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Visiting Italy and escaping the crowds

By Meca Miciano
-    Jan 24, 2023
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For many decades, Italy has been in the top 10 most visited countries, drawing millions of food lovers, art aficionados, fashionistas, history buffs, and sun worshippers every year.

Ponza is among Italy's under-the-radar destinations that is sure to please any tourist.

Apart from Rome, Venice, Florence and Milan, Italy has under-the-radar destinations that draw you away from the crowds but offer an equally satisfying experience.

Umbria

With its lush landscape foliage and the small-town charm found across Tuscany, the region of Umbria in central is famous for its grapes and black truffles. Visitors come to sample its white Grechetto and red Sagrantino wines.

Another popular activity for tourists are truffle hunting and cooking classes.

Every July since 2003, the region’s capital, Perugia, also stages Umbria Jazz, one of the world’s largest jazz festivals. From June to July, the city of Spoleto holds the Festival de Due Mondi, a music and opera festival.

Sardinia

Not much of a well-held secret, Sardinia provides the ultimate island escape. The top attraction is the Costa Smeralda, or Emerald Coast, with its white sand beaches and exclusive resorts, which are frequented by celebrities, business and political leaders, as well as affluent guests.

Outside the Costa Smerlada, the capital Cagliari has well-preserved archeological and historic sites that go back as far as the Ancient Greeks and Romans.

Ponza

Only a three-hour boat ride from Rome, the island of Ponza allows visitors to a quiet escape from the hustle of the Italian capital.

The island may not have the long stretches of beach found on other islands. But, it has unique offerings: dramatic cliffs that look out to crystal-clear waters, multicolored homes, and rustic villages.

The best part is the fresh seafood that dominate the local cuisine, and all at prices more reasonable than in other island resorts in Italy, like Capri.

Bergamo

In the older upper district of Bergamo, Citta Alta is a must-see destination. Sitting on a hilltop and accessible by funicular, the city is contained within walls built by the Venetians and characterized by its cobblestone streets.

A visit will feel like a step back in time. Wander the streets aimlessly, marvel at the centuries-old churches, and allow the city to work its magic organically.

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