International Accommodation Profile
Proclaimed a city on the 1st July 1998 and now has a population of over 30,000. A strikingly situated city it has the distinction of being the site of the first European settlement in Western Australia. On Boxing Day 1826, Major Edmund Lockyer and a party of soldiers and convicts from Sydney came ashore in Princess Royal Harbour to establish a penal outpost. The Swan River Colony was not founded until 1829. Albany surrounds one of the world's most beautiful harbours (Princess Royal) and harbour approaches (King George Sound). The stunning harbour views from Mount Melville and Mount Clarence are often enhanced by dolphins and seals and, between July and October, Humpback and Southern Right whales. Cultural activities include a number of festivals, exhibitions and fairs celebrating everything from wildflowers to wine, from art to antiques.
The Amalfi Coast. Nowhere do colours shine with such different, clear tones as on the Amalfi Coast in Italy, which has always attracted visitors of the greatest prestige. Set like an incomparable gem in a precious diadem, the villages scattered along the coast enchants even the most astute visitor. Here everything becomes symbolic: the earth rich in citrus groves, the sea with the most incredible shades of blue and green, the enchanting beaches, the little islands, the clusters of white, pink and yellow cottages gathered round the tiny harbours. Its charm lies not only in the places themselves but also in their history, which has left important traces in art: here you can find some of the finest churches, villas and monasteries.
Greater Auckland incorporates a number of cities, each with its own colourful character. Manukau, which is New Zealand's fastest growing city, has a vibrant Maori and Pacific Island heritage. Across the Harbour Bridge is North Shore City, known for its relaxed lifestyle, beautiful beaches and views across the Hauraki Gulf. West of Auckland is Waitakere City fringed by bush-clad hills and the magnificent black sand beaches of Piha, Karekare and Whatipu. Also to the west is Auckland's key wine growing area, with more boutique wineries on Waiheke Island and in South Auckland. Heading north, Rodney District takes in rolling farmland, hot springs and unspoilt beaches, while south of Auckland lies Clevedon Valley, a rustic rural area close to the rugged Hunua Ranges.
Brazil! For hundreds of years, Brazil has symbolised the great escape into a primordial, tropical paradise, igniting the Western imagination like no other South American country. From the mad passion of Carnaval to the immensity of the dark Amazon, it is a country of mythic proportions. A land of staggering beauty. There are stretches of unexplored rainforest, islands with pristine tropical beaches, and endless rivers. And there are the people themselves, who delight the visitor with their energy and joy. After 40 years of internal migration and population growth, Brazil is a thoroughly urban country; more than two out of every three Brazilians live in a city. São Paulo is the world's second most populous city.
Broome is a picture postcard come to life. Located at the Southern gateway to the Kimberley, one of the last great-unexplored wilderness areas on earth, Broome is a small town where the bush meets the sea. It is full of history and characters born out of isolation and initiative and has a heritage unlike that of any other town in Australia with the beauty of the surroundings to match its remarkable story. From the moment you arrive, with the turquoise blue waters off the beaches, the vast surrounding area with huge cattle stations dwarfing some countries in Europe, and the crystal night sky, you will feel that Broome is the place to “let yourself go”. Decisions are made differently here - lie on a hammock or on Cable Beach? Delve into history or catch a fishing prize? Pick up a world class pearl or a pearl of wisdom from one of the Kimberley old timers? Your decision, your choice. Broome’s relaxed atmosphere allows you to do it all.
Bunbury in Western Australian is situated on a scenic peninsular, the town is surrounded by water and is home to many of nature's wonders. For those that want to relax, swim and snorkel, the long stretches of sandy white beach and jetty baths offer a great escape. For those that like a challenge, there are plenty of fish, crayfish, prawns, crabs and abalone to be caught (in season), in the surrounding waters. These days, Bunbury has its own population of wild bottlenose dolphins. In fact, Koombana Bay is now renowned for offering one of the State's most rewarding dolphin interaction experiences.
Extending along much of America's Pacific Coastline, California is one of the country's most beautiful visitor destinations. More than anything, California is recognized for its diverse landscape and great attractions. Visit the coastal town of Eureka on California's North Coast, the vineyards of Sonoma and Napa, and stunning Mount Shasta. The capital city of Sacramento is close to some incredible destinations throughout the Sacramento Valley as well as the San Joaquin Valley in the south.
In the High Sierras, visitors can visit Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. On the border with Nevada, vacationers can play at the popular destination of Lake Tahoe. Around San Francisco Bay, guests can visit Silicon Valley, Oakland and, of course, the city of San Francisco. The Central Coast features many beach resorts including Big Sur, Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara and Monterey. Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Orange County offer beaches, California skiing and attractions such as Disneyland.
Surrounded by the Cashmere Hills, Christchurch is the South Island's largest city, and the gateway to the dynamic Canterbury region. Dubbed the Garden City, Christchurch enjoys a reputation as the most English of New Zealand's cities thanks to its many gracious parks and buildings, and the tree-lined Avon River. Punting on the river is a favourite pastime during summer, with punts for hire at the old Antigua boatshed and in the central city. The city has a lively café and cultural scene and is home to the country's largest community arts centre. Cathedral Square is the heart of the city and a favourite haunt of local celebrity the Wizard. Sightseeing is made easy by historic trams that make a circuit around many of the best known sights. The city's many festivals include the SummerTimes Festival, which incorporates the Festival of Romance and the International Buskers Festival, the Christchurch Winter Festival in August and Showtime Canterbury in November.
Cinque Terre in Liguria Italy! Five miles of rocky coast in eastern Liguria, two promontories lie at each extremity, thousands of kilometres of dry walling, cultivated into vineyards, five southerly villages castled up on spurs of stone or disposed in clusters of very small inlets. These are the co-ordinates of the Cinque Terre (Five lands).
Recognized finally as a National Park in 1999 and UNESCO protected territory since 1997 as a system of naturalistic environmental interest. This zone is characterized by the presence of precipitous slopes which have been cultivated into vineyards by means of fatiguing system of terracing the only evidence of transformation operated by the laborious human activity on the territory. The suggestive type of coastal projections on the sea with sheer cliffs that often overtake the verticality alternated with bays, winding paths and enchanting small beaches between cliffs with a profound back drop, a rich variety of ichthyic (fishing) all of which make this district an authentic natural "opera of art".
More than anything else, Fiji is an exotic destination. It's the exhilaration of a dolphin arching high into the air beside your boat; the long gliding swoop of an orange dove through the rainforest; the smiles of excited children performing in unison to the beat of a hollow log drum. Fiji’s 333 islands can sizzle with excitement or murmur with the quiet calm of pristine nature. Where else can you swim with huge, harmless manta rays congregating by the shore, snorkel over giant rainbow gardens of soft coral, or scuba dive the White Wall and famous Astrolabe Reef? Fiji is where the Cloud Breaker, the incredible six-meter wave found offshore at Tavarua, draws surfers from around the world. It is also where you can float in the calm, quiet waters of a turquoise lagoon at sunset or walk alone through lush rainforest. It is where the sun shines almost every day and when it does rain, people rush outside for a rainbath in the warm, brief downpour of a tropical shower which ends as quickly as it began.
This is where life is lived for the joy of it all, where rushing is rude, and the name of a new friend is never forgotten. Fiji is where people wear flowers tucked in their hair, not to impress visitors, but because they like to.
Just off the coast from Queensland’s Hervey Bay, is World Heritage Listed Fraser Island - the largest sand island in the world and the only place on the planet where rainforest grows on sand! Over 120 kilometres long and over 30 kilometres across at its widest point, the Island has developed over 800,000 years and is a unique natural environment. Named 'K'gari' (meaning paradise) Fraser Island was home to the Butchulla people who lived on the island for over 5,500 years. Fraser Island is home to thousands of species of birds and its warm waters attract dugong, dolphins and turtles. The magnificent humpback whales, with their young, pass on the western side of the island between August and November.
Fremantle is recognised as the best preserved 19th Century seaport in the world. Over 150 buildings in the port city, including the Round House ( built in 1831) Western Australia's oldest public building; the Esplanade Hotel (1890's) and the Fremantle Prison are classified by the National Trust. Fremantle, Perth's port, is a part of the Perth experience. It became a city in its own right by 1929, and survived the building demolitions of the 1890s and the 1960s to emerge in 1987, when it was the host city for the America's Cup sailing challenge, as a city rich in heritage and character. The port city is located at the mouth of the Swan River on the West Coast of Western Australia and is part of the Perth metropolitan area. The Perth city centre is only 20 klms away - a 25 minute cab ride or 25 to 30 minutes by train.
The French Riviera, stretches from St Tropez to Menton, in the Alpes-Maritimes. And yet, the real French Riviera, the one that has delighted crowned heads of state, artists and celebrities since the 18th century, begins only at Saint-Tropez, from where it unfolds over three hundred kilometres of jagged coastline through the Alpes-Maritimes as far as the Italian border, highlighted by such gems as Nice, Cannes, Saint-Paul-de-Vence and Roquebrune-Cap-Martin. All the way down in the south east of France along the Mediterranean, and next to the Italian border, are the Maritime Alps and the world renowned French Riviera. With 18 million visitors a year, of whom 74% are foreigners, the Cote d'Azur (French Riviera) is one of the 5 most popular destinations in the world.
The Greek Islands! There are island or every type of character. The most popular islands of Greece are: Santorini, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Corfu, Lefkada, Zakynthos, Kefalonia, Alonissos, Skopelos and many others... Each year thousands of holidaymakers head for the Greek islands. Most tourist web sites and all travel agent brochures boast of endless summer sun, dazzling beaches, lively tavernas and the ever-friendly Greek people. Greece is surrounded by the Aegean and Ionian Sea and is characterized by the large number of islands, more than 1400 islands scattered in both the Aegean and Ionian Sea. 169 of these islands are inhabited. Every islands differs from any other, with its own beauty and charm.
Hawaii is Nicknamed “The Aloha State,” Hawaii is a string of 137 islands encompassing a land area of 6,422 square miles. There are eight main islands: Oahu, the Big Island of Hawaii, Maui, Kauai, Lanai, Molokai, Niihau and Kahoolawe. Hawaii became the 50th U.S. state on August 21, 1959. Its capital city, Honolulu, is located on the island of Oahu. Renowned as a cultural “melting pot,” Hawaii celebrates its diversity—no ethnicity makes up more than 25 percent of the total population—with a full menu of cultural festivals each year, including the much-anticipated Aloha Festivals. The Aloha State offers many natural attractions, including Kilauea, the world’s most active volcano; the Napali sea cliffs and Waimea Canyon (dubbed the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” by Mark Twain) on Kauai; breathtaking Haleakala Crater on Maui; and world-famous Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head Crater on Oahu.
Although known nationally and internationally for the best humpback whale watching in the world, Hervey Bay in Queensland Australia has a lot more to offer its visitors.
Hervey Bay is brimful of history, beauty and attractions centred around sheltered waters and some 14 kilometres of golden beaches safe for children.
There is no shortage of things to do and see, from relaxation on un-spoilt beaches to water sports for those visitors who are a little more adventurous.
A distinct and very affordable tourist destination, Hervey Bay offers a colourful concentration of lifestyles and its waters are home to turtles, dolphins and dugongs as well as humpback whales.
Hong Kong is truly an international city which blends in the best from the East and West, creating a unique personality. A city of paramount sophistication, Hong Kong sets trends for the world to follow. Hong Kong leads the global resurgence of Chinese culture, and stands at the forefront of an exciting new era where every moment in this exciting city is an unforgettable experience. Hong Kong offers plenty of options, ranging from a junk cruise to remote islands with century-old Chinese traditions to a breathtaking hike over rolling green hills to stunning white beaches, a trek to charming Chinese fishing villages or a fascinating city tour of art, history and modern museums. Hong Kong comprises 235 islands including one with the largest Buddha in the world.
Italy is a land celebrated for the arts, and not the least among the arts that have attained their highest expression in Italy is the art of hospitality. The Italian welcome is as warm and traditional as a glass of fine wine. Italy is one of the most popular vacation countries in Europe, all seasons being good for a visit. In summer, Italy is an international playground, with visitors from all continents mingling with vacationing Italians at the famous resorts. Spring comes early to Italy and autumn lingers - and so will the wise traveler who wants to enjoy at a more leisurely pace the art centers, the large cities and the holiday resorts such as those in the Lombardian lake region where spring and fall are ideal seasons.
Lake Garda is one of the favourite destinations for many people from all over the world, who take great pleasure in visiting the most beautiful lake in Europe. Already 200 years ago, in 1786, when J.W. v. Goethe arrived at Lake Garda he wished for his friends to be there too, to share the wonderful views of the Lake with him. Today, Lake Garda has a length of 51,6km and stretches 4km across in the north and 17km in the south. To drive around it one has to cover 160km. At its deepest point the Lake reaches 346m and lies 65m above sea level.
Como is a nice town with a beautifully maintained historical centre and a scenic location at the southernmost point of Lake Como. The impressive Duomo (cathedral) was developed and added to over a period of several hundred years ( so you can admire Gothic and Renaissance features including fine tapestries and paintings. The town's earlier cathedral (built in the tenth century), San Fedele, is another popular attraction, as is the tall nine hundred years old city gate Porta Vittoria. The Romanesque church Sant'Abbondio and town Pinacoteca (art gallery) is also worth a visit. NB take the funicular up to the top of the hill above Como, where you can enjoy spectacular views of the town and surrounding lake. If you want a taste of contemporary Italian culture see the official website fro Como Football team who until recently were playing in Italy’s top flight. If you come from September to May you may have the chance to take in an Italian football match. Distance: 28 km. Take the boat or bus from Bellagio journey time 60 minutes by bus 35 minutes by boat.
Archeological sites in the Garda hinterland and in the west of the Province of Verona: they have uncovered evidence dating back to prehistoric times, to the Bronze and Iron Age, as well as some Roman settlements and Romanic Art. From Garda, you arrive at the peninsula of S, Vigilio and the "Castei Area", situated on the first northern slopes to view the rock carvings on M. Bre and M. Luppia, which testify to the presence of mankind from the Iron Age untill the present day ( Griselle and Cavalieri Stone). Then you go back to Garda, up to Costermano and on to Rivoli where you should stop to visit the ruins of a prehistoric and mediaeval settlement on the Rocca. A few kilometres further on is the village of Cavaion, where you really shouldn't miss a visit to the Archeological Museum and the nearby pile-dwelling area of Ca' Nova where a Bronze Age settlement was brought to light. Passing trough Sega, you cross the Adige River and go in the direction of Ceraino until you arrive at the prehistoric shelter of Soman, south of Dolcè.
Madrid is the capital of Spain, located in the heart of the peninsula and right in the center of the Castillian plain 646 meters above sea level, has a population of over three million. A cosmopolitan city, a business center, headquarters for the Public Administration, Government, Spanish Parliament and the home of the Spanish Royal Family, Madrid also plays a major role in both the banking and industrial sectors. Most of its industry is located in the Southern fringe of the city, where important textile, food and metal working factories are clustered. Madrid is characterized by intense cultural and artistic activity and a very lively nightlife.
The beautiful Margaret River Wine Region welcomes travelers from around the world like no other destination in Australia. A pleasant three-hour drive south of Perth, Western Australia’s premier holiday region is an enticing mosaic of pristine natural wonders, premium wineries, fine restaurants, world-class arts & crafts, dazzling beaches, spectacular forests, warm and friendly locals and a charming persona all its own! Blessed with a perfect Mediterranean maritime climate, the four seasons are gently defined in this relaxed and soulful corner of the country. From the tranquil waters of Geographe Bay in the north, down the ancient cave-carved Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge, through the picturesque vineyards and karri forest of the heartland, to the desolate beauty of Cape Leeuwin in the south, this is a place of splendid natural contrasts.
If the best experiences can be found in your own backyard, then New South Wales should top your holiday wish list. Its beauty and diversity really does offer something for everyone. Enjoy the big city buzz of Sydney, its great restaurants and shopping, the beauty of its world famous harbour.
Then step away to soak up the local flavours of the regions of New South Wales. Laze on a beach, hike in fresh mountain air, journey to the red outback, soothe your soul in one of the World Heritage national parks, take a leisurely drive through the State's lush farm regions or stop in the quirky towns and cosmopolitan centres.
New Zealand’s awesome landscapes, lush forests, amazing wildlife and pleasant climate make it a haven for many outdoor activities, and a great place to unwind. New Zealand society is diverse, sophisticated, and multicultural, and the honesty, friendliness, and openness of Kiwis will impress you. And the great advantage of New Zealand is that all of its diverse physical, cultural, and artistic landscapes are so close to each other! Located in the southwest Pacific, New Zealand has two main islands - the North (115,000 sq km) and South (151,000 sq km) - and a number of smaller islands, including bushclad Stewart Island (1700 sq km). The country is famous for its natural beauty and scenic attractions, from snow-capped mountains, glaciers and fiords to thermal geysers, volcanoes, sub-tropical rainforests and magnificent sandy beaches.
Rottnest Island is a special place for Western Australians and a popular destination for interstate and international visitors. The Mediterranean-style climate and indigenous flora and fauna of this Island, a nature reserve, provide the backdrop to a special holiday experience. Some of the world's finest beaches and bays can be found at Rottnest Island, providing a spectacular venue for snorkelling, scuba diving, surfing and swimming. Colonial streetscapes and architecture among the oldest in Australia are also a feature of this historic Island. Many tours and activities operate throughout the day, including the popular two hour guided tour of the Island; the historic Oliver Hill Train; the Underwater Explorer; joy flights on the Rottnest Air Taxi; a family fun park; guided walking tours; the Rottnest Museum; and water activities such as sea kayaks, Time-Out self driven glass-bottom watercraft, surf-cats and more.
Small enough to be classified as an island but big enough to be a universe unto itself, Sardenia lies about 120 miles west of the Italian peninsula. Its coastline is probably Europe's most spectacular. Its waters teem with fish and shellfish. Its broad valleys turn into golden oceans of wheat in summer. Its rugged mountains, pocked with caves, are home to large flocks of sheep that feed on pungent wild herbs and produce a cheese your palate will never forget. Nestled into its silent olive groves are some of the continent's oldest archeological remains, dating back to 1700 BC. Its people speak a language incomprehensible to all other Italians, celebrate more saints' days than anyone else in the nation, and love to dress up in elaborate costumes at the drop of a finely-embroidered hat.
Sicily is the largest island (25,426 sq. km.) in the Mediterranean; it is also the most important economically and has the richest heritage of history and art. Its geographical particularity lies in its compact but varied orographical structure, the uniformity of its rivers, the typically Mediterranean climate and the insularity which has helped Sicily to experience homogeneous historical development with originality of custom, art and culture. Together with the minor Aeolian islands (the Lipari), Ustica, Egadi, Pantelleria and the distant Pelagie, Sicily is the most extensive region in Italy, though it has only the fourth highest population. The population density is slightly higher than the national average. The island is bounded by the Tyrrhenian Sea to the north, the Ionian to the east and the Sicilian Sea to the south-west; the Strait of Messina separates it from Calabria.
Picture an area of sweeping shiny beaches bordered by beautiful blue water. Picture majestic mountain ranges and refreshing radiant rainforest. Picture scenic drives along ridges and through valleys, overlooking coastal panoramas and vast fruit plantations. Picture tranquil hillside villages famous for local arts and crafts. Picture fun filled family activities and attractions. Picture perfect weather with winter temperatures a warm 25 degrees centigrade. Aim for action with abseiling, sky diving or sea kayaking. Surf, swim, scuba dive or sail to your heart’s content. Tee off on some of Australia’s top golf courses. Indulge in the finest freshwater and saltwater fishing and bushwalk through national parks. Steep yourself in the region’s rich history.
Taormina in Sicily is a popular and fashionable tourist resort with famously stunning views and a picturesque Greco-Roman theatre, high above the sea and facing Etna.
As an attractive and permanently-fashionable destination, Taormina is known as a delightful but expensive place to stay. Many of the town's hotels and restaurants are in the upper price-bracket. However, one of the town's principal attractions - the view - is free to enjoy, and visiting for a day trip or careful planning can make Taormina accessible to all. Accommodation is cheaper out of season, and the little town is less packed, too. March, April and May are good months to enjoy the sunshine (usually), the flowers and relatively-un-crowded streets and restaurants. On the negative side, out of season you may find hotel swimming pools emptied, building works underway around town, and little buzz in the nightlife.
Accommodations in Chianti, Siena, Pisa, Maremma, Elba Island, Montalcino, San Gimignano and many more destinations. Hotels, Villas, Farmhouses, Castles, Apartments, Townhouse Suites and Bed and Breakfasts Tuscany (which is one of the 20 regions of Italy) is divided into 10 different Provinces which are listed on the left with Florence the Capital. Tuscany is a charmed land, equally blessed by the genius of man and nature, and often by the combined efforts of both. Think of the vineyards: rows of baby green vines that manage somehow to march in arrow-straight formation up the gently rolling hillsides, bounded by single files of darker green cypress trees, snaking sandy roads leading to rust-colored farmhouses and moss-coated castles, symmetrically rounded hilltops surmounted by towns so homogeneous as to seem one single building. Every inch of land has been sculpted, first by the elements and then by generations of inhabitants whose goals were always twofold: make the land produce as much as possible, make the land as beautiful as possible. Tuscany enchants us today because it holds together as a region, from the tiniest hamlet to Florence the Magnificent.
Wellington is New Zealand's capital city and the starting point for trips to the South Island. The offer of Wellington activities is multifaceted. You can discover cultural and heritage attractions like the national museum, Te Papa, as well as numerous natural attractions. Surrounded by hills and a picturesque waterfront, the city offers great opportunities for mountain biking, hiking, sailing and much more. You can enjoy one of the recommended walkways through the Botanic Gardens after a trip on the Cable Car, or the heritage trails. Other Wellington activities included horse riding, kayaking, rock climbing, climbing Mt Victoria, visiting Lord of the Rings filming locations, and enjoying one of the many theatre productions that regularly visit Wellington.
The best of both worlds, Western Australia has both a rugged and beautiful outback to discover, and a history tied to the ocean. From the vast open plains of the Nullarbor to the colourful marine wonderland of Ningaloo Reef. The Outback is a vast place, but it's not all red dust. National parklands with churning rivers and dramatic gorges offer respite from the soaring heats. And in the south east, the landscape is fertile supporting some of the best vineyards in the country. All along the coastline there is beauty. The underwater diving is spectacular with many coral reefs being home to exotic fish, turtles, manta rays and dolphins, while the Southern Ocean is a playground for whales. The coastline has a history of treasure and bloody massacres. To Broome in the north, the exotic trade of deep sea pearls has long been a draw card for visitors who love the luminescent shine of the ocean gemstone. And to the South, the violent trade of whaling has thankfully long since come to an end and the gentle pastime of whale watching is now hugely popular.
Agritourism is a style of vacation in which hospitality is offered on farms. This may include the opportunity to assist with farming tasks during the visit. Agritourism is often practiced in wine growing regions, as in Italy, France and Spain. This site is a directory of Agritourisms in Europe where you can contact the owners directly.
Generally, services offered by Agritourisms in Europe can be divided into four main areas: Firstly, accommodations such as bed and breakfast and vacation farms. Secondly, tours associated with production or value-added processing (e.g. wineries, dairy operations) or scenic environments (e.g. botanical gardens, herb farms). These tours may be delivered by outside agencies or on-site farm operators. Thirdly, retail sales associated with local produce and farm-processed products at their farm gate, u-pick fields and orchards, off-site produced gifts, crafts and baked goods. And Lastly, leisure/recreation activities associated with gardening, hiking, horseback riding, etc.
Over the past 20 years a new type of tourism has grown strongly throughout Italy, Agritourism or Agriturismo as it is know in Italy. This type of tourism is orientated around having a rural experience which you share with the family who owns the farm or Agritourism on which you are staying. Generally, these properties are vineyards or orchards and you are able to enjoy the fruits of the farm and in many cases your meals are prepared in traditional settings and dishes by the family itself. Agritourism is an excellent option to the traditional types of accommodation and gives you the opportunity to stay in working farmhouses, in which you can rent an apartment and often buy the farm produce - or have it cooked for you!. These are known as agriturismi (country tourism - or perhaps agrarian tourism? - basically a farm stay holiday) and are very popular. They also often now have swimming pools and are great for families. On this site, we showcase a number of Agritourisms around Italy which you can stay in and via this site you can make direct contact with the owners and make your accommodation booking.
Agritourisms.com is an online directory of Agritourism and Farm Holiday accommodation, specializing in Europe and Australia. In Europe Agritourism (agricultural tourism) began approx 20 years ago and is now very extremely well developed. An Agritourism or as they also known farm stay, is any land based farm or business that is open to the public. These specialized farms generally offer things to see, things to do, and produce or gifts to buy, and are open to the public at least some parts of the year. Some are open 365 days, some only open for a few weekends in the fall. All offer a unique farm experience and are generally appealing to all members in a family.
Wine tasting, farm tours, country bed and breakfast, corn mazes, hay rides, U-Pick farms and even farm stands are all examples of Agritourism. These diversified farming operations are bringing an interested customer right to the farm, providing education and experience, and offers special farm products or related gifts for sale, things to do, and opportunities for easy and inexpensive educational experiences for young and old alike.
What is Agritourism? It is loosely defined as travel that combines agricultural or rural settings and products within a tourism experience. It includes providing visitors with a broad spectrum of agriculturally-based experiences ranging from fruit and vegetable stand shopping (direct farm marketing) to winery, orchard, garden and alpaca tours, from farm-based bed and breakfast accommodation, to participation in harvest festivals, farmer's markets and cattle drives. Some of the Benefits of Agritourism are advantages for farm operators, rural communities, and the tourism industry as a whole. Agritourism advantages for farm operators include: developing new consumer market niches, increasing awareness of local agricultural products, creating greater appreciation of the importance of maintaining agricultural land uses, providing farm family members with on-site employment opportunities, and strengthening the long-term sustainability for farm businesses. For rural communities and regions, Agritourism can be a vehicle for diversifying and stabilizing rural economies by: creating jobs and increasing community income, providing a broader market base for local businesses; and attracting other businesses and small industries. From a tourism viewpoint, Agritourism is a means of diversifying the mix of tourism products and services available to visitors and uniquely positioning rural regions and communities for tourism markets.
Rural tourism is the key to a stay in total peace and tranquillity. Apart from allowing to search very easily for an accommodation in a farm, this website offers you reports of towns and cities you want to visit ior on traditions and uses of the people. It guides you to the discovering of history, handcrafts and typical local products. To look for green tourism, select the region and city of your interest and read the information. It is possible to go through the firm's website to forward a request for detailed information. All that is easy and fast. We invite you to add this website to your favourites folder and to visit us to look for information and tips on your wonderful trip to Italy.
Agritourism is tourism based on attracting visitors to farm operations. It is comprised of businesses such as crop and animal farms, U-pick operations, wineries and vineyards, aquaculture and for-fee fishing operations, Christmas tree farms, herb farms and greenhouses, maple syrup and cheese producers, and farm stands and many others. This type of tourism offers greater options for families and travelers to other countries. The Agritourism and farm stay tourism is very family orientated and offers great possibilities as far as getting to know the culture of the country or area where you are visiting. Generally there is opportunity to sample the local cuisines, wines and produce and in many cases you can purchase the products directly from the Agritourisms. Definition of Agritourism. Agritourism enterprises as an operation that presents to the public some aspect or feature of interest in its category and that provides visitors with an educational or pleasurable experience aside from one that is solely commercial.
Agritourism has being developed as a valuable component of a business model to support many agricultural entities when the farm products they produce are no longer economically competitive otherwise.
The miracle of Italy is that all its treasures come packaged in a gorgeous country of majestic mountains, placid lakes, idyllic islands, splendid cities and wonderful walled villages. An ideal climate plus warm and gracious people make Italy a perfect destination for an active vacation, the art lover, the gourmand, the hedonist combined, why not, with business. Active Holidays. Doing nothing is not easy! For active holidaymakers Italy features a wide variety of distraction to choose from, when you want to gain new strength and energy from your adventures and activities. Art Cities. The great artistic legacy of Italy, unequalled anywhere in the world, is not only distributed throughout the major cities and their famous museums; one can say in truth that there is no Italian city, however modest, which does not contain and cherish some share of this wealth of art. Indeed, many of them can be considered real treasures - so beautiful and valuable are the works they contain. The artistic riches of Italy's main cities have already been described.
There is a place where you don't need words to be understood, comparisons to feel you're just fine, strong sensations to thrill with excitement. That place is the Tuscan countryside, and you are its guest. You will discover, on a farm, a vacation you have never tried before, one that will put you at ease at once: the vacation is Farm tourism and it transports you to a world you feel yours at last. Nowhere else is nature like this! You can take a walk to that ancient village and discover its art, go for a ride on horseback, stop a moment with astonishment in a solitary parish church, enjoy a meal full of gaiety and good things. You can do all of these things or do nothing at all and just relax. This is Farm tourism in Tuscany: wherever you are, you feel at home.
Tuscany is exceptional in every regard, even by Italy's exalted standards. In Florence, it has Europe's greatest Renaissance city, in Siena and San Gimignano, two of its most perfect medieval towns, and, in Lucca, Cortona and Pienza, historical gems of which any country would be proud. As if these were not enough, it is also renowned for its food and wine, its beaches, its villas and gardens, and for some of the world's most beautiful and varied landscapes. In few regions is it so essential to select the absolute best at the expense of the merely outstanding. Tuscany is a charmed land, equally blessed by the genius of man and nature, and often by the combined efforts of both. Think of the vineyards: rows of baby green vines that manage somehow to march in arrow-straight formation up the gently rolling hillsides, bounded by single files of darker green cypress trees, snaking sandy roads leading to rust-colored farmhouses and moss-coated castles, symmetrically rounded hilltops surmounted by towns so homogeneous as to seem one single building. Whatever your passion, a vacation in Tuscany will exceed your expectations and fulfill your wildest dreams. Whether you prefer to spend your days perusing art museums or exploring food markets, Tuscany’s many facets offer something to please everyone. When you rent a Tuscany villa or a Tuscany farmhouse, you are merely a daytrip away from all of these famous destinations and their artistic and culinary attractions.
Summer in Tuscany features many a sagra, or food festival. Small villages throughout Tuscany host Sagras for specific foods each weekend like the Sagra di Porcini of Monte Catini in August. At these festivals you have the opportunity to sample the featured food in a variety of different typical recipes and often for free.
Summer also brings the Florentine nightlife outdoors-several major piazzas like Santo Spirito and Santissima Annunziata host nightly live music concerts and an open bar. A particularly popular local summer haunt is Piazza Poggi located just below Piazzale Michelangelo. Situated behind a medieval watch tower, a restaurant and bar features live music of all genres from jazz to folk every night!
Arezzo and Cortona are both found to the far east of Tuscany, Arezzo forming the third point of a triangle with Florence and Siena, with Cortona, barely in Tuscany, lying to the south of Arezzo. Famous for many things including gold, the Etruscans, the most important antiques fair in Italy, but the number one tourist attraction is the church of San Francesco and the frescoes by Piero della Francesca. A short way to the south lies the splendid hilltop town of Cortona, a mediaeval gem, pretty much un-spoilt, with wonderful nighttime views as the villages of southern Tuscany and beyond to lake Trasimeno and Umbria sparkle below.
Imagine an urban environment where everyone lives within half an hour of beautiful beaches, hiking trails and a dozen enchanted holiday islands. Add a sunny climate, a background rhythm of Polynesian culture and a passion for outstanding food, wine and shopping – you’re beginning to get the picture of Auckland. Auckland’s blend of islands, Polynesian culture, glistening harbours and modern city environment creates an unbelievable lifestyle ranked amongst the best in the world. Discover why Auckland is one of the best places in the world to live – and visit. People travel to Auckland from all over the world. Auckland is a unique city having two harbours and white sand beaches within a 30 minute drive from wherever you are in Auckland. Its also called the 'City of Sails' due to Aucklanders' fondness of sailing, the America's Cup and round the world yacht races. There are white and black sand beaches, lush rainforests, regional parks and a maritime park preserving about 47 islands.
Over the past decades, Australians have become increasingly aware of the value of their country's natural beauty. Visitors to this vast and beautiful country can contribute to eco tourism in a number of ways, such as choosing from environmentally responsible tour operators who have their attraction, accommodation or tour accredited under the Eco Certification Program. 'Ecotourism Australia' interprets ecotourism as "ecologically sustainable tourism with a primary focus on experiencing natural areas that fosters environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation." Many of the major tourist sites have an implicit environmental awareness. The spectacular Blue Mountains area in New South Wales is the only World Heritage site on the edge of a major city - Sydney. This natural wonderland of untamed bush, natural rock formations and native wildlife is comprised of eight protected areas and recognized primarily for the evolution of its ecosystems and communities of plants and animals. Named after the blue haze created from the Eucalyptus oil as it mixes with the air above the mountain forests, the Blue Mountains are the latest to gain World Heritage site status (in 2000) and they have a range of eco friendly accommodation and related tours.
Australia's biggest attraction is its natural beauty. The landscape varies from endless sunbaked horizons to dense tropical rainforest to chilly southern beaches. Scattered along the coasts, its cities blend a European enthusiasm for art and food with a laid-back love of sport and the outdoors. Visitors expecting to see an opera in Sydney one night and meet Crocodile Dundee the next will have to re-think their grasp of geography in this huge country. It is this sheer vastness that gives Australia - and its diverse population - much of its character.
We put you in touch with the person who will be offering you your accommodation, there is no middle man, so you save money and time. Check out our travel services section for great information on Italy, foods, wines and places to visit. Welcome to Italy. Some information about Italy. Italy, slightly larger than Arizona, is a long peninsula shaped like a boot, surrounded on the west by the Tyrrhenian Sea and on the east by the Adriatic. It is bounded by France, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia to the north. The Apennine Mountains form the peninsula's backbone; the Alps form its northern boundary. The largest of its many northern lakes is Garda (143 sq mi; 370 sq km); the Po, its principal river, flows from the Alps on Italy's western border and crosses the Lombard plain to the Adriatic Sea. Several islands form part of Italy; the largest are Sicily (9,926 sq mi; 25,708 sq km) and Sardinia (9,301 sq mi; 24,090 sq km).
From the Arab-Norman and Byzantine wonders of Palermo in Sicily to the majestic peaks of the Dolomites, Italy is a movable feast of endless courses. No matter how much you gorge yourself on its splendours, you always feel you haven't made it past the antipasti. Few countries offer such variety and few visitors leave without a fervent desire to return. The Italians are not joking when they call their home Il Belpaese, the Beautiful Country. But one can not pass through this land without being aware of Medieval Tuscany. Still visible are the small walled towns which are a testimony to the Middle Ages just as much as its great cities. Tuscany is one of Italy's world famous regions. Tuscany, with its enchanted landscapes from the mountain to the sea. Tuscany, with its towns with museums, cathedrals, historical buildings, streets, towns like Florence, Siena, Pisa and more. Tuscany, full of ancient Etruscan and Roman ruins... Castles, fortresses, watch-towers, and town walls appear everywhere; some are well preserved, others are in ruins, but the main remnants are not on the tourist routes.
Europe's Agritourism Industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in the travel industry and tourism for Europe, particularly in southern Europe.
Europe has largest share of tourism arrivals and maintains positive growth. Changes in travel behavior are favorable to rural tourism :e.g. growth in independent travel, desire for new experience, more intra-regional and domestic travel. Other changes in tourist behavior are also favorable: e.g. accommodation other than hotel. The Range of rural tourism products expected to increase significantly Therefore, rural tourism providers have the opportunity to take a greater share of tourism market Opportunities for Rural Tourism.
Welcome to the Farm Holidays Tuscany experience, where farming families up and down Tuscany offer you a warm personal welcome and a unique taste of country living at its best. Farm Holidays Tuscany opens the doors to hundreds of properties of character and quality in superb rural settings perfectly placed for country breaks, business trips or longer stays. Take up the Farm Stay invitation: enjoy fresh air, great wines, fine views, real home cooking and that special sense of well-being that only a stay in the country can bring. Tuscany was the region in which the Italian Renaissance produced its first results. The unique artistic patrimony of this region includes architecture, painting and sculpture, collected in dozens of famous museums like the Uffizi in Florence and in situ in even quite small cities.
Renting a farmhouse in Tuscany, or a Tuscan villa is a magical way to spend your holiday, beyond the pool and the history there are also miles of walking paths, cycling tracks and even climbing crags for the truly energetic. Italian holidays in your house in Italy have the benefit of truly having everything on your doorstep, whether you feel energetic, historic or are merely content to bask in the sun and soak up the atmosphere... A whistle stop guide to Tuscany is an impossible thing to write. To start off by introducing, say, the geography and topography of the area is to invite accusations of mundanity. 'That's not Tuscany!', you cry. Tuscany is Leonardo da Vinci, Giotto, Dante, Michelangelo and the Renaissance; Tuscany is Botticelli, Modigliani and Piero della Francesca, Tuscany is Chianti, olive groves and shimmering skylines!
But you know all that already. What you may not know, or may be about to find out, is quite what an enormous diversity of landscape and society there is within Tuscany. A Tuscan is loyal above all to his village, his area. Rivalries run old and deep, and whereas nowadays the arguments range from who produces the best oil, wine and (above all), best football team within Tuscany, in times past this competition manifested itself through patronage of the arts.
Hong Kong For Lease promotes and advertises a selection of Property which offer holiday accommodation, or longer term accommodation. We put you in direct contact with the owners/managers of the Properties so that you can make your arrangements for your accommodation. From this site you can also search a selection of Agritourisms, Hotels, Villas and other types of accommodation. We offer contact information for all of the properties on our site. We put you in contact with the person who will be offering you your accommodation, there is no middle man, so you save money and time. Welcome to Hong Kong.
Hong Kong has the big city specials like smog, odour, 14 million elbows and an insane love of clatter. But it's also efficient, hushed and peaceful: the transport network is excellent, the shopping centres are sublime, and the temples and quiet corners of parks are contemplative oases. The best thing about being in Hong Kong is getting flummoxed and fired by the confluences and contradictions of a Chinese city with multi-Asian and Western elements. It's about savouring new tastes, weaving through a human gridlock and humming some dumb Cantopop tune while slurping your noodles. From the vantage point of Victoria Peak, overlooking the world's busiest deepwater port, you can see a city geared not only to making money but feeling good about it. At night, it's like looking down into a volcano. Despite its British colonial past, Hong Kong has always stuck to its roots, and the culture beneath the glitz is pure Chinese. Mind you, that didn't stop locals from feeling apprehensive about being reunited with the motherland when the British handed the colony back to China in 1997; however, it seems their unease has largely evaporated.
Cinque Terre is the name given to that part of the eastern coast of Liguria around the five small towns of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. The towns are hard to reach, being hemmed in between the sea and the mountains, and this has greatly helped in staving off the devastating impact of mass tourism. Even today, the only way to get from one town to the other is along footpaths that wind along the cliffs or by train.
Voted by the Economist Intelligence Unit as one of the top 10 places in the world to live in 2002; declared by New Yorker magazine as "possibly the last well planned and contented metropolis on earth"; and acclaimed by Lonely Planet as "civilized and calm in a way that no other Australian state capital can match".
The wine and festival capital of Australia, Adelaide is and one of the most vibrant, stylish and innovative cities you'll ever visit. With rolling hills, pristine beaches, a lively nightlife, galleries, cafes, pubs, bookshops, fashion houses, antique stores, cellar doors and National Parks (all within Adelaide's boundaries!), it's a city you'll want to come back to time and time again...
Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, is a civilized and calm city that is home to around one million people. It is divided into two parts, Adelaide and North Adelaide, separated by Torrens River. A diverse range of landscapes surround the city, including green parkland, the Mount Lofty Ranges and coastal beaches. Adelaide's city centre has been well planned and is made up of a grid of streets and various squares. Being only one mile square makes it extremely accessible. The main street (King William Street) runs directly from north to south of the city through Victoria Square, which is at the heart of the city. Finding somewhere to stay in Adelaide is a breeze. Hostels are plentiful, as are apartments, motels, hotels and campsites, with several bed and breakfasts. There are many options for accommodation, either in the heart of the city or alternatively on the coast, or amongst the wonderful landscape in the Adelaide Hills. Prices vary greatly depending upon what you are looking for, but you are guaranteed to find something just right.
Albany is the oldest European settlement in Western Australia and was a major whaling station, and coal shipping port. There is also a large amount of Aboriginal evidence from earlier times in Albany. There are fantastic views over the town of Albany, and the fantastic coastal scenery from the top of both Mt Clarence and Mt Melville. Mt Clarence is to the east of the town, and can be reached along Apex Drive. Mt Melville is to the west of the city and can be reaches from Serpentine Road. For other great views, and an interesting place to visit head to the Princess Royal Fortress on Mt Adelaide. There are a number of historic buildings around Albany, including the magnificent Victorian buildings along Stirling Terrace. More buildings with fine architecture include the Courthouse, St John's Anglican Church and the Town Hall. You can also visit the interesting Albany Residence Museum, which is next door to the Amity which arrived with Albany's settlers in 1826. If you want to see all of the main sights, then you should follow the Albany walking tour which is very enjoyable.
Arezzo administrative centre of the province, is situated at the northern end of the Valdichiana and can be easily reached as it is linked to the Autostrada del Sole and is crossed by the main Milan-Florence-Rome railway line. Arezzo was founded by the Etruscan and called Aretium; the most representative work of the etruscan period is the Chimera, a bronze statuette of the Vth century B.C. which has become the symbol of the town. Later Arezzo passed into the hands of the Romans (IV-III century) and had a great development. We can begin the tour of the town just from the Roman remains, of which the Archeological museum is rich. This museum was estabilished in 1934 at its present location, no.10 Via Margaritone and it overlooks the vast open space of the Roman Amphitheatre. It occupies two storeys and in its several rooms we can admire Etruscan, Italic, Roman and Greek coins, Etruscan and Roman bronzes, statues, structural remains of the upper section of the Amphitheatre, Greek and Roman vases and example of the Aretine ceramics: the typical coral vases,decorated by relief and painted with the characteristic rose coral colour thanks to which Arezzo was famous during the Roman period.
Ask most people to name the first Italian city that comes into their head and few will trump out Bologna. That suits this city just fine. While the tourist hordes clog up Florence, Rome and Venice, Bologna remains relatively tourist free, letting the locals enjoy one of the highest standards of living in Italy unmolested.
Founded by the Etruscans as Felsina, on the Po Plains in 600BC, the northeast Italian city was renamed Bononia by the Gauls, whose French overtones still can be heard in the local dialect. Bologna came to worldwide attention with the founding of the university in 1088, when two thousand students from all over Europe poured into the medieval commune. Porticoes supporting additional lodgings sprung up all over the city, to house the influx of newcomers and Bologna’s leitmotif was born. Today, 40km (25 miles) of ochre-hued arcades still shadow the streets – covered walkways that give Bologna its unique style.
Broome is situated on the North West coast of Western Australia, and until the mid 1980s was only accessible by a dirt road. On a narrow peninsula surrounded by the azure waters of the Indian Ocean and Roebuck Bay, and recognised as a world class migratory bird stopover, it is a town where after watching a beautiful sunset you can retire for the night to the sound of waves crashing onshore and wake up to see the sun rise on the other side of the town amidst a torrent of birdsong. The town grew out of the discovery of the world’s largest pearl shell, attracting hundreds of people like a gold rush. The pearl industry slump mid last century was not enough to drive them away and they remain captivated by the Broome’s natural beauty and laid- back atmosphere. Today Broome has its own curious architecture, a mixture of colonial, old mission houses, churches, pearling master huts and more recent housing closely resembling that of a unique style born more then eighty years ago.
If you are looking for a great surfing spot along the east coast or just a pleasant beach to sit down and relax then Byron Bay could be the place for you. Byron Bays unique and colourful town attracts many visitors to the area. Byron Bay has plenty of cafes and bars as well as some great music venues. And of course surf shops which sell surf products as well as hire boards and give surfing lessons. Beaches stretch about 50km, leading you right up to the Gold Coast. West of main beach is Belongil Beach and the nudist Tyagarah Beach. East of Main Beach you will come to Cape Byron.
Cairns is a modern tropical city with a relaxed atmosphere and is the primary gateway to Cairns & Great Barrier Reef region. Cairns is an ideal base to explore the wider Tropical North Queensland region with front door access to World Heritage listed Reef, Rainforest and Outback. An amazing 600 tour options are available each and every day from Cairns. The Great Barrier Reef is the world's greatest reef system, stretching more than 2000km along Queensland's north-east coast. As the world's largest and most complex reef system, it has thousands of individual coral reefs and hundreds of continental islands, reef islands and cays, small bare sand cays, and permanent vegetated cays. Exploring the Great Barrier Reef is both exhilarating and easy. You can snorkel or scuba dive with equipment provided and a trained crew on hand to assist, or view the reef from the comfort of a semi-submersible or underwater observatory. Swimmers and non-swimmers are catered for or take a scenic flight in a plane or helicopter. There is easy access to the outer reef and islands from points all along the coast, to suit your style or budget.
Cairns, the vibrant modern centre of Tropical North Queensland is the Primary gateway to The Great Barrier Reef and is nestled into a unique combination of environmental wonders including the World Heritage Listed Wet Tropics Rainforests. Cairns has long been recognised internationally as a first class tourist destination. More recently the region has emerged a leading destination for Meetings, Conferences, Conventions and Incentives. A place to conduct Serious business in a Stunning Location. Cairns boasts world class facilities including an the Cairns Convention Centre (recently voted in the Top Ten Conference Centres in the World – Beyond Borders Survey, Adams Business Media), First class accommodation including 5 star standard through to apartments and resort style getaways, International Air Access, World renowned excursions and recreational activities, all situated in a location that will take your breath away….
The Caloundra experience does not end at the foreshore. Look further afield and you will find a hinterland of stunning diversity and beauty, a hinterland that offers something for everyone....from the sightseer to the thrillseeker. Within half and hour's drive of the beach, the landscape varies from tropical fruit plantations to lush rainforest. The Glass House Mountains provide an impressive centrepiece, standing like silent sentinels above the surrounding patchwork of fields and forests. Steeped in history, the mountains carry Aboriginal names but were collectively named by explorer Captain Cook in 1770. The Glass House Mountains Tourist Drive puts you almost within touching distance, while a drive to the top of the nearby Blackall Range provides a breathtaking panorama.
The history of Catania, like any other place in the Mediterranean, is made up by the sequence of cultures passing through, conquering and being conquered by the locals, all leaving their mark in every aspect of life. It was founded by the Greek Chalsidian people in 729 b.c.. After some fierce battles the Siracusans conquered the city and ruled it for many centuries. Eventually and inevitably for the times, Catania ended in the hands of first the Romans and subequently the Byzantines. Next, it was the turn of the Arabs, who arrived in 827 A.D., and 200 years later the Normans paid a visit. In 1169 the city suffered from a terrible earthquake, and while reconstructing it the locals had to also deal with the aspirations of first Henry the VI and subsequently the Spanish. During the Spanish rule, under Frederic III of Aragon, Catania underwent a cultural revival, symbolised by the founding of the University of Catania in 1434, then called the 'Siculorum Gymnasium'. In 1669 a violent eruption of Etna reminded people of the fickleness of life, and the locals were once more faced with the task of reconstruction.
Cefalu! A town of Medieval origins, going back to the V century B.C., which was built on a headland dominated by an overhanging cliff. Cefalù is characterized by beaches of fine sand, by the old houses which look onto the sea, and by its Cathedral of Norman origins, built by Ruggero II in fulfillment of a vow which he made when, overcome by a terrible tempest when at sea with his fleet, he managed to land in this town. The name of Cefalù is linked to the shape of the promontory which hangs over it, known as La Rocca.
Five miles of rocky coast in eastern Liguria, two promontories lie at each extremity, thousands of kilometres of dry walling, cultivated into vineyards, five southerly villages castled up on spurs of stone or disposed in clusters of very small inlets. These are the co-ordinates of the Cinque Terre (Five lands). Recognized finally as a National Park in 1999 and UNESCO protected territory since 1997 as a system of naturalistic environmental interest. This zone is characterized by the presence of precipitous slopes which have been cultivated into vineyards by means of fatiguing system of terracing the only evidence of transformation operated by the laborious human activity on the territory. The suggestive type of coastal projections on the sea with sheer cliffs that often overtake the verticality alternated with bays, winding paths and enchanting small beaches between cliffs with a profound back drop, a rich variety of ichthyic (fishing) all of which make this district an authentic natural "opera of art".
From a high Tuscan hill, fifty miles from Florence between Arezzo and Perugia, rises the equally ancient and nobile city of Cortona. Before the city lies a vast and beautiful plain, it is flanked on either side by distant hills and valleys while behind it are towering yet fruitful mountains. Cortona has a picturesque aspect, quite a bit longer than wide, turned toward the midday sun. Her district is fertile and is abundant with all that is necessary to human life. It is Cortona marked by the Meridian-Antartic star sign, feminine, in motion, pungent, earthy, frigid and dry and under the noble reign of..." This is the description of Cortona in one of the first known guidebooks, compiled by Giacomo Lauro and printed in Rome in 1639. .
Fremantle, known locally as ‘Freo’, is just 20 minutes drive from Perth city. You can also take a scenic route and go by ferry. Rottnest Island, or ‘Rotto’, lies half an hour’s ferry ride from Fremantle – perfect for a day trip or short escape. Fremantle oozes heritage and cosmopolitan culture. Seven days a week, the streets are abuzz with shoppers and al fresco diners, while pubs brim over with patrons from across the globe. A strong Italian influence has produced a vast array of pizza and pasta restaurants, alongside a wide selection of other international eateries. Don’t miss the weekend markets which are great for fresh fruit and veggies or that unique gift. But best of all, are the fish and chips. Some of the state’s most popular seafood restaurants and cafés are dotted around Fishing Boat Harbour – the perfect place to sample the Indian Ocean’s bounty. Western Australia’s pioneering history lives on in the port city, where convict prisons and maritime museums tell fascinating stories of courage and mischief.
Lago di Garda is located on the border of Lombardia, Veneto and Trentino Alto Adige. It is one of the most beautiful places in Italy and that's saying quite a lot. Over the centuries the lake has always been very popular with holiday makers. The area has been rich in well-known products since Ancient Times: marble and wine, which were exported in all parts of the world. Worth a special mention is the “Riviera degli Olivi”, the long golden shore running along the lake for 50 kilometres (from Peschiera to Malcesine). Places of interest on the lake include Lazise, Peschiera and Sirmione. A special site is the Vittoriale in Gardone just north of Salo. Here you find the house of Gabriele d'Annunzio, an Italian writer, who managed to collect a heap of interesting stuff in his house.
From the Lago di Garda day trips can be made to Verona the Valpolicella with its excellent wines and Mantua.. Destinations in Lago di Garda- Sirmione, Peschiera, Gardone, Salo, Lazise.
Como is a nice town with a beautifully maintained historical centre and a scenic location at the southernmost point of Lake Como. The impressive Duomo (cathedral) was developed and added to over a period of several hundred years ( so you can admire Gothic and Renaissance features including fine tapestries and paintings. The town's earlier cathedral (built in the tenth century), San Fedele, is another popular attraction, as is the tall nine hundred years old city gate Porta Vittoria. The Romanesque church Sant'Abbondio and town Pinacoteca (art gallery) is also worth a visit. NB take the funicular up to the top of the hill above Como, where you can enjoy spectacular views of the town and surrounding lake. If you want a taste of contemporary Italian culture see the official website for Como Football team who until recently were playing in Italy’s top flight. If you come from September to May you may have the chance to take in an Italian football match. Distance: 28 km. Take the boat or bus from Bellagio journey time 60 minutes by bus 35 minutes by boat.
Sun-blessed Torbole, also on Garda's picturesque mountain-backed north-east shore, offers a vibrant café life, a lakeside promenade and of course splendid views of the activities on the water. Cooled in the afternoon by the southern breeze, the ova, Torbole is especially popular with windsurfing enthusiasts, their craft skimming across the lake a colourful sight most afternoons. Riva del Garda, at the lake's north-west tip, is the most famous of all its resorts. Its elegant, pastel-painted buildings surrounding a busy little port, and its promenade lined with colourful pizzerias and ice-cream parlours. A good selection of bars, restaurants and shops make Riva one of the popular spots on the whole of the Garda shoreline. Delightful Limone, on the lake's western shore, is named for the terraced citrus groves that dot the surrounding hillsides. Colourful, bustling, with quaint, cobbled streets leading down to a lakeside promenade lined with cafés and tavernas, Limone is every inch the perfect holiday resort, with a lively nightlife comple-menting the relaxed, sun-blessed days. Rest and relax in your chosen hotel, explore the resorts, or join the optional excursions, which will give you the opportunity to experience the magic of the incomparable city of Venice, La Serenissima, the romance of Verona, setting for the tragic tale of 'Romeo and Juliet', and the natural beauty of the dramatic Dolomites.
On this site you will find information on Hotels In Lucca Tuscany Italy where you can search and contact property owners and managers directly and make your arrangements for your accommodation. Lucca likes to promote itself as a diminutive Florence or Siena without the afflictions of mass tourism, offering a cheerful normality not always encountered in its more illustrious neighbours. Yet with its refined churches, family palaces and the remarkable imprint of a Roman amphitheatre, all joined together by a spider's web of medieval streets, this carefully preserved, walled Roman town, the birthplace of Puccini, is worth a visit in its own right. In addition to the exquisite cathedral, the centre of Lucca boasts the Pisan Romanesque church of San Michele in Foro with its breathtaking facade. The delicate upper loggias with their intricate motifs seem wafer thin and perilously balanced. Based in the old Roman forum, the church - where the young Giacomo Puccini was a choirboy - merits revisiting at different times of the day as the light changes.
At the centre of the Sunshine Coast region lies a popular area where holiday opportunities are endless. An area that combines the best of all the Sunshine Coast has to offer. This is Maroochy - the area that includes Coolum, Maroochydore, Mooloolaba, Alexandra Headland, and the vast expanse into the Blackall Range. The four surfing beaches of Coolum, Maroochydore, Alexandra Headland and Mooloolaba combine to produce a fantastic holiday destination for families with children of all ages as well as young people looking for adventure. From boutique dining and fast paced shopping outings to relaxing lazes on white, sandy beaches, this area will have you captivated. If you're after a day of fun and adventure.
Melbourne is set around the shores of Port Phillip Bay. The city itself, laid out in a large rectangle and boasting a lively and cosmopolitan pulse, sits on the northern banks of the Yarra River, about five kilometres from the bay. One glance at a map and it’s obvious that Melbourne is a planned city: a tidy, balanced grid of neatly angled streets. But beneath this sense of everything in its place restraint lies a restless creative energy constantly pushing back at the city’s seeming conservatism. The CBD is made up of precincts – distinct enclaves each with its own flavour and charm. Some are just a lane or two, while others cover the banks of the Yarra River or a busy CBD street.
Extending around the bay is a number of inner suburbs, each with its own distinct character and personality. A short tram ride from the city centre, Melbourne’s suburban neighborhoods are a must see for anyone wanting to experience what life here is really all about.
If you like a relaxed cosmopolitan lifestyle surrounded by natural beauty then Mooloolaba should be your next holiday destination. Situated at the centre of the beautiful Sunshine Coast in South East Queensland, Mooloolaba is the perfect place to stay to explore this exciting region. Kick your shoes off and walk along white sandy beaches. Its hard to believe that this oasis is only a one hour drive north from Brisbane, Queenslands dynamic capital. Slow down and take in the tranquil vistas of this gorgeous coast from your balcony and rediscover the art of gentle conversation over a gourmet meal at the dozens of alfresco eateries. Then take a stroll along the tree lined Esplanade with its exciting art and boutique shops. Mooloolaba is surrounded by water. Take a plunge in the azure waters of a sheltered family beach or surf in the Pacific Ocean. Catch a boat along the beautiful Mooloolah river from the nearby wharf. The choice is yours. The more actively inclined can have a day out on a luxury fishing cruiser or ocean going yacht from one of the safest harbours along the Australian coast. Try out absailing , scuba diving or bush walking. Memories that last a lifetime. Challenge yourself at the many naturally set golf courses or catch a wave along a secluded surf beach. Visit Underwater World, the largest tropical aquarium in Australia with its 80 metre long submerged tunnel.
Brief interlude or long holiday, this destination ensures relaxation, recreation, even rejuvenation. A holiday in Noosa puts the spring back in your step. It’s all about the nicest kinds of indulgence… lazy days on sundrenched beaches, retail therapy among stylish boutiques, dining out at the much-acclaimed Noosa restaurants and discovering the pleasures of the best of contemporary Australian cuisine in magical settings. Undeniably, Noosa has charm. When you marry sensitive low-rise architecture and resort-style sophistication with one of the prettiest coastlines in the country, you’re obviously onto a winner. Then you add a superb array of accommodation options, an annual calendar of fascinating cultural, artistic and sporting events, plus the chance to see the works of talented artists and local artisans, and wrap the whole package up as a fauna and flora sanctuary, it’s irresistible.
Palermo, synonym for one of the most prestigious cities of the Mediterranean , as well as being the ‘capital' city of Sicily rises up in a beautiful bay on the northern coast of the island. The history of Palermo goes back to the VIII-VI centuries B.C., the era of the Phoenecians of Carthage and then took the name of Ziz (flower). As a result of the many civil struggles which broke out over the course of the centuries, Palermo was finally annexed, together with the whole of Sicily, to the Aragonese crown. During the Second World War, Palermo was fiercely bombed and in the years that followed was made into a completely autonomous municipality.
Geographically, Perth is closer to South East Asia than it is to Australia's east coast, and the maze of glossy skyscrapers in its central business district, or CBD, recalls Singapore or Hong Kong. The traces of Western Australia's mining-led '80s boom period are still evidenced by the number of golf courses, five-star restaurants, BMWs and yachts that you'll see around the city: shop-a-holics, gamblers, sports-lovers and hedonists are all well catered here. But Perth isn't just about making it big. With more hours of sunshine than any other Australian city, this city of 1.4 million is also Australia's most relaxed state capital. The 400 hectares of bush land at Kings Park makes for a welcome respite from the CBD, and scores of wineries are less than an hour's drive away. Perth's laidback disposition and geographical proximity make it popular with Asian tourists, while thousands of Australians also visit each year for the stunning beaches and variety of water sports. Alfresco dining with a glass of WA wine in hand is one of the best ways to spend the long, balmy evenings here. The city's nightlife is also increasingly sophisticated, with a range of pubs, bars and clubs catering to most tastes and budgets.
Perugia in Umbria, the great "Guelf strong-hold" rises up in the region's heart, with its 5 storical quarters closed-in by its Etruscan town walls. These enormous bastions formed by cyclopic square masses, were constructed 22 centuries ago and are still visible for long stretches. When the city of Rome was little more that an encampment of huts, one could already enter the etruscan Perugia Italy using one of 7 portals, among which one was particularly mighty, the Porta Pulchra or of Augustus, dating back to Etruscan times. A short visit in Perugia is definetly interesting, but is a longer visit which will reveal all the atistic jewels in detail. Even if you are on a short visit, you should not miss the archtectural complex of St. Francesco, with the Oratory of St. Bernardino, a masterpiece of Agostino di Duccio, who, in covering the facade with bas-reliefs of enchanting grace and modelled fineness made it a little poem of Renaissance sculpture.
Rising 4 m. above sea level on the banks of the Arno river, on a fertile alluvial plain, this town is approximately 10 km. from the Tyrrhenian Sea. A centre of ancient origin, Pisa was already an important port in Roman times, definitively asserting itself as a seagoing power in the 12th century when it became a Republic after participating in the First Crusade. It extended its influence over the whole Tuscan coast and Sardinia, succeeding in defeating its rival Amalfi and the Saracens. This period was the start of the town's phase of greatest economic prosperity and artistic splendour. In the 13th century, the antagonism of Genoa, Lucca and Florence soon had a negative effect on the power of Pisa, which to after defeat by the Genoese at Meloria, was radically reduced. After a period of domination by the Signorie, the town's decline culminated with its defeat by Florence in 1406. Monuments: First and foremost is, without doubt, the Campo dei Miracoli (Piazza Duomo), one of the most famous sights in Italy and the world. Here lies the Duomo (11th-12th century), one of the major examples of Romanesque-Pisan art, with five aisles and housing important works of art such as the pulpit by G. Pisano (early 14th century) and the tomb of Arrigo VII (14th century); close by stands the world-famous Leaning Tower (bell tower, started in 1173), an elegant round construction; the Romanesque Baptistery, to a circular plan and the Camposanto (13th century), unfortunately damaged during the last war, housing extremely fine frescoes (14th and 15th century).
Pompeii, ancient city of Italy, a port near Naples and at the foot of Mt. Vesuvius. Possibly an old Oscan settlement, it was a Samnite city for centuries before it passed under Roman rule at the time of Lucius Cornelius Sulla (1st cent. B.C.). Pompeii was not only a flourishing port but a prosperous resort with many villas.
An earthquake in A.D. 63 did much damage, and an eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in A.D. 79 (which was described by Pliny the Younger) buried Pompeii, along with Herculaneum and Stabiae, under cinders and ashes that preserved the ruins of the city with magnificent completeness—down to the fresh colors of the wall paintings. The long-forgotten site of the city was rediscovered in 1748 and has been sporadically excavated since that time. The habits and manners of life in Roman times have been revealed in great detail at Pompeii by the plan of the streets and footpaths, the statue-decorated public buildings, and the simple shops and homes of the artisans. The houses and villas have yielded rare and beautiful examples of Roman art. Among the most famous are the house of the Vetti, the villa of the Mysteries, and, in the suburbs of Pompeii, the villa of the Boscoreale.
In order to appreciate the exceptional beauty of Portofino you need to see it from the square in front of the church of San Giorgio on the lighthouse promontory: from this position you have a splendid overview of the port and the row of coloured houses with their typical decorations. Portofino lies in a bay whose natural shelter is provided both by its shape and by Monte Portofino itself, which looks over the sea from a height of 600 metres and forms a three-kilometre ridge ending to the east at Punta del Capo. This favourable natural position attracted very early human settlement, and we learn from Pliny that "Portus Delphini" was already known in Roman times. After being under the dominion of the Abbey of San Fruttuoso for almost two centuries, it was taken into the Republic of Genoa in the twelfth century. The Republic built a fortress there in the seventeenth century which is now known as Castello Brown, after the British Consul who bought it in 1870. The church of San Martino stands in the oldest part of the town and dates back to the twelfth century, while the Oratorio dell'Assunta was built in the fourteenth century.
Queensland is often referred to as the 'holiday state' and this is certainly a fitting title. The population of approximately 3.5 million live in the states 1,727,000 square kilometres. Queensland holds activities for everyone, and is the perfect holiday destination. It includes Surfers Paradise, Brisbane, Cairns, the Great Barrier Reef, many islands along the coast, a great number of beaches, rainforests and National Parks. The many islands located along the Queensland coast offer a wide range of different attractions, activities and landscapes. Several of the more popular islands include North Stradbroke Island, Moreton Island, Fraser Island, the Southern Reef Islands, Great Keppel Island, the Whitsunday Islands, Magnetic Island, Fitzroy Island, Green Island, Lizard Island and the Torres Strait Islands. The wide range of small towns between Brisbane and Cairns offer all activities related to the sea. Whilst visiting the inland National Parks, you are also sure to come across the small isolated towns and cattle stations. You may be lucky enough to reach Birdsville, along the Birdsville Track, the most isolated of all.
Known as the Sunshine State, Queensland is a good place for an outback or beach holiday. Queensland's climate is perfect holiday weather, with warm days and cool nights in summer and short winters bringing cooler nights and mild sunny days. The things to see are countless - Queensland is proud of its World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, its magnificent beaches and tropical islands, its lush rainforests and exciting cities and outback heritage. Visitors need to choose the type of experience they want unless they have quite a lot of time to spare. As well as these major destinations, there are also many other places to visit in Queensland. Such as Alexandra Headland, Atherton Tablelands, Bribie Island, Cairns Beaches, Caloundra, Coolum Beach, Kangaroo Point, Mareeba, Mooloolaba, Tannum Sands, and Yorkeys Knob.
The Rimini province's Riviera is a record-breaker. Of Roman origin with two thousand years of history: a Roman bridge built by Tiberius is still intact to this day, as is Augustus' Arch. But there are also medieval and renaissance remains, such as the Malatesta Temple designed by Leon Battista Alberti. Rimini is also the birthplace of world-famous film director Federico Fellini. The biggest tourist infrastructure, with hotels of all categories, including 5-star and 4-star superior, and the biggest beach - 15km. long and up to 150 metres wide. The largest number of leisure time venues, from trend-setting discotheques to theme parks, thermal spas, an 18-hole golf course and the nearby Santa Monica racetrack. Shopping with all the big names in Italian style. Along the streets of Rimini Marina Centro as well as in the centre of the old town, there's no lack of opportunities for high-class shopping. Rimini's wines and cuisine are a big attraction for even the most demanding palates. Landing in Rimini is pleasant. Marina di Rimini is in fact an innovative marina. Marina di Rimini is also unique because it is in Europe's' vacation capital, a lively welcoming town no matter what time you land.
Sardinia is a beautiful and fascinating island; this portal strives to catalogue its numerous tourist attractions. It is a wonderful and captivating island for those whose visit is motivated by its medieval churches, extraordinary scenery and nuraghe; for those with a passion for hunting, fishing, hiking, or horseback-riding; for individuals interested in visiting its Phoenician, Punic and Roman historical testimonials or satisfying their curiosity on subjects concerning geology, nature and mineralogy, and finally, for those who are interested in its genuine folklore and celebrations, its many beaches and transparent coastlines, sudden gorges and hidden grottoes.
Lastly, let’s not forget its marshes and their typical fauna or pleasure boating along its coastline from which one of the most scenic and remarkable views of the Mediterranean is offered.
The nature on Sardinia is still intact, the countryside diverse with unique fauna and flora set against a backdrop of unspoiled nature. The beaches of Sardinia are among the most beautiful in the world. Broad, pristine shores of white sand alternate with secluded rocky inlets. Bizarre rock formations, caves, mountains, canyons and forests are surrounded by endless beaches and the emerald green ocean with its crystal clear water. Magnificent mountain ranges stretch across the islands interior covered with the ever green maquis bushes. Discover Sardinia''s cultural diversity and many traditions. Ancient customs, amazing celebrations, colourful costumes and culinary delights await you. All over the island you will come across remains of these old traditions in architecture, crafts and regional cuisine. Wherever you turn in Sardinia you will find traces of its rich and diverse history and architecture: Pre-historic Nuraghi, Roman excavations and Romanic churches and monasteries are scattered across the island and tell a story of times long past and cultures gone forever.
The central location in Tuscany is superb for touring with Siena nearby and Florence under 1,5 hours away. This area is famous for its long history and abundant natural beauty. Ancient hill towns dating back to the Etruscan and Roman times are towering over the landscape, such as Montalcino and Montepulciano which are famous for their Brunello and Vino Nobile wines. Archeological digs and local museums tell the stories of great cultures. Roman baths like Bagno Vignoni are still in operation. The monastery of Sant' Antimo with Gregorian chant, the Monte Oliveto abbey with renaissance frescos and the magical ruins of San Galgano are some of the many on our list of favorite places. Don't forget to visit the fabulous gardens of villa La Foce.
As soon as you arrive in Taormina, you will feel the magical, mythical atmosphere spread all around which has enchanted visitors from all over the world for years and years. Settled on a hill of the Monte Tauro, Taormina dominates two grand, sweeping bays below and on the southern side, the top of Mount Etna, the European highest active volcano, often capped with snow, offering to the visitors a breathtaking, dramatic and memorable view over almost one hundred miles of Mediterranean sea.
Taormina really seems to be born as a tourist resort since past times, when ancient people like the Sicels, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Saracens, Arabs, Normans and Spaniards chose it as their residential site thank to its favourable position, mild climate and magic atmosphere. Nowadays visitors can still find fine examples of Taormina's golden times : the splendid Greek Theater, the Roman "Naumachiae", the 13th century Cathedral of Saint Nicolò, the 14th century Palazzo Corvaja, the 16th century Palace of the Dukes of Saint.Stefano, the public gardens, the "Badia Vecchia" (Ancient Abbey) and many others.
The pristine waters of Lake Como (known locally as Lago Di Como) are framed by craggy backdrops and magnificent villas festooned with bougainvillea perch over its watery banks. Three long lakes converge to form Lake Como, joining in the Centro Lago area with the four towns of Bellaggio, Tremezzo, Menaggio and Varenna. These can be visited via the boats and buses connecting the towns in all three areas of the lake. Cultural areas of interest include Como's duomo, which combines the best of Gothic and Renaissance elements. Contiguous to this lies the former communal palace, the Broletto and two blocks from here is the Church of San Fedele. Scenic vistas can be explored from a funicolare to Brunate. Hiking trails lead off from here with overnight accommodation en route in the form of baite (modest guesthouses). Across the lake is the Tempio Voltiano a memorial museum devoted to Alessandro Volta, the inventor of the battery. There is an outdoor market in Como every Tuesday and Thursday morning and the whole day on Sunday.
Lake Como (Lago di Como) is one of the famous Italian Lakes destinations, not far from Milan in the north of Italy. Lake Como is long (50km), slender and extremely deep. The southern end forks into two long 'legs', with the picturesque town of Bellagio situated on the promontory between them. Like the other Italian Lakes, Lake Como has been popular as a resort since the days of the Roman Empire. Visitors ever since have admired the blue waters and relaxed in luxurious villas in the wooded lakeside slopes above. Today, most of the towns around the shores of Lake Como are popular with tourists, walkers, cyclists and swimmers. Como is on Italy's main railway network, and trains run from Milan to Como frequently, taking around 40 minutes. They depart from Milan's Stazione Centrale and Stazione Porta Garibaldi, and arrive at San Giovanni, Como's main station. Steamers, boats and buses serve all the main towns on Lake Como. A frequent boat service connects the central resorts, Lenno, Tremezzo, Villa Carlotta, Cadenabbia, Menaggio, Bellagio and Varenna, including a car ferry. A less frequent but faster boat travels the full length of the lake from Como (with stops at most of the above). Buses run approximately hourly all the way up the west coast from Como round to Colico at the north-east.
Lago di Garda is located on the border of Lombardia, Veneto and Trentino Alto Adige. It is one of the most beautiful places in Italy and that's saying quite a lot. Over the centuries the lake has always been very popular with holiday makers. The area has been rich in well-known products since Ancient Times: marble and wine, which were exported in all parts of the world. Worth a special mention is the “Riviera degli Olivi”, the long golden shore running along the lake for 50 kilometres (from Peschiera to Malcesine). Places of interest on the lake include Lazise, Peschiera and Sirmione. A special site is the Vittoriale in Gardone just north of Salo. Here you find the house of Gabriele d'Annunzio, an Italian writer, who managed to collect a heap of interesting stuff in his house. From the Lago di Garda day trips can be made to Verona the Valpolicella with its excellent wines and Mantua.. Destinations in Lago di Garda- Sirmione, Peschiera, Gardone, Salo, Lazise.
Whether your looking to rent a Villa in the The Greek Islands, a Hotel in California, an Eco Tourism resort in Australia, or a delightful bed and breakfast in the heart of Rome, or maybe this year you'll stay in an Agritourism in the hills of Tuscany? You can find it all here, and best of all, International Accommodation puts you in touch DIRECTLY with the owner of the property, you can make all of your arrangements directly. Its all at your fingertips and your just moments from finding the perfect holiday destination and accommodation solution. International Accommodation is your perfect gateway to leading holiday destinations around the world. From here, you can find your perfect accommodation from our choices of Hotels, Villas, Agritourism, apartments and much more.
About twenty years ago, the family farm in Italy was in deep crisis. Small farms could no longer compete financially and were disappearing and historic rural farmhouses, castles, and villas were being abandoned all over the countryside. A solution was needed to help farming families integrate their traditional production with something innovative enough to inject funds into floundering farms and provide incentive to restore and conserve the historical buildings often found on them. One of Italy's main markets has always been tourism, and the idea of the Agriturismo, or farm holiday, in which families could provide holiday rental accommodations, be it entire rental farmhouses, country vacation apartments, or bed and breakfast rooms, was launched with huge success.
On this site you will find information on Italian Country Villas where you can search and contact property owners and managers directly and make your arrangements for your accommodation. We are pleased to give you this introduction into the land of flavors, style, class and unparalleled beauty. Italy is in many ways like 20 individual countries with such broad variation of tastes, and panorama. This guide is to serve the purpose of making the traveler a little more curious about the intriguing country called Italia. Please use it as a reference guide to discovering some of the delightful villages, traditions, or to discover a thrilling new recipe for your pasta dish.
Italian Villas for rent offers a large selection of Villas, Agritourisms and Farm Stays holiday accommodation properties in Italy, which you can contact the owners directly and make arrangements for your vacation. Choose from many locations and types of Villas. We have properties in all 20 regions of Italy Abruzzo, Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Emilia-Romagna, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Liguria, Lombardia, Marche, Molise, Piemonte, Puglia, Sardinia, Sicily, Trentino-Alto Adige, Tuscany, Umbria, Valle D Aosta, Veneto.
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In keeping with the primary goal of preserving the farming tradition and conserving rural historic buildings, there are some main features that all farm holidays must have. The proprietors must be farmers, the main income of the farm must come from agriculture, and there must be a certain proportional relationship between the size of the holiday rental accommodation or guest lodging and the amount of land owned. If all of these criteria are met, a property can officially be registered as a farm holiday.
Farm holiday lodgings and accommodations range from simple rustic campgrounds to four star luxury accommodations. The vast majority are restored historic country farmhouses or charming holiday villas which rent either bed and breakfast rooms and suites or vacation apartments, some of which also have small restaurants or special features such as wineries, cooking lessons, or equestrian facilities.
Tuscany is the fifth largest region in Italy. Wedged deeply like a triangle in the heart of Italy, it constitutes a transitional, area between the Po Delta and Liguria, which are highly industrialized, and those Italian regions which are still principally agricultural. It stretches over the western side of the Apennines and includes the islands of the Tuscan archipelago. It lies on the sea to the west and south-west and borders with Liguria to the north-west, Emilia-Romagna to the north, the Marches and Umbria to the east, and Latium to the south-east. Its limits are clearly defined to the north but less evident to the east, crossing the main ridge of the Tusco-Emilian Apennines and taking in the upper Val Tiberina, becoming even more uncertain to the south-east and south where they appear to be justified only for historical, linguistic and generally cultural reasons.
Perth is a vibrant and modern city sitting between the cerulean Indian Ocean and the ancient Darling Ranges. It claims to be the sunniest state capital in Australia, though more striking is its isolation from the rest of the country - Perth is over 4400kms (2750mi) from Sydney by road.
Perth is situated on Australia's western coast, close to the southwestern tip of the country. The city centre is fairly compact, situated on a sweep of the Swan River. The river, which borders the city centre to the south and east, links Perth to its port, Fremantle. The western end of Perth rises to the pleasant Kings Park, which overlooks the city, then extends to cosmopolitan Subiaco. Further west, suburbs extend as far as Scarborough and Cottesloe beaches on the Indian Ocean. The railway line bounds the city centre on the northern side, with Northbridge immediately north of the line.
Pisa Real Estate offers large selection of Villas, Agritourisms, Hotels, Apartments, Bed and Breakfasts and Farm Stays holiday accommodation properties in Pisa and surrounding areas. You can also navigate to other cities in Tuscany including Florence, Arezzo and Siena. Pisa is most famous for its leaning campanile, yet its other equally notable coups include its long maritime legacy dating to 1000 BC, its prized university and its status as the birthplace of the world’s greatest physicist and astronomer, Galileo Galilei. The Pisans also created one of the most beautiful squares in the world in the Campo dei Miracoli (Field of Miracles). Its key component is the famous Leaning Tower, whose layers of heavy marble were constructed on a shifting subsoil foundation that has been the bane of Pisan engineers for more than 800 years. It seems that the tremulous soil underneath the Field of Miracles has exacted its price on the other buildings too, most notably San Michele dei Scalzi.
Simply the most memorable Experience in Italy! Tuscany has always been one of those places that tourists worldwide long to visit in their search for beauty, harmony, culture and tradition and where absolute human values reign. Some have defined Tuscany as a masterpiece others an enchanted land. And then there are those who see Tuscany as a timeless place where perspectives are constantly changing, where fantasy becomes experience, where surprise is an ever present ingredient and where colours, sounds and silences never cease to baffle you.
Rottnest, is a small island situated just off the coast of Perth famous for its snorkeling, diving, surfing and swimming. A popular holiday destination for locals and visitors, Rottnest is home to some of the world’s finest beaches and crystal clear bays. The semi-arid Mediterranean style climate and indigenous flora and fauna of this island, provide the backdrop to a special holiday experience. The diversity of fish and coral species, and the numerous shipwrecks found around the Island make Rottnest Island a favourite site for divers and snorkellers. There are thirteen historic shipwrecks found here and many species of tropical fish make their home in and around the numerous reefs. Around 360 species of fish are drawn to the waters off Rottnest by the Leeuwin current and some 20 species of coral are found within the Marine Reserve, which ensures the protection of the marine environment.
Siena is… the city of the blessed Virgins and the "Balzana"; black and white; decisive, just as its heraldic symbol; passionate and contemplative; always climbing and descending; clear and at the same time obscure; steep and narrow streets; the red of the Piazza del Campo appearing blinding and suddenly. In the alleys, in the museums and oratories of the Contrada, the spiritual songs of the Palio evoke very ancient rituals and modern allegories, while during the evening the shuffling of soles on the deserted pavement is in contrast with the peacefulness of the green valleys providentially enclosed within the wall, which ancient administrators had erected hundreds of years before it became common practice.
Over the past decade a new and exciting way to visit Italy has emerged. As an alternative to hotels, renting a villa in Tuscany is now an enjoyable and affordable way to experience Italy. No matter whether you’re travelling for pleasure, business or maybe you’d like to learn to cook authentic Italian meals, renting a villa in Tuscany has never been easier. The selection of villas, farmhouses, apartments and B&B’s has never been better or more affordable. The land that inspired Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci. The land where antique traditions and culture live on forever and have been lovingly preserved by each generation. The rare art treasures, the rolling unspoiled countryside, the vineyards and Olive groves make this region unique. Many of the most renowned historical centers in can be found in this area which, together with the breathtaking scenery the gentle rolling hills and the Italian hospitality, will give you unforgettable holiday.
Tuscany is one of Italy's world famous regions. Tuscany, with its enchanted landscapes from the mountain to the sea. Tuscany, with its towns with museums, cathedrals, historical buildings, streets, towns like Florence, Siena, Pisa and more. Tuscany, full of ancient Etruscan and Roman ruins...
But one can not pass through this land without being aware of Medieval Tuscany. Still visible are the small walled towns which are a testimony to the Middle Ages just as much as its great cities. Castles, fortresses, watch-towers, and town walls appear everywhere; some are well preserved, others are in ruins, but the main remnants are not on the tourist routes.
Tuscany Villas For Rent is the place to start when planning your next holiday vacation in Tuscany. Our directory offers a fine selection of vacation villas in Tuscany for rent. Our Tuscany villas range from a cozy one bedroom apartment in Florence, Italy, overlooking the Ponte Vecchio, to a 10 bedroom luxury villa in the hills of Tuscany and everything in between. We have the vacation rental you are looking for! Tuscany is renowned throughout the world for its art, history, beautiful landscapes, and more importantly, its villas. An area frozen in time, a pleasure to explore: from the vineyards of Chianti to the cool breezy seaside towns, explore the wonder of ancient thermal baths and 15th century monasteries with gastronomical delights that will tantalize your taste buds! The signature cypress trees grow in stately rows, some endless to the eye, and the meadows are carpeted with the same bright flowers that Botticelli used in his paintings once upon a time. The vine-clad hills around Florence are dotted with farmhouses and villas and the turrets of baronial castles create a picturesque setting fit for a fairytale. Lose yourself in Tuscany, and we dare you not to fantasize about living here. Let us help you make your dream a reality, even if it is for just a short while.
Tuscany, an Italian province rich in beauty and character, is the birthplace of the great Italian art and history; from here have come the Etruscans, the Medici family; Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and many great painters of the Renaissance, and the Chianti region which is famous for its vineyards and olive groves. The cities in Tuscany are: Florence, Siena, Arezzo, Lucca, Pisa, Grosseto, Livorno, Pistoia, Massa Carrara and Prato. Florence is a center of culture... Siena is rich of history, and has characteristic landscapes... Arezzo is known as a city of artists... Livorno is popular with its coast, harbor and ancient traditions... Pisa is famous with its Leaning Tower and Lucca is a city of the ancient walls. An advantage to renting a villa or farmhouse in Tuscany is location, location, location – no matter where you hang your hat, you are a just a daytrip away from literally dozens of charming villages, world famous tourist attractions and priceless collections of Renaissance art. Visit the Uffizi Gallery and Michelangelo’s David in Florence, the unofficial capital of Tuscany and true epicenter of the High Renaissance in the north. Climb the Leaning Tower of Pisa or walk on top of the ancient wall surrounding the village of Lucca, both located to the west between Florence and the Tyrrenian Sea.
Hillsides blanketed with vineyards and silver-green olive groves and capped by enchanting towns are the essence of Tuscany, one of the most beautiful places in the world. Much seems unchanged since the Renaissance; Siena's square continues to be captivating, while Chianti's narrow roads wind their way through cypress-strewn countryside. A visit here is magic and food for the soul. Midway down the Italian peninsula, Tuscany with its hills, snowcapped mountains, dramatic cypress trees, and mile of coastline on the Tyrrhenian Sea, provides breathtaking views everywhere you look. the Arno, its most famous river, stretchs clear across the region from Florence before making its way to the sea just beyond Pisa. The beauty of its landcape proves a perfect foil for the abundance of superlative art and architecture typical of the region. It also produces some of Italy's finest wines and olive oils. The combination of unforgettable art, sumptuous views, and eminently drinkable wines that pair beautifully with its simple food makes a trip to Tuscany something beyond special.
While Tuscany’s beauty can be enjoyed during all four seasons, the most desirable periods to visit are late spring and early fall. The days are warm and sunny but the nights still pleasantly cool. The spring flourishes with many varieties of wildflowers, accenting the silver olive groves. Fall is the season of sagre, food festivals throughout the province, including an epic wine festival in the town square of Greve in Chianti during mid-September. The gathering of grapes for winemaking known as the vendemmia usually occurs in October, and some vineyards even allow volunteers to assist with this traditional process and its resulting celebrations. Many rental properties have swimming pools for summer enjoyment, and the hot springs of the nearby thermal baths like Bagni S. Filippo page to take advantage of their competitive offers. thermal baths can be enjoyed in the winter, even though they are outside surrounded by nature.
Renting a self-catering villa is becoming increasingly popular for the intimacy and personality it offers that no hotel can provide. You feel more like a local and less like a tourist. Select from our properties your dream villa for your holiday vacation rental in Tuscany. Houses too beautiful to be enjoyed alone: spend an evening on a terrace with your closest friends in one of our villa in Italy, illuminated by soft candlelight, with a glass of Chianti wine philosophizing about the meaning of life, and be regenerated. Every day is a grand celebration. We offer a wide selection of vacation homes across Tuscany and Italy that are so spacious they can be shared with your many friends or with those closest to you.
Visions of Tuscany aims to help you discover and enjoy to the fullest the less-travelled venues of Tuscany, in particular the hilltowns which are marvelous fonts of a rich and cultured lifestyle. They are also excellent havens if you're looking for a place to unwind. Each is a gem in its own right and can serve as a venue for either a short daytrip or the majority of your trip. The better-known stops on the "Grand Tour", e.g. Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, and the Chianti region are nearby.