So, where can you go for a summer holiday in Italy if you want to escape the crowds, whilst still taking in the culture, food and beautiful Italian views? Where do the locals go for a bit of rest and relaxation away from the hustle and bustle?
Here’s a rundown of five of the best off-the-beaten-track destinations you can explore in Italy this summer:
For those who like a chilled-out holiday, Sardinia has crystal-clear seas and stretches of sandy beaches to relax on. For those who prefer an active vacation, it has untouched countryside and forests to explore, great diving spots and mountains for hiking, climbing and walking. If you like to see a bit of history on your holidays, the island has plenty of Roman ruins and ancient stone dwellings.
The town of Lecce with its beautiful beaches has been dubbed ‘The Florence of the South’, due to its Baroque-style architecture. The Roman amphitheatre, Duomo and Basilica di Santa Croce will also appeal to history buffs.
Alberobello is a town filled with world heritage listed stone buildings, known as Trulli. These whitewashed huts with cone shaped roofs were originally built as houses without mortar to make them easy to take down. Luckily, they’ve managed to last years and have now been converted into restaurants and shops.
3. Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna
4. Conero Peninsula, Le Marche
5. Saturnia, Tuscany
For a small town, Saturnia has a big history. It’s said to have been inhabited by the ancient Greeks and the Romans and, in the 1300s, it became a town for outlaws and was destroyed by fire!
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