There are many things which make people fall in love with Italy, the luscious countryside with olive groves and vineyards, mesmerising art and culture, the romantic coastline and the mouth-watering cuisine. For those who have stayed in our luxury villas in Italy
, you know that everything in Italy feels like a dream.
Last month on Quality Villas social media channels we asked which holiday destination you prefer, France or Italy. The results were in considerable favour of Italy, so now we want to know which part of Italy is your favourite holiday destination? And if you havent yet visited Italy, where are you hoping to go? Let us know via Facebook, Twitter or Google+: we want to hear where and why you fell in love with the beautiful Mediterranean country!
Your favourite holiday destination could be Sicily, the island at the tip of Italys toe. The island is a great place to head for those interested in historical and cultural treasures. A combination of Italian, Roman, Greek and African cultures have left their mark on the island, providing a variety of interest for tourists. Just as diverse is the countryside and landscape of Sicily. Dominated by Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe there is glittering mountain scenery, farmland which is dotted with charming towns and village. Sicily is also home to an extraordinary coastline, going from coves made from black volcanic rock to beautiful stretches of golden sand.
Deemed to be the definitive example of a Mediterranean landscape by UNESCO, the Amalfi Coast is a combination of beauty and drama, as the coastal mountains plunge steeply into the blue waters of the Mediterranean and are scattered with picturesque, traditional Italian towns and covered with lush forests. Among the many coastal gems are the popular towns of Positano and Amalfi, whose colourful buildings perfectly capture the vibrancy of Italy. There are many beautiful and luxurious villas to be found here, making the Amalfi Coast one of the most top destinations for a glamorous holiday.
The ultimate romantic destination of Italy, Tuscany is every you can imagine about Italy, and more. Picture-postcard landscapes, of undulating hills, crisscrossed with country roads, stone and pastel-coloured villas and a rich history dating back to medieval times. You can choose to stroll around Florence and see the world-renowned art, cycle the ramparts of Lucca or head to the countryside and see the ancient olive groves and fields of sunflowers. In any of the historical towns, you can step into a pizzeria and indulge in a meal you will never forget, tasting the quintessential Italian flavour.
For a big family holiday, the Italian Lakes is the place to go. Just imagine those crystal-clear waters, surrounded by jaw-dropping mountain scenery, charming towns and villages and an endless list of sports and activities. Take a boat ride on Lake Como, sailing past lakeside villas owned by the rich and famous or try Lake Garda for water sports and visit the island lakes. You can wander the cobbled streets of medieval towns, try superb Italian dishes and fill yourself on more gelato than you thought possible.
Found in the heel of Italy is Puglia, composed of coastal and hilltop towns and villages. Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Alberobello, Locorotondo and the limestone caves of Grotte di Castellana. Our villas in Puglia include some in the iconic and charismatic Trulli style homes found in Puglia, all with modern facilities. Puglia also has the longest coastline of all of Italys regions, as it sticks out into the Adriatic Sea, making a visit to the beautiful beaches and rugged cliffs a must for any visitors. Everything feels like it goes at a slower pace down in Puglia, and visitors will love to experience the leisurely side of Italian tourism.
Italys Green Heart neighbours Tuscany and the rolling hills, mountains, winding valleys, vineyards, olive groves and wildflower meadows which are sprinkled with traditional villages make Umbria an idyllic place to head to for a quiet getaway. The food is phenomenal, and you have to try the local delicacies like tartufo (truffle), and sip on wines made in the region’s vineyards. Visit the Etruscan and Roman ruins found near our luxury villas and truly experience a part of Italy that feels untouched by the outside world.
Surrounding the capital of Rome, Lazio is much more the iconic city. Lakes, thermal spas and miles of unspoilt countryside make this a truly special place. Away from the hustle and bustle of the capital, there is a network of farmland, rolling hills and stunning lakes, including the charming Lake Bolsena. If you want to experience some culture too, visit the Etruscan tombs or the necropolis at Cerveteri, which are also within easy access to our Umbrian villas. Out in the countryside of Lazio, there are some magical medieval towns to explore, such as Frascati, Tivoli, Viterbo and Sabina, which are surrounded by vineyards. Head north and have a delightful bathe in the natural springs to restore and relax on your holiday.
Also known as the Italian Riviera, the Ligurian coastline has everything you dream of for a holiday to Italy. On the north-west coast of Italy, bordering France a dramatic coastline dominates the region. Featuring the iconic villages of Cinque Terre, where rainbow coloured houses tumble down the cliff face to the sea, this region is picture-perfect. The mountains and sea collide to form a characteristic coastline, dotted with hidden coves, and pretty beaches. Exploring the area of Cinque Terre is wonderful and from your villa, you can join a boat trip to spot the local marine life and enjoy the views of Italians coastline from the sea.
Is your favourite Italian destination one of these regions where we boast a range of luxurious and family-friendly villas? Or is it another place, undiscovered by the crowds of tourists? We love hearing stories about everyones favourite holiday spots, so let us know via Facebook or Twitter!
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