The tiny town of Alberobello in the Puglia region could easily get overlooked by visitors if not for one feature – its distinctive “trulli” houses. These historic structures may have started simply as a means to avoiding the Italian taxman, but now they’re an important part of Puglia’s cultural identity – and a major tourist draw.
While most visitors in Italy have heard of Pompeii, the ancient Roman city so famously buried by Mount Vesuvius, far fewer know about a contemporary city that was buried at the same time and is better preserved than its better-known neighbor. Herculaneum isn’t far from Pompeii, but visiting this excavated site is a completely different experience.
Many visitors to the northern Italian city of Verona are prepared for the grandeur of its impressive Roman arena. The arena is the focal point of the historic city center, and the venue for the city’s popular summer opera festival. But Verona has another Roman performance venue worth visiting – a Roman theater with an archaeological museum next to it.
Pompeii is one of Italy’s most popular attractions, and it’s usually at the top of the list for day trips from Naples. If you’d rather stay in Sorrento than Naples and you still want to spend a day exploring Pompeii, however, you’ll be pleased to know it’s very easy to visit Pompeii from Sorrento, too.
On your Italy travels, you will no doubt visit countless Roman ruins, taking guided tours through arenas and theaters and other buildings but not having any real sense of what it was like to use that building for its original purpose. In Verona, however, you can get a little taste of what it was like to use the city’s Roman Arena by going to the Verona Opera Festival.