Tuesday, January 31, 2012

An Italian Vacation-A Trip You'll Never Forget

The beauty, old-world charm, elegance and accessibility of Italy are nearly unmatched. It's a wonderful destination for any tourist, no matter what your interest. There's so much to see and do--just one trip isn't enough. In fact, one blog post isn't enough to talk about all the wonders of Italy, so for today we'll focus on just two--Rome and the Amalfi Coast. As you plan your trip, be sure to keep vacation rentals in mind. Most people who go to Italy want to explore, and Italian vacation rentals are the best way to get to know Italy, up close and personal.


Luxury apartment at Trevi Fountain. Click to see this
beautiful vacation rental that accomodates
up to four people.
Rome's been called the "eternal city," perhaps because it's weathered more than its share of wars and politics. It's aged well and is one of the most impressive cities in the world. Even though Rome is a major international destination, you'll still be charmed by the local Italian hospitality. However, since Rome is one of the top cities in the world, it's also very expensive. But whether you stay two days or twenty, you're sure to find many things about Rome that you'll love. Just a few places to see in Rome: The Trevi Fountain, Vatican Museum and St. Peter's Square, the Colosseum and Pantheon, the Spanish Steps and much more.

Relax on your secluded terrace at this vacation rental
located in the lively Trastevere District.
A Rome vacation rental is a great way to feel the heartbeat of this magnificent city. You can enjoy the bustle of the city, but also take time to stroll through the Gardens of the Villa Borghese or join in on a Wednesday morning audience with the Pope at the Vatican. Then, enjoy delightful ice cream at San Crispino and photograph the city's beautiful piazzas. If you're looking for something more hip, be sure to check out the bars and restaurants at Il Pigneto. And don't forget to have a slice of authentic pizza (definitely not the Americanized version) along with a glass of wine.

Amalfi Coast

You'll have the sensation of overhanging the
beautiful blue sea on your private terrace. It
overlooks the entire Gulf of Serrento.
The Amalfi Coast offers breathtaking views of cliffs, crystal clear water, centuries-old folklore, and charming towns and villages built on the coastline's slopes. Spring or early autumn is a great time to visit the Amalfi Coast, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its incredible beauty and unique natural landscape. It's a combination of mountains and the sea, farm fields and fishing boats. You'll find hidden coves, deep fjords, natural arches, and small pebble beaches. The area is known as the land of the Sirens from Homer's "Odysseus." As you walk through the towns and travel about the countryside, you'll see dry stone terraces, inhale the scents of lemon groves, see vineyards, and enjoy some of the most scenic roads in the world. An Amalfi Coast vacation rental is the perfect home base for your adventures.

This private terrace overlooks the Gulf of Salerno and
has a panoramic view.
You'll find 13 picturesque towns along the coast. Vietri sul Mare is known for its ceramics. Cetara is a small fishing village that's become world famous for culinary delights. Ravello offers breathtaking views from 350 meters above sea level. Ravello has enchanted writers, actors, and artists for hundreds of years, including Gore Vidal, Boccaccio, Humphrey Bogart, DH Lawrence, Wagner and many more. The city of Amalfi was the first of four Maritime Republics in old Italy and is known for handmade paper. You could spend and endless amount of time exploring and enjoying this beautiful area.