If you’ve decided you want to take a vacation in Italy,but the well worn tourist routes aren’t for you, here are three great suggestions for an off the beaten path Italy experience. These ideas are courtesy of one of our favorite online resources, GoItaly.About.com (In case you missed it, About.com is owned by the New York Times). GoItaly Author, Martha Bakerjian, has traveled extensively throughout Italy over the past 25 years.
So without further ado, here are three suggestions from Martha that are heartily endorsed by the team at Tour Italy Now: Sardinia, Puglia and Le Marche. Now we don’t want to give the impression that you won’t bump into any tourists in these three places. You will. But these Italy vacation spots are definitely less visited, and so less crowded than places like Rome, Florence or Venice. Actually, we would suggest you mix it up a little when planning your trip to Italy, but that’s for another post. For now, let’s concentrate on these three less crowded destinations that will give you a totally different vacation experience in Italy.
Sardinia: second largest island in the Mediterranean — Sicily is the largest — Sardinia is known for its beaches, from the resort-studded northern coast to the less visited southern, eastern and western coasts. If the beach lifestyle is everything you want in a vacation, Sardinia is the place for you! Sardinia’s best known beaches include Poetto Beach, Cagliari, and Piscinas Dunes, near Arbus. For a little something different, the capital city Cagliari is worth a visit and Sardinia also features many fascinating archeological sites, both on the coast and inland.
Puglia: This region of Italy is a long, narrow stretch along the boot of Italy. You may have heard of some of its towns. Two have been made famous by well known movies: Gallipoli and Bari. (Bari is the original home of Meryl Streep’s character in The Bridges of Madison County.) In Alberobello, you’ll find many trulli. These are the delightful cone-shaped structures for which Puglia has become famous. The beaches are outstanding in Puglia, too.
Le Marche: Some people call Le Marche “the next Tuscany”, but that doesn’t quite do the region justice. The undulating landscape is certainly similar. There is also a stunning, though jagged coastline a little reminiscent of the Tuscan coastline, but still, Le Marche does have that little something different. The best known and most visited city in Le Marche is Urbino, the place where that little something different has risen to another level completely! In the fall the culinary delicacies of this region may even outdo the reputation of the best food in Tuscany. The reason? Truffles! The highly sought after delicacy abounds in the area around Urbino. If you are visiting in August, make sure to catch the jousting festival in Ascoli Piceno. The colorful event is held every summer.
Well, that’s a brief introduction to these three off the beaten path Italy vacation spots and there are many others! If you would like to create an entire trip around the best kept Italy vacation secrets, ask our Italy travel consultants about customized vacations. We have been creating customized tours of Italy for our customers for more than a decade. Customized tour itineraries can take you anywhere in Italy that you want to go, from traditional destinations to those best kept secrets that are off the beaten path.
Please tell us: What’s your favorite Italian destination that is off the beaten path?