic sights. Naples is the place where pizza was born. Here you will taste the best pizzas in the world. Naples is close enough to the beach for a family trip to the beautiful Bay of Naples. From here you can take a day trip to the island of Capri or visit the ancient ruins of Pompeii.


There is more to Bologna than just lending its name to a spaghetti sauce. Bologna has the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088, with a beautiful botanic garden. The restored and preserved historical centre has stunning architecture and UNESCO City of Music status. One of Italy's wealthiest cities, there is so much culture here and many festivals throughout the year. It lies at the foot of the Apennine mountains with some well known vineyards around the region.


Macerata, in central Italy, has a cooler climate than the south. Situated by the beautiful Apennine mountains, Macerata is renowned for its summer open air opera festival taking place at the city's huge neoclassical arena. It's a popular destination for lovers of history and art - less hectic than Rome or Florence. Take a family trip to 12th Century Chiaravalle Abbey, surrounded by a nature reserve. Macerata is great for a winter ski holiday as well as a summer destination.


Brindisi lies off the coast of the Adriatic Sea in the Puglia region of southern Italy. Known as the 'gateway to the east', it is a major trade port. The city is surrounded by nature reserves and beautifully preserved countryside with olive groves, orchards and vineyards - great for walking and cycling tours. With a mild climate year round, Brindisi is a popular destination for summer or winter with regular food festivals throughout the year.