10 Off-The-Beaten-Path Towns in Italy
When we think Italy, we all think of what we like to call “The Big Three.” Undoubtedly, Rome, Florence, and Venice are the perfect trio we would suggest that every first-timer visits. However, a second trip – because trust me, there will be a second trip – is the perfect chance to explore some more off-the-beaten-path towns in Italy. This is when you can really dig into the true local flavors and atmosphere. We have listed our favorite towns across the country, but there are so many more!
Our 10 Favorite Off-the-Beaten-Path Towns in Italy
1. Alba, Piedmont
Alba, located in the Piedmont region, is considered the capital of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Langhe. It’s a must for truffle fans, and the site of a white truffle festival every Fall.
2. Monte Isola, Lombardy
The town of Monte Isola sits in the middle of one of Italy’s prettiest lakes, Lake Iseo. It makes for the perfect day trip from Milan. On the ferry ride over you can enjoy the magnificent views away from the crowds!
3. Santa Margherita Ligure, Liguria
A deeply rooted fishing culture, palm trees, and charming villas. This Italian Riviera town is a great competitor to the popular Portofino.
4. Orvieto, Umbria
The very definition of an Italian hill town, overlooking the Umbrian countryside. The Gothic cathedral is worth the visit all on its own!
5. Civita di Bagnoregio
One of the most beautiful old towns in Italy is also one of the most fragile. Known as “the dying town,” Civita di Bagnoregio is located on a brittle rock hill and can only be reached by pedestrian bridge.
6. Sirolo, Le Marche
This elegant, Medieval village is a gem of the Conero Riviera on Italy’s central coast. Stopping by Ancona on a cruise? Don’t miss Sirolo’s beautiful coast views of the Conero promontory.
7. Alberobello, Puglia
No trip to off-the-beaten-towns in Italy is complete without a visit to Alberobello. The traditional limestone houses called Trulli, are an UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can also arrange to spend the night in one!
8. Tropea, Calabria
The gem of Calabria on the “Coast of the Gods.” Featuring pristine beaches with amazing cliffs and white sands. The Coast of the Gods indeed…
9. Ortigia, Sicily
An UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2005, this island off the coast of Syracuse, Sicily boasts an impressive Greek history.
10. Erice, Sicily
Reachable by cable car, Erice in Northern Sicily is a place straight out of a fairy tale. Make sure you bring a camera to document the Medieval walls, the Norman castle, the cobblestone alleys, and enchanting views.
What is your favorite lesser-known destination in Italy?