Tourists visiting Italy are always spoilt for choice, not only in terms of the wealth of art, history, and cuisine to explore, but also thanks to Oliver’s Travels’ huge range of stunning holiday properties. To help you select your Italian villa rental or country cottage, take a look at our pick of the Top 5 places to visit in the country.

Vatican City, Rome

No visit to Rome would be complete without a tour of the world’s smallest country, the Vatican City. This state-within-a-state houses a vast collection of unmissable artistic marvels, including the ancient statue Laocoön and His Sons, Raphael’s Stanze della Segnatura and, of course, Michelangelo’s The Last Judgement, painted onto the altar wall of the awe-inspiring Sistine Chapel.

Il Duomo de Firenze, Florence

Villa Impruneta, Tuscany - Oliver's Travels

Villa Impruneta, Tuscany – Oliver’s Travels

The Duomo de Firenze has dominated the Florentine skyline since the 15th century, and welcomes millions of visitors every year. This unusual cathedral features works from several renaissance masters, including Giorgio Vasari and Frederico Zuccari. The Villa Impruneta is located just 20 minutes’ drive away, letting you enjoy the best of both the Tuscan capital and countryside all in one holiday.

Herculaneum, near Naples

Often overlooked in favour of its legendary neighbour Pompeii, the ruins of this Roman resort town lay below the ground for 1,630 years until its discovery in the 18th Century. Visit Herculaneum to explore the wonderfully preserved architecture and interiors, including wooden furniture, mosaics and sculpture, and follow up with a trip to the National Archaeological Museum of Naples to get a closer look at the treasures recovered from the debris.

Palatine Hill & Colosseum, Rome

Considered by many to be the symbol of the Italian capital, the 1,933 year old Colosseum is the world’s largest amphitheatre and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tickets to the Colosseum also include entry to Palatine Hill, an ancient Roman complex of palaces and monuments.

Saint Mark’s Basilica, Venice

Palazzo di Pietro, Venice - Oliver's Travels

Palazzo di Pietro, Venice – Oliver’s Travels

Known as the ‘Church of Gold,’ Saint Mark’s Basilica is famous for its ceiling mosaics designed by artists including Titian and Paolo Veronese. Look out for the bronze Horses of Saint Mark, now kept in St. Mark’s Museum. Enjoy Venice in style with a stay at the four storey Palazzo di Pietro with its own private waterfront deck, or check out our other Venetian villas by visiting our website.

Still can’t find what you’re looking for? Just send our lovely Concierge team a message and they’ll do everything they can to help you find your perfect villa in Italy!

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