When we think about holidays to Italy, we probably conjure up cities such as Rome, Milan and Venice and places like the Lakes. But as you can imagine there are so many other incredible destinations in Italy to visit. If you want to experience all of the beauty of Italy, why not think outside the box a bit? Below I’ve created a list of some of the places you may not have thought to go. I’m hoping to go interrailing next Summer around Italy and I’m currently adding more cities, sights and towns onto my ever growing Italy Adventure.
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Tuscany is situated in central Italy, and its capital is Florence. Most people when thinking about a holiday in Italy would probably put Florence on their list of places to visit. However, Siena in Tuscany is just as good a rival. It is rich in history, colour and authentic flavours. Siena is a magnificent medieval city. Yet it has also been elevated to modern status as it featured as a film location in the James Bond movie Quantum of Solace! Here you can climb the Torre del Mangia for a beautiful view of Siena. You can visit the Piazza del Duomo and peek inside the captivating cathedral and its crypt. And you can even take a wine tour. Of course, Tuscany is also home to the infamous Leaning Tower of Pisa. When here don’t forget to indulge in the classic photo of taking yourself pretending to support the Tower! It’s definitly on my must see list! The Tower is open from April to September. In Pisa, you can also see a beautiful cathedral, baptistery and cemetery.
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Who could miss Verona off of an adventure in Italy? The home of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is just as beautiful as the play. You must, of course, visit the House of Juliet and the stunning Roman amphitheatre as well. The Casa di Giulietta is home to the famous balcony where Juliet stood while listening to Romeo declare his love. Who doesn’t want to be a part of that epic love story! The house dates back to the 13th century, and the balcony is as a picture perfect as you would imagine. Holidays to Italy wouldn’t be complete without a trip to magical Verona. There are many tours that also include a spellbinding evening in the legendary Roman Arena where you can spend a night at the opera. Going to Verona is the epitome of true Italian glamour!
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Scintillating Sicily is another destination in Italy that should be on your list. This bewitching island is a heady blend of European history and tropical scenery. Sicily can be found between Italy and Tunisia. Its landscape is an exotic blend of vineyards and olive groves, and his has breathtaking views of Mount Etna. There are gastronomical delights a plenty in Sicily. And also lots of historic sights to see. If you can, it’s advisable to hire a car, so you can still all that this stunning island has to offer, at your own pace. Or, if you prefer, an escorted touring holiday is another great option to help guide you around this beguiling island.
Don’t get me wrong, these three places are all pretty well known in their own right. With so much to offer in Italy, maybe you’ll consider one of these destinations for your next visit. Have you been to Italy before?