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This is a charming, little village with an ancient saracen tower and an ancient church on the sea in the area of Italy called the cilento which is a beautiful national park. The town has a lovely, clean beach and delicious restaurants. The people are friendly and helpful. It is pleasant to take... more

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Agrigento is a congested, not very pretty city. We recommend you stay instead outside the heart of the city near the archeological zone. Follow the signs for the Valle dei Templi. The name is misleading: the archeological site is actually on a plateau to the west of town—not in a valley a... more

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Alberobello, in the province of Apulia, is not a well-known destination, but all the more fun to visit because it is off the beaten path. Choose a hotel in the area as your hub, venture out to explore the fascinating sights that follow; the Trulli District, Grotte di Castellana, Costal Villages... more

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Amalfi is a small harbor town nestled in a narrow ravine.... more

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For those of you who for sentimental or for historical reasons are especially interested in World War II, there is another destination you might well want to visit. Anzio is a town on the coast about 56 kilometers south of Rome. It was at Anzio that the British and Americans forces landed in Ja... more

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Arezzo: About 65 kilometers after leaving Florence you come to a turnoff to Arezzo, located about 10 kilometers east of the highway. Arezzo is still in Tuscany, but since it is so close to Umbria and “on the way,” now is the time for a visit. Arezzo has a rich history dating back to... more

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As my husband and I drove southeast of Siena, we became hungry and decided to stop at the next village. Asciano, fortunately, was the next village! We might have been there during siesta time because very few shops were open. We passed a couple of open bars before finding one with elderly men o... more

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Recommended by Borgo Storico Seghetti Panichi: Ascoli Piceno is a picturesque medieval town in the southern Marche Region. It is also known as the ’town of travertine’, due to the variety of beautiful buildings and towers built in the local white travertine marble stone. A real jewel is... more

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Your prize tonight is Asolo, a gem of a medieval village snuggled on the side of a hill with exquisite views of the countryside. The town is so romantic that it is no wonder Robert Browning was captivated by it and chose Asolo as his home. As you drive toward Asolo, the terrain does not seem to... more

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Coming from either Perugia or Gubbio, take S75 east following signs for Assisi, one of our favorite targets in Umbria. Built up the steep slopes of Mount Subasio, this magical city is a tribute to St. Francis. Although he was born into a family of wealth, after several visions in which Christ a... more

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We took a drive along the coast and were headed towards the more popular and famous town of Positano. We stopped for a few minutes at Atrani, a tiny village along the coast, and found it so charming. There were a few restaurants and stores in a small square. It seemed very "authentic"... more

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From San Quirico d’Orcia, head south on S2 for about 6 kilometers and watch for a small road to the right leading to Bagno Vignoni. This is a most unusual, very small town, known for the curative value of its hot sulphur springs. In the center of town, you find what would have been the to... more

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There are a couple of towns that are worth seeing while you are in the Asolo area. If brandy holds a special interest for you, visit Bassano del Grappa, an old town famous for its production of grappa (or brandy). The town is also a pottery center. However, Bassano del Grappa is rather large an... more

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On the tip of land where the two lower sections of the lake join, is one of the lake’s most delightful towns, Bellagio, a medieval jewel that exudes great charm. The town traces the shore of the lake and has a medieval walled entrance into the picture-perfect central square from which nar... more

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On your way from Lake Garda to Lake Como, stop at Bergamo, about an hour’s drive west on the A4. As you approach Bergamo, the congested city doesn’t appear to be worth a stop—but it is. The shell of the city is deceiving because it hides a lovely kernel, the Cita Alta, or... more

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Five kilometers south of Spello you come to Foligno where we suggest leaving the S75 and taking instead the back roads to enjoy the lovely villages and scenery. From Foligno, take the S316 toward Bevagna, which you reach after about 8 kilometers. Bevagna is an enticing, intimate, charming walle... more

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Bomarzo is the location of the sacred garden of Parco dei Mostri is located. Dating back to 1552, the park was designed by Pirro Ligorio, who created the incredible gardens of Villa d’Este in Tivoli. He is also responsible for the completion of Saint Peter’s Cathedral, a c... more

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Recommended by Borgo Giusto: Splendid village on the bank of the Serchio after the Devil’s Bridge Borgo a Mozzano is the first town of the Serchio Valley and is found just before the Magdalene Bridge, an incredible and magnificent medieval structure, the Valley’s true symbol, also known... more

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One of the most famous ski areas is Breuil-Cervinia, almost at the Swiss border, just over the mountain from the Swiss resort, Zermatt. In summer the mountains beckon one to explore the beautiful paths that lead off in every direction.... more

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If your next destination is Greece, it is just a short drive to Brindisi from any of the southern towns of Apulia. In Brindisi you can board the ferry for Corfu, Igoumenitsa, or Patras.... more

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Recommended by La Sabbiona: Brisighella is a medieval village with its own castle and clock tower located on hills above the town. The town is famous for its local products such as olive oil, wine, ’Romagnola’ pork, thermal baths and spas.... more

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Recommended by Casa Bolsinina: Buonconvento is a small nice village about 25 km south of Siena in Tuscany. Surrounded by medieval walls, it is a interesting place but not too touristy. The townspeople are enjoyable and  the city is known for good Trattorie. Buonconvento is easy to reach onl... more

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Nestled in the Campania region, Calitri is a lovely, quaint and picturesque town with much to offer its visitors. Its small town feel, rich culture and amazing scenery are just a taste of what one might find during a visit. Steeped with traditions, numerous festivals and exquisite cuisine, Cali... more

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One of the most charming town along the banks of Lake Maggiore is the beautiful medieval village of Cannero Riviera. The oldest part of town, located to the north, is where you want to be. The lanes leading down to the waterfront in the old part of town are so impossibly narrow, that it is best... more

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Several shipping companies have ferries that leave frequently from Naples to the romantic island of Capri, leaving from Molo Beverello, the dock below Castel Nuovo. Boats leave from either the Mergellina Pier (Boat Companies: Alilauro and S.N.A.V.) or the Molo Beverello Pier (Boat Companies: Ca... more

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Perched on a rocky outcrop and bound by the remains of its original stone walls and watchtowers, Casperia is one of the most picturesque medieval villages in the Sabine Hills. While enjoying the local food and wine, you can often listen to a live jazz pianist as you watch the sun set over Mount... more

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This small picturesque hilltop village built around a large 17th-century palace makes a fun place to stop for lunch after having visited Farfa. There is a great restaurant here, Re Burlone, located in the cellars of the palazzo.... more

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Recommended by Villa Abbazia: Castelfranco Veneto near Treviso is a town of ancient origins and the birthplace of the famous Venetian Renaissance artist, Giorgione, famous for his paintings of extraordinary beauty and the altarpiece in the main cathedral. The Casa del Giorgione, next to the... more

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A small winding road leads to the nearby village of Castelnuovo di Farfa where a contemporary museum of olive oil is located, the first of its kind in Italy. It has an unusual exhibit that interprets the history of the olive, which has always dominated the landscape of Sabina. International a... more

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Castiglione del Lago is the most interesting town on Lake Trasimeno. Built on a high rocky promontory that juts out into the water, the old walled city with its battlements and towers has lots of character. Artifacts and tombs nearby indicate it was originally an Etruscan settlement, but what y... more

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Cefalu ia a ancient fishing village of built on a rocky peninsula about an hour’s drive east from Palermo. Not only is this a very colorful fishing village, complete with brightly-hued boats and twisting narrow streets, but there is also a splendid Norman Cathedral built by King Roger II in t... more

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If you are a photographer and love picturesque walled villages, few can surpass the setting of this small town. Take the N71, which twists west from Orvieto toward Lake Bolsena. Stay on N71 for about 20 kilometers and then turn left heading to Bagnoregio. Go into town and follow signs to Civita... more

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Our favorite place for walking or hiking is in the Grand Paradis National Park, just south of Cogne. To reach the park, from the A5, take the road south to Cogne. From here you can walk through a glorious meadow that stretches to the foot of the Grand Paradis, a majestic mountain that soars ove... more

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From Assisi you can continue on the S75 in the direction of Foligno. However, if you feel adventuresome and enjoy getting off the beaten path, there is a narrow twisting, very scenic back road that leads through the hills making a loop from Assisi that ends up back on the S75 in Spello, about 5... more

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The ancient village of Colonnata—famous through the ages for its marvelous white marble. As you wander this tiny town you’re following the footsteps of Michelangelo, who used to come to here to choose huge blocks of marble from which to carve his masterpieces.... more

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Como, located at the southern tip of Lake Como, is one of the larger towns on the lake. It is a pretty walled town with excellent shopping—including a colorful market every Saturday. Como is easily accessible from Milan and has many ferry departures from its dock.... more

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Along the Cinque Terre there used to be five completely isolated fishing villages dotted along the coast between La Spezia to the south and Levanto to the north. First only a footpath connected these hamlets, then a train was installed, and now civilization is encroaching, with a road under con... more

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Cortina d’Ampezzo is a tourist center that is larger due to its excellent skiing facilities. Its location is truly breathtaking—the town spreads across a sunny meadow ringed by gigantic granite peaks. Although the true allure of Cortina is its beauty, there are a few other attractio... more

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Cortona is still in Tuscany, but fits more conveniently into our itinerary for Umbria since it is on the route. Stop to enjoy the atmosphere of this medieval town: its narrow, twisting, cobbled streets, jumble of small squares, lovely boutiques, excellent restaurants, and colorful buildings are... more

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You might want to travel casually and stop in a village that captures your heart as you drive through the picturesque Dolomite valleys. A good base for exploring the region is Corvara, a small village ringed by breathtaking mountains.... more

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Unlike many of the towns in the Sabine Hills, Cottanello, a tiny, remote, picturesque hill town is surrounded by mountains instead of olive groves. The inhabitants are mostly shepherds and you might need to stop along the way to let a shepherd with his flock of sheep cross the road. The typical... more

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Recommended by L'Antico Forziere: The town of Deruta, located in the hills of Umbria, has become synonymous with fine pottery and ceramics. The qualities of the local clay led to Deruba becoming the capital of ceramic production, particularly during the Renaissance period. To this day potter... more

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Desenzano lies on the southern coast of Lake Garda and is a picturesque lakeside resort. Narrow streets lead up to the medieval castle that overlooks the town and offers panoramic views of the lake. Desenzano has two harbours and two public beaches for lakeside bathing. The resort has the best ... more

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Positioned over 750 meters above the coast (about 10 kilometers from Trapani), Erice is a delightful medieval walled town, cooled by breezes from the sea. Park your car and walk through the Porta Trapani and up the cobbled street. Erice is best discovered by exploring on foot. Narrow cobbleston... more

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Recommended by Agriturismo Tenuta La Pila: Ai piedi dei Colli Euganei, la cittadina è una delle più antiche di tutta la regione: si chiamava Ateste e nell'età del ferro era il principale centro della popolazione dei veneti proveniente dall'Asia Minore. Il magnifico Castello, ricostruito d... more

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The highest village in the Sabine hills is Fara Sabina. Once a Lombard stronghold the village offers the most spectacular view of the rolling plains of Lazio—the land of the Latins and birthplace of our western civilization. You can see across the Tiber valley as far as Rome, and, on a clear ... more

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The town of Farfa is known for the Abbey of Farfa, one of the most famous European religious buildings of the Middle Ages, found in the town of the same name. Charlemagne was its protector, and at the height of his empire, a vast part of central Italy was owned by the abbey. A visit is not comp... more

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Recommended by Agriturismo Tenuta La Pila: Immersa in una pianura agricola di bonifica tra il fiume Po, l'Adriatico e le Valli di Comacchio, Ferrara i scopre dietro le mura e gli alberi in filare, appartata nelle preservate atmosfere, il passato di tre secoli di capitale, i segni della raff... more

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Florence, without a doubt, is Tuscany’s jewel. Be generous with your time and do not rush Florence—there is too much to see. If possible travel to the major cities of Italy should be made in the off-season. Even so, be prepared for lines, they are a fact of life.You must, of course, pay a v... more

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