16 October 2015

Bormio is great for an early ski getaway!

The ski season may seems months away before the peak season kicks in but there are some great resorts to get away for that early season pre-Christmas powder.  Bormio is high on the list! This resort is perfect for early season, where you can ski a good month ahead of the rest.

Why ski early?

You will find that the pistes are wonderfully quiet – plenty of space, very reasonable accommodation pricing and cheaper ski passes and ski and boot hire.  It certainly won’t be dull, this area is very traditional and there will generally be a great atmosphere in the town with many pre-Christmas activities.

A spa town since Roman times, Bormio offers all the charm you would expect of an ancient Italian Resort.  The town itself is full of history and charm which you can discover whilst walking through the narrow cobbled streets and offers a variety of restaurants, bars, nightclub and cinema.

Snow sure

Bormio benefits from 90% snow making facilities, so you can be guaranteed of a great ski experience.  The ski area also benefits from high altitude (up to 1,200m) and the freezing temperatures in addition to its renowned snow making system.

Bormio is part of the Alta Valtellina ski area and therefore, your Bormio ski pass will give you access to other popular ski resorts such as Livigno, which also have good early season snow.

Something for everyone

Bormio has broad appeal and whether you are in a group of friends, a family, a couple looking for a romantic ski getaway, Bormio has something for everyone.  Taking a break from skiing is easy in the town which offers some great shops or why not enjoy the thermal baths.

How to get there

Bormio is accessible from both Italy and Switzerland via a scenic car or bus drive, by the train, or by plane and transfer. Innsbruck airport, Bergamo airport and Linate airport are all just over 2.5 hours. Don’t be put off by the transfer as you won’t be disappointed!


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12 October 2015

New hotel in Sauze D'Oulx - Surrender to the Serendipity!

We love Sauze D'oulx as ski resort as its a great all rounder.  Fun for groups, quaint for couples and lovers of good food and wine and just a wonderful place.  We have been offering apartments and b&b's in this resort for over 10 years and whilst we have some lovely accommodation, it was about time Sauze punched above its weight and adopted a slightly more cutting edge Madonna di Campiglio alternative. And here it is....

The Hotel Serendipity soon to be opening for the 2015/16 season is just want this quaint resort needed.  A great little 3-star hotel right in the centre with fabulous style and attitude.  A real combination of rustic and modern.  It’s not a huge hotel – only 15 rooms but expect them to be decorated and finished to a very high standard with lots of space and some really cute private balconies.

We think the Serendipity is going to be a real hit this season and it’s not hard to see why!

Click here for further details.

Italy ski season 2015/16 price list released

Italian ski accommodation

With only a couple of months away until the start of the ski season, Holiday Homes in Italy is pleased to release prices for Italian ski accommodation.

Italian ski resorts

Skiing in Italy is a friendly and relaxed affair, involving not just skiing, but eating, drinking and sunbathing!  This season, we are pleased to continue our variety of locations, from quieter family resorts, to lively and chic resorts.  With a mix of old and new, ski resorts in Italy continue to delight visitors with their traditional customs and stylish facilities.

Food is one of the cornerstones of Italian culture, so expect some great food both off and on the slopes.  In addition to this, most Italian ski resorts have plenty of bars and nightlife, so apres-ski can be lively, particularly at the weekends.

This season, we are pleased to include the following resorts in our portfolio:

All resorts are well-served by flights from the UK and worldwide.

Ski accommodation

We offer a wide choice of ski accommodation in Italian ski resorts from fantastic ski apartments to chalets, B&B's and luxury hotels, with something to suit every budget and requirement. We also offer a wide range of resorts, so you can choose on the basis of facilities, piste network and altitude.

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Book early

There's money to be saved with planning ahead - if you are thinking of taking a ski holiday this winter, book early!  Leaving bookings to the last minute will not necessarily result in an excellent deal as Italian ski resorts notoriously stick to advertised prices and airline ticket prices often increase close to the departure date.  If you book early, not only are you more likely to secure the desired resort and accommodation but also benefit from reasonable flights and early bird booking discounts.

7 September 2015

Autumn in Italy; great prices, less crowds and plenty of sun

Most tourists visit Italy in the high season months of June, July and August – even the Italians themselves staycation in Italy (can you blame them?) mostly during August. However, from mid-September onwards, Italy transforms into an even magical place (is this possible?), where an air of calm descends on the well-trodden places of interest.

Fabulously-priced properties

Visiting outside of peak season will bring lots of benefits to the potential holidaymaker.  Prices for a start are significantly lower and can range from 25% to 50% less than high season and you can normally cherry pick your choice of self-catering villa or apartment with ease.  Imagine finding a villa with a pool for well under £1,000 per week – in the south, you can even half this! You will be surprised how reasonable half-term week is too.

Tempting sunshine

The weather tends to still be good in September and often well into October in many regions – it can drift easily into the late 20’s in most places but obviously cooler in the mornings and evenings and becomes a little more unsettles to add even more drama to the beautiful landscape. For sun worshippers and sightseers alike, this can really be a refreshing change to the often stifling heatwaves of July and August.  Don’t forget parts of Italy were pushing 40C this summer!

Discover the real Italy

Visiting Italy in the autumn will often help you to discover the real regions; visiting historical towns and villages without the midsummer crowds, and driving on quiet country roads with blue skies can really be a joy.

Enjoy the festivals and activities

Another benefit is the fantastic food. Italian food is always fabulous but during the autumn period, many areas will boast festivals and start harvest season showcasing their local produce. It truly is a great time to explore the real Italy and blend in with the locals.

In terms of activities, there is plenty on offer.  The autumn period is perfect for a game of golf and other activities of interest such as sailing and diving, horse riding and fishing.

Where to visit

Autumn is fab all over Italy but here are our top 3 destinations for autumn sunshine in 2015:

1. Sicily – this island really shines in autumn. You will probably find some of the best weather all over Italy in Sicily in autumn, where the locals will often swim in the sea into November. A truly magical place.

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2. Puglia – deep in the south, this beautiful region boasts some of the cleanest beaches in Italy and its blend of rustic landscapes and kilometres of pristine coastline provide the perfect backdrop for some late season sunshine. The region’s raft of whitewashed towns and villages are a delight to explore out of high season and expect to still see life in the piazzas bars, restaurants, especially on the weekends.  The beauty of Puglia is that you are likely to find a villa with a pool for unbelievable prices in low season!

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3. Liguria. If you are still looking for a buzz, then the glitz and glamour of the coastal towns will not disappoint at any part of the year.  This region is noted for its mild year round climate (well it does sit next to the South of France) and offers one of the steepest and dramatic coastlines in Italy. The beautiful valleys and coastline shimmer well into winter, making Liguria perfect for those seeking sunny days, blooming gardens and proximity to the Mediterranean sea.

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Holiday Homes in Italy offers a wide range of self-catering accommodation in Italy, click here to search our collection of properties.

31 August 2015

Picture-perfect Positano; where the sun shines all year

The Amalfi Coast is quite simply one of the most inspiring and surprising stretches of the Mediterranean coastline and Positano in our opinion is the place to go. 

No journey here is dull; seen from the sea, Positano is set in a dramatic vertical panorama of colours with breath-taking cliffs and vivid painted Mediterranean houses against a backdrop of the blue sea.

Smart destination

The town has been popular with an group of travellers since the early 20th century, attracting poets, artists, authors and celebrities alike. It is not hard to guess why they chose it as their preferred holiday destination. 

The pastel colours give the town a theatrical feel not found elsewhere on the coast and with world-class restaurants, boutiques and statement villas and hotels, the town still attracts a smart, affluent crowd. 

The beach and surrounding coastline

The main beach, Spiaggia Grande, is one of the largest on the Amalfi Coast, and one of the most glamorous too. In addition to sunbathing, you can relax in one of the waterfront cafes and watch the world go by or take a boat from here to Punta Campanella, the tip of the Sorrentine Peninsula. For the more adventurous, you can even take a kayak along the coast, taking in the spectacular scenery and pretty bays.

The surrounding landscape is simple and sumptuous; full of vineyards, lemon trees and olive groves with explosions of bougainvillea. Positano's Fornillo beach, which can be reached via a coastal path, is a more peaceful spot and perfect to spend a lazy afternoon in the Mediterranean sun if you are looking for an alternative to the main spiaggia.

There are many paths leading to the little mountain districts above Positano, perfect for those looking for a walk with spectacular and dramatic views.

The town

Adorned with multicoloured villas, winding cobbled streets, a quaint little beach and plenty of café's, restaurants and boutiques, the town has become the pin-up of the coast, attracting visitors from all over the world.

In the town, the cathedral and the 13th century Church of Santa Maria Assunta are worth a visit. Entrance is free and you can also access a medieval crypt from the nearby streets.


At night, the town comes alive. You'll find the most elegant dining experiences at Positano's top hotels, however you will really be spoilt for choice and there are plenty of reasonable but wonderful eateries in the town. 

Casa e bottega has great salads and juices, the Remmesse Beach Club is perfect for a romantic meal in front of the sea and for fresh home cooking italian style, where most of the ingredients are cooked in their garden, try La Tagliata. 

Finish off the evening in one of the cute alleyway wine bars or cafes or like the Italians, enjoy some of the best ice-cream on the Amalfi Coast - try buca di baccio! 

For those looking to dance the night away, Music on the rocks is a fab two-storey design-led club overlooking the sea.

Surrounding areas

If you do feel the need to escape Positano's magnetic pull, it's a great base from which to tour the coast. The island of Capri is a short hop, as is Amalfi. From here you can grab a bus to the hilltop town of Ravello, famed for its classical music concerts.


Holiday homes in Italy offers a great selection of apartment and villas in the area.  Here are just a few ideas:

Casa Bella Positano

Positano Sea View

Villa Limoncino
To view a selection of self-catering apartments and villas in and around Positano click here: 

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21 May 2015

The Amalfi Coast road trip

The Amalfi coastline

Located in Salerno, Amalfi boasts some of the most impressive coastline and architecture in Italy.  As one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites, it would be a crime not to drive along the coast if you are staying in the region.  Many people take this stunning road trip to marvel at the dramatic Mediterranean view and to experience one of Italy's most picturesque destinations.  For those who want to experience as much as possible, staying in one of the lovely villas in Amalfi will provide the perfect base form which to explore this breath taking region.

Picturesque Positano

Positano is worthy of a full-day stopover for those going on a road trip.  This little town is nestled into the cliffs of the spectacular coastline, making it an ideal spot for inspired summer getaways. Many movies have featured Positano, the Rolling Stones have written songs while holidaying in town, but its true appeal lies in the small cafes along the harbour that offer visitors such a magnificent view of the beautifully painted houses.  As with most villas in Amalfi, accommodation in Positano is wonderful because most houses and buildings are built along the cliffs, which adds to the natural charm of the already gorgeous place.  These houses slope down the hills and converge around one of the town's most famous landmarks—the Church of Santa Maria Assunta.

Spectacular Scala

Another hilly town worth stopping at is Scala, located in Campania. The town has a number of churches that have become top tourist destinations because of variety of influences in their architectural style. The Angevine-Gothic style is evident in the architecture of San Pietro Church, located in Campoleone. In Campidoglio, the San Giovanni Battista Church has a Moresque bell tower, while the Duomo of Scala showcases Baroque architecture and features the famous Bishop's Palace.

Apart from its churches, Scala is also known for its annual chestnut festival, the Sagra delle Castagne. The two-weekend festival every November is held in the town square and aims to further drive tourism and awareness of the town's local products.

Fascinating Furore

A wonderful contrast to Scala's classic ambience and Positano's busy environment is Furore's nostalgic and relaxing feel.  Dubbed the 'Painted Village', virtually the entire town of Furore is a work of art.  Amongst the many delightful villas in Amalfi, which are usually painted white, houses and walls throughout the town of Furore are painted with stunning images in bright colours.

With intricate wall murals all around town, Furore is best toured by foot than by car. Walking through the town is like visiting a huge, outdoor museum. A lot of the murals, done by artists who have visited over the years, depict local culture and atmosphere. Over the years, what started as a simple bit of fun became a tradition, so much so that Furore now celebrates with the event named Muri d'Autore. Every September, artists from all over the world gather in the town to contribute a new artwork to the walls of Furore, making it ever more colourful and inspiring year after year.

Sassy Sorrento

Sorrento is an old favourite and for those looking for a livelier resort. The town itself has excellent views over the bay of Naples and although there is no beach, there are plenty of bathing platforms for sunbathing and accessing the sea. This is the perfect place to explore the coastline with a busy harbour and plenty of boats to neighbouring islands (including Capri). The backstreets of the town come alive in the evening with plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from.

Ravishing Ravello

Ravello is a must see town nestled in the hills above Minori which offers the theatrical gardens of Villa Ruffolo (with a host of summer events), pretty courtyards, ancient churches and some of the best views over the coastline. With its crumbling walls, rows of lemon trees and wisteria, the town gives just the sort of visions that you go to Italy for!

Finding a holiday hideaway

Holiday Homes in Italy have a great selection of properties on the Amalfi Coast. Have a look at our:

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