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Best hidden gems in Italy

Best hidden gems in Italy

When you think of Italy you obviously think of the city of Rome, one of the most visited cities in the world with Paris and London. Italy is also Milan, its Duomo, its fashion boutiques whilst Verona and Venice are perfect destinations for lovers.

 

If you want to get off the beaten track and discover the most beautiful secret destinations of Italy come explore the islands of Procida or Burano.  Leave the big cities and dive into history by visiting the medieval village of Castelmezzano built in the mountains.

 

Get ready to be dazzled by the beauty of these unusual places, these secret destinations.  Book your flights and accommodation at the best price and your tours and activities in Italy and discover the hidden gems in Italy.

 


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Bogliasco

Liguria

Bogliasco is one of the most beautiful destinations in Liguria. Located just 40 minutes’ drive from Genoa Airport (50 minutes by train), Bogliasco is a postcard destination with sun, blue sea and colorful houses. Spring and autumn are the best seasons to enjoy the charm of this small town.

 

How to get there? Book your flights to Genova Airport (40 minutes' drive). 

 

Where to stay? Book your apartment in the historical center of Bogliasco and enjoy a holiday at the best price in one of the best kept secrets of Italy. 

 


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Sirmione

Lombardia

Sirmione is a dream, Sirmione is a real pleasure for the eyes, Sirmione is the icing on the cake of Lombardy. Sirmione is also one of the most beautiful cities bordering Lake Garda.

 

The castle is open to the public every day of the week except Mondays. This 12th century medieval castle is one of the city’s landmarks. Located only 1 hour drive from Milan-Bergamo airport (2 hours by train), Sirmione is one of the most beautiful secret destinations in Italy. Stroll through the castle’s dungeons and the tower and enjoy magnificent views of the beautiful city of Sirmione.

 

How to get there? Book flights to Milan-Bergamo, your hotel at the best price and your tours and activities in Sirmione, such as a "From Milan: Full-day coach to Verona and Lake Garda".

 


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Burano

Venetia

Unless you have lived in a cave since birth you obviously know the city of Venice. The city shares the title of capital of lovers with Verona, Paris, Rome, and Bruges.

 

Venice is not the only island in the region of Venetia as there are over 100 islands. Some are wild and uninhabited and others are just as beautiful as Venice. During your stay in Venice, treat yourself to an unforgettable excursion among our best things to do in Venice. Explore Burano Island and photograph in front of the colorful fishermen's houses.

 

How to get there? Book your flights to Venice as well as your hotel at the best price and your tours and activities in Venice, such as  a "Murano and Burano Islands Venice half-day tour". 

 

Where to stay?  "Casa Burano" decorated by a local artist. "Waaaouw" effect guaranteed!

 

 


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Vernazza 

Cinque Terre - Liguria

Located one and a half hour from Genoa airport and La Spezia airport, Vernazza is one of the jewels of tourism in Italy. Vernazza is one of the municipalities that make up the Cinque Terre, one of the favorite destinations in Italy.

 

What makes the village so successful? Probably the fishermen’s colorful houses, the vineyards that surround Vernazza and its crystal clear blue waters.

 

How to get there? Book your flights to Genoa (1h30 by car) and your accommodation at the best price and your tours and activities in Cinque-Terre, such as a "Cinque Terre boat cruise with appetizer and lunch".

 

Where to stay? Do you want to stay in the historic heart of Vernazza? Book your room at the "MaDa Charm Apartment Jacuzzi" and enjoy a terrace overlooking the sea.

 


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Bagnoregio

Lazio

Bagnoregio, this beautiful village perched on a hill, is one of the best hidden gems in Italy. Come to discover this small town of 3500 inhabitants, its medieval village, its craftsmen and taste the best of the local gastronomy.

 

How to get there? Book your flights to Rome (1h30 by car) as well as your hotel at the best price and your tours and activities in Italy, such as a "From Rome: Full-day Orvieto & Civita di Bagnoregio Tour".

 


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Alberobello

Puglia

Have you heard of Trullis before with its little houses in white stones recognizable by their pointed roofs? To discover these incredible houses you have to go to the Apulia region in the south of Italy. Located an hour's drive from Bari Airport (two hours by train), Alberobello is one of the hidden gems in Italy.

 

How to get there? Book your flights to Bari as well as your accommodation in Alberobello at the best price and your tours and activities in Puglia, such as a "Alberobello's Trulli: 2-hour guided walking tour".

 

Where to stay? If you want to extend the experience, book your room in one of these typical houses! We recommend you to stay at the guesthouse "Trulli Anti" considered the best place for a stay in Alberobello.

 


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Castelmezzano

Basilicata

This village of less than 1000 inhabitants is part of the official ranking of "Most Beautiful Villages of Italy". You will fall in love with this village that seems to have been built inside the mountain. Located in southern Italy, a two-hour drive from Bari Airport and Naples Airport, Castelmezzano is a perfect destination for an afternoon excursion or even for a few nights away from the tumult of big cities.

 

How to get there? Book your flights to Naples (2h by car) or Bari and your hotel in Castelmezzano at the best price and your tours and activities in Basilicata, such as a "2-hour tour of Castlemezzano".

 


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Portovenere

Liguria

Only an hour's drive from Portofino and a 1.5 hour drive from Genova airport, Portovenere is one of the best kept secret destinations of Italy. It is part of the municipalities grouped under the name "Cinque Terre" and is classified by UNESCO.

 

Do you need other arguments to visit Portovenere? It is a perfect destination to rest away from the hustle and bustle of big cities. Discover its natural park, its churches and castle without forgetting its restaurants!

 

How to get there? Book your flights to Genova (1h30 by car) as well as your accommodation at the best price in Portovenere and your tours and activities in Liguria, such as a 'Cinque Terre Sunset Boat Tour'.

 


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Positano

Campania

Positano is travellers’favourite destination for their honeymoon in Europe. Positano is also one of the best hidden gems of Italy. Positano is a jewel, a unique destination in the world. Located an hour from Naples and 20 minutes from Sorrento, Positano was, so the legend goes, founded by the god of the sea, Neptune to please a nymph. The reality is that you will remember your stay in Positano for the rest of your life.

 

How to get there? Book your flights to Naples as well as your hotel at the best price in Positano and your tours and activities in Positano, such as the "Amalfi coast experience: full-day tour from Naples".

 

Where to stay? The "Alcione Residence" with panoramic views of the sea.

 


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Isola Bella

Stresa - Piedmont

Located on Lake Maggiore, just 1 hour (by car or train) from Milan, Isola Bella is one of the most beautiful and small islands in Italy. Only 99 inhabitants live on this true paradise on earth. On the island you can admire the beauty of the gardens of the palace Borromeo.

 

How to get there? This small island is accessible by ferry from the nearby town of Stresa. Book your flights to Milan as well as your accommodation at the best price and your tours and activities in Piedmont.

 

Where to stay? If you want to sleep like a king, book your room at the ultra chic and elegant "Grand Hotel des Iles Borromées".

 


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Procida Island

Campania

Procida Island is probably the most colorful and least known of the Italian islands. Located in southern Italy in the Campania region, Procida Island faces the island of Ischia.

 

How to get there? Book your flights to Naples airport, take a taxi or bus (Alibus) to the port of Naples, the port of "Molo Beverello".  From there many ferries leave daily for the island of Ischia and the island of Procida. You are a movie buff? Take a stroll on the island and discover the setting for the movie "The Talented Mr Ripley".

 

Book your flights to Naples as well as your hotel at the best price in Naples or on the island of Procida.

 


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Portofino

Liguria

Did you know that Portofino is Silvester Stallone's favorite destination? His family is native to the region. The muscles of its illustrious inhabitants aside, Portofino offers clear waters, sublime villas and exceptional flora and fauna. Portofino is ranked among the most romantic destinations in Europe but also among the best destinations for a honeymoon in Europe.

 

This ancient fishing village, one hour from Genova airport, is obviously one of the best hidden gems of Italy.

 

How to get there? Book your flights to Genova  (50 min by car) as well as your accommodation in Portofino and your tours and activities in Portofino, such as a "Portofino Kayak - Snorkeling Tour + Natural Wine Tasting".

 

Where to stay? One of our favorite hotels in Portofino is "Hotel Piccolo Portofino".

 


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Saturnia

Tuscany

Ranked among the best thermal destinations in Europe, Saturnia is also one of the best hidden gems of Italy. This beautiful Tuscan destination has been known since ancient times for the benefits of its thermal waters.

 

There are many private baths in Saturnia and you can enjoy the benefits of its thermal waters for free at different locations in Saturnia. This is the case for the "Cascata del Mulino" that you see in this picture.

 

How to get there? Book your flights to Roma Fiumicino airport (2h by car) as well as your hotel at the best price in Saturnia and your tours and activities in Tuscany, such as a "Pisa: Best Instagram Spots Guided Tour".

 

Where to stay? Get the celebrity treatment with world-class service at "Terme di Saturnia Spa & Golf Resort".

 


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Tropea

Calabria

This small town of Calabria is known for the church of Santa Maria dell Isola. Built on a rock, this church overlooks the sea and the beach of Tropea. The latter is beautiful and is ranked among the most beautiful beaches in Italy. You have a thousand reasons to visit Calabria, one of the most beautiful regions of Italy. The sun shines 300 days a year, the sky and the sea are more often blue than gray, the hotels are affordable and there are incredible restaurants.

 

Book your flights to Lamezia Terme airport and your hotel, guesthouse or apartment in Tropea and your tours and activities in Tropea, such as a “Stromboli by night: 8-hour tour from Tropea”.

 


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Vieste

Puglia

Vieste is a small town built on rocky slopes. This beautiful destination in Puglia, southern Italy, is accessible by car or train from Bari airport (2 hours). Located near one of the most beautiful beaches of Italy, Vieste is a perfect destination for a holiday in the heart of southern Italy in an authentic and charming place.

 

The sun shines 320 days a year with peaks of sunshine in July and August.

 

How to get there? Book your flights to Bari as well as your accommodation at the best price in Vieste and your tours and activities in Puglia such as a "Traditional home cooking class".

 

Where to stay? If you want to stay in Vieste we recommend the "Al Castello Relais".

 


 

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