When you think of a beautiful European country from head to toe (no pun intended), its hard not to think of Italy. Sure, there are many large cities to dive in, but here are a few that not many know and nows your chance to get there before everyone finds out about these hidden gems!
When you pull up the map of Italy on Google, this isn’t one of the main cities that this country is known for, but it does carry that charm that resonates throughout Italy. This quaint, Italian town that lies 15 miles from the eastern border and the Adriatic Sea, offers many nooks of this beautiful culture and there is always something new to enjoy. Since this town isn’t well known to the regular tourist, coming here would be the like getting in on a secret that not many know about. Be sure to visit the beautiful Piazza del Popolo, which is an elegant Renaissance square in it’s town center that is paved with travertine, and the Piazza Arringo, which is called the ‘Museum Square,’ to catch up on some Italian history that not all text books commonly share information about. On the more adventurous side, there is much to do since there are the Sibilline Mountain range nearby where people go for a long trek along the different nature trails or check out the Sibilla Cave. An interesting fact that not many know is that according to legends, Pontius Pilate was the reason behind the naming of Lake Pilato, which is located about an hour outside of Ascoli Piceno, because, he was dragged by buffalos here and buried under the lake as punishment for his wrong doings in the Passion of Christ.
Just when you think you know most of the stunning islands off of the Italian coast, check again. The butterfly shaped island just about 15 km away from the west coast of Sicilia, Favignana is simply another gem that must be added to one’s list for an Italian adventure. There is never enough crystal, mesmerizing waters that this world offers and this destination surely makes the cut. From the Cala Rossa Bay, to the Cala Azzurra Bay and Cala Faraglioni Bay, there are many who can vouch for these beautiful encounters of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Sit back, relax, drink delectable Italian wine and scrumptious seafood pairings and soak in the way of life here on the Island of Favignana.
This quaint town lies on the border of the infamous and spectacular, Lake Como where many celebrities come to play. With a whopping population of just 2,000, there’s no wonder why people come here to come and get away from the noise. Since this village lies along the coastal stretch of Tremezzina, there are lush gardens and vegetation all around that enhances the romantic atmosphere that many come to adore. Whether you want a nice change from the Italian beaches or just a getaway for two, the town of Lenno is a certainly a great option!
On your way from Florence to Rome (or visa versa), you may want to stop by this hill top city that is located in the southwestern part of the Umbria region of Italy. Don’t get me wrong, Orvieto isn’t a ‘Rome’ type of city but there is much to see and once you see a picture of the Orvieto Cathedral, I’m sure you’ll be more convinced. This city is located on a steep butte of volcanic rock called tuff which was used to their advantage in the past when it came to the encountering of enemies. This city has been established since the Etruscan era and underneath lies an extensive network of caves and tunnels, which were used mainly as bomb shelters in WWII. The stunning Orvieto’s Cathedral, St. Patrick’s Well, the Palazzi Papali and SO much more is waiting for you to appreciate here on this memorable city on a hill.
Located on the tip of Italy’s ‘heel’ in the peninsula of Salento, Ortanto is mostly known for its former historic fishing and port reputation, but today many come to enjoy the view of the pristine white buildings and sapphire blue waters. Even this small coastal town has much history to uncover and makes for a great day trip of weekend stay. The best time to visit this beautiful town and to have a relaxed beach time is during the month of May.
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