Italian Travel: A Guide To The Best Locations To Explore
Italy is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Once the seat of an empire that spanned from horizon to horizon, Italy has tempted travelers from all over the world for as long as it has been a country. A seat of creativity, logic, and reason second only to Greece, the many cities that span the country contain wonders that must be seen with the eye to be believed. Sculptures that look as though they will come to life and step down from the plinth; inventions that shaped the development of some of the biggest industries in the world; art and artists that have fascinated the creative community for hundreds of years; cuisine and culture that draw pilgrims from half a world away.
To travel through Italy is to experience some of the most incredible indulgences that a human being can experience and to drink in both natural and man-made beauty that will change your life forever. In a world where we have been cooped up at home for far too long, the travel bug has genuinely bitten again. We must include new practices in our new normal; things like taking a health test before you board a plane, wearing a mask if you feel ill, and being totally sure of all the travel regulations in your destination. Travel to Italy will have its own set of rules, and while you should definitely be aware of those before you plan your trip, chances are that they will not influence what you have planned all that much. Travel can be a lot to plan, so why not allow us to share that load? We’ve put together a list of the most beautiful Italian destinations for you to see on your trip. Savor Italy!
Prepare to be charmed by the quaint houses and winding streets in the mountain village of San Cassiano. At the foot of La Varella mountain, this little town appears untouched by time. The air is crisp and clear, and the overwhelming sense of tranquility you experience when you arrive is something special. The entire Dolomites region has a lot of historical significance for any World War I buffs: there are many memorials reminding us not to repeat our mistakes. If you visit during the winter, cross-country skiing is an excellent activity to indulge in, but the summertime has its share of pleasures as well; sip a glass of mountain wine and enjoy the vibrant summer sunsets. There is luxury here as well as history, so whether you prefer more humble accommodations or glitzier ones, there's something in San Cassiano for you.
This medieval bastion on a hill is visible for miles and miles around. San Gimignano in the heart of Tuscany has been a world heritage site since the 90s, and it’s very easy to see why. The duomo in the center of the town rises, forbidding and impressive; it is one of the original buildings (along with 72 tower houses, of which 14 still stand) that the partition families who created the town, built. Typical terracotta tiles slide over the roofs of the town, and the piazza waits to welcome you to breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The wine tasting in Tuscany is second to none, and you should certainly indulge in at least a few different grapes while you're in the region. There are many museums to visit and lots of history to take in.
If Positano seems like too much of a scene for you, we have the perfect solution: Praiano. Aquamarine waters hum this little fishing town on one side and the mountains on the other. While it has all the natural beauty and charm of Positano, this little town has managed to hold on to a lot of its calm and relaxed atmosphere. The white pebbled beaches call seductively to you, and the shade of orange umbrellas beckon. The domes and spires of the local churches reach upwards towards the sky in prayer, and the village squares bustle from sun up to sun down. Indulge in the freshest seafood cooked with true Italian passion while you relax under the Italian sun, and you’ll never, ever want to leave the unexpected little seaside gem.
The Italian coast never ceases to amaze, and the La Maddalena Archipelago is no exception. This scattering of islands in clear, turquoise water feels more Caribbean than the Mediterranean and is incredibly popular with the yacht set. If you aren’t fortunate enough to own one, never fear; boat and yacht tours are available from the main island and coast. Boats bob against their moorings in the harbors, gulls soar above them, and the little towns heave with the comings and goings of locals and tourists. Privacy is easy to find: there are hundreds of little bays where you’ll have the waters all to yourself. The granite rocks are a sight to behold and have drawn visitors to these islands for hundreds of years.
Adding these little gems to your travel plans will ensure that Italy will hold onto your heart and never let it go.