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The ritual of Aperitivo

Aperitivo ritual is most certainly a must-try during your stay in Italy to enrich your food experience. It usually consist of pre-dinner drink and some salty snacks. The word “Apéritivo” comes from the Latin verb “aperire”, which means “to open.” It usually involves a beverage served before a meal to stimulate the appetite. Classic aperitivo […]

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In search of the perfect gelato in Rome

Every Roman has its own favorite gelateria and they could spend hours arguing about it. You will find a gelato shop around every corner in Rome, however, remember that the most impressive display or most colorful ice cream rarely guarantee an equally amazing taste. Therefore for you not to get lost, we have prepared for […]

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3 stunning lakes in Italy

Besides having a 7,600 km long coastline which includes some breathtaking beaches, Italy also has 1,500 lakes some of which are pretty spectacular. We have picked for you 3 probably most amazing lakes in Italy. Lake Garda Not only it is the biggest lake in Italy but probably of the most spectacular ones too. Located […]

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Must-buy souvenirs from Italy

Have you ever been so immersed in enjoying your holiday that you almost forgot to buy souvenirs for your family and friends? Last-minute souvenir shopping can be way too stressful if you haven’t done homework. But not to worry! We have prepared you a small list of things worth bringing back home from Italy! Taste […]

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3 cities you should visit in south- east Sicily

Sicily –  largest island in the Mediterranean, offers plenty of things for you to see and experience! The province of Ragusa can indeed offer you everything: interesting history, architecture, amazing food and sandy beaches. In order not to miss out on what’s important, we have prepared a short of list of must-see places! Ragusa The […]

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Museo Hendrik Christian Andersen

Hendrik Christian Andersen was a Norwegian-American sculptor, who was born in 1872 and died in 1940. Although his name is similar to another H. C. Andersen, then the two of them has nothing in common. Hendrik was born in Bergen, Norway and he is presumably the only Norwegian who has a museum in Italy. We […]

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Florence

This wonderful city is both tiny and huge at the same time. The center is like an open air museum, which has become prettier and prettier through time, and today it stands as a treasure chest filled with art, architecture, lots of charm, all of it surrounded by ancient walls. Florence is located in a […]

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Five vacation homes at the Adriatic sea

The Adriatic is the sea that divides Italy and the former Yugoslavia. A long coastline beginning at Trieste in the northern part of Italy and stretches down to Puglia in the south. Along this long coast, there are many wonderful sandy beaches, lovely seaside resorts and a little inland where you can visit cozy villages. […]

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A great voice from Tuscany

Most people know Tuscany to be a wonderful place in Italy. But did you know that this part also has been the birthplace of several of the biggest personalities in Italy, including Galileo, Leonardo da Vinci, Amerigo Vespucci and today’s protagonist, Andrea Bocelli? Andrea Bocelli Andrea Bocelli was born in 1958, not far from Pisa, […]

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Five beautiful villas near Rome

It is high season for the planning of this year’s summer vacation and some have even started planning the autumn holiday, that shows up a little later this year. It is nice to spend the holiday in a lovely villa, where there is ample space, a large garden and private swimming pool where the family […]

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Shopping in Rome

Rome has much to offer for those who visit the city. The attractions are queuing, and include such things as: Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Sistine Chapel, Roman Forum and the Spanish Steps. We could continue for ever. At times, however, it’s also nice to do something different than visiting attractions. A […]

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Apulia – Food, Architecture and Beaches

This area, in the far south at the heel of Italy, has long been a forgotten area for many. However, in the recent few years, several have begun to travel there and many people are planning a trip to Apulia to discover this charming region. A lot to see Many may already have visited Apulia […]

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A travellogue from Albano Laziale and Villa Olivella

On the 8th of October, we left a Norway bathing in sun and turned our noses towards Italy. We arrived in Rome three hours later, ready for an adventure or two. We had rented a villa, Villa Olivella, through Renate Villas. The villa was in a small town called Albano Laziale, and I cannot deny […]

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Five best villas near the beach

When we go on a vacation, then closeness to the beach is often one of our top priorities. Its a fantastic feeling just to enjoy breakfast at your terrace and then walk down to the beach and enjoy the sun. This is one of the reasons why many people is looking for vacation homes close […]

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Liguria – a little piece of the Riviera

Liguria is among the smallest regions in Italy. In fact, if we look at the geographical size, it is the third smallest region of Italy. It runs along a large portion of the coast, from the French border and down to Tuscany. As with so much else, it’s not the size that counts and Liguria […]

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Exciting things in store for 2017

We are at the end of 2016 and soon about to start a new year, which will be a very exciting year for us at Renate Villas. Many new things will happen in 2017, and we are looking forward to tell you more about this later on. Among other things, you will find a bigger […]

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Top five vacation homes with the finest pool

The swimming pool is often the most used equippemnt on a vacation, and this also applies when you stay in a vacation home. Most of our villas have their own swimming pool and this make them perfect for a family vacation. Can you imagine something better than sitting on the terrace with some good food […]

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Christmas in Italy

Christmas is not that different in Italy compared to the rest of Europe. The Italians like christmas very much and the christmas decoration of the streets and the shops begins even earlier than we are used to. By the end of October, most of the streets in many cities have been prepared for christmas with […]

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Top 5 vacation homes for the golfplayer

Do you enjoy playing golf and have you dreamed about a long weekend or a vacation where it’s possible to play golf? We do understand that. It’s a lovely thought to walk or drive a short distance, enter the golf course with some friends or by yourself after a nice Italian breakfast, while the rest […]

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Five reasons to visit Sicily

This big island in the south of Italy have so much to offer when it comes to giving you the perfect vacation, whether you prefer to go there for your summer vacation or just a long weekend. You will find that choosing Sicily as your destination gives you many advantages, one of them is that […]

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Norwegian of the month in Italy – vol. 3

Renate Hjelleseth is our next female participant in our series about Norwegians living in Italy. Renate is the master mind and driving force of Renate Villas, the company which offers amazing vacation homes for rent, and helps you fulfil your dream about your own villa in this beautiful country. Tell us about yourself and your […]

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Long-term holiday in Italy

You are probably not the only one who, during autumn or winter, has dreamed of staying somewhere with a warmer climate, where the sun is shining and you can relax on the balcony after a nice lunch. It’s not impossible to achieve this and it’s actually healthy to. We all need sunshine, some more than […]

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Food and Italy

If there are two things that belong together, it’s food and Italy. You won’t find many other countries in the world where the love of food and ingredients is so big as here. Food fills a large part of the daily life of an Italian, and this is maybe also one of the things we […]

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Five beautiful churches in Rome

Rome, also called the Eternal City, has many attractions to offer. From the magical Colosseum to the Spanish Steps, where people from all over the world meet. Since the Catholic church resides here, you will find many beautiful churches in Rome. And if you like to walk around, just looking at those beautiful, old buildings, […]

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Why buy your own vacation home in Piedmont

Having your own vacation home is a special thing for many people. A second home where you can have some privacy and get away from the busy everyday life, relax, enjoy yourself and enjoy life. Enjoying life is something Italians are very good at. Their whole way of living is about enjoying the one life […]

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Good advice about car rental in Italy

Italy is a country that many people have a very good relationship to. Here, you will find a nice and warm climate, especially during the spring, summmer and autumn. Lots of nice food, nice wines, beautiful landscapes, cozy villages and a friendly population. You will find many places to visit and you can either choose […]

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5 reasons why you should go to Italy for an autumn break

Summer is definitely over now that we welcome the month of September. For many it seems like an eternity since the summer vacation, and perhaps it is time to have another small vacation in October. In October it starts to get cold and windy, so what would be more perfect than an autumn vacation in […]

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Ten good reasons why renting your own vacation home is perfect when you travel with children

When the time has come to plan your next vacation, then you automatically begin the process of finding out where you wish to go, how to get there and where you will stay. Many families with children have opened their eyes to Italy as a perfect holiday destination. Here, you will find a beautiful climate, […]

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5 wellknown Italian dishes!

The Italian dishes are known worldwide and very few people doubt that the Italians love food, good food and preferable a lot of it. They have a long tradition for beautiful dishes and enjoying a good meal. Even though Italy hasn’t been a country for that long (only since the 19th century), their traditions within […]

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4 lovely Italian beaches

There are many things that make us go to Italy on vacation or just a long weekend. One thing is the nice and warm weather, the friendly people, the fantastic history and last but not least, the nice food and the good wines. But Italy is also about beautiful beaches. Along Italy’s 7600 kilometer of […]

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4 Italian festivals you don’t want to miss

When you are in Italy on a vacation or a long weekend, then it is always fun to attend some special events. You will find many different festivals and events in Italy, which are worth attending. We have picked out four of them, which we reccomend that you visit. 1. Corsa dei Ceri – Gubbio […]

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Take a vacation in Tarquinia, a city full of beauty and history

    When you rent a vacation home in the city of Tarquinia, you will have a holiday in a town full of history. The city is close to Rome, only 90 km away from the Italian capital. It is easy to drive here from the airports                   in […]

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The Towns of Cinque Terre

If you ever feel like you need to just get away from it all for a little while and go somewhere where you can forget about whatever it is that’s bothering you and just relax and take in the beauty around you, you should come to Cinque Terre. This little portion of coast on the […]

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The famous Siena in Tuscany

Renting a villa close to Siena means that you are very close to plenty of exciting attractions. One villa close to town is Villa Perignola The city of Siena is on of the must famous city of Tuscany. Around 55.000 people live in the city. It is not among the largest cities of Italy, but […]

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Sicily, Marzamemi

Travel and Baroque towns in southern of Sicily

    When planning a trip to Italy, Sicily is undoubtedly one of the regions that tourists cannot overlook. Being the largest island in the Mediterranean, there are several choices of cities to visit. If you are a lover of history and art, it would be appropriate to plan a trip to the baroque cities of Sicily. There are […]

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Umbria, Orvieto city

10 things to experience in Umbria

Like many places in Italy, Umbria has beautiful and interesting old towns and stunning landscapes. This county has long been visited by tourists from the Netherlands and the United States, and is certainly less familiar to us from Norway. There is much to see in Umbria in terms of interest and surrounding landscape; lush forests, green hills and […]

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