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 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 160,506 holiday rentals near Italy. From 40,022 Houses to 23,353 Villas, 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 travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Rome: 9,353 holiday rentals
  • Positano: 425 holiday rentals
  • Florence: 5,534 holiday rentals
  • Tuscany: 33,873 holiday rentals
  • Venice: 3,687 holiday rentals

HomeAway 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:

  • Rome: 9,353 holiday homes
  • Positano: 425 holiday homes
  • Florence: 5,534 holiday homes
  • Venice: 3,687 holiday homes
  • Praiano: 4,123 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): 6,425 holiday houses
  • Lucca (LCV): 6,063 holiday houses
  • Fiumicino Airport (FCO): 9,080 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 offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places to visit in Italy. From HomeAway travellers, the more popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Campo de' Fiori: 8,941 holiday rentals
  • Val d'Orcia: 2,365 holiday rentals
  • Mugello Circuit: 4,833 holiday rentals
  • Pantheon: 3,761 holiday rentals
  • Pezzazze Mine: 1,121 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Italy listed on HomeAway 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
33,873 holiday rentals
Sicily
21,260 holiday rentals
Puglia
14,551 holiday rentals
Sardinia
15,098 holiday rentals
Umbria
4,772 holiday rentals
Piedmont
4,529 holiday rentals
Lombardy
11,995 holiday rentals
Marche
3,190 holiday rentals
Abruzzo
1,990 holiday rentals
Liguria
7,553 holiday rentals
Emilia-Romagna
3,357 holiday rentals
Lazio
12,453 holiday rentals
Campania
9,273 holiday rentals
Calabria
2,382 holiday rentals
Aosta
1,067 holiday rentals
Veneto
9,215 holiday rentals
Friuli-Venezia Giulia
1,298 holiday rentals
Molise
183 holiday rentals
Trentino-Alto Adige
3,003 holiday rentals
Basilicata
440 holiday rentals