While spots like Rome and Venice top many travelers’ Italian itineraries, some of the country’s less-trafficked regions offer an equally mesmerizing experience without the crowds. Here are highlights of Italy’s underrated gems worth discovering.
Sparsely populated Abruzzo stuns with beaches along the Adriatic Coast and a mountainous interior dotted with medieval villages. Hike through Abruzzo National Park or mountain bike trails to spot rare chamois goats. Traverse the slopes of Roccaraso for skiing and snowboarding. Don’t miss fresco-filled churches like Santa Maria di Collemaggio. Indulge in roasted lamb, handmade pasta, and Montepulciano wine.
Dubbed Italy’s “Green Heart,” Umbria enchants with rolling hills, olive groves, and quintessential rural life. Hike, cycle or horseback ride through the countryside. Marvel at Byzantine frescos in the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi and the streets of Orvieto. Savor black truffles, pork, lentils and Sagrantino wine from the area.
Off-the-beaten-path Basilicata impresses with ancient cave dwellings, beaches and bold flavors. See UNESCO sites like the Sassi cave houses in Matera. Hike and paddle in Pollino National Park. Sample bean dishes, maccheroni, and full-bodied Aglianico wine.
Italy’s lesser-known regions offer authentic culture and activities minus the crowds. Let us arrange an active Italian escape off the tourist track tailored just for you!
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