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Italy is full of tourist attractions as it is so beautiful. Every small town in Italy tells a story of its own and tourists love that kind of vibe. For that reason, #Italian towns and #culture attracts many tourists from all over the world, all year round. And if you are spending just a few days in Italy, you won't have the time to visit them all.

Nobody really needs an excuse to visit Italy, home of some of the most iconic destinations in the world. Rome, Milan, Venice in Veneto are places that everybody should try to visit at least once in their lives. Roman architecture abounds. The works of great masters adorn churches and galleries, and the rich culture of this ancient country has touched much of the civilised world. Italians feel part of the same country only when it comes to soccer.

Is food an important part when you travel? Italy is the country that we rank as the country we are going to, because of the food. Perhaps not surprising given all the good that is served there. When the Italians sit around the table, it is not just the food and wine to be enjoyed without the party, conversation and life.

That culture includes the famous Italian cuisine. When you think about how many food and drinks use Italian names in the English language it really emphasises how omnipresent Italian food has become. However, there is no substitute for sipping cappuccinos in Rome or eating Neapolitan ice-cream in Naples while visiting Italy. The best time to visit Italy is April to June or September to October.

Best Places to Visit in Italy

Even a month or two won't be enough. For that reason, you should choose to visit only the best Italian tourist attractions.

1. Pompei


Pompeii is located in the Bay of Naples, south of the Neapolitan city, and on the way to the Sorrento peninsula. You can see diverse and interesting samples in the house of Octavius ​​Quartio or the House of Venus in the Shell. However, the most spectacular frescoes in the Pompeii enclave can be found in the Villa of the Mysteries, located outside the old city, to the northwest.

2. Verona


Verona has something special that one will fall in love with this city from the first moment in the country of pizza and pasta. Even if you do not have a partner, do not worry, Verona is much more. There is life beyond romanticism and the city hides a great proposal of attractions to visit in Italy at least once in a lifetime. We start?

Thanks to its privileged position between Milan and Venice, it is among the interesting places in Italy to get away for a couple of days if you are making a route through northern Italy. It is the place in which Shakespeare set his tragic novel Romeo and Juliet. Forget about the public or private transport, put on some comfortable shoes and go around the streets waiting to meet the Juliet's House, the Arena of Verona, the Lamberti Tower.

Take a break to sip a delicious cappuccino or hold back with your partner in that part of the bridge to watch the beautiful views or take a picture. If you decide to travel in the time of Valentine's Day, if you are not accompanied by your partner, doses of romanticism and love samples can hurt your sensibility if you are without your better half.

Throughout the month and especially over 4 days the city becomes the epicenter of the ideal of love and many activities are held in it. You could always be eating pizza, pasta and ice cream without getting tired, because in Italy there are a thousand and one possible combinations of all of them. In Italy, each region has its own variation on the classic Italian cuisine.

The pizza Margherita is said to be the mother of all pizzas, and when it comes to wine, there are over 350 approved grapes in the country. Tip is to visit a winery or a cooking class so you can relive the good flavors when you come home. If you are passionate about pizza you must make a mandatory stop at one of the best Neapolitan pizza houses in the city.

Pizza in Naples is thicker, lighter, contains real mozzarella cheese (cow or buffalo milk) and it’s not pre-cut. You will need forks and knives. Sometimes people will cut it with fork and knife and then fold the slice and eat it with hands. Everyone has his way. If you go to fancy pizzerias in richer neighborhoods you will not see people using hands.

A traditional pizza will be prepared in a stone oven with firewood but gas ovens can be used nowadays and with amazing success and taste even if some die-hards will refuse to go to pizzerias that don't use real firewood.

Traditional Italian recipes are simple and tasty, but varies greatly depending on the region you are visiting. Bring someone you love to travel and experience the earthy Italian culture. Eat delicious pasta, pizza, and cheese with good wines. You can accompany them with tasty starters such as carpaccio with arugula and cheese, pasta, gelato!

The baci di giulietta or Juliet's kisses, is the most representative sweet of the whole city, which, as it is more than evident, has created a whole business around the history of Shakespeare lovers. But the best part is that they are delicious! It is a recipe that can be found in most bakeries in Verona made from almonds and hazelnuts. If you are a sweet lover, you cannot leave without trying it.

3. Lake Garda


Among the best places while traveling Europe on your own, many people miss out on the beauty and charm of Lake Garda. Pay a visit and you won't be able to come back soon enough. And while you are there, stop in at the Osteria Gatto d'Oro for a meal. This quirky dining establishment is not to be missed. It is compulsory to study German, which is the second official language.

Even the cuisine is highly inspired by Austria. This is for saying that you shouldn't expect to eat an authentic pizza over here. One of the typical meal is Strudel. Basically, it is a cake roll with apple.

The horizon of the Italian region of Trentino-Alto Adige is dominated by the impressive chain of the Dolomites, the friendly face of the Alps. The region confines with Switzerland and Austria. There is a continental and alpine climate and winters are very cold. It is known for its mountains (Alps and Dolomites) and its lakes.

Its wide valleys covered with forests and meadows open to the south, so they are warmer than those of the north, warmth that is reflected in the character of those who attend the bivacchi, typical mountain huts that serve meals to skiers in winter and hikers in summer.

Head to Bolzano, the main town in the Italian Tyrol, where you can admire part of the Dolomites, beautiful views, and the journey will become less heavy seeing that you already entered the Alps (South Tyrol) Austria by the Brenner pass, where you can see the fascinating bridge of Europe, immense viaduct that offers unique views.

The central part, the Brenner Pass proper, occupies the land between Sterzing and Matrei, through the village of Brenner itself. But above all, the route from Trento to Bolzano means knowing two cultures, since here the airs of the Mediterranean and the Tyrol mix.

The beautiful and characteristic Merano is a city of different denominations. It is a city of gardens, city of well-being, historical and modern city, mundane but at the same time calm. After Bolzano, it is the second largest city in the Trentino Alto Adige region. The name of Sissi, queen of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, is linked to the story of Merano.

Very important is also the wonderful Trauttmansdorff Castle, where the empress stayed twice during her stay in the area. Merano is an excellent city to stay to visit the Christmas markets of the area, to enjoy the thermal baths, to see Bolzano, Trento, and the Dolomites, including Val di Non and Val di Sole (if you travel by car).

Merano is a lively city, of international events of great importance with the horse tours, the Merano Forst Grand Prize, the Merano Jazz Festival and also the Musical Weeks of Merano, international symphonic music event, the traditional Grape Festival and of course the Christmas markets. In other words, the city is enriched throughout the year with cultural, sporting, enogastronomic and traditional events.

The period of the Christmas markets is one of the most exciting in the city. In the air you can smell the perfumes of the hot wine (Vin Brulé), the spices and the typical pastry. The Christmas songs are heard through all the downtown streets. The Merano Christmas Market is the largest in the area, with its 83 exhibitors.

Another particular drink of Merano, which is also typical of the German Christmas tradition, is the Feuerzangenbowle, a sugar loaf soaked in rum, which is dripped in a copper pot filled with red wine!

Corvara, situated in a sunny plain at the foot of the Sassongher mountain, can be defined as the cradle of tourism in Alta Badia. Pastry shops, after dinner bars and pubs and fashionable shops offer enjoyment and variety without altering the calmness and pleasantness of the small Alpine town.

In summer several lifts allow you to easily reach altitudes of over 2,000 meters where you can enjoy incomparable panoramas - the view sweeps from the Dolomites peaks of Alta Badia up to the Marmolada glacier and the Austrian Alps. Trails, from the easy ones at the valley bottom and on the plateau of Col Alto-Pralongià, up to the longer excursions in the Puez-Odle natural park or the more difficult ones on the Sassongher peak and Piz Boè are the joy of excursionists and climbers alike.

4. Milan


Less than 300 kilometers away is the elegant Milan, a city with an important cultural heritage that goes far beyond fashion. Fashion metropolis of Milan is perhaps best known for shopping, but also to all football fans bucket list. Visit the beautiful Milan cathedral and hip Isola with street art, vintage shops and cool restaurants.

Minestrone Milanese, Campari and Gorgonzola all have their origins in Milan. City tour with wine tasting or historical tour with a taste of the top local restaurants recommended. Eat like a local in the Brera area.

5. Lake Como


Lake Como, in the Lombardy region, is one of the most beautiful areas of Italy and also one of the most unknown, although it seems incredible. It is sometimes eclipsed by tourist areas such as Tuscany, Cinque Terre or the Amalfi Coast in Southeast Italy. Focus on the most touristic towns and places like Lenno, Bellagio, Brienno, Cernobbio, Varenna, Menaggio and Nesso.

There are several historic villas on Como Lake, where they have lived from aristocrats to writers or artists, since the sixteenth century. Today, these villas have been adapted and converted into hotels or museums and many of them can be visited. Fish, pasta and sweets are some of the protagonists of the most recommended restaurants in the area.

The cassœula or in its different insubric dialects cassœûla, cassoeura or casöra is a typical food from Lombard tradition, prepared in Winter. The most important parts are the verze (savoy cabbage) and pig meat as the costine (ribs) and cotenna (the thick skin of the animal).

The name comes probably from a particular type of spoon used in the preparation of this food (the casseou) or from the name of the pot (casseruola). It is interesting to notice that in German tradition there’s a similar dish called Kasseler. The Cassœula is even better if served with polenta, the famous typical food of the nordic tradition (talking about Italy).

6. Turin


Turin, the capital of Italian Piedmont is famous throughout the world for protecting the Shroud and for being the cradle of solid chocolate and Fiat. Let yourself be seduced by this beautiful Italian city, with the Alps always present and the great river Po embracing the center.

Get to know its baroque and modernist architecture, its distinguished boulevards, its charming paved squares, its interesting museums and its cozy cafés. And, of course, do not miss its great nightlife and its transalpine gastronomy.

But there are many Piedmontese towns, full of cultural, gastronomic and historical richness as it happens with the charming town of Ivrea. Ivrea Cathedral (Duomo), crowns the sky of the area, being very visible from almost any point. Ivrea was the headquarters of the Olivetti typewriter company and the mark of this brand in the population is more than remarkable.

The Ivrea carnival is extremely popular as well as its orange festival where people throw oranges.

7. Genoa


Chiavari was for centuries, a major world-class trading port. The medieval old town is rich in carrugi (narrow streets leading to large squares) and historic buildings. The best way to discover all the treasures of this Ligurian jewel is to walk along the central street, the Via Martiri Della Liberazione or to lose yourself in the many small streets that are home to countless treasures.

You can buy and enjoy a wide variety of Ligurian specialties, enter the antique shops and also go shopping even in bad weather in famous fashion or design shops nestled under the ancient arcades of Caruggio Dritto.

Sanremo is located on the west coast of the picturesque Italian Riviera in the blue Ligurian Sea and is surrounded by high mountains. The classy seaside resort on the famous Riviera dei Fiori, has a large marina and can absorb Nice in terms of glamor. In the charismatic historical center of the city, let yourself be lost by La Pigna in the labyrinth of narrow streets.

Above the old port you will find the Corso Matteotti shopping district with its elegant boutiques. In the flower shops of the dawn they sell fragrant and carnations. Close to the market you will find the Corso degli Inglesi, a street where elegant villas and a Russian Orthodox Church decoration can make you enjoy a pleasant walk.

At night, its inhabitants go for an aperitif or a drink in restaurants, inns and bars or play their luck in the casino.

Seborga is a small principality in nortwestern Italy. When Italy was united in the 1800s they missed out on some paperwork and Seborga was never properly incorporated into Italy. It is still there, a micronation with 300 inhabitants.

8. Cinque Terre


If you are someone who would rather spend their vacation by the sea than in the center of a crowded city, Cinque Terre is the place to visit in Italy for you. Truly one of the most beautiful places by the sea in Italy, it consists of five seaside villages on the Italian Riviera coastline. It is centuries old but colorful houses make it look very new.

If you want to relieve some stress, Cinque Terre will be the perfect place to do just that. You can spend a few days enjoying the view and the sunny warm weather and you will be as good as new once your trip is over. It is a very romantic place and the prices aren't even that high, so this also makes a perfect place for your honeymoon on a budget.

Levanto, an Italian coastal city, is pleasant, although it lacks the charm of its illustrious neighbors. In May the Festa del Mare is celebrated, which pays homage to the sea through numerous activities. Levanto is located a few kilometers north of the Cinque Terre National Park, composed of five historic towns anchored on cliffs located on the edge of the Mediterranean.

Although some tourists take advantage of the somewhat lower prices of Levanto, most of them head a little further south when they visit this region of exceptional landscapes. Among all the towns of Cinque Terre, Monterosso is the one with the largest accommodation offer. One of the activities that you can not miss if you visit Cinque Terre is a boat trip along the coast to enjoy the wonderful views of the villages from the sea.

The boat makes a stop in each of the towns, with the exception of Corniglia which has no port as it does not face the sea. This seaside destination known for it’s hills and hiking trails can fine you anywhere from €50 to €2,500 for wearing flip-flops. Apparently the villages got bored of having to rescue tourists from footpaths without proper footwear.

9. Monterosso al Mare


Monterosso al Mare, is the largest town with more services, restaurants and hotels of the 5 that make up Cinque Terre. It is also more aimed at sun and beach tourism because it has the best in the region. At the end of the beach, there is Il Gigante, an enormous sculpture that represents Neptune the god of the seas.

10. Vernazza


Vernazza is one of the most beautiful villages of Cinque Terre and the one that has best preserved the appearance of a marine citadel. Another place to visit in Vernazza is the Doria Castle, an imposing bastion that extends at the end of the town and ends with a long boardwalk from which you can see the entire citadel. In the highest part of the castle is the Belforte, an imposing cylindrical tower from where you can get a panoramic view of the whole town.

11. Pisa


There is no trip worthy of Italian Tuscany that does not include the visit to Pisa. Seeing the inclination of its famous tower is an attraction that will be difficult to resist at a stone's throw from Florence. It is a huge green meadow on which extends the impressive monumental complex whose center is the Duomo cathedral, although its most popular corner is the famous leaning tower of Pisa.

12. Florence


About 250 kilometers south of Venice is the wonderful Florence, where the splendor of the Renaissance is present in monuments, fountains and buildings but also in hidden corners of the city. Florence is a cultural and gastronomic hot spot with delicacies on every corner - perfect to take with your mother or daughter.

Even though you will need months to discover all the exciting things about Rome, Florence is the most exciting place in Italy. And it is also considered to be the most beautiful one. It is a big city but it is definitely not as big as Rome. This means that finding your way through Florence would be much easier.

Florence is located in Tuscany and it is also one of the most important cities when it comes to art and history. The Uffizi Gallery is located in Florence. If you visit this gallery, you will be able to stand face to face with some of the world's most meaningful art pieces.

Florence is also known for having amazing ice cream shops. So while you are there, make sure you try at least one flavor because we are sure you will fall in love with it. Pizza is available on every step you make and plates of pasta are even easier to find if you are feeling hungry. The shopping district in Florence looks so good that you won't feel sorry if you spend more money than you expected.

Italy is a fashionable place so their shopping districts must look good, but shopping in Italy surely isn't for those who are traveling on a budget. Tuscany is a famous place in Italy for making wine and cheese. Italians thought that tourists might want to try these specialties so they have plenty of organized tours to vineyards where you can try the wine and eat the amazing cheese.

Florence passed an ordinance which bans people from eating on four streets that run through the historic city centre. You could be fined €500 for doing so. Torta al sangue di maiale is a Tuscan speciality, made with pig blood, milk, eggs, breadcrumb, cheese and bacon. In some regions it's made also with cocoa, pine nut and orange. Cibreo is a chicken soup, but is made with crest, liver and balls.

Lampredotto is a traditional Florentine food made with one of the four stomachs of the beef. It’s cooked slowly with tomatoes, onions and celery and it’s served with bread.

13. Bologna


The two towers of Bologna, the tower Garisenda and the tower degli Asinelli, are the great icon of the city, although they are only two of the more than one hundred that came to be in the Middle Ages.

14. Rimini


Rimini is the symbolic city of the Emilia Romagna Riviera and summer tourism in Italy. It is the goal of thousands of Italian and foreign tourists who fill its sandy beaches every year and has the reputation of being the Italian capital of fun in summer. Between the hills and the sea, near the wonderful towns of Emilia Romagna, also full of tourist and cultural attractions.

Rimini houses along its coastline quiet family pensions, large hotels and apartments that satisfy all tastes. The wide and varied offer make it the ideal place for all types of summer vacations, both for those who seek tranquility, as well as for those who are more inclined towards fun, sports or entertainment and culture.

Perfect for a family holiday, equipped even with everything necessary for the four-legged members of the same and full of opportunities for the little ones, its main characteristic is still the impeccable welcome of the tour operators that during the whole year renew the initiatives with always new offers, from wifi on the beach to the wide range of water sports and various sports under the umbrella and in the sand.

Here is Riccione, the most visited city on the entire Adriatic coast. The oldest that can be visited dates from the 13th century, it is the Agolanti Castle. It is currently dedicated to various exhibitions. Another place of interest is the so-called Museo del Terreno. It is a geological museum that illustrates the transformation that the Misana coast has undergone until it becomes what it is today. It is very entertaining, since it uses interesting didactic methods.

An interesting collection that you can see in the gallery consists of objects from World War II and later. And the Riccione theater is also worthy of one of the unique places to visit in Italy. There is a water park for nature lovers. This is the Oltremare dolphinarium, but in addition to dolphins you will have the opportunity to observe all kinds of birds and aquatic animals, such as the curious seahorses.

It is amazing to see the shows starring birds of prey, most surprising reptiles and various exotic animals. Aquafan and Indiana Golf are also famous parks for receiving thousands of visitors each year. The shows are also an integral part of life in Riccione. In the Odeon the cinema and the theater come alive every night. The beach of Riccione is known as the Playa del Sol.

15. Siena


On a tour of this region of Italy it is mandatory to travel to Siena. Among the most visited Italian cities as a tourist destination is Siena. Located centrally in the attractive region of Tuscany, it brings together art, history and nature in a powerful combination difficult to resist. In this post we will tell you the things to do in Siena and how to get there from Florence.

The Piazza del Campo in Siena is considered one of the most attractive European urban places. In the Piazza del Campo twice a year a famous horse race called the Palio di Siena is held. By bus, from Florence to Siena, it is a journey of a little over an hour. If you want to go by train from Florence to Siena you have to take an hour and a half trip.

16. Rome


They say Rome wasn't built in a day. This means that to see and experience Rome, you definitely need to spend some time there. And experiencing Rome could be one of the best things that happen to you. Rome is a very old city. It is rich in art and history. Painters, sculptors, kings, singers, and many other very meaningful and well-known people have lived and worked here throughout time.

Rome is a city that will take your breath away and win your whole heart over. The museums are filled with famous paintings of celebrated artists. Galleries, restaurants, and shopping districts are located in small, Italian streets. Cafes are filled with people who enjoy Italian coffee. Anywhere you go, you will be able to learn something new and exciting.

Rome truly is an amazing city as it is the capital of Italy. It is simply one of those Italian tourist attractions that you can't and shouldn't miss if you find yourself in Italy. And the best part about Rome is that it is suitable for people of all ages so you can plan your dream family vacation to Rome. It is a great way to bring art and history closer to children.

Not to forget to mention the sights and the hundred-year-old buildings that you are going to fall in love with as soon as you start exploring this amazing city.

Abruzzo is a region located in the east of Italy, about 2:30 hours from Rome. Abruzzo has a coastal area where you can enjoy the beaches and the sea and another mountain area. The villages are usually located high up in the mountains which makes some spectacular photos. Each one is more photogenic than the previous one. Go to Pescara, capital of the region or to Vasto to bathe in the Adriatic Sea.

To eat we recommend the area of ​​San Vito Chietino. It is very good and it is the cheapest in Italy. There are bars next to the sea where you will find pasta dishes. They also make grilled fish. Coglioni di mulo are a traditional dish from Umbria, Marche, Lazio and Abruzzo. In fact this dish is just a salami with two pieces of lard inside!

Pajata is a typical dish in Lazio, especially in Rome. It's usually eaten with pasta. Go for a walk in the area of ​​the Fossacesia abbey. It is a very quiet place with a nice view of the area.

After a short walk relax with a spritz in a bar just in front of it. Have your first contact with the arrosticini, lamb skewers that are very typical in the area. It is best to give yourself a treat and go to a Trabocco. You have to book in advance because they are always filled but we are sure that it is an experience that you do not forget.

To sleep the places of the coastal area where you will have more variety are Ortona and Vasto. Visit a town like Roccascalegna, a small town like Sulmona. In the month of August there are some medieval whips in the Garibaldi square that make the city wake up a little and fill with people for a few days. From Sulmona take the road (do not go on the highway) to Scanno. On the way you will stop a few times as the landscapes are spectacular.

Anversa degli Abruzzi is a village town that you cannot resist having a beer. Just after leaving Anversa degli Abruzzi you will pass through the Gorges of Sagittarius, from where there is a beautiful view of the town. It is the typical town of the area, with brown houses and (almost) always on top of the mountain. A little further on you will find lake Scanno that at sunset gives you some beautiful colors.

Once you have visited the town, we recommend that you take the little walk called Sentiero del Cuore to take your picture with the lake in the form of a heart in the background. It can be done from the lake in an hour and a half and from a road that is on the way out of the town itself in only half an hour. If it is summer we recommend that after the walk you have a good swim in the lake.

Go to Rocca Calascio and Santo Stefano de Sessanio, two towns that are very close to each other. Go hiking through Campo Imperatore. It is an idyllic place where many films have been filmed and where Benito Mussolini was imprisoned even after his fall from power until being released by the Germans a month later.

Today there is a ski resort, famous as it is only an hour and a half from Rome. The place is also known in the world of cycling since it has been several times final stage in the Giro d'Italia. As a part of a clampdown on inappropriate behavior or noise pollution in Rome, the council has prohibited singing on the city's buses, metro and trams.

17. Naples


Pizza hometown! The Neapolitan pizza is classed as a World Heritage Site. Over 3000 pizza makers are in Naples and many hold courses on how a real pizza should be baked. In many Italian pizzerie you get served a complimentary pizza base (in Tuscany it’s called cofaccino) simply topped with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a few herbs to snack on while you wait for the food.

It's just one pizza every 4–5 people, more or less the equivalent of a slice of bread. And it is delicious: warm, crunchy, flavorful, magnificent bread. It does not need anything to be absolutely finger licking.

Take the opportunity to go on a tour of ancient Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius. And if you love the mural paintings, it is essential that you visit the Archaeological Museum of Naples. Keep in mind that this museum is where most of the frescoes found in Pompeii and other Roman enclaves destroyed by the Vesuvius volcano are preserved and exhibited.

If you do not, you may be disappointed to see the excavations in Pompeii as the vast majority of Pompeian art and frescoes are found in the Naples-based national institution. On your walk through the streets you will be attracted by the houses where you can see the famous frescoes of Pompeii.

18. Capri


The Capri island is one of the best summer destinations on the coast of Naples, can reach from Positano, Amalfi, Maiori, Minori, Sorrento, Salerno, Naples, with ferry or private excursions. It is one of the most beautiful islands of this coast, with its famous Blue Grotto. Vietri sul Mare is the village of the Amalfi Coast closest to Salerno.

19. Sorrento


The first town that appears in the Sorrento Peninsula is Castellammare di Stabia, located a few kilometers south of Vesuvius, at the southern end of the Gulf of Naples. Castellammare di Stabia is defying fashion by banning miniskirts, low-cut jeans as well as too much cleavage.

Next to this town are the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Stabiae. Take your first bath in one of the magnificent lidos or Palombara beach.

20. Positano


Positano is one of the most internationally known towns on the Amalfi Coast. You can get to Positano by car, bus or public and private ferry. Praiano is a small fishing village, lies between Positano and Conca dei Marini, and is usually ignored by most tourists. Salerno is the best option to base if you want cheap hotels.

21. Bari


Southern Italy transcends the concept of a getaway and is one of the great journeys that still persist in Europe. Apulia, the region without rain, the heel of that geographical Italian boot was, for centuries, an inhospitable and distant region. If you go by flight, Brindisi and Bari are the gateway to the region. First coral reef in Italy was discovered on Adriatic coast near Monopoli, in Puglia.

Puglia preserves still virgin places and a unique humanity in the Mediterranean. Places like Alberobello with its spellbinding Trulli, towns like the white houses of Otranto, beaches like Maldive del Salento, Punta Prosciutto or Baia dei Turchi are just the beginning of a trip to Puglia. It is a country inside another in which people spoke a kind of Greek, direct heir of ancient Magna Grecia, a Greek territory before the birth of Rome itself.

Bari is a magnificent base of operations to get to know the north of the region, including the essential Matera - although it is in Basilicata and Alberobello. The ideal is to take as strategic bases Bari to the north and Lecce, the Florence of the south. With a rental car everything becomes easier.

The distances are short and allow to make day trips to see several of the suggested points and explore the interior of the region, famous for its olive groves, its orchards and its charming villages. Lumache crude are a typical dish in Puglia and Sicily and sometimes they are cooked just a little. Pulpo crudo is generally slammed up against a rock and then washed, before it's eaten.

22. Matera


Matera belongs to a region of southern Italy called Basilicata, located between Campania, Apulia and Calabria. The most well-known image, a title shared with the Bulgarian Plovdiv, are the Sassi, a group of caves excavated in the volcanic tuff. Among the oldest and most important areas, the Civita neighborhood, with its Romanesque cathedral, is a natural fortress located in the heart of the old city and, together with the two hollows of Sasso Barisano and Sasso Caveoso, is the most fascinating part of the city.

Torre Guaceto is a small watchtower located next to a lush forest underbrush and old farmland. Otranto has a small but impressive historic center around its Aragonese Castle. Ostuni is a beautiful white city. The city of Gallipoli is, in fact, a small island defended by impressive walls and another of those castles that the Crown of Aragon planted throughout the region to shore up its dominion over southern Italy. Taranto is another of the interesting points of the region.

23. Palermo


It is an island at the center of the Mediterranean Sea. Winters are mild and summers are extremely hot. It is known for its breathtaking beaches. The cuisine has Italian, Arab, French, Greek and Spanish influences. The fresh products that I prefer from the land are oranges and olive oil. Worldwide it is famous for the Cannoli.

They consist of tube-shaped shells of fried pastry dough, filled with a sweet, creamy filling usually containing ricotta. It is said that the Italian food originated from Sicily. It is traditionally eaten vegetables, seafood and lean meats. Visit Palermo food markets; Vucciria, Capo, Ballaro and Borgo Vecchio, all close to cultural attractions.

Meusa is a sandwich made with veal’s lungs and spleen, and seasoned also with cheese.

Far from giving off the grandeur of Palermo, the corners of Catania, or the elegance of Syracuse, Trapani seduces for other reasons. Its pedestrian historic center, its quiet environment, the gastronomic proposal, the famous salt mines, and the proximity to the Egades make it worthwhile to stop on our route through the west of Sicily.

Both the Annunziata Sanctuary and the Pepoli Museum deserve to delay the visit to the city center. The historic part has streets of great beauty such as Via Garibaldi with its baroque palaces or Via Vittorio Emanuele with its route of churches, pedestrian routes where suddenly appear wonders such as the Senatorial Palace and the Clock Tower.

Opposite, on the island of Colombaia, the Castello di Mare guards the entrance to Trapani by sea. On the south coast there is the marina and the docks where the excursions to the Egadi depart, while in the northern part we find the beaches, from the urban coves of Porta Ossuna or the Tower of Ligny, to the Litoreana or San Giovanni, immense beaches.

The itinerary called salt road runs along its irregular row of windmills that draw a landscape that Cervantes already evoked. The salt mounds, covered in terracotta tiles, look like blankets that safeguard the salt. In Nubia, in the territory of the salt pans of Paceco, visit the Salt Museum, located in an old mill.

The boat trip to the Egadi that leaves in the morning and returns in the afternoon after visiting Favignana and Levanzo is one of the most popular attractions.

South of Trapani, after leaving behind the pink salt pans that face the Phoenician island of Mozia, the road takes us to Marsala in Sicily. The almost always present sun encourages to buy a piece of cheese, open a good Marsala wine, and eat Lazarillo de Tormes in the quiet Marsala. From Roman times the wall and some porticoes of access to the city are still preserved.

The vines grown there produce white and red wines with an exceptional flavor and aroma. Since the 19th century these wines are exported all over the world. As you can imagine, there are numerous wineries where you can taste this wine jewel.

Did you know that Italy accounts for one third of all wine production around the world? As the largest island in the Mediterranean, Sicily has the best conditions to grow fine wines, and is in fact the region with most wineries in Italy. Perfect for those who love food and wine on the go!

In the town of Salemi, the dilapidated and often crumbling buildings are put up for sale for 1 euro. The buyers only spend symbolic 1 euro to buy the building, but they need to sign a document in which they agree to fully renovate the building, making it habitable anew.

24. Padua


Instead of Venice try Treviso. Treviso offers lovely water canals, beautiful churches and cobblestone lanes. The city is less crowded than Venice. To protect public security, the coastal city of Eraclea (near Venice) has made building sandcastles on it’s beaches a criminal activity. So if you’re planning a beach holiday with your kids, you might want to go somewhere else.

25. Assisi


Coratella is eaten in Umbria and is made with lamb’s lungs, heart, guts, liver and spleen.

26. Sardinia


The island that meets your Caribbean dream, Sardinia is known for its powdery white sand and crystal clear water. Here are fine family hotel and excursions to go on to beaches and idyllic small towns. Puglia also boasts of being the Italy's second largest wine production region.

Traveling to Sardinia is an excellent option to complete your trip through Italy or even as a unique destination. The island is ideal for traveling alone. Traveling to Sardinia not only means seeing a wonderful Mediterranean island but also approaching a very interesting part of Italian culture. The island is loved for its Caribbean beaches and clear, turquoise water.

On the north side is the dazzlingly beautiful emerald coast, and to the southeast lies the Costa Rei, with its 8 km long child-friendly sandy beach. Alghero in the west combines white beach with Old Town cozy alleys. Alghero is a medieval city, while Cagliari is more modern and more cosmopolitan.

Sardinian beauty lies in its natural places, such as the Valley of the Moon, the Neptune's Grotto, coves of the Gulf of Orosei, sailing to the granitic islands of the Maddalena archipelago or the Grotto del Bue Marino. It is easy to imagine dropping anchor in the winding bays of Costa Smeralda, full of celebrities and supermodels.

Whether crossing the dunes of Costa Verde barefoot, agitated by the waves, or relaxing in the silky bays of Costa del Sud, the traveler will plant his towel on the beach and will never want to leave. You can hike through its exuberant and silent interior to the nuragic ruins of Tiscali; follow the dizzying coastal road to the bay of Cala Luna or walk among holm oaks to the imposing Gola Su Gorropu canyon.

The Roman city of Tharros, the nuragic village of Barumini or the Sassari sites will open the door to other times. If you want to know how the real Sardinian life is today, do not miss the villages of Castelsardo, San Pantaleo, Santu Lussurgiu, Baunei, Santa Teresa di Gallura or Palau and the submerged Roman ruins of Nora.

There is no other place where one has so close semialpine forests and white sand beaches, animal oddities as the blue-eyed albino asses of Asinara or the wild horses that are timid, by Giara di Gesturi. In addition, the cuisine of the island is exceptional with its pasta, bread, dolci, wines and its characteristic cheeses, including pecorino casu marzu, which contains larvae and is stored in barns.

Casu frazigu is a sheep or goat cheese where the maggots of the cheesy skippers live. Some people say that it's like eating a normal cheese because the maggots feed on that so they taste like it.
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