I recently wrote about some of the best hotels in Rome for travelchannel.com. There really are so many more places I could have included. So stay tuned here for more suggestions. Where to Stay on a Roman Holiday
Tuscany is, without doubt, one of the foremost locations in the world for your honeymoon. Whether you wish to visit the tiny, romantic, hilltop villages or simply watch the olive groves and cypress trees gently sway in the wind, Tuscany offers some of the most romantic hotels that you are likely to come across and allows you the opportunity to…
Have you ever wanted to rent a villa in Italy but didn’t know where to start? Or, are you having trouble being convinced of the value and/or utility of renting a villa over booking a hotel? This excellent guest post, from Linda Dini Jenkins, author of Up At the Villa: Travels With My Husband, provides five great reasons how renting…
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If you’re going to Italy for longer than a week, you may want to consider renting an apartment. An apartment rental allows you to come and go as you wish without the feeling of being a tourist. You can make your own meals (or eat them at the local cafe or trattoria) and establish a home base – perfect if, say, you want to base your entire trip in Rome and take just a few day trips.
Sure, you may not have a hotel pool, room service, or an elevator at your disposal if you rent an apartment. But you do get a better sense of the daily goings-on of your chosen city. Apartment rentals are also ideal for traveling families; you have to worry a little bit less if your tots are running amok.
You can find many Italy apartment rentals by searching in Google. Slow Travel – Italy has a number of them. But I am particularly impressed by Halldis, a holiday rental company with properties in 13 Italian cities and several other European destinations like London and Paris. The current roster of apartment locations include Bari, Genoa, Catania, Lake Como, Bologna, Milan, Venice, Rome, and Florence, to name a few. They haven’t even BEGUN to make inroads into the Tuscany market, so I’m sure that Halldis’ list of properties will continue to grow.
Just for the record, I have no affiliation with Halldis at all. I came across their website while researching apartment ideas for a friend. For a little taste of Halldis before you click over to book your apartment, have a look at this video.
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