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Recent Italy reviews

  • Casa Mariano

    "Lovely, amazing view from the private deck.. Complete with outdoor shower. We enjoyed our entire stay in Positano . Lots of hiking and touring, and a beloved restaurant , Constantino's very near. The owners were great, helpful and charming and we really treasure our stay there. Keep in mind , you are way above town, long walk or bus to town, but the beautiful view was well worth it."
    Guest: Sarah T. Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: October 2, 2014
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  • Real Venice

    "This was our first trip to Venice and we didn't care where we stayed as long as it was comfortable, quiet, and affordable. This place sounded perfect, and we were happy that we received such quick emails from Barbara explaining how to get there and answering any questions. So -- here are the pro's and con's of our visit. Pro's It is blissfully quiet. No partying or stomping around of other tenants. It rained the whole time we were there so we were unable to sit in the tiny sliver garden downstairs, but it was very private and we would have enjoyed that. Our bed was heavenly -- soft sheets, great pillows, lots of blankets to choose from. We slept VERY well while we were there (and we were only there for 3 nights). Barbara has some great books -- they perch in many places and in many rooms. I wished I could have stayed longer just to read some of them! The apartment is eclectically decorated, which we enjoyed. The windows could be opened and you could see slivers of the Venice rooftops -- lovely. Her directions and suggestions were spot on -- and the person waiting for us was very sweet and friendly. She was worried that she didn't know enough English to explain, but she was excellent! The two bathrooms are beautiful! You take a shower and it gets everything else wet -- we thought this was a novelty and fun! Our son (who was 11) slept nicely in the living room -- we had to make up his bed, which meant moving a few hundred (just kidding) pillows, but that was fine. Had we needed to cook, the kitchen had everything needed --small, but who cares! The apartment is in a more residential area, but we walked everywhere with no problem, and that is with my husband who had just badly injured his foot and was using a cane. There was a corner cafe that we spent some time in just around the corner and it/they were lovely. A washer and dryer to use! That was wonderful! CON'S This was not really a "con" for us, as we enjoyed this bit. But if you have trouble with stairs, this is neither the city or the apartment for you. Fortunately, we thought it was fun and just added to the romance of our adventure there are two steep flights going up to the apartment. But for someone with bad knees or poor health, this could be a detriment. The final thing is that the owner asked if she could rip up the $200 deposit check. My husband said no, to please send it. And she never did. So we had to put a stop on it, which was disappointing."
    Guest: stacey s. Date of Stay: April 2014 Review Submitted: August 4, 2014
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  • Great apartment in a great neighborhood.

    "We stayed for two weeks. The apartment is clean, spacious and air conditioned. Wonderful decks which we enjoyed every morning and evening. Ideal location with good local restaurants all around. The grocery store is 1 minute away. The owners could not have been more helpful and were a delight to meet. We will go back the next time we visit Rome."
    Guest: jfstoll Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: July 5, 2014
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  • Beautiful, first class apartment

    "I can't say enough good things about this apartment. It is spacious, beautiful, well decorated, comfortable with first class amenities. It was a pleasure to stay there and a welcome retreat after a full day of sightseeing and walking around. It even has English speaking videos for those down times when you want to relax watching TV but do not speak Italian. The location is ideal. You are within a short walking distance of all the majors sights, yet it is in a quiet neighborhood away from the crowds. Dealing with the owner was a breeze. I would highly recommend staying there. You won't be disappointed."
    Guest: Porter1119 Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 29, 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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