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Many things come to mind when you hear the word Italy. Italians are known for their temperament, excellent food and family cohesion. Not only the locals love their country, but tourists from all over the world also appreciate this beautiful spot in Southern Europe. It is not for nothing that it is one of the world's most popular vacation destinations. Italy is hard to beat in diversity!

Rent a dreamlike vacation home on the Amalfi Coast or treat yourself to a relaxing beach vacation in Sardinia. Our vacation homes and apartments are especially suitable for families. If you want to bring your dog, Tuscany is the perfect choice. - What are you waiting for?

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Italian vacation home by the sea or with pool

Who doesn't dream of a vacation apartment right by the sea with its own beach. A few steps out of the apartment and you already have the wet sand under your feet. If not located directly at the sea, your vacation home should at least have a pool. Ideal for a quick cool down - The hot, subtropical temperatures provide namely for rapid overheating.

Our offer in Italy ranges from beautiful sandstone villas to modern high-tech vacation homes. Whether small, large, luxurious, traditional, with or without pool - we offer you the right vacation home for breathtaking family vacations.

The most beautiful destinations in Italy

Discover the country's most beautiful destinations in an individually selected vacation home. Do you long for the sound of the sea or do you want to spend a relaxing time amidst vineyards? Perhaps Sardinia is among your No. 1 vacation spots in Italy. Whether it's northern, western, southern or eastern Italy, there are countless vacation spots to discover and at e-domizil you'll find the perfect vacation home.

Popular destinations for vacations in Italy are Piedmont, Tuscany, ancient Rome, Sardinia, Sicily and many more. Especially the Italian island of Sardinia is a true paradise for beach lovers. The capital of Italy with its historical background also contributes a large share to tourism in Italy. Many Roman artifacts are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Efforts are being made to continue the history in Rome and protect the remaining ancient buildings to this day.

Sardinia - the island of paradise

The island is located west of the mainland and north of Sicily. Sardinia is home to many small villages with a typical Sardinian architectural style. Snow-white sandy beaches and crystal clear sea water adorn the coastlines. Probably the most famous coastline is the Costa Smeralda in the north of the island. By the way, "Smeralda" means emerald green and refers to the sea on the Sardinian coast. Small bays, which can only be reached on foot, turn out to be real secret spots. However, these are usually not easy to find and can only be reached in connection with a hike. Sardinia is also known for beautiful day trips. A boat trip from Santa Teresa to Bonifacio in South Corsica is just one example of many. Experience the French old town, the delicious delicacies and the various sights. Another highlight on the island is the Neptune Grotto in the very west of Sardinia. The grotto is a true natural phenomenon and can only be entered from the water. Other destinations are Gapo Testa, a granite rock peninsula and hotspot in the north, the Gulf of Orosei, a remote stretch of coastline in the east and last but not least the town of Porto Rotondo. This fantastic little town has a first class harbor promenade. Take the opportunity to admire the expensive yachts anchored in the harbor.

Sicily - the Tri-Cape

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean and in ancient Greek it is also called Dreikap. This is because the island resembles a triangle. Did you know that Sicily is the remnant of a land bridge that once connected Europe and Africa. Probably the most distinctive feature of the island is the volcano Etna. At 3,323 meters, Etna is the highest active volcano in Europe. The last significant eruption occurred in 2002 and destroyed huge areas of fertile land by the molten lava. Sicily is now home to over 5 million people. Palermo is their capital and also the most famous settlement in Sicily. The island has a rich marine fauna. There is a rich population of tuna and swordfish and even sea turtles live on the coast. Due to the central location of the island, Sicily has always been repopulated. The island was used as a military base and as a trading partner for the Italian mainland. Sicily was the most important supplier of grain to the Roman Empire. Due to the mixing of different peoples, many original traditions disappeared, but new ones were added.

Tuscany - the home of artists and gourmets

Tuscany is probably the most diverse region in all of Italy. The diverse nature ranges from the Apennine Mountains to the beautiful beaches in the west to the vineyards of the Chianti region. Tuscany is also highly recommended for sightseeing. With Florence and Pisa, you have two culturally important cities at your disposal. In the Tuscan capital of Florence, there are several Renaissance works of art to marvel at. These include the world famous Michelangelo statue "David", the works of Botticelli or the Florence Cathedral. Pisa also has a world famous attraction. As you may have guessed, it is the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Due to the swampy and boggy ground, the tower sank into the ground on one side and became a popular attraction all over the world. The city is also known as a university town.

Another fame of this region is wine. Italy is one of the most important European wine producers. The most important wine region in Tuscany is the Chianti region. Chianti, Montepulciano and Brunello together form the most popular wines of Tuscany.

Piedmont - truffle and wine paradise

Piedmont: a dreamlike region full of love and care. It borders France and Switzerland to the north and lies at the foot of the Alpine massif. The region is famous for its varied cuisine and spicy wines, such as Barolo. The regional capital is Turin, with a wide variety of buildings from the Baroque period. The Mole Antonelliana monument with its soaring spire is considered a landmark of the city of Turin. The north of Italy is famous for the automotive industry. One of the biggest car brands in the world originated in Turin. Fiat means Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino and gave Turin an economic boom at the time of its foundation. Culinary Piedmont is one of the best regions in the world. The town of Asti is famous for its Spumante sparkling wine, while Alba is the paradise of the white truffle. The two towns border the great wine region of Piedmont and are the best starting points for day trips. Wineries such as Barolo or Barbaresco offer exciting guided tours and tastings. Next to the vineyards are small picturesque villages with delicious restaurants offering regional specialties in 6-course menus.

Liguria - the colorful Riviera

Liguria is located in the northwest of Italy and resembles the shape of a crescent. The Mediterranean coast in this region is called the Italian Riviera. A popular part of the Riviera are the 5 colorful fishing villages of Cinque Terre. The other highlights are the two towns of Portofino and Santa Margherita Ligure, which can be found on the east coast. For some history from the Middle Ages and wide sandy beaches you don't have to look far either. What should not be forgotten is the port city of Genoa. Genoa, an important starting point of boat trips and a culinary stronghold. In the city was invented the pesto and the focaccia along with the traditional dish "fresh seafood".

Coastal cities of Italy

Venice

Venice is a water city built on more than 100 small islands. No roads are used here as traffic routes, but only water canals. The small boats that circulate on the water are called gondolas. In Venice you have a varied choice of activities and sights. Probably the most popular sightseeing places are St. Mark's Basilica, Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Square, Rialto Bridge and the Grand Canal.

Naples

Naples: a city in the shadow of the volcano Vesuvius. The city is marked by its history, which dates back to the 2nd century BC. Due to its historical background, Naples has significant art and architectural masterpieces of the ancient times. The most famous landmarks in Naples are the Cathedral, the Duomo di San Gennaro, the magnificent Royal Palace and the Castel Nuevo, a castle built in the 13th century. The most famous street in Naples, the lively and colorful Spaccanapoli, runs right through the historic city center. Culinary Naples is the birthplace of many dishes, such as pizza and spaghetti. These are simple peasant dishes, which are eaten all over the world at the present time. Many Neapolitans say, "It wouldn't depend on the quantity of ingredients, but on the quality. It's better to have less, but better."

Palermo

Palermo has over half a million inhabitants and is the capital of the island of Sicily. Here, the royal tombs and the huge Teatro Massimo are particularly eye-catching. Further in the center you will find the Norman Palace and the Cappella Palatina with its mosaic decorations. Another sight is located in the west of the city, the Capuchin Crypt of Palermo. The tomb contains mummies from the 16th to early 20th centuries.    

The ancient city of Rome

Rome, with a cosmopolitan attitude and about 3000 years of art history, is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The capital of Italy is home to world-renowned and valuable architectural and cultural masterpieces. The former power of the Roman Empire is shown by the ancient ruins, such as the Roman Forum or the impressive Colosseum. The Christian heart is located in the Vatican City, seat of the Roman Catholic Church. St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Museums together form the smallest state in the world. In one of the museums you will find the Sistine Chapel, where Michelangelo's frescoes are located.

Another must-see attraction is the Spanish Steps in the middle of Rome's luxurious shopping district, next to the expensive designer boutiques. To follow a traditional Rome custom, toss a coin into the famous Fontana di Trevi, a fountain from the Baroque period. There are also interesting historical sights from the Renaissance period, such as Raphael's Tomb in the Pantheon. With such a variety of activities, one quickly gets hungry. In Rome, you are at the right place to enjoy an aromatic and traditional dish of the region. With the world famous dishes of spaghetti alla carbonara, buccatini all'amatriciana and saltimbocca, Rome will seduce any tourist.  

General travel information for Italy

Italy with dog

Northern Italy is a dog-friendly area with the Tyrol and Tuscany, while southern Italy is usually less accepting, especially large dogs. In Italy there is a general leash requirement and you should carry a muzzle at least. Each municipality decides independently on which beaches dogs are allowed and which are not. Stick to specially signposted dog beaches to be on the safe side. Also, your dog will need a vaccination card to enter the country.

Climate & best time to travel

Italy has very different climates. In the Alpine regions in the north of the country, the climate is alpine with long, snowy winters and short, cool, dry summers. Further south, in the Po Valley, there is a transition from the temperate zone to the subtropical climate zone. It can be said that the subtropical climate dominates most of the land area of Italy. In summer, maximum temperatures of over 40°C are measured. These peaks are usually present when the Scirocco, a hot trade wind, blows from the Sahara to Italy. Even in autumn, warm temperatures can be enjoyed for a long time, so vacations in the low season are particularly popular.

Flora and Fauna

Early on, the landscape in Italy was altered by man. The Roman civilization destroyed the natural vegetation and many parts of the Italian forest. The area was replaced by crops, pastures and vineyards. Nevertheless, it is hard to imagine Tuscany without olive trees, cypresses and vineyards, because these plants are today a trademark of Italy. Besides the useful plants, the still original vegetation species have been displaced to marginal areas. The holly, cork oak and pine are the origin in Italy and today they are most common on the island of Sardinia.

Strong protection measures have allowed the preservation of the almost extinct species. In the nature reserves you can still find native species such as eagles, ibexes, chamois, bears, wolves and marmots. The populations are recovering very slowly in the forests. On the coasts of Italy you can meet swordfish and dolphins from time to time. Rare bird species and seals are also resettling due to conservation measures.

Getting to Italy

There is not one ideal means of transportation to explore Italy. It always depends on how much time you want to spend on the road. From German-speaking Switzerland, it takes about 5 hours 30 minutes to get to Genoa by car. Note that there are tolls on many highways. Anything south of Genoa we recommend you travel by air, as it is much more convenient and takes less time. A popular means of public transportation is, of course, the train. On Milano you will travel about 4 hours. Popular destinations by train in Northern Italy are Tuscany, Venice and Piedmont.

Public transportation

The most used means of public transportation in Italy is the bus. Many travelers and locals are using this mode of transportation more and more, as it is often cheaper and a lot faster. In some cities, a congestion charge has already been introduced, making it even more expensive to travel by car in the city. Not only bus transport has gained in popularity, but also Italian rail transport. Rail is well connected in Italy and gets passengers from A to B quickly. From German-speaking Switzerland, you can be in Rome within 8 hours. There are even high-speed train lines called Frecciabianca and Frecciarossa.

Currency

The official currency of Italy is the Euro since 2002. Prior to 2002, Italian lire was still traded. Today, the euro is the most important currency in all of Europe.