All aspiring travellers to Italy know that the hotspots to be visited are the amazing sights of Rome, Florence, Milan, Venice and perhaps even Naples. Don’t get me wrong, the Colosseum and Vatican City are places that you must see, but they are not the only places that will make you breathtaking. Italy is so geographically diverse that there is no reason to travel to another city and see or learn nothing new. The “beautiful place” is full of small corners and cities that will fascinate you, all you need to know is where you can find these hidden treasure.
1. San Fruttuoso
The next time you plan a trip to the Italian Riviera, you should not miss the crystal clear waters of the small coastal town that you will probably never see. Do not expect to go by car, the secret of this beach is kept thanks to the fact that it is only accessible by ferry from Portofino. Walk along the stony sand, which takes two full minutes from one end to the other. It is so small that this beach is! Go through a small tunnel and take a narrow staircase to the few main streets of the city. You will have the impression of being in the mountains while hiking. Start a conversation with some of the employees in one of the three cafes on the beach that will surprise you by hearing that they were born and raised here in San Fruttuoso.
2. Civita di Bagnoregio
Some may think it’s a little painful to get if you don’t have a car, but a visit to this medieval hilltop town is worth it. Civita di Bagnoregio is a small town that can only be reached via a long, enchanting passage from Bagnoregio (hence the name Civita di Bagnoregio). The walk on this floating path takes only 15 minutes and as soon as you enter the city you will be out of breath due to silence and beauty. With only 14 inhabitants throughout the year, you will feel that you have just climbed the most magical Italian villages! Walk and walk through all the streets and arteries of the city to find a breathtaking view of each path. Although you can probably walk through all the streets of the city in about 20 to 30 minutes, pure beauty and photo opportunities will entertain you for a few hours at every turn. There are also wonderful local restaurants where you can stop for lunch.
Often neglected because of its neighbour Capri, you cannot prevent your jaw from falling into disbelief when you see this small fishing village. Passers-by welcome you with a smile and a real “Buongiorno” while zigzagging in the narrow, colourful streets. Make sure you look at the smiling residents at the top of their balcony. If you’re lucky, you might even be invited for a cup of coffee.
This peaceful village of Emilia-Romagna does not lack magnificent views. As you stroll through the city, which stretches for 2 km, look up a castle on a hill, a beautiful church on another and the iconic steeple on another. But the view does not stop from the city. An easy 20 to 30-minute walk through the hills leads you to each site and offers you even better views of them and the city below.
This small southern town, located at the heel of Italy, has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of the beauty and beauty of the Trulli architecture. If you browse through these conically shaped constructions, you have the feeling that you have just entered a real fairy tale book. Stop for a local lunch in one of the family’s restaurants, which serves traditional Southern Italian dishes that are specific to the Apulia region.