If you’re familiar with this travel blog, you should already know that I’m Italian.
Italy is the country where I was born and raised, and where I’ve lived for over thirty years.
One of the facts that characterize every Italian, is to be used to be surrounded by art and monuments thousands of years old. Sometimes we don’t realize the richness of our country until we emigrate abroad and then return.
But Italy is also a country of immense landscape variety, with countless natural landmarks worth seeing.
The first time you visit Italy, you should definitely spend a few days in Rome. Although you’ll be tempted to visit the most famous historic landmarks and the art cities one after another -Florence, Venice, Milan- I suggest you rethink your plans and leave yourself some time to explore Italy off the beaten path.

Many of these undiscovered Italian destinations you’ll find in some of the most popular Italian novels, which you can read in English.

Alternative experiences to visiting the more touristy destinations include:

Road-tripping Southern Tuscany

Spending a weekend in the hilly Umbria region

Traveling to the Trabocchi Coast on the Adriatic Sea during the summer

Exploring the mysterious history and castled towns of the region called Tuscia

Discovering the enchanting city of Padua to relieve yourself from the over touristy Venice.

Visiting Naples, Napoli, the capital of pizza and philosophy, especially on New Year’s Eve.

Walking in the fairy-tale like cities of tuff: Sovana, Sorano, and Pitigliano.

Relax in one of the dozens of thermal baths in central Italy, like the Saturnia natural pools.

Immerse yourself in the historic centers of small towns like Bracciano and Calcata.

And that’s just for starters!

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