You’ll often hear Italy travel writers talk about Tuscany‘s delightful “hilltop towns,” many of which are small enough and out-of-the-way enough that visitors can still feel like they’ve discovered something no other traveler knows about. What tends to be forgotten, however, is that there are delightful hilltop towns all over Italy – including in neighboring Umbria, which has many of the same landscapes we’ve come to love in Tuscany. One Umbrian hilltop town worth visiting is Gubbio – and because access to Gubbio is more limited than some other towns, you really are likely to find it far less crowded.
A trip to Italy may not feel complete without a visit to a world-famous art museum or a stroll through a field of Roman ruins, but there’s a side of Italy that’s beyond what the typical “culture vultures” have on their itineraries. Italy is an excellent destination for adventure travelers, too.
Let’s be honest – anyone attempting to rank the “most” or “best” of anything is injecting a fair bit of subjective judgment into the mix. And yet it’s hard to argue with how appealing these lists can be – especially if they help us narrow down a long list of travel to-dos. So, we’d like [...]
ne could argue (successfully) that you could point your finger randomly at a map of Italy and end up in a suitable place for a romantic holiday. Still, there are some destinations in this beautiful country that lend themselves especially well to honeymoons or other romance-laced vacations, and no matter what your definition of “romantic” is, Italy has something for everyone. Here are some of Italy’s most romantic destinations.
Nestled in the Euganean Hills (formed of 80 extinct volcanoes outside Padua and just visible from Venice) is the small town of Arqua Petrarca. Established since Roman times it settled into its final look and shape in the 14th century and is today a great example of a medieval town to which noble families from Venice and Padua retreated.
Italy may be at its tourism peak in the summer, but the country is open for business year-round. No, you aren’t likely to be lying on the beach or frolicking in the Tuscan hills when it’s cold outside, but visiting Italy in the winter offers a chance to see and do some things that aren’t available in the summer months. Here are just a few suggestions for things to do in Italy in the winter.