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Recent Europe reviews

  • Merci bien!!

    "My husband and I stayed here for one week with our three young daughters. We LOVED the apartment ~ it is spacious, modern and historic, and well appointed. Charlotte was incredibly friendly and gracious. We fell in love with Colmar and Alsace. I am already hoping to book another week next summer. Merci bien!!"
    Guest: Sara Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 3, 2014
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  • Magical Montisole, near Cortona, Arezzo Province, Italy

    "My family (daughter, son-in-law and granddaughters, ages 7 & 9) just returned from a truly magical week at Casa Montisole. The advert I read before I booked 6 months in advance didn't do it justice! It is an old stone and wood farmhouse with several levels, beautifully furnished and extremely comfortable, very clean and well-maintained. It really is a home away from home, with many amenities all of which were in perfect working order. The beds were comfortable and the bathrooms modern with continuous hot water. The kitchen was well-fitted out with every conceivable (& expensive) piece of cookware necessary for a family of up to 8. The surrounding garden and further, the countryside, is etched in my mind forever! The pool was inviting and large enough for (non-Olympic) laps and is beautifully situated on the property. It comes with chaise lounges and umbrellas, as the sun is very strong. We particularly enjoyed going into Mercatale, (the nearest small village about a ten minute drive) for our morning breads from the local bakery. Also in Mercatale was "Mimmi's", a ristorante we visited twice as the food was family style (no menu) and absolutely the best pasta we had the two weeks we were in Italy... Our daily excursions took us to Arezzo, Siena, Gubbio, Lago Trasimeno and Montepulchiano. All were exciting adventures with lots of challenging driving. Every village and hill town was different and had plenty to offer tourists. I can honestly speak for my family when I say that we never had a bad meal anywhere in Italy, but especially in Tuscany and Umbria. I would highly recommend Casa Montisole as the perfect vacation spot to bask in glorious countryside and forget the problems of the world. It was an unforgettable holiday! Having just done my laundry, I'm ready to re-pack and return to that beautiful house."
    Guest: Annie Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 22, 2014
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Italy Travel Tips

Seasons to Visit Italy

For the most part, Italy is widely thought of as a summer vacation destination. Because it has such a long coastline, it is a popular beach destination in Europe. The summer season starts in May and runs through to September. Traditionally, June and July are the peak travel months and major tourist centers can get very crowded. For those traveling to Italy to go skiing, the peak season is during December and January when the snowfalls in the Alps are their best.

Visitors to Italy

People visit Italy for a number of different reasons. Some have an interest in ancient civilizations and will spend their time exploring the ruins of Rome and other historic cities. Many of the coastal towns on the southern coastline have forts and ruins bating back centuries. There are many areas where archeological digs have produced a range of interesting artifacts. Italy is a country known for its distinctive flair for things artistic and creative. Cities such as Milan attract fashion enthusiasts from all over the world. Florence attracts art lovers and Venice draws the romantics. The rural countryside is often explored by bikers and cyclists who prefer to explore at their own pace. The far northern Alps attract ski enthusiasts in the cooler winter months. During the summertime, many Europeans flock to Italy’s beaches to take advantage of the warm Mediterranean climate and beautiful beaches. Many religious visitors plan their stays around being able to visit the Vatican and see or hear the pope speak.

Italy Travel Attractions

Italy is a country of diverse landscapes. To the north, there are the Italian Alps which are a major ski attraction during the winter months. There are many top-quality ski resorts that offer downhill skiing, snowboarding and cross country ski routes. In terms of ski resorts in Europe, Italy is often thought of as one of the more affordable ski destinations. In the summer months, the Alps provide many trails for hikers and mountain bikers.

Italy’s cities are a wealth of cultural attractions. The ancient ruins in Rome tell of empires past. The beautiful churches and cathedrals that are characteristic of Italy vary in style and design but are all undeniably beautiful. Magnificent artworks decorate the ceilings and walls. Some of the most famous are the Sistine Chapel that is home to Michaelangelo’s creation. Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper can be seen at the church of Santa Maria Belle Gracie in Milan. Fountains, alleyways, city squares and monuments are all part of Italy’s wealth of attractions.

The cities are a wonderful blend of both old and new culture. In some areas, traditions are held onto, whereas in other centers there is a distinctly modern feel to life. Venice is unique because of its extensive network of canals and beautiful architecture. The rural area of Tuscany is well known for producing award-winning wines and rich olive oils. The smaller towns and villages tend to be more traditional and this is where you can experience the Italy of old. Warm hospitality and meals that are a celebration of life are characteristic of rural life.

Getting to Italy

Italy is well connected to Europe and the rest of the world through air and rail links. There are several international airports in cities such as Rome, Milan, Florence, and Venice. Several smaller domestic and regional airports provide easy access to other parts of the country. There is also an extensive rail network that links Italy to the rest of Europe.

Nothing's quite like a vacation in Italy, whether you rent a country villa in Tuscany or see the sights from your self-catering apartment in Rome. Italy offers hundreds of delights for travelers, and our owners offer a vast selection of vacation rental homes and apartments that will invite you to relax and enjoy your Italy vacation to the fullest.

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