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Recent Italy property reviews

  • Beautiful Home Bathed in the Tuscan Sun

    "We had a wonderful time at Il Vallone. It is the Tuscan farmhouse where we felt completely at home--authentically preserved, tastefully decorated, with the comforts of our own country house, but bathed in glorious Tuscan sun. From the moment we first opened the door to Il Vallone, we felt like we walked into a personalized Tuscan retreat. It's both rural, (literally off our google map) and yet located in a part of Italy that made day trips possible to Pisa, Florence, Cortona, Siena, and a host of other lovely places. Hidden away in total privacy down a winding dirt road past olive groves, Cyprus trees and vineyards, Il Vallone is surrounded by lavender, rosemary and a small vineyard out back. The loggia and gazebo were perfect places to read and share our adventures in cooking truffle dishes. The charming nearby town of Lucignano doesn't make the tourist books, which is all the more reason we loved it. It's a little gem of a place, we will hold tight to our memories of Il Valone."
    Guest: Lzak Date of Stay: August 2013 Review Submitted: August 22, 2013
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  • "I stayed for a week at this apartment and it was a very nice stay. It had all the comforts of home and having a CO Op across the street made it even more user friendly. I felt at home as soon as I got in and Beatrice was very helpful whenever I had a question or need. I would definetely recommed this apartment if you are looking for a place to be relaxed. Not high end, but very user friendly."
    Guest: Anonymous Date of Stay: October 2008 Review Submitted: October 20, 2008
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  • Perfect apartment, perfect location!

    "This apartment exceeded our expectations in every way! The location is amazing, 2 minutes from the Duomo, close to every sight you'll want to visit. And even more amazing is how quiet this apartment is, despite being so close to major attractions! The apartment is very spacious for 2 people, with all the amenities you'll need. The bathroom is a good size with a big sink and a shower with a FABULOUS shower head. Great bed, and a very sizeable closet. Luca met us at the apartment on time, gave us a bunch of restaurant recommendations (we tried 2 of his recommeded restaurants and they were great!) and gave us a detailed tour of the apartment and how everything worked. The financial transaction was smooth from start to finish and we received our deposit the day we checked out. Staying in this apartment was definitely one of the highlights of our time in Florence!"
    Guest: Karen L. Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: June 20, 2014
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  • Excellent Home away from Home

    "Our family (2 adults with 3 teenagers) stayed for 8 days. The location was exceptional-you can see the Vatican Museums from your windows. The apartment was great- it had all the necessities of home and was very cozy. We were warmly welcomed to Rome by Carla and her driver Mossimo- 2 great people that were very helpful and friendly. If we return to Rome, we will definitely be calling this apartment our HOME! Thank you Carla for your warm hospitality-Ciao"
    Guest: Todd Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 20, 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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