Italian Villa Rentals

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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Italian villa rentals are many travelers' preference when visiting historic, romantic Italy. Some people stay in Italian villa rentals because it makes them feel like they have a home away from home. Other people prefer villas because of the greater space considerations they have over ordinary hotel rooms; still others just because they're prettier.

Regardless, there is no end to the variety of Italian villa rentals from which to choose. You can choose Italian coast villa rentals if you prefer the sea to the city, or a villa offering both bed and breakfast in Lake Garda Italy. There are large historic villas that have been converted into fine hotels. There are home-sized villas that have been renovated into individual lodging perfect for three or four. With a little research, you should be able to find the one that best suits your trip.

Italian Villa Rentals: So Much More Than Just a Place To Sleep

Some people really do use their lodgings strictly as crash pads, and that's great. But for people that find that their environments affect their moods, or if a vacation has a special significance, or folks just need to feel special, it really pays to consider the aesthetics and quality of service of vacation lodging. For many people, where they stay on their trips is as vital as what they do.

There are certain obvious advantages to any well-appointed place to stay. Having a cool, refreshing cocktail by the pool on the secure spacious grounds of a country villa hotel is certainly more relaxing than a crammed city hotel with an overpacked dining room. Families can find their needs well met with an individual villa which provides enough space for the kids to have noisy play downstairs while the grownups have quiet space upstairs. And though anywhere is beautiful when you're in love, it sure doesn't hurt to have an elegant room in a 500 year old villa all to your romantic selves.

From cottages to castles--if you can dream it, you can rent it. But first you have to find it. The first thing to do is to identify your specific needs. Include how many people are traveling. Think about what kind of trip this is, and what the best environment would be to really create that spirit. How many rooms do you want? How many rooms do you really need? Would a kitchen dramatically improve your vacation? Or does that not matter? Think too about what part of Italy you want to stay in, how close to places you need to be--or conversely, how far away you want to get. It's also quite important to consider what time of year you'll be traveling. Different times of year have different crowd levels, and rates for Italian villa rentals go up and down accordingly.

Best Times for Italian Travel

The best months for Italian travel are April to June and late September to October. The weather these months is usually mild, and the tourists aren't yet packing the streets. The real summer rush starts in mid-June, and from July to mid-September the tourist throng is in full body slam. Considering Italian villa rentals located in the country--close to popular attractions and destinations, but removed from the congestion and noise of summer overcrowding--is an attractive option for many.

Many seasoned travelers choose to visit Italy in her "off-season" (sometimes called "low-season") which occurs from November 1st to December 14th and from December 25th to March 31st. The "low season" features not only cheaper prices, but also less crowding, and less overall travel stress. But bear this in mind: hoteliers, museum directors and restaurant owners need to go on vacation themselves, and many opt to do so during these off-season times. Be sure to do research about off-season availability of any Italian villa rentals, attractions, restaurants, etc. Investigate everything you may wish to see or do on your upcoming vacation.

A word of caution about the off-season specific to Venice: there really is no more off-season in Venice. Demand to visit Venice is at an all time high, and so are prices. However, though visitors stroll across her canals year round, those formerly "low season" months still have fewer tourists compared to high summer. If you visit Venice in February or early March you'll get around a lot easier. A little research will hold you in good stead. Fortunately, researching Venetian and other Italian villa rentals is really easy to do online. In years past you had to merely trust the integrity and taste level of whoever was writing the guidebook you were holding at the time. Today, with sites complete with pictures of rooms, grounds, prices and availability, you don't have to trust anybody else's taste but your own.

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