We all love a good book on holiday and we all like to read it in comfort, so why not try a holiday home swap in Italy this winter to combine the two? You can find holiday home exchanges all over the country, which will not only save you money but also give you the ideal home away from home feeling ─ ideal when you want to get your nose into a book.
In this guide you’ll find reasons to try a holiday home swap in Italy, as well as related reading suggestions for your trip.
Save money on your accommodation
If you’re planning on taking a trip to Italy, a good way of staying in comfortable accommodation without having to pay a huge amount is a holiday home swap. How does it work? You simply swap your home with like-minded travellers, so neither of you has to fork out on the costs of staying in a hotel. You can while away the hours with a good book, in your home away from home, then step out to explore your new and inspiring surroundings.
Love Home Swap, home exchange experts who specialise in holiday home swaps, are a good port of call if you like the sound of swapping. Whether you want to go to a big city like Milan and Rome, or head for the serenity of the Amalfi Coast, you can find members with homes in these locations who will be open to a swap.
The perfect environment and excuse to curl up with a book
A holiday home swap provides you with an ideal setting and an excuse to slob out and get into a really good book. You’ll be in someone else’s home so you don’t need to worry about other guests making a lot of noise and disturbing you. You can just put on your comfy clothes, make a nice drink and curl up.
As you’re travelling to a new country, you’ll want to get out and see what’s on offer. When you feel energetic you can explore the local area, and when you feel like coming home you can get back to your book and chill out.
A home swap is the ideal combination of a peaceful environment – perfect for reading – and the excitement of being in a new location with plenty to discover. If you want to take the experience to the next level, there are plenty of great books set in Italy to help you really immerse yourself in the country.
Tying in what you’re reading with where you’re going
There are a number of books set in Italy that make the ideal companion to a winter holiday home exchange in Italy. If you’re the type of person who likes to read all about the place you’re in, and want a high-quality travel book, ‘Central Italy: The Collected Traveler: Tuscany and Umbria’ is perfect, as it gives you a real insight into where to go, what to see and how to do it in this beautiful region.
If you fancy Venice you could try Marlena De Blasi's ‘A Thousand Days in Venice’, which is an autobiography about how she met a Venetian and ended up immersing herself in life there.
Take on the Godfather novels, or any of the books based in Sicily written by Mario Puzo, for an evocative read. Get into Michelangelo’s mind with ‘The Agony and the Ecstasy’ by Irving Stone, or choose ‘I, Claudius’ by Robert Graves to read all about ancient Rome.
Tracey Chandler is a freelance, travel writer and a huge fan of travelling alone. At present she is busy discovering all that Latin America has to offer.