Italy needs almost little to no introduction, as it one of the most popular travel destinations in the world, for a large number of reasons. This booth shaped country located in the hearth of the Mediterranean Sea, captures the hearth of visitors through her rich history, delicious cuisine, beautiful artwork and grand architecture. This country has so much to offer, that often great places get overshadowed by the massive popularity of the “must see” destinations like Rome, Florence and Venice. If you ever plan to visit Italy for a longer period of time, here are some under the radar destinations, which might catch your eye.
Manarola – Cinque Terre
Manarola is one of the five colorful villages which sit on the hillsides on the coastal area of Liguria and comprise the Cinque Terre. Manarola is the second smallest village and it’s considered by many as the oldest. All five villages are famous for their beauty and even more for the lack of modern development. Manarola is the crown jewel of Cinque Terre distinguishing itself from the rest for its colorful structure buildings on the steep mountain side, with the Mediterranean Sea as a backdrop. Access to the Cinque Terre is limited however, as the roads are very narrow and end a kilometer away from the nearest village, although visitors have several options for transportation, as they can reach this place through trains boats or walking paths.
Civita di Bagnoregio, The Dying City
If you saw Civita di Bagnoregio on a postcard, you would hardly believe it is real, the picture-perfect city looks like it came straight from a fairy tale or another realm. Located just 70km away from the capital of Italy, the tall stone buildings rise on a hill within the Tiber valley in northern Lazio. The brittle volcanic base on which the town was founded on, has slowly but surely been crumbling away into the valley, earning the town a rather eerie nickname as “The Dying City”. Civita di Bagoregio is the only city in Italy which has an entrance fee of 5 euros, but once you enter the city you’ll soon be captivated by its rich history, with renaissance palaces and ancient temples dating back 2.500 years ago.
This small town located on the Amalfi Coast is famous for its diversity, scenic magnificence, rugged terrain and picturesque architecture. The climate in this area is fairly mild, common to the Mediterranean, making the summers long and warm with a gust of sea breeze refreshing you during night time. Although it’s a small town, it’s actually not so small and splendor, as it resembles a scattered city with habitations and structure sprouting from the top of the mountain, going down the hillside, all the way down to the beautiful coastline, where you can enjoy the cinematic sunset from Marina Grande beach.
Tropea – Calabria
The seaside town of Tropea, located deep in Calabria is regarded by many as the best kept secret holiday destination in Italy. The city of Tropea sits dramatically on the coastal cliffs, giving visitors a breathtaking and endless view. Among the dramatic sceneries, stunning architecture and delicious cuisines, Tropea features some of the cleanest and most beautiful beaches in Italy, both public and private. When planning a visit to this marvelous wonder, I recommend avoid the months of July and August as the small city gets to crowded for one to enjoy.