Boasting the highest number of UNESCO sites in the world, Italy’s history is obvious from every Roman ruin, hilltop town, and protected city centre. Rome, the capital city, is home to legendary sites, such as the Vatican, the Colosseum, and Roman Forum which you'll see in every single “round the world” montage in films. While in Florence, the Tuscan wonder, you'll discover Renaissance artworks crammed into overflowing Baroque museums. Up in the North of Italy, the Italian Alps and Dolomites hold a plethora of unmissable ski slopes, while the lakes (Garda, Como, and lesser-known Maggiore) are surrounded by impressive villas and bustling holiday towns. Browse Plum Guide's hand picked Beach Houses in Italy.
Down in the sunny South, the Amalfi Coast meanders from Naples, under Vesuvius' iconic shadow, and through the must-visit, picturesque towns of Positano and Sorrento. Puglia (found in the heel of Italy’s boot) is slightly offbeat, but offers rugged sun-kissed landscapes throughout its land, with fairytale trulli houses and olive trees in the countryside. Italy is a haven for any of you foodies too, with the wineries found in the Chianti hills, Tuscany's farm kitchens, fresh clams buried within hand-made pasta in Naples and, obviously, unforgettable pizzas made to perfection in traditional wood-fired ovens. Next time you’re planning a trip to Italy, take a look at Plum Guide’s Beach Houses.