What's hot in 2015? – Our guide to the top 5 Italian destinations to go to this year

Life is all about adventure and Italy has plenty of that to offer.  Let 2015 be a year of discovery and try a destination that you may not have considered in Italy. Whatever you are planning for your holidays, Italy offers a classic blend of natural, cultural and historical attractions. 

Italy is a very beautiful and diverse country with plenty to explore from rolling countryside to endless beaches and fantastic historical towns.

At Holiday Homes in Italy, we obviously love the country in all its entirety and selecting 5 destinations is always difficult but here are our predictions for the hottest locations in Italy this season;

1. Puglia 

You can’t keep this region down. It’s been a favourite of ours for many years now. Despite the huge amount of media coverage, it has not quite driven the expected amount of tourists down in the ‘heel of Italy’. This is not a bad thing! Undiscovered towns and villages, beautiful and uncrowded coastline with kilometres of sandy beaches and wonderful rugged countryside with orange soil and olive trees, reminiscent of Greece.  That’s without mentioning the food, the wine and the people…. Polignano and Monopoli are beautiful coastal towns in the north, Alberobello is a heritage site with fantastic countryside and a myriad of Trulli houses and Otranto and Gallipoli in the south offer a mixture of great architecture and fabulous coast.  Puglia offers a refreshingly different and affordable holiday destination.

- Read our Puglia blog 

In comparison to its famous sister Garda, Como is a more tranquil and wooded lake with beautiful surrounding countryside.  With lots of activities taking place around the lake in 2015, this is really a great year to visit Como. With renaissance villas, castles and beautiful gardens, the lake offers a calm and magical destination.  Bellagio in the south is most definitely the prettiest town on the lake with cobbled streets, pretty piazza's and lovely views but the lake is awash with great resorts such as Menaggio and Como.  Great food, a relaxed lifestyle, warm summers and autumns make it a perfect destination for holidays in 2015.

- Read our Lake Como blog 

It’s all about the lakes this season and not hard to see why.  The largest lake offers a more active and family orientated slant to its sister lake Como. The beautiful towns around the lake are buzzing with life and international tourists and the shores are pretty, dominated by vines, olive trees and lemon trees.  Garda offers a great temperate climate and a wealth of outdoor activities such as cycling, windsurfing and walking. On its doorstep are vineyards, the beautiful city of Verona and Gardaland for the children.  Lake Garda is the place to go if you are looking for a combination of a relaxing and active holiday – a great all-rounder!

- Read our Lake Garda blog 

4. Sicily

Sicily is quite simply stunning! It is so much more than a beach destination, although it is home to kilometres of heavenly beaches. The sunny island combines awe-inspiring coastlines with wonderful architecture, fabulous food and Europe's greatest natural wonder, Mount Etna.  It really is an island of contrasts – chic resorts like Taormina, picture perfect coastal towns such as Cefalu and the Baroque town of Ragusa, you will be spoilt for choice!

- Read our Sicily blog 

5. Tuscany 

Its back again in our list and it’s not hard to see why; sun-soaked landscape and glorious, peaceful scenery, the region is home to some of Italy's greatest artistic treasures. The most well-known part of Tuscany has to be the Chianti region, perfect in its beauty with rolling hills dotted with vines and silvery olive groves and with dozens of pretty villages. However, the countryside around Lucca and Florence offer equally beautiful countryside, housing some great villas.  Tuscan cities such as Florence, Siena and Pisa as well as towns such as Lucca, Cortona and Arezzo offer a great cultural day out to compliment a relaxing holiday. From City apartments to rustic village properties to farmhouses with pools, Tuscany is wonderful holiday destination that combines nature with medieval history.