The vast majority of Sardinia, that huge island off the western coast of Italy and just south of France’s Corsica, is hilly, natural and unpopulated. In fact, about one quarter of the island is protected in some way, in a national or regional park, or wildlife preserve. One of the regional parks that lets you explore Sardinia’s wild side on a day trip from Cagliari is Molentargius Natural Park.
In this guide, we’ve handpicked the very best of what makes Italy so special — both on and off the beaten path — so you can travel like an insider in Italy!
The city of Padua in the center of the Veneto region is a university city with a pretty historic center, but art lovers know it as the home of one of Italy’s most famous fresco cycles. The Scrovegni Chapel may look unassuming from the outside, but Giotto’s frescoes make it well worth the trip.
Viator is a proud sponsor of the new six-part series airing on PBS, “Dream of Italy.” Each episode features host, Kathy McCabe, highlighting a different part of Italy – and we have articles featured on every episode, with an overview of the show and information on how you can explore the same area Kathy does.
Way down in the heel of Italy’s boot is the region of Puglia, lined with beaches and full of history. It’s nowhere near “undiscovered,” but it’s far less touristed than northern Italy – which is one reason it’s such a delight to have Puglia featured in the final episode of the PBS series, “LINK TO : Dream of Italy.”
Even if you have only a passing understanding of Roman history, you know the Roman Empire was pretty far-reaching at its height. Which is why it should be no surprise that there is a well-preserved Roman amphitheatre in Lecce, way down in the boot of modern-day Italy.