A holiday in Italy is on the wish list of many travellers. This beautiful country, rich in history and culture is full of magical places, making it a favourite destination for holidaymakers from all over the world. Italy offers all the ingredients for an unforgettable holiday: beautiful beaches, lively cities, art, culture, one of the best gastronomies in the world and a pleasant climate all year round. No matter the type of holiday you are looking for, in Italy, you will find idyllic destinations and plenty of activities.
Weather in Italy
Surrounded by the temperate waters of the Mediterranean sea, the Italian peninsula enjoys a pleasant climate all year round. Given the varied nature of its geography and the presence of mountains, average temperatures can vary considerably depending on the location and season. In general, Italy enjoys a high percentage of sunny days. In most locations, temperatures are warm throughout the year; if you rent a holiday home in southern Italy and in the major islands (Sicily and Sardinia), you can likely enjoy a stay at the beach all year.
Beach holidays in Italy
Italy boasts 7500 km of coastline overlooking the Mediterranean. The country’s shores open up to an infinite number of beaches. There is something for everyone: from sandy bays to wild coves; from blue flag beaches equipped with all services to secluded coves surrounded by nature. From North to South you will find the perfect beach for your holiday in Italy.
The best destinations for a beach holiday in Italy:
- Riviera Romagnola, with home to famous destinations such as Rimini and Riccione, perfect for families and group holidays thanks to wide beaches equipped with all services, a great range of activities and nightlife suitable for all tastes and ages.
- Ligurian Riviera, hosting numerous postcard beaches and the picturesque fishing villages of the Cinque Terre.
- Sicily, with spectacular locations such as Taormina, Cefalù, Mondello.
- Sardinia, with an infinite number of wild coves and fine sandy beaches as well as exclusive destinations such as the stunning Costa Smeralda.
- Capri and the Amalfi Coast, a short distance from the lively city of Naples.
- The Tuscany coast, home to luxury and comfortable beach resorts such as Forte dei Marmi.
- The Venetian coast, with popular destinations such as Lido di Jesolo.
Nature in Italy
Despite its relatively small size, Italy hosts a range of landscapes. The north of the country develops at the foot of the Alps, among some of the most spectacular mountain terrains in the world. Here you will find some popular ski resorts, as well as incredible natural parks to explore on foot or by bike. Not to be forgotten, are the lakes in the area such as Lake Como and Lake Garda, offering truly stunning scenery and the opportunity to practice numerous sports.
The Alps are not the only mountain range in Italy: the entire peninsula is crossed by the Apennines, which slope gently towards the Adriatic coast in the east and the Tyrrhenian coast in the west. They present unique landscapes, with rolling hills, woods, plains and stretches of rocky coastline overlooking the Mediterranean. The Apennines host some of the most picturesque mountain villages in Italy. In many cases, these villages have remained virtually unchanged for centuries, preserving cultural and architectural characteristics that differ from region to region. These areas continue to uphold rich rural traditions and present truly unmissable gastronomy.
Moving further south, you will find majestic coastal landscapes, impressive volcanoes and archipelagos of small sun-drenched islands. Southern Italy is the land of light, hospitality and colour. Its coastal towns are among the most alluring in the Mediterranean due to their scenery and atmosphere; here you will find dreamy beaches, excellent gastronomy and endless opportunities for water sports.
Italian Culture and Traditions
Since ancient times, Italy has been at the heart of Mediterranean civilisation. Its privileged location on historic trading routes led to some of the most important migratory and cultural movements in the history of humanity. From north to south, the many influences of different people and cultures that have settled on the land in the last twenty centuries can be seen. The Romans, Greeks, Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Byzantines were the protagonists of the golden age for Mediterranean culture, leaving behind them monuments and traditions. The central role of the country in the development of European culture continued throughout the Middle Ages and the Renaissance period which influenced art, science and culture.
Cities such as Rome, Venice, Florence, Milan, Naples and Palermo are real open-air museums, that proudly preserve the traces of this long history. The major Italian cities are enchanting in their beauty and artistic heritage giving life to cosmopolitan centres where you can experience a mixture of historical legacies and modern cultural trends.
Even less famous cities such as Turin, Verona, Bologna, Ferrara, Lecce, Siena and Perugia offer incredible cultural experiences, without forgetting the villages and towns scattered throughout the country. It is worth remembering that the long history and division of kingdoms, which began with the disintegration of the Roman Empire, led to the development of different practices, cultures, landscapes and dialects. Today this allows travellers to experience a multitude of heritage and traditions, moving just a few kilometres from one town to another.
Throughout the peninsula, you will find cultural events and traditional festivals allowing you to get closer to Italy’s rich and complex historical legacy. Don’t miss famous events like the Palio of Siena, the Venice Carnival, the Calcio Storico in Florence or Easter celebrations in the south. Italian hospitality will entice you to immerse yourself in the unique culture of each locality for the most authentic travel experience.
Italian Food and Gastronomy
Italian cuisine does not need much introduction. The unique gastronomy of each town deserves to be explored in depth and represents an excellent way to explore the local culture and traditions. The gastronomy of various Italian regions does not end with recipes and preparation techniques but extends to the careful selection of ingredients and production methods adapted over centuries, reflecting the geographical conditions of the different localities.
Each location boasts a rich and healthy recipe book, which goes beyond conventional pizza and pasta dishes. Venture out to discover local markets and producers; enjoy traditional cuisine in restaurants and gastronomic parties (each location offers numerous events dedicated to food throughout the year). Take the opportunity to prepare your favourite dishes at home with the freshest ingredients from local vendors in your private holiday rental in Italy.
Shopping in Italy
Italy is undoubtedly one of the most popular destinations for a holiday dedicated to shopping. The country boasts first-class manufacturers in many fields of consumer goods. Fashion, craftsmanship and cuisine are certainly the spearheads of national production. By spending a few hours of your holiday exploring markets, small shops and large boutiques can present you with unmissable bargains.
The big cities (Milan, Rome and Florence) are naturally the top places to go in search of the best deals, but it is worth wandering around the artisan shops that you will find in abundance even in the smaller villages; they are perfect places to find authentic souvenirs.
Why rent a holiday home in Italy?
By renting an apartment, holiday home or villa in Italy you will enjoy total independence and absolute privacy. It is also one of the best ways to explore the typical Italian lifestyle and diversity of the country. Imagine waking up to see monuments, markets, ancient buildings, or the reflections of fishermen’s houses on the Mediterranean from your private terrace.
Renting an apartment or a villa in Italy will allow you to visit the country’s major attractions; just look for an apartment or a villa that suits your needs, rent a car and set off to explore your surroundings, then return home, organise a barbeque in your garden or a poolside dinner with your loved ones.
Choose your holiday home in Italy according to your needs. Whether it’s to spend quality time with your family or friends you can organise your days without worrying about strict schedules. Choose to stay a few metres from the beach or activities and cultural attractions that interest you the most. SunnyRentals offers accommodation for all tastes: holiday homes by the sea and city apartments; rural houses and villas with swimming pool in the most lucrative destinations in Italy.
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