The majority of tourists who visit Italy flock to the most well-known spots, such as Florence, Rome and the Amalfi Coast. There’s good reason – these places are truly amazing and full of authentic restaurants, old-world hotels and historical landmarks.
However, if you have been to all these locations, or are just looking for a more unique experience, then you should consider visiting the five places on this list. They offer a traditional Italian experience and so much more.
If you want to take a step back to the medieval times in Tuscany, then Siena should be a must-visit on your places to see list. Siena is one of the loveliest medieval cities, and a trip you should definitely consider making – even if you are only going to be in Tuscany for a few days. The heart of Siena is central piazza, called II Campo, which is known for the famous Palio run, which occurs two times each summer.
While there has been a settlement in this portion of Italy for more than 2,000 years, the coast was only sand dunes until 1843. This is when the first bathing establishments were established next to the Adriatic. Today, the area is full of people, history, food and Roman relics. Approximately 95 percent of visitors to Rimini make the trek here for the boisterous, long (yet sometimes tacky) beachfront.
Stroll through the streets of Parma without a care in the world, after all, there are virtually no cars here. You can snack on the fresh prosciutto and aged parmigiana Reggiano, enjoy wine virtually everywhere you go, and on summer evenings you can even listen to amazing opera at the local opera houses.
The real questions to ask regarding whether or not you should visit Parma is – who wouldn’t want to visit the home of parmesan cheese?
Puglia is located in the heel of Italy’s boot. It is full of beautiful and quaint small towns, with amazing architecture, such as the conical trulli and the Baroque of Lecce. The area is full of things to see, including historic churches, palaces, winding alleyways, slow food trattorias and more. If you have never been to this part of Italy, you should plan to see it during your next visit.
This is a small village that stretches crescent shaped along the edge of a beautiful and calm bay. If you want to visit an amazing sea resort area, then you don’t want to miss Portofino. In addition to beautiful scenery, this area also boasts an ancient marine culture, and is a spot that is loved by famous personages, writers and artists.
If you are planning a trip to Italy, then you should put these five “off the beaten path” places on your list of places to see. You won’t regret it.