Without a shred of doubt Italy is a country of natural wonders that blends perfectly with the people’s cosmopolitan lifestyle. Add to that the Italians surely know how to woo the visitors with their rich historical, cultural heritage, and of course the revered classic Italian cuisine. The most visited and the obviously popular destinations have to be Florence, Sicily, Venice and Milan. But these destinations witness heavy footfall round the year and this may not augur well with the wanderlusts that prefer their tours to be less chaotic.
But believe it or not Italy’s breathtaking beauty and vast riches of visitor’s destinations runs deep into the country’s less visited spots that are mysterious as well as steeped in history. Get set to discover these less visited destinations that you might as well plan to add in your itinerary the next time.
Lake Resia- This could be the place where you could literally see the time standing still. This is also the most uniquely beautiful places and given Italy has an abundance of water bodies, this lake could not be given amiss. The Lake of Resia is located in one of the most calming beautiful regions of Trentino-Alto Adige. The area situated in Northern Italy bordering Switzerland and Austria is famous for the incredible mountain peaks that rise above it. Lake Resia, an artificial mountain lake is characterized by the 16th-century with the biggest high point being the Romanesque belltower that emerges from the depths of the lake. The bell tower is also a reminder of the now submerged original village of Graun, relocated when the reservoir was built. The most spectacular experience is that of walking up to the bell tower by crossing the frozen river in the winter season to seize the time which stands still.
Civita di Bagnoregio: It is described as the “dying city” because this medieval age village is facing the threat of being non-existent due to the erosion. If you are up for the challenge, get ready to travel this uphill village via foot. The cliff in the province of Vitrebo is considered among the most beautiful in Italy. The villages’ picturesque architecture would leave you mesmerized andit gives you activities galore. You can walk the winding lanes; have a bite on incredible food in the local restaurants. The surrounding valley’s beauty is such that you are sure to gasp audibly at the view. For all those fantasy fans, the winters are the best time to visit with the views of the village coming in full scale as the low cloud hangs over to make a halo effect.
Emilia-Romagna- Bologna is the one of the coolest town to be. It happens to be one of the most visited spots among the students mainly due to the fact that it is the home to the oldest university in Europe. Not just students, the Italian food capital is draws a huge number of gastronomy fans as well! If you are in Bologna, you just cannot afford to miss out on the local delicacies like lasagne and tortellini. Emilia-Romagna stretches from the wetlands of the Po delta down to the beach resorts of the Adriatic coast, and across fertile plains where the signature ingredients of Italian cuisine are produced. As the ultimate food destination of Italy, Bologna also lets the tourists organize a whole gourmet tour that spreads across the artisan producers of prosciutto crudo and mortadella, intense balsamic vinegar and Italy’s king of cheeses, parmesan.
Lake Iseo, Lombardy- Often seen as the “least known Italian lakes”, Iseo is popular with hikers and is home to Europe’s largest lake island, Monte Isola. Lake Iseo islittle known outside Italy, Lake Iseo is smaller than Lake Como but considerably quieter and more charming. This is hands down the unsung gem of Northern Italy situated just north of the cities of Brescia and Bergamo, a place that has low footfall of tourists. Once you reach in the sparsely populated Remote Monte Isola, you are welcomed by the blue and white paper flowers that add to the serenity and calm of the area.
The Garden of Ninfa- The Ninfa Garden is one of the finest private parks in Itay yet is unknown to even most Italians. The few people who have been to The Garden of Ninfa have come up with only description; “The paradise on earth” particularly during the spring bloom. This beautiful park gets even more beautified due to the lush vegetation including the picturesque ruins of the now defunct medieval town of Ninfa.
RoccaCalascio- Within the Gran Sasso National Park, at an altitude of 1,460 meters, is RoccaCalascio, one of the highest Fortresses in the whole of Italy. The castlesits atopa mountain ridge that gives the best possible view over the valley of Tirino and the Navelli Uplands below. It comes as no surprise that the breathtaking view of the valley has been captured on the celluloid for such movies as ‘Lady Hawke’ and ‘The Name of the Rose’.It wasabandoned somewhere around the mid-twentieth century alongside the ancient medieval village of Calascio below Post renovation in the 80’s it can be visited without having to spend a single penny today. Plus you have the affable local villagers serve great ice cream and coffee in the village.
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