Some Of Italy’s Rather Unknown Hidden Gems

10th March 2019

Most people who decide to travel to Italy want to visit the highly popular destinations like Rome and Venice, but the truth is, you can experience so much more when you head off the beaten track. Some of the best pizza you will ever eat is found in Naples, and many of the quaint villages of rural Italy are simply delightful.

It is difficult to make a list of all the hidden gems that Italy has to offer, since there are so many. However, those that we mention below are some of the most remarkable. Whether you take a luxurious yacht charter through or just fly to Rome and build your itinerary from there, we have listed some of the top spots you may want to consider.

Castelmezzano – Basilicata

Visiting Castelmezzano normally happens by accident, when people go on a road trip through Southern Italy. However, this hidden gem is worth choosing as a destination. You will need to get away from the main roads and head straight to Basilicata. Once there, you are greeted by the beautiful mountain – Pietrapertosa.

There is a thrilling zip wire connecting these two mountains, which is a real draw for thrill seekers. This little town will surprise you, especially when viewed from a distance. Constructed during the tenth century, it has an old charm that you won’t want to miss out on.

Trento – Trentino

Trento is the capital of Trentino and a great place to head if you are in need of a break from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Unlike the busy-ness of Rome, Trento provides a relaxing getaway. Yet you still have everything you need for a blissful Italian vacation; there are plenty of food, art and cultural experiences on offer here.

The city is well cared for and very clean. One of the main attractions is Buonconsiglio Castle, an impressive sight. There are also many outdoor frescos, galleries and cultural options available.

We recommend spending a weekend in Trento, so you can take your time to explore the streets fully and experience the local atmosphere.

Tropea – Calabria

Calabria is similar to Puglia, a region that features sandy beaches, azure waters, and a tremendous Italian experience. International visitors tend to stick to Italy’s northern areas, but if you love beach destinations, you should seriously consider the south.

There will be crowds present during the peak summer months since locals do tend to go south for their holidays. However, this doesn’t mean you won’t have a great time here. When in Tropea, be sure to visit Santa dell’Islo, a cathedral that is ideally located on a rock that oversees the entire beach.

Alberobello – Puglia

Puglia is renowned for its Trulli houses, and Alberobello is a great place to see them. The truth is that more and more people learn about Alberobello every single year, so it’s only a matter of time until this place is no longer a true hidden gem.

If you visit during public holidays, the area is a little busy, but not overly so. Alberobello perfectly mixes modern vibes with tradition; it offers many unexpected experiences that will make your time there unforgettable. 

Bologna – Emilia-Romagna

Bologna can easily be categorized as one of the coolest cities to visit in Italy. Most of the people you will see there are students and fans of fine cuisine. This is because Bologna is actually renowned as the food capital of Italy. If you get a chance to visit, it is vital that you try authentic local delicacies like tortellini and lasagne. 

Verona – Veneto

Verona stands out as Italy’s most romantic town. It’s easy to understand why, since it was the setting of Shakespeare’s “Romeo And Juliet.” If you’re a fan of theatre or the works of the famous writer, you will want to visit the stunning 14th-century palace where the play’s balcony is located.

If you have extra time up your sleeve, be sure  also to check out the 2,000-year-old Roman amphitheater. There are sometimes opera performances and plays that you can see without breaking the bank. Tickets are much more affordable than they should be!

Castelluccio – Umbria

Castelluccio is excellent if you love mountains. It’ss the highest Appennine Mountains village, located at an altitude of 5,000 feet. The village squares are lovely, and the views are to die for, with towering mountains and fields blossoming with vivid red poppies and violets. If you can choose when to visit, be sure to do so between late May and early June for the best possible views.

Bolzano – South Tyrol

This is where the oldest mummy in Europe was located. The “Iceman”, as it ended up being known, is over 5,000 years old and can be seen in one of the many museums to experience in Bolzano. The city is Alto Adige and has a different flair than most of Italy due to the present German-speaking population. Bolzano is surrounded by jagged mountain peaks and offers hiking to vineyards, medieval castles and more. Even biking is a wonderful experience in Bolzano.

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