In Italy, apartment rentals are the most common type of accommodation. In addition, these properties have an average size of 75 m² as well as a median price of $197 per night. Moreover, this specific type of lodging is an excellent option for medium-sized groups and families, as most of the apartment rentals can accommodate 5 people. If you would like to rent something else, you can find many other options, such as house rentals, which are the second most typical type of accommodation in Italy. House rentals in Italy are 138 m² on average, with average prices of $338 per night.
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Popular Rental Amenities in Italy
Properties can be narrowed down based on various criteria. Above, you will find the number of rentals that include a specific feature in Italy. HomeToGo's data reveals that "TVs" and "internet" are the most commonly offered features in Italy. You could even look for rentals if you enjoy soaking in the hot tub (24,410 rentals include "Jacuzzis" in Italy) or if you love sweating the stress away in saunas (11,319 rentals in Italy include "saunas").
Price and Availability Index in Italy
Vacation Rental Price Information in Italy
The graph shows the average rental prices for the next twelve months in Italy. Prices in a week of August (8/8 - 8/15) go up to $200 per night, which is the highest average price in the next 12 months. Prices decrease in September to an average of $133 per night (9/26 - 10/3).
Rental Availability Information in Italy
Have a look at the above graph to see the global availability of vacation rentals in Italy. The week with the highest booking rate in the next 12 months is in January (1/9 - 1/16), where 48% of the vacation rentals are booked. It is easier to find a rental in a week of September (9/12 - 9/19), as only 16% of the accommodations are booked.
Experience the Culture of Italy from a Vacation Rental
Italy is a country as well known for its ancient Roman history as it is for contemporary fashion and timeless cuisine. Naturally, Italy vacation rentals vary greatly between different regions. Consider a traditional stone villa in Tuscany, a modern apartment in Rome, or a beachside bungalow on the Mediterranean or Adriatic coasts.
Having a great journey: Arriving and getting around in Italy
Italy is a great place to vacation, and easy to fly in from several international airports. If you are coming to northern Italy, Milan has three accessible airports. Its direct railway system connects travellers to the provincial train and inner city metro. From the airports, it is also easy to hire a car to get to your Italy vacation rentals. You can drive the entire length of the country, going through small villages along the way. There are endless spots to discover. Drive to the coast and stay at a beach house for a full day of fun.
Some of the tastes of Italy
Be sure to try arancini, small rice balls coated in breadcrumbs and fried. They are stuffed with a variety of fillings, like ragù, mozzarella, tomato sauce, mushrooms, béchamel, or peas, depending on the region where you try them. Ossu buco is any meat lover's dream, veal shank braised for hours in white wine before being served with vegetables and gremolata.
And then there's pizza—when in Rome, expect weightier, crispier doughs. Down south in Naples, however, Neapolitan pizza features a very thin crust which puffs around the edges of the dish.
Sights to see when travelling in Italy
Italy is full of ancient art, and some of the best museums in the world. Popular places include Milan in the north, Florence further south, or Rome near the center. Don’t miss a trip to Venice to see the city on water, or take the kids to the giant aquarium in Genova, a port city. There are plenty of Italy vacation rental options here. Taking a boat in the south will bring you to smaller islands with idyllic towns and beaches.
Italian Culture and History
Vatican City is a must-see for any visitors staying in Italy apartment rentals in Rome. Here you will find St. Peter’s Square, St. Peter's Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel. You can tour the grounds on your own or take a guided tour to learn more about the impressive artworks, architecture, and artifacts.
The Uffizi Gallery in Florence, one of the oldest museums in the world, is set in a 16th-century palace. The museum houses some of the greatest art of the Western world, including Leonardo’s ‘Annunciation,’ Paolo Uccello’s ‘The Battle of San Romano,’ and Sandro Botticelli’s ‘Primavera.'
Italy's Child-Friendly Attractions
Children always enjoy Italy's impressive historical sites. In Rome, guided family tours bring you to the city's historical landmarks, such as the Colosseum and Vatican City. The guides entertain children with fun stories. After the tour, sample some Italian ice-cream to finish off a perfect afternoon. In Florence, special family tours of the Uffizi Gallery are available. The tour Introduces your kids to Italian painting masters, such as Michelangelo, with engaging kids' activities.
For outdoor adventures, head to the beautiful mountainous region of the Dolomites, where numerous hiking trails await. Don't miss Gardaland, considered one of the world's best amusement parks in the country. Nearby, Lake Garda is the area's best spot for a swim. Genoa, on the other hand, is your gateway to the amazing Cinque Terre coastline, where you can hike during the day and spend your evenings on the beach. The Aquarium of Genoa was built to celebrate the discovery of the Americas by Christopher Columbus. This popular aquarium showcases Mediterranean, Atlantic, and Caribbean sea life.
Taking a cooking class is a classic activity for families visiting Italy. Cooking classes often include a visit to the market, learning to make home-made pasta and other dishes, and eating the fruits of your labour. Food makes Italy a favourite destination for families, as the Italians specialize in beloved family dishes, such as pasta, pizza, and ice-cream.
Must Visit Destinations: Venice and Tuscany
Venice is a must-see destination thanks to its hundreds of canals and lack of cars. The city seems to be suspended in a different century and the architecture alone makes it worth a visit.
In Tuscany, enjoy incredible regional cuisine as well as local wines, ideally tasted while enjoying views of the countryside. In this region you'll also find the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Top 3 Ski Resorts in Italy
1. Cortina d'Ampezzo
Located in the heart of the Dolomites in the southern Alps, overlooked by the stunning Cinque Torri peaks, Cortina d'Ampezzo combines excellent skiing and winter sports facilities with a touch of elegance and sophistication. Popular with celebrities, Cortina d'Ampezzo is an ideal destination whether you are a beginner or want to challenge yourself on the more difficult runs used when the town hosted the 1956 Winter Olympics.
The après-ski in Cortina d'Ampezzo is almost as important as the skiing itself, and the pedestrianized Corso Italia is home to designer boutiques, stylish bars, and even a Michelin-starred restaurant.
2. Val Gardena
The neighbouring resort of Val Gardena boasts 160km of ski trails and the first chairlift with heated seats ever installed in Italy! Ideal for families, Val Gardena has plenty of nursery slopes, and the après-ski is more low-key than in some of the larger resorts.
The picturesque village also hosts international ski competitions and holds an annual Christmas market, offering traditional gifts and warming drinks and snacks.
This picturesque mountain sits close to the border with Switzerland, in the shadow of the Matterhorn. In fact, from Breuil-Cervinia you can take a lift to a trail that will allow you to ski over the international border between Switzerland and Italy.
The network of ski trails reach an altitude of 3,500m at Piccolo Cervino, making this area one of the most reliable for winter snow. Breuil-Cervinia is closely connected to Valtournenche, with the two resorts giving skiers access to the 350km of trails around the Matterhorn. For young skiers, the nursery slopes are outfitted with an unusual Wild West playground.
Just because we're not allowed to travel at the moment doesn't mean we can't still enjoy a little vacation magic from home. Every week, HomeToGo brings a new destination into your living room, with music, local recipes and virtual experiences.
This week: #StayHomeToGo in Italy.
Experience Italy From Home
Pasta, wine and amore. Did you have a vacation to ‘Bella Italia’ planned for this year that you have had to put on hold? Although this may be frustrating, we will be able to travel again in the future and until then, why not use this time to get in the mood for your next trip? Sing along to songs by Zucchero or Lucio Dalla in the shower, make your own pasta and make some virtual visits to the top sights in Italy and explore from the comfort of your couch.
Although you may not be leaving the house, you can still prepare for this Italian adventure and get yourself in the mood! How do you order your favourite meal in Italian? Which book would you like to read once you get there? Which music will get you in the right frame of mind? HomeToGo has pulled together a few tips for you:
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco: The world bestseller is about the Franciscan monk, ‘William of Baskerville’ and his student ‘Adson’, who travel to a Benedictine abbey in the Italian Alps, where they are confronted with a series of bizarre murders.
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert: A journey to self-discovery that starts with ‘dolce vita’ in Italy, a meditation retreat in India and finally ends in Bali. An international bestseller (and was adapted to a film with Julia Roberts).
Signora Commissaria and the Dark Spirits by Pietro Bellini: Between picturesque wineries and medieval towns, Commissaria Giulia Ferrari investigates a murder under mysterious circumstances.
Italian is one of the beautiful languages in the world - and luckily there are many to help you speak like a pro. On Youtube, check out the amazing ‘ItalianPod 101’ channel for video tutorials to help you brush up your skills. For more casual learning, try ‘Coffee Break Italia’, a podcast on Spotify that has short conversations in Italian followed by an explanation.
Welcome to your virtual vacation home in Italy! To get in the mood, we recommend this playlist to get you in the Italian summer mood. It may also be time to crack open a bottle of white wine in the kitchen just in time to prepare dinner. Are you unsure about what to cook? No problem! There are some great online cooking tutorials you can follow, like this guide to creating the perfect Spaghetti Carbonara with chef Antonio Carluccio.
The perfect start to a Saturday
Good morning! We hope you slept in. After all, you are on holiday.
Start off with a typical Italian breakfast consisting of an espresso and sweet pastries (typically this would be a cornetto, but croissants are also allowed!)
What are you in the mood for today? How about a virtual tour around some of Rome's most famous landmarks. Or perhaps you feel more like a long walk along the famous Amalfi Coastline today? This virtual walking tour takes 1.5 hours as you walk along the water and through the small streets of Amalfi to the Piazza del Duomo.
There is nothing more beautiful than sitting on the balcony on a Sunday morning, reading the newspaper and enjoying a coffee. Using those Italian skills you brushed up on, perhaps you will already understand a few excerpts from ‘La Repubblica’? Alternatively you can download the story of Pinocchio as an audio book or for your Kindle. You can listen not only to help you learn, but also maybe to bring back some fond memories of your own childhood.
Current Travel Advice
We hope you enjoyed your virtual vacation in Italy. We can imagine that after all the music, the good wine, the delicious pasta and the walk along the Amalfi Coast, you would love to go right away. Now it is time to be patient until we have the all-clear to start travelling again and follow official guidelines from the government.
Discover beautiful vacation homes and apartments in Italy and save them for the future. Simply save your dream accommodation and add it to your personal wish list. As soon as we get the all-clear to travel again, you can quickly find your favourite. We hope you enjoyed your Italian mini-break and continue to #StayHomeToGo.
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