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Holidays in Italy: Top Destinations
Best holiday rental deals in Italy
1,133,935 fantastic holiday rentals from 200 holiday letting websites, such as Casamundo or Booking.com, are available in Italy. By comparing these different offers, HomeToGo features the lowest prices as well as the most popular lettings in Italy.
Recommended holiday lettings in Italy
Rent a holiday home, apartment or cottage in Italy from just £38 per night
Holiday rentals with wifi
Holiday lettings and apartments with air conditioning
Apartments and holiday lettings with a kitchen
Popular holiday rental amenities in Italy
Listed above are our most commonly chosen filters in Italy and the number of holiday rentals that have the corresponding amenity. You can easily find a rental meeting your expectations in Italy if you can't imagine a holiday without internet or you want to tune out with some TV time, since most lettings offer internet or TVs. You can even find rentals if you enjoy soaking in the hot tub (37,209 rentals include hot tubs in Italy) or you love sweating the stress away in saunas (35,092 rentals with saunas).
Price and Availability Index for Italy
Holiday Letting Price Information in Italy
We analysed price data and summarised them in this graph, which shows holiday letting prices for the next twelve months in Italy. Italy is most expensive in August (06/08 - 13/08), when prices are on average £120 a night. Holiday letting prices go down to £80 per night in January (14/01 - 21/01).
Holiday Home Availability Information in Italy
This graph shows the holiday letting availability rate for the next twelve months. The week with the least available rentals is in January (14/01 - 21/01), with only 36% of the rentals available. The week with the most available holiday lettings is in September (17/09 - 24/09), with 81 of the holiday rentals available.
Discover one of Europe’s great countries with a villa or holiday apartment in Italy
Italy is an all-time favourite among travellers. The country's unique blend of artistic wonders, stunning beaches, lakes, and mountains, all complemented by one of the world’s finest gastronomies, makes for the perfect holiday. Choose from villas with pools on the Amalfi Coast and dreamy baroque flats overlooking the Colosseum in Rome. From the highest peaks in Europe to picturesque Mediterranean beaches and the best fashion brands, there's something for all tastes in Italy.
From Rome to Milan, Venice to Sicily, Italy is a delight to explore, a land that combines the old and the new to create one of the most diverse and enriching countries on Earth. Choose a holiday apartment or a relaxing villa with a pool in Italy and discover it all for yourself.
How to get to Italy
Italy is a large country, and your route there will depend on where you want to spend most of your time. To explore the northern region, you can fly into Milan, while those heading to the central area can fly to Rome, Bologna or Pisa. In the south, Naples and Palermo on Sicily are good options with plenty of gorgeous Italian holiday villas to choose from.
Travelling from the airport to your holiday letting should be easy, with public transport and taxis commonly available. Alternatively, rent a car and drive yourself; this allows you the freedom to explore Italy’s harder-to-reach points of interest.
What to eat on your holiday in Italy
You know the food must be good when it travels all the way around the world. But discard any ideas you have about the “Italian food” you're used to. Food from one area of Italy will be very different from the food served in another, or even in the next city!
When you're in Venice, order polenta, squid, or liver, and in Milan, try risotto or panettone. In Tuscany, don't miss out on the local steak, fiorentina. In Rome, go for carbonara or artichokes, and in Naples, indulge in pizza or buffalo mozzarella. If you travel to the Alps, you'll notice how the cuisine is influenced by neighbouring countries: think Austrian sausages and mustard in the Dolomites, and fondue in the North.
What makes Italian food so special is its focus on top-quality ingredients – the highlight of your trip to Italy will likely be shopping at a local market and preparing your own meal. Just head to town, buy some porcini mushrooms and handmade fettuccine, prepare your pasta, and eat it in the garden of your holiday villa.
Wine is produced virtually everywhere in Italy. Intense Montepulciano to delicate Falanghina will be the perfect accompaniment to your meals.
Weather in Italy: What to expect
While you can generally expect Italy to have excellent weather during the summer months, its large size means the country has many varied climates, so it really depends on where you’re going.
Southern regions have warm weather year round (though don’t be surprised at the odd rain showers), while the mountainous northern regions get up to a metre of snow during winter. The coasts and interior of the country also have their own climates.
Cities like Rome and Venice can get uncomfortably hot in summer, but generally speaking, you can expect mild and agreeable weather during your stay in your Italian holiday letting. Rent a holiday villa with a pool, stretch out in the sunshine and enjoy all that Italy has to offer.
Italy's top sights
It would be impossible to list all of Italy’s “best” attractions - there are simply too many. After all, this is a country with thousands of years of culture under its belt, with ancient ruins and some of the best art and natural scenery found anywhere in Europe. When we talk about the best sites in Italy, we’re really talking about some of the best sites in the world - and when you book a holiday villa in Italy, you'll have them all at your doorstep.
Vatican City may technically be its own country, but for all intents and purposes, it’s in Italy. St. Peter’s Basilica, the 16th-17th century church, is the highlight. This iconic structure is the most important building of the Catholic church and is bound to take your breath away. You can go inside and even visit the top, which offers sublime views of the sprawling city below.
Next on the list is Venice, the iconic water city that is one of Italy's most beautiful and historically interesting places destinations. Take a gondola ride if you wish, but just looking around this dreamlike city is a joy.
Lake Como, also in the north of Italy, offers a very different experience. This magnificent lake is bordered by stunning mountains and surrounde by small, pleasant villages that feature traditional, independent stores, delicious food, and beautiful villas owned by the rich and famous.
Finally, no visit to central Italy is complete without visiting the ruins of Rome. The Colosseum, which is nearly 2,000 years old, is the most famous attraction, while the nearby ruins of the Roman Forum offer unique insight into an age when philosophers and intellectuals congregated to discuss ideas that would illuminate the world. These are just two of the city's many outstanding attractions, which also include the Pantheon (dating back to 125 AD) and the famous Trevi Fountain.
Family Beach Holidays in Italy
Italy offers plenty of notable beaches for summer holidays where families can soak up the sun and have fun in the Mediterranean sunshine. It's renowned for its cultural and historic attractions, but its best beach resorts are also comparable to those of the Spanish and French rivieras.
The Mediterranean island of Sardinia includes some of Italy’s foremost resorts for family beach holidays. There, visitors can catch some sun at the Cala Goloritzé, which is one of the most scenic beaches in Italy set alongside limestone cliffs and clear turquoise ocean. Chia’s Su Porto beach is ideal for families as it offers water sports activities such as surfing, windsurfing, and paddle boating within shallow waters.
Aside from Sardinia’s beaches, families can have loads of fun at Sardinia’s Aquadream water park. Here, you can slide down the Max3, Super Hill, and Dream Hill water slides. At Sardinia’s Eden Beach, visitors can check out the Water Paradise park that includes some large water slides and pools.
Caribe Bay is one of Italy’s foremost water parks at Li Jesolo. That is one of the few water parks that includes its very own beach! Soak up the sun and sand and go swimming at Caribe Bay’s artificial Shark Bay beach, which is almost like the Caribbean in Italy.
The Italian Riviera along Italy’s northwest coast also includes some fine beaches for family holidays. Tre Ponti, at San Remo, and Ventimiglia’s Calandre Beach are two scenic beaches along the Italian Riviera with golden sands. Monterosso’s La Spiaggia del Gigante is another of the foremost Italian Riviera beaches that provides water sport rentals for paddle boats, snorkelling, kayaks, etc.
The best holiday destinations in Italy
Making a destination shortlist for a trip to Italy isn't easy. To explore the culture, visit the main cities of Rome, Venice, Florence, and Naples. In Rome, discover ancient archaeological sites and be enchanted by Vatican City, and in Venice, relax on beautiful palazzos overlooking canals. Florence is known as the cradle of the Renaissance, and Naples is elegant and cheerful at the same time.
Nature lovers are also spoilt for choice. The Alps offer not only breathtaking scenery, but also top-notch skiing facilities. Madonna di Campiglio in the northeast is a major ski resort with amazing slopes and excellent restaurants.
In summer, you can head to the Amalfi Coast or one of Italy’s pretty lakes. Lake Garda, Lake Como, and Lake Maggiore are favoured among travellers as they feature well-equipped beaches and are close to major points of interest.
If you prefer the countryside, nothing beats the chic and relaxed feel of a holiday villa in Tuscany, surrounded by green hills and vineyards producing some of the best wines in the world.
Just because we're not allowed to travel at the moment doesn't mean we can't still enjoy a little holiday magic from home. Every week, HomeToGo brings a new destination into your living room with music, local recipes and virtual experiences.
This week: #StayHomeToGo in Italy.
Experience Italy From Home
Pasta, wine and amore. Did you have a holiday to ‘Bella Italia’ planned for this year that you have had to put on hold? Although this may be frustrating, we will be able to travel again in the future and until then, why not use this time to get in the mood for your next trip? Sing along to songs by Zucchero or Lucio Dalla in the shower, make your own pasta and make some virtual visits to the top sights in Italy and explore from the comfort of your sofa.
Although you may not be leaving the house, you can still prepare for this Italian adventure and get yourself in the mood! How do you order your favourite meal in Italian? Which book would you like to read once you get there? Which music will get you in the right frame of mind? HomeToGo has pulled together a few tips for you:
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco: The world bestseller is about the Franciscan monk, ‘William of Baskerville’ and his student ‘Adson’, who travel to a Benedictine abbey in the Italian Alps, where they are confronted with a series of bizarre murders.
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert: A journey to self-discovery that starts with ‘dolce vita’ in Italy, a meditation retreat in India and finally ends in Bali. An international bestseller (and was adapted to a film with Julia Roberts).
Signora Commissaria and the Dark Spirits by Pietro Bellini: Between picturesque wineries and medieval towns, Commissaria Giulia Ferrari investigates a murder under mysterious circumstances.
Italian is one of the beautiful languages in the world - and luckily there are many to help you speak like a pro. On Youtube, check out the amazing ‘ItalianPod 101’ channel for video tutorials to help you brush up your skills. For more casual learning, try ‘Coffee Break Italia’, a podcast on Spotify that has short conversations in Italian followed by an explanation.
Welcome to your virtual holiday home in Italy! To get in the mood, we recommend this playlist to get you in the Italian summer mood. It may also be time to crack open a bottle of white wine in the kitchen just in time to prepare dinner. Are you unsure about what to cook? No problem! There are some great online cooking tutorials you can follow, like this guide to creating the perfect Spaghetti Carbonara with chef Antonio Carluccio.
The perfect start to a Saturday
Good morning! We hope you slept in. After all, you are on holiday.
Start off with a typical Italian breakfast consisting of an espresso and sweet pastries (typically this would be a cornetto, but croissants are also allowed!)
What are you in the mood for today? How about a virtual tour around some of Rome's most famous landmarks. Or perhaps you feel more like a long walk along the famous Amalfi Coastline today? This virtual walking tour takes 1.5 hours as you walk along the water and through the small streets of Amalfi to the Piazza del Duomo.
There is nothing more beautiful than sitting on the balcony on a Sunday morning, reading the newspaper and enjoying a coffee. Using those Italian skills you brushed up on, perhaps you will already understand a few excerpts from ‘La Repubblica’? Alternatively you can download the story of Pinocchio as an audio book or for your Kindl. You can listen not only to help you learn, but also maybe to bring back some fond memories of your own childhood.
Current Travel Advice
We hope you enjoyed your virtual holiday in Italy. We can imagine that after all the music, the good wine, the delicious pasta and the walk along the Amalfi Coast, you would love to go right away. Now it is time to be patient until we have the all-clear to start travelling again and follow official guidelines from the government.
Discover beautiful holiday homes and apartments in Italy and save them for the future. Simply save your dream accommodation and add it to your personal wish list. As soon as we get the all-clear to travel again, you can quickly find your favourite. We hope you enjoyed your Italian mini-break and continue to #StayHomeToGo.
Self-catering in Italian holiday villas
Italy's food culture is world-famous, but there's more to it than restaurants! The ingredients here are of the highest quality, and good regional wines abound as well. Make the most of it and have a truly Italian food experience by cooking yourself in the comfort of your holiday villa.
Wherever you are in the country, there will be food markets where you can buy the finest vegetables, meat, and fish to enjoy at home in your holiday letting. Don't worry if you can't locate a market, as most stores in villages and cities across Italy are guaranteed to sell top-notch products.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to rent a holiday home in Italy?
On average, a Apartment rentals or Hotel rooms in Italy costs £38 per night.
How many holiday homes are available to book in Italy?
There are currently 1,133,935 holiday homes in Italy to browse and book for your next trip.
What is the most popular holiday home amenity in Italy?
When booking a holiday home in Italy, consider looking for accommodation with internet, TVs, or gardens, which are the three most popular amenities for this destination.
How many holiday homes are on offer in Italy?
With 1,133,935 holiday rentals available in Italy, you're sure to find the perfect accommodation for your visit.
Am I allowed to bring my pet when staying in a Italy holiday home?
Yes, there are 247,012 holiday homes in Italy that allow pets, with an average price of £145 per night.
What's the best time of year to travel to Italy?
August and July are the warmest months in Italy, while July and August have the least rain.
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