5 Must-Visit Hidden Travel Destinations in Italy
Florence, Rome, and Venice compose the Italian trifecta that most of us include on our Italian travel itinerary, but going off the beaten path on your trip is what will allow you to experience the true local flavour. From the picturesque lakes and seaside beaches to the rural landscapes and scenic hill towns, Italy has something to offer for almost every type of traveller. So if you have enough time to spare, consider renting a car and explore any of the following towns across the countryside of Italy.
Situated in the Tuscan hills, this 13th century town is surrounded by Chianti vineyards and olive groves. Piazza del Campo, the town’s main square, is considered as one of the biggest main squares in the world, and was once hailed as a UNESCO world heritage site.
To make the most out of your visit in Siena, consider spending a night in a local argriturismo – a tradition that allows farmers to have additional income by hosting tourists on their property. Today, these stunning farm houses offer one of the most picturesque accommodations in Italy. Most of these farm houses even serves meats, eggs, and wines that are fresh from the farm.
Orvieto is the perfect definition of an Italian hill town. Just 90 minutes travel time outside of Rome, the town sits over a hill of volcanic stone overlooking the Umbria countryside. The town’s cathedral is a must-see masterpiece for it’s a stunning Gothic structure made with stained glass on the inside, and covered in mosaic tiles on the outside. Seeing it is already worth the visit alone.
If you’re planning to visit during summertime, consider heading to the local favourite coastal Rimini to experience boisterous nightclubs and packed beaches. The town’s nine-mile beachfront is divided into sections, and identified with their own vibe and number. Lungomare Augusto and Marina Centro are two of the most popular beaches in the Adriatic Sea, but do spend some time strolling the coast’s promenade to explore the rest of the area.
- Lampedusa Island
The wild landscapes and white beaches is what made Lampedusa Island a Mediterranean favourite just off of Sicily. Its heart-shaped Rabbit Beach is one of the most popular in the world, and serves as a home to a good number of loggerhead sea turtles.
Unlike the well-known Amalfi Coast, Puglia is a much quieter place and is known for their unique trulli (a cone-shaped stone hut). The seaside region is also known for their burrata, a fresh mozzarella-like rich cheese that’s meant to be paired with crusty bread and locally grown olives. To enjoy a more decadent meal in Puglia, consider booking a table at Grotta Palazzese where you get to dine in a limestone cave while enjoying the breath-taking view of the sea.
Visiting nearby towns is one of the best ways to truly experience and enjoy the Italian way of living. So make sure that you include these places on your next trip to Italy to truly get a closer look at the country’s culture.
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