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Holiday home in Italy ÔÇô the most popular travel destination in Europe
Post from 13/01/2012

Benvenuti in Italia!

For years now Italy has topped the popularity charts of holiday home tourists. In 2011 every fourth atraveo vacationer spent their holiday in Italy. Equally the first weeks of the current booking season are clearly indicating that the home of pizza and pasta will retain its top position and remain the most booked travel destination. Thanks to the diversity the country has to offer vacationers are able to find a new dimension on each holiday they spend here.

We will reveal which holiday regions are particular favourites with our customers. Furthermore we are also presenting some exceptional or less known destinations and offer you suitable holiday properties for your next vacation.

The most sought regions for a holiday home vacation in Italy

With atraveo holidaymakers the beautiful Tuscany, pulsating Adriatic coastline as well as Lake Garda are very popular. It therefore no surprise that more than half of the holiday properties are spread out across these three regions.

Agriturismos, rusticos and country estates in Tuscany

Many vacationers are lured to Tuscany thanks to its delightful countryside and many dream of a country estate surrounded by olive groves and a view across the vineyards. Next to restored rusticos which are often fitted with original terracotta floors and massive wood beams there are also agriturismos in more rural areas. These are holiday accommodations on a farm. Enjoy the scent of fruit plantations and prepare meals with freshly harvested vegetables. You will be able to buy homemade wine and olive oil in the small farm shop. Maybe your children will also be allowed to help feed the animals.

Those seeking a vacation with a certain amount of privacy will very much appreciate a single holiday home with pool. Here you can enjoy an undisturbed sunbath and unwind in the peaceful setting. Pool villas are extremely sought after on atraveo and especially in Tuscany the selection has been increased significantly for this season. You are sure to find a peaceful oasis in an idyllic setting and furnished stylishly.

An insider tip for nature enthusiasts is Umbria the neighbouring region of Tuscany. This is the “green heart of Italy”. Here you will find untouched countryside, secluded villages and an Italy which has so far not been engulfed by mass tourism.

Holiday parks along the Adriatic coast

The exact opposite is to be found along the Italian Adriatic coast with its kilometre long sandy beaches, beach resorts with restaurants, bars and large recreational offer. The countless holiday parks and residences are ideal for a family holiday. Some of the most popular destinations of atraveo customers include Bibione, Caorle, Lignano, Rosolina Mare and Lido di Jesolo.

Apartments with view to the lake

One can also enjoy a lovely bathing vacation away from the coast with the Italian seas being extremely popular travel destinations with Lake Garda leading the way. Whilst north of the Alps the temperatures are relatively cool here you are able to stroll along the promenade in warm sunshine. On the northern bank is Riva del Garda which is regarded as the “Pearl of Lake Garda“. This is an appropriate nickname for the winner of the atraveo award „Most popular Italian Holiday Resort 2011“. But also the other banks have their special merits and picturesque old centres which await to be discovered.

Equally enticing are the banks of Lago Maggiore with lush subtropical vegetation and hilly hinterland as well as Lake Como with breathtaking panoramic views of the Alps. Enjoy this view from your holiday apartment and book one of the new accommodations we have on offer close to the banks.

From South Tyrol to Sicily

The Alps are a popular tourist destination throughout the year and South Tyrol is the place for many active vacationers. During the winter the snow covered hills and slopes entice countless winter sport enthusiasts. In the summer the summits and valleys invite to go hiking, climbing and mountain biking.

More than 1,200 kilometres further south a totally different picture is to be found. Sicily’s hilly landscape at the tip is of volcanic origin and complemented with very fertile coastal strips. The summers are hot and dry which make it good if the sea or pool are not too far away. Next to Sicily the island of Sardinia is frequently booked travel destination with holiday home vacationers. White natural sandy beaches, rocky secluded bays, steep granite formations and scenting, dark caves and pine forests shape the coastline of Sardinia.

Finally we would like to draw your attention to the “Heel of the Boot“ Apulia. It is not only worth a trip thanks to its towns and magnificent constructions but also a visit of a trulli is a unique experience which you should not miss out on. What once regarded as the home of poor people is today a highly desirable holiday home with tourists. Due to its massive natural stone, thick walls and small windows these round houses are the ideal place away from the heat in the summer and store warmth in cold winters. Their characteristic feature is the cone shaped stone roof with symbolic keystone.


Maybe because of this unrivalled choice the travel guide Baedecker Allianz has recommended atraveo as an ÔÇťessential placeÔÇŁ to search when one is on the lookout for holiday apartments and houses in Italy.

From this massive selection you are now spoilt for choice. Our customer reviews provide valuable reports and helpful tips for other vacationers.

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