If you love Italy and its beautiful landscapes, you are in the right place!
Are you wondering what are some good places to visit in Italy, that not are necessarily famous and that maybe you would enjoy visiting?
Are you looking for guided tours or some advices to improve your experience in Italy ?
Well, this is the right guide for you.
So what are some good places to visit in Italy then?
In this guide we wished to accomplish different needs, and different kind of places you would find interesting to visit in your travels:
- Mountains with amazing lakes around
- Sea places near little typical towns
- Amazing Islands with pristine nature
- Beaches to explore with boats and your friends
If this is what you are looking for, then you are in the right place.
So let’s going on and discorver what are some good places to visit in Italy!
Table of Contents
- Lake Iseo and northern Italy Lakes
- Val di Funes and Dolomites
- Ravello and Amalfi Coast
- Gulf of Orosei
- Favignana and Aegadian Islands
Lake Iseo and northern Italy Lakes
The Lake Iseo is one of the most famous lakes in Italy, in the region Lombardy, and together the lakes Maggiore, Como, Garda and Orta is part of the five ones of the northern regions of the country.
It is destination for tourists, thanks to its beauties, landscapes, cities, monuments and obviously food.
On its coast you may find some medieval old towns, like Iseo, Sarnico and Lovere, but do not stop your trip only on this most famous cities!
In the middle of the lake is Monte Isola, a little island where you may find several churces built between XV and XVII century.
If you are planning a trip on the Lake Iseo, you will find interesting also visiting the Pyramids of Zone, a little town on the east side of the lake, where you may find a singular conformation of the land, made of cones and protuberances that come out of the land.
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If you explore the southern side of the Lake, you will discover the nature reserve “Torbiere del Sebino”. Sebino is another name of the Lake Iseo and this nature reserve is an angle of paradise, with sweet and clear water.
What to eat in Lake Iseo
Maybe you are wondering what to eat once you are here!
Well, check out the specialities of the lake, like fish, mainly sardines, seasoned with oil, parsley, garlic and polenta.
The “Casoncelli Bergamaschi”, a tipycal pasta with bread, parmesan, beef, parsley, raisins, lemon zest and amaretti (a typical biscuit in Italy).
If you are visiting Monte Isola, you should absolutely taste the salami well known as “Salame di Monte Isola”.
On visitlakeiseo.info you may discover what to eat and drink on Lake Iseo and the surrounding area.
BOOK YOUR GUIDED TOUR IN THE FIVE NOTHERN ITALY LAKES
If you want to join a planned tour that will let you live the amazing experience of the northern Italy lakes Orta, Iseo, Maggiore, Como and Garda, here my proposal.
Guided tour details
- Duration: 4 days
- Starting City: Milan
- What you will see: Orta, Iseo, Maggiore, Como and Garda Lakes
- Overnight Stay: centrally-located hotels, with breakfast included each morning
You may book an hotel room in Milan, where you may start the guided tour. Check out my proposals.
If you prefer to visit only the Lake Iseo, you may rent an apartment in Lovere.
Val di Funes and Dolomites
If you are looking for beautiful landscapes, mountains and lakes to explore and some good activities, like skiing, mountaineering, trekking the Dolomites are the right place for you, and Val di Funes, a beautiful valley in the Puez-Odle nature park, is one of its beauties you should absolutely to visit.
Dolomites are a naturalistic landscape, declared heritage UNESCO, in the north east side of the Italy, in the region Trentino.
You may visit Val di Funes not only during winter, but also in the summer or spring, to visit its amazing lakes and why not, explore them with a little boat.
So if you are planning a trip here don’t forget to visit Lake Braies and Lake Sorapis.
If you are into alpinism, sport and trekking, you should absolutely explore the Three Peaks of Lavaredo, too.
What to eat in Val di Funes
So what you may eat in val di funes?
Well, why not to try one of the typical plates of the region, like the Canederli? They are a sort of great gnocchi made with stale bread, used both for salad and sweet recipes.
You may eat speck, alpine cheese, wild meat, the “Krapfen” and apple strudel.
BOOK YOUR GUIDED TOUR IN DOLOMITES
If you want to join a planned tour that will let you live an amazing winter experience in Val di Funes and the Puez-Odle Nature Park, check the following proposal.
Guided tour details
- Duration: about 7 hours
- Starting City: Bolzano (with a car you may reach the park)
- What you will see: the beautiful Puez-Odle nature park
The travel will start from Perathoner street or from your hotel if needed.
You may book an hotel room in Bolzano, where you may start the guided tour. Here my proposals:
So at this point are you still asking to yourself what are some good places to visit in Italy?
Well, maybe you are curious about other places 🙂
So, Let’s continue reading.
Ravello and Amalfi Coast
It is one of the most beautiful towns to visit on the Amalfi coast, in the southern Italy. From here you may admire the amazing landscape around the Gulf of Salerno and its beautiful sea.
Through its streetsm you may find typical little shops, with several souvenirs, food, and typical spirit home made (we will talk later about it).
The town has got several monuments and famous buildings, like the Duomo of Ravello, one of the most ancient Cathedrals in Italy, built during XI century.
If you are visiting Villa Rufolo, you will be amazed by its magnificence and its beautiful gardens.
Built during XIII century, it is one of the most visited destinations by tourists.
You should absolutely visit Villa Cimbrone and its “terrace of infinite”, suspended at 400 meters above the sea.
On Tripadviseor, you may discover other things to do in Ravello.
Note: the entrance to these Villas is not free, you will pay a little fee to enter. But, believe me, it’s worth it.
What to eat in Ravello
Here you may eat typical Italian sea food, like tuna tartare or salmon marinated in orange, or salt cod with fried courgette flowers.
But if you like to drink spirit, you cannot ignore to taste the Limoncello, typical in this region: you will notice for sure, a lot of little shops with bottles of a yellow alcholic beverage.
BOOK YOUR GUIDED TOUR IN AMALFI COAST
Visit the amalfi coast through a guided tour that starts from city of Salerno. You will visit the glamorous towns of Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello and enjoy free time to shop, explore, and sightsee.
Guided tour details
- Duration: 8 hours
- Starting City: Salerno
- What you will see: The beautiful towns of Positano, Amalfi and Ravello
The hotel and the pick-up and drop-off are included in the price.
You will get further details about the hotel after booking the tour.
If you prefer to stay free, You may book an hotel room in Ravello for your vacations. From here it is really easy to reach the other near towns, like Amalfi, Furore, Maiore and Minore, with private buses.
Note: During summer the Amalfi Coast is full of tourists, if you prefer you may consider to plan your vacations during February – May, but most of the hotels and resorts here provide only breakfast during these months, so you should consider to eat for lunch and dinner at the restaurants around.
Check here my proposal:
Gulf of Orosei
Sardinia is not only Portocervo e Portorotondo!
It has got many beautiful places to discover, typical towns, landscapes and for sure one of the most beautiful things is its sea.
If you are looking for some beautiful beaches, with white sand and turquoise water, to swim in or relax, the Gulf of Orosei is the next destination for your vacations.
I am sure this would answer to your starting question: “what are some good places to visit in Italy?” 🙂
Here you may find beautiful beaches, coves and caves sorrounded by nature, and you may reach most of them with a boat, that you may rent in Cala Gonone, a district of the little town Dorgali, to start your tour around the gulf.
Here are some of the most beautiful but also most visited caves: Cala Luna, Cala Gabbiani, Cala Sisine, Cala Mariolu and more others beaches around the Gulf of Orosei.
Note: if you are planning this vacation during summer, remember that you will find a lot of visitors, mainly in the caves that we have listed before.
If you are a nature lover, you may reach Cala Luna with a private boat or walking through the mountains and the woods of the outback: we advice you to visit it in the early morning, before 10 am.
What to eat in the Gulf of Orosei
Are you looking for some good food to eat in the Gulf of Orosei?
During summer, they are organized a lot of food festivals, with typical local food, like the Festival of Porceddu, a typical little pork that grows in the mountain areas inside the Island.
You should absolutely eat your food with a good portion of Carasau bread, and drink a glass of Cannonau wine.
If you are planning a little trip inside the Island, to discover its mountains, canyons, streams and waterfalls, bring with you a good snack with bread, sardinian salami and the typical pecorino cheese produced here.
BOOK YOUR GUIDED TOUR IN GULF OF OROSEI
Are you looking for a guided tour in Sardinia, that will accompany you through the amazing Sardinian countryside towards the north east of the island?
Well, we have a proposal for you.
This tour will let you live the beauty of the Orosei Gulf on a full-day mini cruise, to let you discover and enjoy the amazing beaches on Sardinia east coast!
Guided tour details
- Duration: full day
- Starting City: Cagliari
- What you will see: Sardinia countryside from Cagliari, to the north east of the island, included the Gulf of Orosei.
You can book an hotel room in Cagliari, from where you may start your tour. Check the proposals below:
If you prefer to avoid the tour, you can rent then an apartment in Cala Gonone
An alternative would be center of Dorgali, but it is far about 8 minutes with the car, from Cala Gonone and the sea.
Favignana and Aegadian Islands
Do you wish to visit Sicily, in the extreme southern Italy, and want to discover its beautiful islands and sea?
Well, the archipelago of the Aegadian islands is what you should absolutely visit for your vacations!
Favignana, Levanzo, Marettimo, the little island of Formica and the rock of Maraone are part of it.
Favignana owes its name from the latin word favonius, used by Romans to call the hot wind that from the west came on the Island.
In the the little town of the island, placed on the northern side, you will visit its little streets, shops, restaurants and some of its beautiful buildings and monuments, like Palazzo Florio and Matrice square.
The land inside the island is bare and during the summer is really hot, so we advice you to bring always a bottle of water.
Inside you will find the Fortress of Saint Caterina, a castle built during Norman Period, in the XI century, that the painter Salvatore Fiume defined the “butterfly on the sea”, due to its typical shape.
On the coast you may find a lot of beautiful and little beaches and coves, where you may relax far from the tourists and to reach them you may travel with your own car or rent one.
What to eat in Favignana
Here you may find a lot of little restaurants, where you may eat typical Sicilian food, like pasta with Sicilian pesto, made with tomatoes, ricotta, pine nuts and basil.
You will eat tasty fish, bruschetta with sea urchins, mussels and seafood.
BOOK YOUR GUIDED TOUR IN AEGADIAN ISLANDS
Are you looking for a mini cruise around the Aegadian Islands? Check my proposal:
Guided tour details
- Duration: about 8 hours
- Starting City: Trapani (start hour: 9.30 am)
- What you will see: The beautiful islands of Favignana and Levanzo
Here my proposals in Trapani:
If you prefer to book a hotel room in Favignana, check the following hotels:
If you are arrived here, we feel very happy and we hope to have turned on your curiosity and desire to know and discover the Italy.
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