If there's one European travel destination that deserves a spot on your travel bucket list, it's Italy. Between the coveted meals, ancient ruins, landmark destinations, and beautiful umbrella-lined beaches, there are plenty of reasons we'd love to plan a trip. But beyond the cuisine, the culture, and the sights, the Italians' taste in interior design and architecture is enough to make us eager to visit the Mediterranean country.
The best houses to rent in Italy are convincing us to book our plane tickets in advance. In an effort to satiate our wanderlust, we're inviting ourselves into some of the most beautiful, chic Italian homes courtesy of Onefinestay—and we can't help but appreciate their rich sense of history and indisputable glamour.
Keep scrolling to explore some of the most stylish travel residences in Italy, from Sicily to Rome.
Villa Maude, Sicily
This stunning home in Sicily is located on its own private oasis: 30,000 square feet of lush gardens. If you're looking for a vacation escape to the Italian wine country, Villa Maude may be your perfect destination. This modern home has four bedrooms and five bathrooms, and it can comfortably sleep up to eight guests.
Complete with a saltwater infinity pool and an open, airy terrace, the space is a master class in blending the outdoors with architecture. The stylish home is decidedly modern in its design, but vintage furnishings and authentic stone details from its traditional wine-making structure bring out the personality of its region. With updated features like a glass fireplace, rain head showers, and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, guests will enjoy modern comforts in the iconic Italian landscape. Just a short drive to Catina, you'll get the benefits of privacy without being far from the city's entertainment.
Piazza Mattei, Rome
This spacious Roman home boasts an eclectic mix of décor, recently restored terracotta tile floors, carved coving with gilded details, and ceiling frescoes by the Zuccari brothers, artistic maestros of the Renaissance. With five bedrooms and five bathrooms, you'll have plenty of space to bring your favorite group of up to 12 travelers along for the stay.
If you're looking for a walkable location that's located close to the metro station, historic sites, vintage stores, and fashion boutiques, this destination should be on your list. While the neighborhood is excellent for exploring, the amenities in this space are enough to make us ready to book the trip: A private sauna, grand billiards room, high-end bathrooms, and Instagram photo-worthy décor make this home a lesson in luxury.
Borgo S. Lorenzo, Florence
This Florence home is an excellent retreat for those seeking extravagant city views paired with historic details and modern comforts. The two-bedroom, one-bathroom space can accommodate up to six guests, and its interior is just as striking as its rooftop terrace.
From the zigzag black-and-white floor tiles to the exposed ceiling beams and white marble bathroom, guests will be captured by every corner of this home's design. On the terrace, enjoy outdoor sofas with plush white cushions for a luxurious, relaxing evening overlooking the city. Glass details like a transparent staircase and floor-to-ceiling windows make the interior's open floor plan stand out in an all-white design. In the heart of Florence, guests are only a short walk to restaurants, nightlife, shopping, and historic museums and monuments.
Opting for homes that feature rooftop terraces is a great way for guests to stay in iconic cities while finding plenty of privacy from the busy streets.
Via delle Conce, Florence
A stunning white spiral staircase steals the spotlight in this striking Florence home. While its interior is filled with minimalistic, modern architecture, we can't get enough of the sprawling gardens that make this vacation rental stand out. The lush, inviting patio will convince you to sit outside and sip on a glass of sweet Italian dolcetto. Four bedrooms and four bathrooms make the space suitable for up to eight guests.
Inside, you'll be captivated by the home's kitchen with eclectic wallpaper and full appliances fit for a master chef. A mix of décor styles makes this space truly unique, filled with personality that allows each room to feel like its own separate retreat. With a floor-to-ceiling tiled shower, moody black bathroom design, exposed wood ceiling beams, oversized windows, and large, elegant bedrooms, every corner of this home boasts a new reason to book your trip. Near the local market, museums, and a cathedral, guests will have plenty of entertainment with a one-minute walk to public transportation.
Dione Villa, Sicily
This waterfront villa in Sicily offers panoramic views of the coast from a private location on the hillside. With two floors, four bedrooms, and four bathrooms, up to eight guests can enjoy this luxury Italian vacation rental with plenty of space to relax.
The modern interior is sleek, clean, and airy with its minimalistic white design, but its architect owners took care to incorporate warm accents in its flooring and furnishings to make the home feel inviting. At the top of a floating staircase, each of the four bedrooms features an ensuite bathroom, and the rooms throughout the home are furnished with restored vintage furniture that complements the taupe ceramic tile floors. Ten minutes from the small town of Cefalù, guests can enjoy both local amenities and a short walk to the beach directly down a path from the house.
Via degli Orsini, Rome
It's nearly impossible to choose a favorite detail from this Roman vacation rental in the Navona-Pantheon-Venezia neighborhood. From a winding glass dining room staircase to built-in glass archways in the living area, its modern elements stand out among carefully curated vintage décor. The space sleeps seven guests with its three bedrooms and two bathrooms, which contrast rustic details with cozy, practical furnishings.
This rental certainly isn't short on "wow" factors, as evident in the architecture, but we're especially impressed by its multi-colored lighting options that use modern fixtures for a soft, glowing purple ambiance at night. If you're looking for a destination with outdoor space, you'll enjoy its courtyard garden perfect for dining with your fellow travelers. A few steps from authentic Italian restaurants, museums, shops, and historic churches, your trip will be packed with entertainment from the moment you walk outside.
Ocean views are aplenty in this luxury vacation rental in Sicily. Located on the cliffs overlooking the sea of the Maddalena Peninsula, Delphina features panoramic sights surrounding its infinity pool built tastefully around the hillside's exposed rock formations. The home sleeps eight guests in its four bedrooms and four bathrooms, and the property is landscaped with lush gardens.
Natural wood floors and clean white walls are found throughout the interior, with oversized gray stone tiles inside the modern kitchen. Pops of color in each room of the home bring personality to the contemporary space furnished with floating beds, rainfall showers, and modern amenities. Enjoy Sicily's finest neighborhoods at this location close to fishing-village trattorias and the historic town of Syracuse, where guests can explore Greek and Roman theatres and museums.
Via del Corso, Rome
Boasting three marble bathrooms and a greenery-filled rooftop terrace, this luxurious Roman home will make you forget that you're in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the Italian capital. With four bedrooms and five bathrooms, this vacation rental can sleep up to eight guests.
Alongside its private roof terrace complete with a jacuzzi, Via del Corso features a living area filled with stained glass windows and floor-to-ceiling views of the city. And while we're swooning over the fully-equipped kitchen, the best space in this rental has to be its outdoor dining area overlooking the neighborhood. Located in the heart of Rome, you'll be within walking distance to nightlife, restaurants, and entertainment.
Choose rentals with full kitchens to make delicious Italian meals right from your vacation home. Pick up your ingredients from local markets for an immersive experience in authentic Italian cooking.
This contemporary home in Sicily offers seaside panoramic views of the area's iconic Noto Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A sprawling patio wraps around the pool, open to the home's interior with oversized sliding glass doors for a true indoor-outdoor design. With five bedrooms and three bathrooms, this home can sleep up to 10 guests.
Inside, find modern architecture paired with sleek white walls and comfortable furnishings. Sloped ceilings with exposed wood beams are open to the first floor from the second-floor hallway, featuring glass railings for a complete view throughout the open-concept space. Nearby beaches make this destination an excellent choice for those seeking access to the ocean close to local restaurants, shops, and even snorkeling activities to explore marine life.
Palazzo Borghese, Rome
This luxurious apartment in Rome, located inside a 16th-century apartment in the Popolo-Quirinale neighborhood, is a perfect choice for those looking for historic Italian architecture. Golden details and authentic fresco-lined walls are completed by antique furniture, light fixtures, and décor to create a space that fully immerses guests in the Roman experience. Quaint in size but not in style, this vacation rental can accommodate up to four guests.
Step through the formal courtyard with lush plants and intricately carved statues to enter the space. Modern upgrades make this historic rental comfortable for all guests, complete with a full kitchen, WiFi, air conditioning, and Netflix for cozy nights in after exploring the bustling neighborhood. Right in the heart of Rome, you'll only be a few minutes away from iconic landmarks, entertainment, and the upmarket shopping district.
This contemporary retreat in Sicily is a historic villa that has stood for two centuries, but its modern amenities and updated architecture make it a destination unlike any other. Stone walls, terracotta tile floors, and exposed wood ceiling beams are just a few of the striking features in this 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom home suited for six guests.
Enjoy mountain views from two separate rooftop terraces connected to the upstairs bedroom, and relax by a saltwater infinity pool on outdoor sunbeds surrounded by mature palm trees. Take a short drive to the beaches of Cornino and Scopello, ride a ferry to nearby islands, visit the local Greek temple, or explore wine-making in Marsala’s salt pans all within close reach to this luxury home.
Trastevere Loft, Rome
This sleek, modern loft in Rome is located in the popular Trastevere-Gianicolo neighborhood. With modern industrial architecture and a decidedly cool, moody vibe, this loft is a great destination for city living with upgraded amenities. The large space can sleep eight guests with four bedrooms and four bathrooms.
The loft's owners note the neighborhood's iconic bohemian district, which is known for delicious meals at authentic Italian trattorias, craft beer, and local shops. Inside the home, the Balinese style brings natural elements together with floor-to-ceiling windows pouring light over its wood floors, brick walls, and marble details. Along with its extravagant interior design, the loft features a private spa and a rooftop terrace to overlook the bustling city. Conveniently located minutes from iconic landmarks like Piazza Trilussa, Gianicolo Hill, and Campo de’ Fiori, guests can enjoy a luxurious private space in the heart of Rome.
Villa Glaucina, Florence
This spacious vacation home is a restored farmhouse in Florence. If you're looking for an authentic experience in the Tuscan countryside, Villa Glaucina is a perfect choice to enjoy the famous wine region of Chianti. With four bedrooms and three bathrooms, this elegant space tucked between medieval villages can sleep up to ten guests.
While we're swooning over the estate-like pool deck complete with a vine-covered terrace for relaxing in the shade, the home's interior is just as striking. Historic wood floors and ceiling beams, terracotta tile, marble counters, and modern stone details make this space a destination to remember. Enjoy large doors that open the home to both the front and rear gardens, a cinema room with projectors, and a grand fireplace in its lounge area. A close drive to historic destinations, guests can explore the neighborhood or enjoy the secluded rural area through walks and bike rides.