When you think about Italy, Rome, Venice, and Florence will probably be the first destinations coming to your mind, and they are amazing cities you should visit once in your lifetime. But if you are looking for a genuine experience, you want to relax or explore culture and traditions, you can definitely get much more from traveling to less-known destinations. Take your time to talk to local people and relax in the places that are not reached by the mass tourism, very well hidden in that beautiful maze that Italy is. The destinations we have selected for you aim at offering experiences of local and sustainable tourism, creating occasions of interaction with people and small realities to witness and take part in the Italian culture first-hand.
The North of Italy is perfect for those who love mountains and lakes. The famous Dolomites are a real paradise for mountain activities. Lombardy offers such a variety of landscapes where you can enjoy summer and winter sports, such as trekking and skiing in the Alps or climbing and Via Ferrata by the beautiful Como Lake. But nature is not the only attraction of this region. Valcamonica is a proud UNESCO site thanks to the numerous archaeological sites of rock carving and characteristic little towns in the mountains, such as Bienno and its famous Artcraft Festival.
Friuli Venezia Giulia is a magic land. Over the centuries it has been subject to cultural influences from all over Europe, making it a culturally rich region. Naturalistically speaking, it is a wonder harbouring in a small area the Alps, the hills of Collio, and the Adriatic Sea coast. Friuli Venezia Giulia is also a land of excellent wine and food, so there are possibilities to discover the local products with a visit to the factory of Prosciutto di San Daniele, or hiking through the vineyards and do some tasting of the best Collio wines.
Piedmont is famous all over the world for its wine and history. There are a lot of historical towns and cities where you can learn a lot about the Italian culture, such as Alba. Truffle is one of the culinary specialty of this territory and you can experience truffle hunting with a professional hunter and their dog. But a special attention must be given to the Langhe, the breathtakingly beautiful hilly area South of Tourin, where the famous Barolo, Nebbiolo, Barbera, Moscato, Dolcetto are produced. This area is perfect for wine tasting and visit to the wineries.
In the Center of Italy we have the beautiful Tuscany, cradle of the Renaissance. What we want to show you is the other side of Tuscany, not only art cities and museums, but small realities, nature and country houses on the hills, where you can live a slow life like local people love to do.
Umbria, the green heart of Italy, is amazing for the presence of little art cities and food and wine traditions. Historically, it is famous for Assisi, where San Francis, the patron of Italy, lived and put his revolution into practice. But we should not forget Gubbio, famous for the truffle and for being one of the most beautiful medieval towns in the world; and Perugia, culturally rich thanks to the ancient university and with a long tradition of craftsmanship. You can visit ceramic laboratories and take part in truffle hunting. Umbria is also a region of wine: you can visit the best wineries and do some wine tasting, as well as cooking classes.
Abruzzo is another impressive region. It is famous for hosting hundreds of “borgos”, little medieval towns often in natural parks or on top of mountains. Abruzzo is home of the most magnificent and ancient Italian Natural Parks, such as Abruzzo National Park, Gran Sasso and Majella National Parks, where nature offers breathtaking landscapes and high peaks. But the mountains are not the only element in Abruzzo. The Adriatic sea is just a few kilometers away. It is amazing like in just one tour you can pass from high mountains to the sea.
Lazio is mainly famous for Rome, the Eternal city and capital of Italy, but our offer aims at showing you that part just outside Rome that is called Sabina. Sabina is a hilly area with a natural park, Tevere river and olive oil groves. Nature dominates this area, so you can enjoy relaxing walks in the nature and discover the origins of Rome thanks to the numerous archaeological sites.
The South of Italy is famous for the beautiful sea and the Mediterranean scrub. In Apulia there is an area called Salento that stretches from Lecce southwards, until the Southest point of the heel, Leuca. If you visit Apulia you can’t miss Salento, an area with a strong cultural identity, very different from the rest of the region. You will notice the differences both in the sea and the food. Salento is also called the “land between two seas”, as it is surrounded by the Adriatic and the Ionic seas, resulting in dark blue water alternating to crystal clear water.
If these suggestions have inspired you, get a further insight on the destinations in the pages dedicated to the single regions.
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