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Italy: best classic locations for Summer 2018

Here we are, finally it is time to share my suggestions for the best classical locations for Summer 2018! Ready to book your next Italian vacation? You’ll find our picks divided not for places but for passions. Let’s start!

ART LOVERS


MILAN – Pinacoteca di Brera, Castello Sforzesco, Museo del Novecento, the stunning Cathedral, are only few of the must see places if you are around and love art.

ROME – I don’t think I’ll need to explain why Rome is a must see destination.

FLORENCE – The Renaissance capital, home of the Italian language, that genius that has been Dante Alighieri and a marvelous city home of Uffizi Gallery, Palazzo Pitti and so many others you will have to come back to see more.

NAPLES – Amongst the others Cappella Sansevero and Naples Underground, two highlights of a rich city that will satisfy your eyes, mind and…appetite.

VILLAGES


CINQUE TERRE AND PORTOVENERE – An UNESCO Heritage site, a Natural Park, a Marine protected area, all this is Cinque Terre and Portovenere. Five gorgeous colored villages perched on cliffs that challenge the sea.

VALLE D’ITRIA – APULIA – Classy yet not to be missed, spend a night in one Trullo, take your time and walk around.

SAN GIMIGNANO – TUSCANY – The Medieval Manhattan, a nickname well deserved for this village upon a hill in the middle of Tuscany. Originally with 72 towers, nowadays only 16 stand tall. Climb the steps to reach the top of Torre Grossa, the tallest and enjoy a splendid view of the town and surrounding fields and hills.

ROMANTIC


VENICE – THE CITY, MURANO AND BURANO – Destination of many honeymoons, proposals, weddings and romantic getaways, Venice has a charm that is undeniable even to me ( I go there several times a year and the city always stuns me). Do not miss the colorful islands of Burano and Murano, hometown of the world known glassware.

VERONA – OPERA FESTIVAL – Everybody knows Verona as the city of Love, the city of Romeo and Juliet, but many other love stories take place in the Amphitheater during Arena Opera Festival. Trust me, attending a live performance inside a Roman Amphitheater is a thing you want to do once in your life.

BELLAGIO AND LAKE COMO – Do you think that is a case that George (Clooney) bought a villa on the shores of Lake Como? Do a research and you’ll understand. Villas that seem straight out of a novel and villages so cute they will blow your mind.

PORTOFINO – Live the Dolce Vita in one of the villages that has been selected by the jet set during the years. Pastel colored houses, exclusive boutiques on a fishing bay.

SPORT LOVERS


HIKING: SENTIERO DEGLI DEI – COSTIERA AMALFITANA & SENTIERO DELL’AMORE – CINQUE TERRE – Two of the most famous Italian hiking paths with breathtaking Mediterranean Sea’s views and tiny colorful villages along the road.

BIKING: LAKE GARDA TOUR – From Verona, Trento or Brescia, a biking tour of Lake Garda will take some time, but the scenery is definitely worth it. In addition, lots of nice small towns and delicious food to satisfy your tastes!

HORSE RIDING: SARDINIA – A funny yet scenographic way to explore the inner of the island, most of the time snubbed in favor of the beautiful beaches. Well, nobody say you can’t do both!

SURFING :SARDINIA, LAZIO AND LIGURIA – They say these three are the best Italian regions to surf, we believe that! Add to the recipe some amazing beaches, villages and tasty food, and you’ll be ready to leave right now.

DIVING: PORTOFINO – Dive into a Marine protected area and go say hi to the Christ of the Abyss, one of Italy’s most popular diving site.

SEA LOVERS


SARDINIA : STINTINO, CHIA, CALA MARIOLU, CALA COTICCIO, CALA GOLORITZè, MADDALENA (BANDIERA BLU) –  These are the beaches you must visit. You will thank me later for the overdose of white sand a pristine blue sea.

APULIA: TREMITI ISLANDS – 6 islands, 2 of them inhabited, part of Gargano’s National Park and inside the Natural Reserve of Tremiti Islands you can bet you’ll find some amazing nature and a sea with more than 50 shades of blue.

SICILY: SCOPELLO, SAN VITO LO CAPO, SCALA DEI TURCHI – Yet other three extremely famous beaches for their beauty. Of course they may be extremely crowded during peak season.

LAMPEDUSA AND FAVIGNANA – Two islands I have always wanted to visit, and I will soon for sure! Do not miss Rabbit Beach in Lampedusa, considered one of world’s most beautiful beaches.

SPA LOVERS


BORMIO – Located in Valtellina, known since before Romans, there thermal baths are very popular in Italy, especially recommended for all the mountains lovers.

ISCHIA – Completely opposite to Bormio, the thermal baths of Ischia are perfect for those who wants to indulge in some stunning sea landscape. Located in front of Naples, the island can be easily reached by ferry.

FOODIES


All Italy is a foodie heaven. You only have to pick what you prefer!

PARMA – Well known for its Prosciutto, it will be very easy to find some producers or restaurant that offer some tastings.

VERONA, TREVISO, TUSCANY FOR WINE TOURS – I would easily write a book on this topic, but these are my only recommendations:

  • Verona: Valpolicella for red wines and Soave or Custom for whites.
  • Treviso: Prosecco until you’re tired.
  • Tuscany: Chianti, Chianti Chianti. superbe wine, amazing landscapes, I love this area so much I would live there.

EVERY SEA LOCATION FOR FISH SPECIALITIES –  That’s all.

LIGURIA PESTO AND FARINATA –  Two typical dishes you MUST taste if you’re around.

APULIA, OLIVES AND OLIVE OIL – Did I ever tell you how much I love olive oil? There are lots of different types, it has hundred of flavors and the best I ever tasted was from a small bottle I bought along a dusty road somewhere in Apulia.

NAPLES MEANS PIZZA – Of course! Try it at Da Michele and Sorbillo.

AMALFI FOR LEMONS – I also am obsessed with lemons and Amalfi and its coast is one of the best producers in Italy (and the whole world).

FAMILIES


GARDALAND – The ultimate amusement park of Italy. We go there at least once a year, as new rides are open yearly or even couple of years. It is near Verona.

MIRABILANDIA – Similar to Gardaland, but near Ravenna.

AQUAFUN – A water park for young and adults.

PARCO GIARDINO SIGURTA’ – The reign of flowers. Near Verona and Lake Garda, is the place to go if you like to spend a day surrounded by nature.

PARCO NATURA VIVA –  Your children will love all the animals and the safari. It is not a zoo, but a breeding center for endangered species.

If my suggestions has helped or inspired you for your next Italian vacation, let me know!

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