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Recent Italy reviews

  • Ultimate Venice

    "This apartment was a wonderful jewel. Photos on-line completely describe the apartment. Very conveniently located in a lovely location, easy and enjoyable walk over to S. Mark's area. Terraces are fabulous. Wonderful location to unwind and enjoy."
    Guest: gina Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 18, 2014
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  • Great location!

    "My family and I enjoyed 4 nights at Casa Sinibaldi. The home is in a fantastic location within easy walking distance of every major sight in Rome. The quiet street was great and the house was lovely. Some issues with water pressure, but nothing unmanagable that affected the trip overall. Anna and Giorgia were fabulously helpful!!"
    Guest: Katie B. Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: June 17, 2014
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  • A Million Dollar View

    "Words can't describe how beautiful the view is from this villa in Tuscany. It was everything we wanted it to be. The villa is a lovely stone building that has been recently converted into a charming 2 bedroom villa. Flora, Allessandro and Carlo were all so helpful, going beyond expectations to ensure we had a pleasant stay. Their assessment that you don't need a car was correct, we were within a short walking distance to the town center, around three corners to the grocery store and a short walk to the bus station. A half hour bus ride and you were in Florence Center. Day trips to Sienna, and San Gimignano are very doable in a day trip. My son and his wife took a 2 two hour train ride to Venice. A very nice place to spend a vacation."
    Guest: Elizabeth H. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 11, 2014
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  • Villa Accetta

    "I had written a review when we got home from our trip but posted it on the wrong site and just noticed it. This was our first stop in Italy in 2012 and when Kiki opened the door to the patio area, we were thrilled. What a lovely area to sit by the ocean. The apartment itself was well supplied and comfortable but we spent most of our time there on the patio. Kiki was the nicest and most helpful hostess of our rental owners. I truly enjoyed her company and willingness to help us. We stayed in 3 vrbo places and this was by far the best. Thanks so much, Kiki! Ray, Deb and friend Dave"
    Guest: Deb Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: June 1, 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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