Top 3 Alternative Destinations in Italy
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Lecce, rx baroque and luxury
Do you know there is a Florence in South Italy? This is the nickname of Lecce, in Apulia, the main city of Salento area.
Lecce features many Baroque architectural monuments in its center and its charm is expressed by the impressive Cathedral, the astounding Church of the Holy Cross and the ancient fountains scattered around. In Lecce there are also many medieval buildings, as the Park Tower, dating back to 1419 and taller than 23 meters, once housed a prison in its basement, is now a symbol of the prestigious tradition of the town.
Photograph by © Lupiae
Furthermore, Apulia is recommended to foodies and Lecce offers an amazing extra virgin olive oil and a lot of gastronomical delicacies to taste at the local restaurants and “trattorias”.
Civita di Bagnoregio, the vanished town
Have you ever dreamed of a place completely isolated by modernity? In Central Italy is possible to visit a small town founded by Etruscans located in the middle between Viterbo and Orvieto, Civita di Bagnoregio.
This town is located atop a plateau of friable volcanic tuff and we suggest a tour here because it seems a vanished place, connected with the rest of the world exclusively by a bridge. Discover the main square and church of S. Donato, which holds a 15th-century wooden Crucifix by the school of Donatello and a fresco by the school of Perugino; then continue your tour visiting the Renaissance Porta Albana (which design is attributed to the architect Ippolito Scalza) and the Tempietto of San Bonaventura, renovated in 1606.
Photograph by © Davide Papalini
The Renaissance palaces of the Colesanti, Bocca and Alemanni families have preserved their original style, the Alemanni building now hosts the Geological and Landslides Museum, the suitable venue where to know more about Civita and its urban structure.
Take a break during your historical excursion and taste the local specialties as cold cuts and fettuccine served strictly with a sauce made with chicken giblets, a kind of pasta really liked by Italian people.
How to discover the hidden gems in Italy
Now it’s easy to know the favorite secret spots by the most demanding tourists, thanks to travel bloggers and websites dedicated to Belpaese; Secret Italy it’s a new blog for fashion addicted, design fanatics and passionate travelers, always updated with tips, suggestions and news about the lesser known Italian treasures.
If you like to plan a trip to unconventional destinations in Italy, this blog can help you with stunning pictures and posts that will let you discover a new perspective of this country.
Matera, the subterranean city
In the last years Matera became more popular but is again an emerging destination in Italy, due to its geographical position (in Basilicata, bordering on Campania, Apulia and Calabria) and its absence from the usual travel routes. Thanks to the movie The Passion of the Christ, directed by Mel Gibson in 2004 and primarily filmed in Matera, this small town became a great attraction for expert travelers.
The historical center of the city and the Park of the Rupestrian Churches are declared by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites, in fact the Sassi di Matera is absolutely unique in the world. The Sassi are probably the first human settlement in Italy and are dug into the calcarenitic rock itself, people are used to live here until the half of XX century.
Photograph by © Tango7174
There are 155 stone churches carved out of the rocks and the main road, suspended above a deep gorge, gives a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountain. If you wish to taste traditional cuisine, go to Alle Fornaci restaurant, which offers menus based on typical recipes of “lucana” gastronomy.
Follow the advices provided by Italian travel bloggers
Some Italian bloggers usually write in English to promote and spread the word about their country, so you can find useful tips about travel reading Italy Luxury Guide Blog, focused on itineraries, events, top Made in Italy products, lifestyle suggestions and wellness news, a panoramic view on the most prestigious venues in Italy.
Those who are looking for exclusive activities to do during their vacation can follow this blog and book his next trip to one of the three alternative destinations already mentioned, all seasons are right to enjoy a genuine Italian travel experience.