Italy is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Millions of visitors flock each year to the popular cities of Florence, Rome, Venice, and Pisa. There are many stunning areas of Italy that you may not have heard of that are also great places to visit if you are tired of spending your vacation standing in queues.
Puglia is a region that is located in southern Italy and it makes up the heel of the boot of this boot shaped country. It is filled with beautiful hill towns and hundreds of miles of beaches that are located on the Mediterranean Coast. There are plenty of charming villas tucked away in the picturesque countryside, many with their own pools and stunning views of the surrounding areas.
Make sure that you spend some time in Alberobello where you can the unique cone shaped roofs of the trulli buildings that have made this a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you are interested in Baroque architecture the city of Lecce is filled with it and it is often called “The Florence of the South”.
Lombardy is a region in the north eastern area of Italy and it is a beautiful area that less people visit. Milan is the capital city and it known throughout the world as a hub for finance and fashion.
It is also the home of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper” which you will find nestled in the Santa Maria delle Grazie. Explore the beauty of Lake Como that is nestled in the foothills of the Alps and it is known for the celebrities that flock to this area.
Treviso is home to the airport where most tourists fly into that are on their way to Venice. It is a lovely city on its own and it lacks the crowds that Venice attracts. The town is located just two miles from the airport and it is filled with lovely sites to see like Renaissance squares, frescoed churches, palaces, canals and tiny millstreams.
In the centre of town you can see the ancient walled city that is a network of narrow red brick streets protected by a medieval gate. The pace is pretty laid back and it is a great place to relax at a cafe with a cappuccino or a glass of the world famous Prosecco wine that the area is known for.
Abruzzo National Park, Italy
The mountains of Abruzzo are just a three hour drive from Rome but you will feel like you have entered a different world. It is the only place in the world where you can view Marsican Brown Bears in their natural habitat. Their numbers are threatened and you can join a guided tour to learn more about this magnificent endangered species.
Campania is a region in south western Italy that is often missed by tourists. Naples is the capital city it is a striking city on the coast with the towering cone of the still active Mt. Vesuvius still looming over it.
If your trip takes you to south western Italy make sure that you stop in the Campania region. The roads along the coast are stunning and you can explore the Amalfi Coast and stop to visit the beautiful towns of Amalfi, Ravello, and Positano.