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Best Villas in Italy for Rent
Why stay in ItalyWhen you think of Italy, you think of many things: arts and culture, awe-inspiring architecture, scenic landscapes and scrumptious food. There’s so much to see and do, and if you’re not able to fit it all into a single trip, there’s a solution: you’ll just have to come back.
Italian villas for rentWe offer a wide selection of Italian villas for rent, including luxurious countryside retreats in Tuscany, seaside vacation rentals in Puglia and idyllic lakeside homes.
We know each of our properties inside out, so we’re able to recommend a vacation home that best meets your needs. Whichever villa you rent, impeccable service is guaranteed. The concierge team is attentive, yet discreet—so you’re never left wanting for more throughout your stay.
Family activities in ItalyRome, the capital city of Italy offers something for every traveller. There’s food, fashion, history and art, and you’ll easily fill your days with visits to historic monuments, museums, art galleries, restaurants and other popular attractions.
Must-sees in the city include the Pantheon, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill and Castel Sant’Angelo. Soak up the lively atmosphere at Piazza Navona, and admire its famous trio of fountains: Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, Fontana del Moro and Fontana del Nettuno.
Villa Borghese, one of the largest landscape gardens in Rome is a great spot for family travellers to unwind. Child-friendly attractions and activities within the garden include the Rome Zoo, and a guided tour for kids at the Borghese Gallery.
Tuscany is another destination that’s popular among family travellers. There are a wide variety of Italian villas for rent across the region, so getting your accommodations settled will be a task that you can easily check off your list.
Renting an Italian villa in Lucca is a great option if you’re travelling with young children. The city isn’t as crowded as other destinations, so sightseeing can be done at a more relaxed pace. Plus, the attractions in the main part of the town are located within walking distance of each other. The city is also a good base to visit Pisa and Florence. San Gimignano, with its bucolic landscape, picturesque villages and historic buildings, is also ideal for family vacationers.
And how could we not mention the Italian Lakes? Holidaying in this part of the country will appeal to family travellers in search of scenic landscapes, outdoor pursuits and postcard-pretty towns to explore—and renting an Italian villa by the lakeside is the perfect way to enjoy it all.
Take in the stunning scenery of Lake Como, and visit the beautiful town of Bellagio—otherwise known as the “pearl of the lake”. There’s plenty of sports activities to be enjoyed—both on and off the water—at Lake Garda, making it a great place to visit with older kids. Try out paragliding, windsurfing, sailing, mountain biking or hiking, then round out your adventures with a healing soak in the thermal baths of Sirmione.
Lake Orta is one of the smaller lakes. That doesn’t make it any less appealing as a travel destination, for it lends itself to quiet getaways and romantic retreats. The highlight here is Isola San Giulio, a charming island-village located within the lake.
Activities and points of interest in ItalyThe Amalfi Coast offers great beaches, balmy weather, spectacular cliffs, fresh seafood and postcard-perfect villages. Visit the cliffside village of Positano, and stroll through its winding cobblestone streets. Landmark attractions include the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, and Sentiero Degli Dei—otherwise known as the Path of the Gods. Other popular destinations at the Amalfi Coast include Ravello, Amalfi and Capri.
Or rent an Italian villa in Sicily. It’s the largest island in the country, and home to beautiful coastlines, charming towns, ancient ruins and archaeological sites. Visit its capital city of Palermo, which include must-sees like the Norman Palace, Palermo Cathedral, Massimo Theatre and Ballaro Market.
Go island hopping at the Aeolian Islands, a cluster of seven islands located north of Sicily. Soak up the sun along the beaches of Lipari, enjoy the volcanic landscape and mud baths of Vulcano and explore the scenic hiking trails of Salina. Other places of interest in Sicily include Mount Etna, the temple of Segesta, the resort town of Taormina and Zingaro Nature Reserve.
If you’d like to take things slow and easy, we’d recommend renting an Italian villa in Puglia. The region is known for its lush countryside, nature attractions and unhurried pace of life—which encourages travellers to slow down, and fully immerse themselves in their holiday experience.
Must-sees include Castel del Monte, a 13th-century castle and citadel that boasts a unique geometrical design. Bari Vecchia, the old town of the port city of Bari is atmospheric, and a joy to explore. The port city is also known for its seaside towns, beaches and vibrant food scene.
Gargano, a mountainous promontory in northeast Puglia is a nature lover’s haven. It’s home to the Gargano National Park, which includes the UNESCO World Heritage Site Umbra Forest and the Tremiti Islands.
Italy’s restaurants, cafes & barsItaly offers a diverse array of food experiences—from fine dining, to street food, wine tasting experiences, food tours and home dining experiences.
If you’re renting an Italian villa, you can also opt for self-catering or in-villa dining experiences prepared by a private chef. Shops, bakeries and markets offering fresh produce and incredible ingredients abound in Italy, which makes self-catering convenient. Or leave the shopping and menu planning to the villa concierge—all you need to do is sit back, and let the restaurant experience be brought right to your table.