Travel tips: Off the beaten path in Italy (italybeyondtheobvious)
Because of the name of my company, I get regular requests for itineraries that are at least partly off the beaten track. The definition of off the beaten path in Italy differs depending on how well you know the country. For some, the beaten track includes just Rome, Florence, and Venice, while for others it would certainly include the Amalfi Coast, the Cinque Terre, Pisa, Milan, Siena, and Lake Como.
There are entire regions of Italy that are off the radar of foreign tourists (yet full of Italians exploring their own country), but in my experience most travelers want balance. They want to see the Colosseum in Rome but then escape the tourists for awhile. They want to see the main sights in Florence and then head into the countryside for some independent exploration. With that in mind, the places I recommend below are both easily accessible from Italy’s main sights, yet have fewer foreign travelers.
This is an excerpt from the article published on italybeyondtheobvious.com on October 23, 2014 by Madeline Jhawar: http://www.italybeyondtheobvious.com/off-the-beaten-path-in-italy
Here are the travel tips covered in that article:
Off the beaten path near Venice: Bassano del Grappa
Off the beaten path in Tuscany: the Maremma
Off the beaten path near Rome: the Castelli Romani
Off the beaten path near Florence: Pistoia
Off the beaten path near the Amalfi Coast: Paestum
Off the beaten path near Lake Como: Lake Maggiore
Off the beaten path near the Cinque Terre: Santa Margherita Ligure
Off the beaten path near Bologna: Brisighella
Off the beaten path in Sicily: the Baroque South