Italy forever lingers in my mind after traveling there. It’s just one of those places that holds an almost mystical appeal and a romanticism about it. If you’ve ever been there you’ll probably understand exactly what I mean. If not, you’ll soon find out. Outside of the main cities Italy has some beautiful small cities and towns to explore. They are best explored with an Italy tour guide to get a local experience. Here’s my list of the best.
Stresa is a beautiful resort town on Italy’s Lake Maggiore near its northern border with Switzerland. I first heard of the city when studying Italian and the was hooked after seeing it. The lake is dotted with tiny islands, each an Italian work of art. Piazza’s, church’s and botanic gardens come together to make this small town a great place to enjoy local Italy. You can learn more here.
Located in the northern Tuscany region of Italy Lucca is a stunning city and an important historical point for Italy. The city dates back to 3rd century BC and acted as a fort for centuries, defending Rome. The fort remains in the city along with churches, piazza’s and history dating back hundreds of years.
The city is crisscrossed with narrow alleys and it best explored with an Italy tour guide as it’s an easy place to get lost.
Lucca has a number of musical and cultural events throughout the year. It is the birth place of Puccini after all. So make sure you check the calendar to see what’s on before heading there!
The walled, mountain top town of Volterra is in the heart of Tuscany. The city dates back to before 7th century BC and takes you back through the layers of Italy’s rich history. Don’t miss the Roman theatre dating back to the 1st century BC.
You can see the authenticity of Italian culture in this town with an Italy tour guide. Take your time in this historic city, enjoy the food and culture.
The quintessential Italian destination, the five villages of Cinque Terre have lost a little of their hidden charm. The rugged location on the Italian Riviera made these hard to reach villages a world renown travel destination. Unfortunately with world fame comes a hoard of tourists that make Venice look quiet.
Despite this the towns still require either a very brave driver or a train trip to get to and are still the slice of Italy that many dream of. Make sure you take the time for coffee or a glass of wine at Vernazza.
So what are you waiting for? Plan your trip to Italy now and fall in love with this country just as we did. If you’re looking for more information on how to get around Italy you can find a quick guide here to traveling in Italy.