Italy is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and romantic countries in the world. Italy is like an open history book with each corner telling its story through the colorful old buildings, monuments, streets and mouth-watering cuisine. Its geography and pleasant climate invite visitors to spend their best days in the country enjoying the Mediterranean sun that never goes out, the jaw-dropping lakes in the north, the spectacular hills of the Tuscany region, the volcanoes and beaches. There is no shortage of things to see and do in Italy.
You might have already heard of Rome's Colosseum everywhere, or riding in the canals of Venice might be on your bucket list, but it's the hidden gems of Italy that have people hooked. Read below our list of the most popular and also some of the hidden gems in Italy that you must see:
1. Amalfi Coast
Situated in the southwestern region of Campania, the Amalfi Coast is well known for the spectacular beauty that makes it one of the top tourist destinations. Tourists love the town for its picturesque landscape featuring cliffs, jaw-dropping bays, lemon tree gardens, colorful streets and many luxury villas. One of the most visited and romantic towns in Amalfi Coast is Positano, which is home to many stunning beaches, pastel houses and waterfalls.
The incredible island of Capri has been attracting visitors for centuries. From great Roman Emperors to playwrights, all have found Capri as an amazing destination to spend some quiet days in Italy. Traveling to Capri is a luxurious experience where you'll be serenaded by the pleasant breeze crossing the lemon trees. Some of the most popular things to do in Capri include swimming in the Grotta Azzurra, sipping fresh limoncello, strolling through the gardens of Villa San Michele and riding the chairlift to Mount Solaro.
3. Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre is a group of five colorful towns on the Mediterranean Sea. The dramatic scenery, breathtaking landscape and laid-back lifestyle of Cinque Terre have made this small town very popular among tourists. Manarola is one of the smaller towns in Cinque Terre where you can take a dip in the Mediterranean Sea, eat the famous gelato, or simply take a stroll into the streets and taking photos in front of colorful backdrops.
4. Procida Island
Procida Island is the smallest yet the best-kept secret of Italy located in the Bay of Naples. The island doesn't have many beaches. However, it offers sun-bleaches beautiful narrow streets, restaurants, lively bars and luxury resorts and hotels. There are also many picturesque boardwalks and ports where you can sip a refreshing drink while admiring the breathtaking scenery.
5. Civita di Bagnoregio
Once a dying town is now one of the best spots for tourists. Perched on volcanic rocks, Civita di Bagnoregio is a well-preserved village where you can enjoy peace and comfort in jaw-dropping surroundings without any distraction. Walk down to the beautiful alleys of town where you can witness picturesque views and plenty of spots for post-card photos.
Matera, a magical city of stone, is hidden along the cliffs of Italy's beautiful Basilicata region. The city was built over 30,000 years ago, and today, Matera is the oldest inhabited place along with Petra in Jordan. Matera was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993, and since then, the city has been attracting tourists from all over the world. You can spend days in Matera exploring its palaces, monasteries, churches and old houses.
If you have always been fond of Romeo and Juliet's story, then you must Verona. It is the city where Romeo kissed Juliet on a balcony one night. This small and not-so-popular town is home to many interesting landmarks, including churches, piazzas, Ponte Pietra Bridge, and the famous Juliette's house. Make sure to watch the surreal sunset view over the city at Piazzale Castel San Pietro.
Alberobello is another UNESCO World Heritage Site in Italy and also one of the best-hidden gems in the country. The main highlight of the town is its structure, ancient buildings and conical-roofed homes. This unique landscape gives this small town a fairytale vibe that cannot be felt anywhere else. Spend a few days in town and visit its many incredible attractions such as Casa d'amore, Sant'Antonio Church and Trullo Sovrano Museum.
A visit to this medieval town will take you back in the past. Siena is also a place where you can experience the Palio horse race during the summer season, where all the participants will be seen wearing ornate medieval costumes. The walled city of Siena is famous for the Gothic palaces where you can feel the well-preserved history and enjoy the city's architecture and history.
10. Campo Imperatore
Also known as the Tibet of Europe, Campo Imperatore is an unfrequented yet one of the most beautiful places in Italy. This truly breathtaking alpine meadow in Italy is yet to be discovered by tourists. The trek of Campo Imperatore is about 25 km long and also offers many hiking opportunities to those interested. Another interesting thing is that the color of alpine looks different in every season.
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