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Destination guide

Experience Italy in holiday homes to rent

As home to many of the world’s greatest works of art, architecture and gastronomy, Italy is a destination that offers something for every traveller. From Byzantine treasures and Renaissance masterpieces to glacial lakes and turquoise grottoes, you’ll find endless options for a memorable trip in Italy holiday homes to rent.

History

Historic sites near Italy holiday rentals

Italy boasts a long history that’s celebrated in various historic sites throughout the country. Holiday homes can be found near such places as Duomo di Milano, a massive Gothic cathedral with iconic artwork, and the Rialto Bridge, an ornate footbridge from the 16th century. Castel Sant’Angelo, a second-century cylindrical castle with furniture and paintings in a museum, and Palazzo Vecchio, a 13th-century fortified palace boasting ornate courtyards and lavish decor, are also of interest to history buffs.

Things to do

Things to do near Italy holiday homes

Italy boasts some of the best wonders in the world, all accessible from holiday homes. The Colosseum, a monumental 3-tiered Roman amphitheatre for gladiatorial games, and the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, a medieval cathedral with an iconic red dome, marble facade and elegant Giotto tower, are 2 highlights. You may also enjoy a visit to the Roman Forum, a vast excavated area of ancient Roman temples and government buildings, and the Leaning Tower of Pisa, an elaborately adorned medieval tower with a famous leaning facade.

Beaches

Beaches near Italy holiday homes

The long coastline of Italy has plenty of beach destinations with charming beach towns offering dining and shops. Holiday rentals are available near beach locales like Positano, a tranquil beach retreat with a glamorous feel, and the Italian Riviera, a resort area with lively beaches and a plethora of restaurants. You could also visit Tuscany, a lovely seaside area with crystal-clear waters and numerous coves and bays with soft sand, and Sicily, a town with beaches that range from sandy white shores to exotic black sand against turquoise waters.

Food & drink 

Sample regional Italian cuisine

Italian cuisine is characterised by simplicity and quality ingredients, though the ingredients and dishes vary by region. It offers an abundance of taste and is one of the most replicated in the world, especially the pasta, vegetables, fruits, garlic and olive oil. Though there’s a lot of regional diversity, you can enjoy the flavourful delicacies of Italy in restaurants near your holiday accommodation.

Family friendly

Family fun near Italy holiday homes

If you’re travelling with children, you can find beautiful outdoor spaces and historic sites to explore. Holiday rentals can be found near places like Lake Garda, a massive lake with boat tours, swimming and nature trails, and Mount Vesuvius, a famed volcano with a hiking trail to the summit. You could also explore Mount Etna, an immense volcano with trails, cable cars and train rides, and Blue Grotto, a picturesque cave with turquoise waters and rowboat tours.

Good for couples

Romance in Italy holiday rentals

You’ll find few places with the same romantic feel of Italy. Holiday homes are found near places like Trevi Fountain, an iconic 18th-century rococo fountain with sculpted figures, and Capri, an island with resorts, shops and restaurants among mountainous scenery. You could also visit the Uffizi Gallery, a museum of art with Renaissance masterpieces, and Doge’s Palace, an ornate Gothic-style palace and museum with guided tours. The Piazza Navona, an elegant square with a classical fountain and bars, is a lovely place for sightseeing or a night on the town.

Where to stay near Italy?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 144,601 holiday rentals near Italy. From 22,821 Villas to 33,868 Houses, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Italy for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Italy?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Italy. From HomeAway.com.au travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Municipio I: 5,069 holiday rentals
  • Portovenere: 1,027 holiday rentals
  • Rome: 6,794 holiday rentals
  • Tuscany: 31,709 holiday rentals
  • Venezia-Murano-Burano: 1,927 holiday rentals

HomeAway.com.au offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Italy! Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Italy?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Italy with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a perfect city break:

  • Portovenere: 1,027 holiday homes
  • Rome: 6,794 holiday homes
  • Furore: 3,547 holiday homes
  • Sorrento: 3,482 holiday homes
  • Positano: 452 holiday homes

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Italy?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of holiday homes near to airports. Airports with a large selection of rentals in Italy are:

  • Sorrento (RRO-Sorrento Heliport): 5,936 holiday houses
  • Lucca (LCV): 5,514 holiday houses
  • Taormina (TFC): 1,958 holiday houses

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Italy?

HomeAway.com.au offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places to visit in Italy. From HomeAway.com.au travellers, the more popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Villa del Balbianello: 3,317 holiday rentals
  • Panice: 142 holiday rentals
  • Piazza Navona: 6,509 holiday rentals
  • Castiglione di Sicilia: 2,227 holiday rentals
  • Church of the Blessed Virgin of the Angel: 3,370 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Italy listed on HomeAway.com.au where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday homes.

Explore destinations around Italy

Tuscany
31,709 holiday rentals
Calabria
2,000 holiday rentals
Abruzzo
1,619 holiday rentals
Puglia
10,951 holiday rentals
Umbria
3,964 holiday rentals
Marche
2,491 holiday rentals
Sicily
17,225 holiday rentals
Liguria
7,341 holiday rentals
Sardinia
14,205 holiday rentals
Campania
8,211 holiday rentals
Valle d'Aosta
1,072 holiday rentals
Emilia-Romagna
2,822 holiday rentals
Molise
154 holiday rentals
San Marino
45 holiday rentals
Piedmont
4,255 holiday rentals
Lombardy
11,421 holiday rentals
Veneto
10,070 holiday rentals
Lazio
9,392 holiday rentals
Trentino-Alto Adige
3,952 holiday rentals
Basilicata
335 holiday rentals