Monday, August 26, 2019

9 Hidden Gems In Italy

When it comes to Italy, the first thing that comes to mind is Venice and Rome. However, it is the hidden gems of Italy that will have you hooked and returning time and again. Right from its quaint villages to the colorful stacked houses, taking an off beaten part in Italy will pay off. There are a total of 20 regions that make up Italy and these hidden gems will leave you asking for more.

1.         Castelmezzano, Basilicata

Located against the backdrop of Dolomiti Lucane, Castelmezzano is a hidden gem that is paired up with another beauty on the opposite mountain, Pietrpertosa. There is a high-speed zip wire which connects the two Italian towns together. This town is mesmerizing when you view it from a distance. The surrounding area is full of hikes, natural parks, and forests. This beautiful town dates back to the 10th century and has an old-world charm. It should be on your list whenever you head to Italy.

2.       Trento, Trentino

Trento is the capital city of the Trentino region and it is ideal for a city break. It will not exhaust you but it will give you an opportunity to experience the best of Italy including food, art, culture and a vibe which makes Italy so unique and a favorite amongst travelers. The cobbled streets of Italy are clean and spotless, you can get more information on about the best accommodation options here. You can spend a weekend here and take a walk in the streets with no rush to be anywhere. The destination is popular with the neighboring countries to visit by car but it is still off beaten destination in Italy.

3.       Matera, Basilicata

Matera has recently gained popularity amongst tourists and it was awarded the Capital of Culture in 2019. It is a must-visit. There are caves which make up the Sassi which is the old part of the city and it is incredible to explore. It is a quiet place with numerous lesser discovered attractions.

4.      Mantua, Lombardy

It is surprising that this beautiful city is still off the beaten path in Italy. Known for the largest residential building in Europe, Mantua gives you the best of art and architecture. It is surrounded by artificial lakes which is an opportunity for you to go on a sunset boat cruise. However, the real magic lies in the grand architecture in Mantua. The Ducal Palace has about 600 rooms and they are an architectural delight. Only a few are open to the public. It is impressive and worth a visit.

5.      Tropea, Calabria

Calabria will give you the best of azure water and sandy beach days. It is of great value and one of the best places to visit in Italy. This is a very affordable beach destination that is uncrowded and is worth your time.

6.      Varenna, Lake Como

Much has been read and written about Lake Como. It is a real gem and the most famous place in Italy. Varenna is across the water from Bellagio and it has mind-blowing castles and grand houses which have mountains above. Varenna has cute little coffee shops with lakeside views and is perfect for a long weekend of relaxation and rejuvenation.

7.      Alberobello, Puglia

Puglia is known for the Trulli houses. There are stone buildings with a pointed cone-like roof and it makes for a perfect postcard photo. It is a hidden gem but more and more people are discovering the place. Walkthrough the empty streets and discover the history of the iconic buildings. The houses are a blend of traditional and modern.

8.     Camogli, Liguria

This place will steal your heart in each and every manner. The charming Camogli still has the charm of a traditional fishing village in it. Camogli is a traditional fisherman town that has colorful houses and a laid back vibe. It has small backers and impressive hotels that will take your heart away.

9.      Martina Franca, Puglia

A very short drive from Alberobello, Martina Franca is one of the hidden gems in Italy. There is an opera festival in the summer where there are many visitors to this town. It has little restaurants and spotless settings which make it an ideal place to relax and unwind.

These hidden gems in Italy should be a part of your itinerary on your next visit. You will be mesmerized at the beauty and serenity you find at the stunning lesser-known destinations.

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