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Quick (but great!) eats near the Vatican, Rome

Travel Tips for Area: Vatican
Quick (but great!) eats near the Vatican, Rome

Visiting Rome and spending hours and even days admiring the architecture and priceless artworks in the Vatican City is one of the most cherished and memorable experiences anyone can possibly dream about when planning a trip to Italy’s revered capital. The colossal city-state, one of Italy’s most visited sites, requires much time and effort to visit thoroughly, so booking your holiday rental accommodation near the Vatican is by far your best bet if spending more time seeing it, rather than trying to reach it, is your biggest priority. Yet truth be told, there’s one sure-fire way to completely and utterly ruin your Vatican City experience in a nano-second: eat at the Vatican Museum’s self-service restaurant! Oh we know how easy and convenient it is to just pop into the Vatican Museum restaurant for a quick bite between church visits, but trust us on this...enjoying an atrocious meal and being charged top-Euro for the privilege is the closest thing to blasphemy you could do in such a Holy and revered site. Want to make the best of your Vatican City visit? Then take but a few steps outside the walls and enjoy a great meal at one of the many authentic eateries ...

Historical Villas on Lake Como

Travel Tips for Area: Domaso
Historical Villas on Lake Como

One of the most popular holiday destinations on Lake Como would have to be the once modest village of Domaso, on the western shores of the lake. Renowned nowadays as a superlative water sports hub, Domaso enjoys a healthy tourism trade thanks to its consistent lake breezes (ideal for surfing) and nearby mountainous trekking and cycling options. Regardless of its blooming popularity, however, Domaso still retains its old fishing-village charm and, no matter the crowds, still gifts a peaceful and restful reprieve on a much needed break. Book your holiday rental villa or apartment in Domaso when next in Italy andyou’ll be able to do as much (or as little) as your heart desires. Domaso has a long and illustrious history dating back to the Middle Ages and, while the attractions here abound, the town is also a fantastic base from which to explore more of the lake’s gems. Once on Domaso, hop on lake crossing ferries for splendid days out and, while you’re at it, don’t forget to admire the most illustrious villas around. Lake Como has been the favoured holiday spot of the élite for centuries, and some of the restored villas are sights to behold. Following are ...

The hidden treasures of Dongo on Lake Como

Travel Tips for Area: Dongo
The hidden treasures of Dongo on Lake Como

The praises bestowed upon Lake Como due to its extraordinary beauty are not only legendary, but also justified. The pearl of Northern Italy, found among a maze of lakes in the Lombardy region, is flanked by the southern edges of the Alps, and bursting at the seams with impossibly picturesque villages. Catching the sun rise over Lake Como is a truly breathtaking experience; just ask George Clooney! He found his first visit so awe-inspiring he was compelled to buy a villa here. While we may not all have the kind of cash-flow required for such frivolous purchases, we can still enjoy a piece of Lake Como heavenliness without spending the kids’ inheritance. Booking your Dongo holiday rental for a few days or weeks will certainly gift anyone an unforgettable experience and a chance to enjoy this most glorious corner of the world. Dongo is a sleepy unassuming village renowned for gifting the most spending views of the northern side of the lake. The town may be small in size, but it packs a punch both in cultural and natural attractions, and in historical importance. This was the site where Mussolini met his demise in 1945 while trying to cross the border into Switzerland. ...

An In-depth Guide of the Duomo in Milan’s City Centre

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An In-depth Guide of the Duomo in Milan’s City Centre

Milan’s Duomo is, without shadow of doubt, the city’s ultimate masterpiece. The fourth-largest cathedral in the world is as flamboyant, overwhelming and impressive as it gets, and is bound to leave first-time visitors gobsmacked. Construction took nearly six centuries to complete and was achieved using primarily white Candoglia marble (which has a slight pink tinge), making it an almost divine vision on a sunny day. With more than 100 spires, 96 gargoyles and a golden statue of the Madonna atop the 108m highest spire, the outer façade of the Duomo is enough to induce gasps of amazement. Book your vacation apartment in Milan’s city centre and have this marvel of architecture right at your doorstep. While building of the present-day monumental church began in 1386, evidence shows that the site was long considered sacred. In fact, St Augustine was baptised here in 387AD, and the excavated ancient Baptistery is open for viewing below the Piazza. Considering the length of time it took to build, the Duomo showcases varying architectural and cultural styles, as one would expect. Before venturing in, walk around the colossal building, a feat which actually takes considerable time. There are thousands of intricately carved statues, spires and niches to explore and ...

Best Museums to Visit in Amalfi

Travel Tips for Area: Amalfi
Best Museums to Visit in Amalfi

We admit that suggesting you go on holiday to Amalfi to spend your time locked inside museums may seem a little silly.  But we beg you to hear us out! There’s only so much heavenly sun baking, gelato slurping, pizza gorging and sunset admiring one can do whilst touring the Amalfi Coast, right? OK, we get it, the Amalfi Coast is all about admiring the best of mother nature, yet there are still a couple of museums you may want to check out. As with the rest of Italy, this area also boasts an incredible history, and an equally incredible number of historical, cultural and architectural gems; so step inside for just a few hours and explore Amalfi’s best museums…the magical sunsets will still be there when you emerge! Book your vacation apartment in Amalfi and enjoy the very best museums ‘the world’s most picturesque coastline’ has to offer. Duomo di St Andrea Apostolo Amalfi’s Cathedral may seem like it doesn’t fit on this list, but trust us, if museums are ‘buildings showcasing masterpieces’ then it stands to reason that this cathedral be right at the top of our list. Considered a true architectural masterpiece, this 13th Century cathedral was built in honour of ...

Unique shopping in Milan: City Centre

Travel Tips for Milan
Unique shopping in Milan: City Centre

Apparently, there’s more to Milan than just superlative shopping. Some visitors swear that the city’s architectural gems, historical sites and priceless artworks rate amongst the best in the country, yet we still can’t manage to get away from the shopping. Luckily, fantastic flight deals and great holiday apartment rentals in Milan’s city centre means we get to escape often to this gorgeous northern Italian city. More trips means more time to delve deep into the city’s cultural and historical sides and to indulge in the most delectable cuisine in the world. Who are we kidding? More trips means more shopping! Book your luxury Italian apartment in Milan´s city centre on your next short break and, when you want a breather from the tourist trail, head to the following fantastic and rather unique shopping meccas. 10 Corso Como Italy is fast becoming one of the most multi-cultural countries in Europe; never is this more evident than at the exotic market of 10 Corso Como. This exotic bazaar, where you’ll find everything from Arabic spices to tajins, lamps, rugs, pashminas and clothing is a feast for all the senses. The Milanese twist to a bazaar? All the wares here are very much high-end of the shopping ...

The Magic of the Palio in Siena’s Centre

Travel Tips for Area: Siena
The Magic of the Palio in Siena’s Centre

Italy’s most famous horserace is an elaborate affair which sees hordes of tourists and locals descend upon the picturesque city of Siena every year. Never mind that the whole thing lasts just over a minute! This is one tradition that’s taken extremely seriously in the Tuscan town and il Palio, as it is known here, is just one more reason to visit one of Italy’s most historic towns towards the end of summer. Book your holiday rental apartment or villa in Siena’s city centre on your next Italian vacation, and not only will you be close to notable cities like Florence and Assisi, but you will also gain a greater understanding of the locals’ passion for their district, their city and their very unique obsession: winning the palio. There are 17 districts which make up Siena, and only 10 of these ‘contrade’ actually make it to the final race. Each contrada is allocated a specific horse, and each must choose a skilled jockey to compete. This tradition, which goes back to medieval times, has assured that local’s allegiances are first and foremost to their district, and subsequently to the city. Although the very first palio was run in 1701 as remembrance ...

The best walking tour around Via Veneto in Rome

Travel Tips for Area: Via Veneto
The best walking tour around Via Veneto in Rome

When it comes to La Dolce Vita, there is no street in Rome which epitomizes the concept of the ‘good life’ like Via Veneto. Not only did this fashionable stretch of road actually feature in the Fellini classic, but the avenue is indeed one of the Italian capital’s most sought after addresses. Flanked by some of the city’s most prestigious hotels, embassies, boutiques and eateries, Via Veneto is a vibrant hub of activity and one of Rome’s most historical arteries. Book your holiday rental apartment on trendy Via Veneto and indulge in one of Rome’s most interesting walking tours. For a relaxing start to your tour, head to Villa Borghese Gardens on the northern edge of Via Veneto. One of Rome’s largest natural havens, Villa Borghese is a complex of perfectly manicured English style gardens, museums and pavilions, while also being home to Rome’s Modern Art Museum and the Medici Villa. While it may take you the good part of a week to see it all, we suggest you come early in the morning to enjoy the spectacular views of Rome from the Pincio Hill, on the southern end of the park, and keep returning every day to explore it at ...

Milans Best Winter Events, near Central Station

Travel Tips for Area: Central Station
Milans Best Winter Events, near Central Station

Elegant, enticing Milano is to Italy what Paris is to France, the epitome capital of culture, fashion and alluring entertainment. The city may be renowned as Italy’s business hub, yet its the cultural and historical attractions which lure tourists all year round as well. This may also have something to do with the superlative shopping! From designer eating to designer shopping, Milan has it all. Wondering what else there is to experience during the cold winter months? Then book your holiday rental apartment near historic Central Station and find out which of the city’s best winter events will be right at your doorstep. November The flavour expo, or Expo dei Sapori, is a delectable feast showcasing the very best of Italian food and wine from all over the country. Held at the Fiera di Milano just west of the Central Station, the expo is a great chance to buy some boutique produce, not meant for general (industrial) production. December The yearly opening night of La Scala Opera House is one of those events Milanesi wait 12 months for. Tickets are hard to get and pricey but, if you do manage to score one, make sure your evening attire is par excellence and come prepared ...

Cultural Landmarks near the Spanish Steps, Rome

Travel Tips for Area: Spanish Steps
Cultural Landmarks near the Spanish Steps, Rome

The Spanish Steps, in Rome’s city centre, are quite possibly the most famous stairs in the world and certainly one of Rome’s most treasured landmarks. The impressive sight of 138-step passage joining Piazza di Spagna and the Trinita’ dei Monti Church makes for one of the city’s best photographic opportunities; the views of Rome from the ground of the church are simply breathtaking. But the Spanish Steps represent more than just a stairway to heaven. Beautifully maintained, and adorned with colourful fresh flowers, the Spanish Steps are the city’s best lunch spot! Grabbing a tasty panino nearby and spending some time doing what locals do best (see and be seen) makes for a splendid afternoon indeed. Book your holiday rental apartment near the Spanish Steps and come be in the heart of Roman action. Trinita’ dei Monti Church In case you need a reason to climb up the seemingly endless Spanish Steps, the Trinita’ dei Monti Church would have to be it! This intricately adorned church offers a lot more than just stunning views of Rome, and represents the area’s multi-national history in beautiful form. This land used to be owned by the Kingdom of France, and it was donated to a group of ...

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