Ciao bella! 5 super-chic (and kid-friendly) Italian homes you rent NOW 2 years ago

Ciao bella! 5 super-chic (and kid-friendly) Italian homes you rent NOW

It's the home of pizza, pasta, gelato – and everyone new favourite obsession the Aperol Spritz.

And as well as all the culinary reasons to book a break to Italy this summer, this beautiful country also has a whole bunch of other things to offer, like ancients ruins, magnificent old castles, amazing shopping, museums, theme parks, natures reserves and so much more.

So whether you want to visit the Pantheon, swim in the Adriatic sea or simply sip your aperetivo in one of the countless sun-soaked piazzas, bella Italia got something for you (and the whole family).

As for where to stay, just take a look at these five gorgeous properties that are available to rent right now through Kid & Coe – and tell us you don't fancy a bit of dolce vita right now:

1. Rome

This beautiful family apartment, overlooking a green square in the residential neighborhood of Testaccio, is in a great location for a foodie tour of Rome.

In a historical building with a beautiful and large courtyard, the apartement has a full kitchen and family-sized dining area and is bright and spacious. One of the best markets in Rome is just steps away. The immediate area has artistic and cultural centers, including the MACRO contemporary art museum, the Città dell’Altra Economia, Piramide Cestia, and the Aventine Hill, with Trastevere, the Colosseum and central Rome walking distance away.

For more information or to book, click here.

2. Tuscany

Surrounded by olive groves and vineyards, this beautiful rustic villa has a garden, a swimming pool and wonderful countryside views.

Built from traditional materials with a mid century modern aesthetic inside, it is a stylish and authentic place to stay with the kids. Travertine marble bathrooms have rain showers and bedrooms are spacious. The open plan main living space is great for relaxed family living.

Kids will love the garden and the swimming pool in particular; there is also a kids playground for them to enjoy. The villa has 3 bedrooms; one of them is set up with 3 twin beds and is ideal for kids. A crib, high chair and baby bath can be provided on request, and a toy box is available.

Nearby attractions that particularly suit young families include beaches 15 minutes’ drive away, pretty villages to explore, Siena, and Pisa and its leaning tower.

For more information or to book, click here.

3. Sicily

This large apartment in a recently restored building is quiet and yet in the center of Catania, overlooking a wonderful castle and in the gastronomical heart of the city.

The apartment is large and comfortable, with a home cinema and winter garden plus three bedrooms each with private balconies. The square facing the building is full of good restaurants where you can taste excellent traditional Sicilian dishes and good wines.

There is a theme park not too far from the center of Catania and beaches are a 15-minute drive away. A crib is available for babies, with a high chair, kids dinnerware and other baby items on offer too.

For more information or to book, click here.

4. Puglia

This magical, romantic property with a pool, created from a traditional Trullo plus modern additions, includes bikes, swing chairs and a vegetable garden full of tomatoes and herbs.

The villa, which sleeps 10, is tranquil and offers an easy space for parents to cook in the outdoor kitchen while kids run around and enjoy the swimming pool. Extras include a wood-fire pizza oven with barbecue area by the glass kitchen, cooking lessons for children and 7 mountain bikes with excursion programmes.

The property is just 2 km from Alberobello, in the heart of Valle d'Itria. It is near Martina Franca, and around an hour south of Bari. Bari and Brindisi airports are 70 km away. Car rental is essential for exploring and getting the best of the local area. The area is quiet and tranquil, largely rural, with the Ionian Sea and Adriatic coast within easy reach.

For more information or to book, click here.

5. Lake Como

This contemporary lakefront villa has an infinity pool, private mooring, stunning kitchen and wonderful garden. Inside, the house has an open plan family living space and lounge with a panorama window, the better to enjoy the incredible views of Lake Como. There is dining inside and out with views over the lake.

The large villa sleeps eight people, easily accommodating two families in comfort.

Along with the pool, there is beach access a few steps down from the garden. There is a designated children’s bedroom with twin beds. Baby cribs, high chairs and a baby bath can be provided on request.

For more information or to book, click here.