Our Best Advice for traveling to Italy safely: what to see and what to do

Our Best Advice for traveling to Italy safely: what to see and what to do

Italy is now overall a rather safe country, although some cautions, as everywhere else in the world, should be taken. So follow our Best Advice for Traveling to Italy safely. On 3rd of June Italy reopened to all EU and some extra EU countries for tourism as well, as a result of the COVID effects that have considerably eased.

For more details on this matter, read my post The  chances  of  getting  married  in  Italy  under  COVID-19.

Despite this, likewise almost every country in the world, some security measures aimed at preventing the outbreak from starting to spread over again are still in place.

Despite Italy’s very welcoming attitude towards foreign tourists and the country’s endless efforts to recall tourism there, tourists’ concern about a possible return of the outbreak not only in Italy, but across the entire globe, is pretty understandable. However, if you can’t wait to plan your holiday in Italy in 2020, our best advice for traveling to Italy safely is, first of all, DO IT, and get focused on more secluded places, away from the busiest tourist destinations. You have now a perfect excuse to discover new Italian destinations and lesser known places that most likely are also within the reach of everyone’s budget.

Here you can find some personal tips about a handful of travel destinations in Italy that will amaze you and will make you travel in peace of mind.

If you dislike feeling secluded, consider joining guided-tours for small groups and Italy offer plenty of opportunities in this direction.

Piedmont


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Serralunga d'Alba in Piedmont our Best Advice for traveling to Italy safety

In photo: Serralunga d’Alba

Piedmont is a region located in the extreme north-west part of Italy. It’s one of the least known regions to international tourism, and yet it has incredibly awesome landscapes that are truly worth exploring. Its landscape is very diverse, fringed by the Alps in the north (first and foremost Gran Paradiso Peaks and Monterosa), and it’s covered by extensive hills and plains. Piedmont boasts a strategic position as it borders with Switzerland and France it shares the Alps range with. It also borders with other Italian regions such as Lombardia, Liguria, Val d’Aosta and partly with Emilia Romagna.

Piedmont is notable for an extensive production of various wine brands, mainly focused in Alba and Asti, but the region is also renowned for rice cultivation, mainly in the paddies of Vercelli and Novara.

Piedmont multifaceted landscape, as well as hosting fascinating highlights such as hilltop towns and fortified castles, features countless hike and climbing trails. For more information on hike tours read my post Italy Food & Wine Tasting Tours.

Veneto


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Valdobbiadene village Our Best Advice for traveling to Italy safety: what to see and what to do

In photo: Valdobbiadene Hills

Besides Venice, the star attraction of this region, and the lesser tourist walled and artistic towns located at 30Km from Venice, among which Treviso, Padova and Verona, Veneto region houses other towns and villages of great interest set off the classic tourist sights. Castelfranco Veneto is a lovely little fortified town in Treviso province that is a joy wandering. Its main highlights are the square-shaped little medieval castle, the imposing cathedral and the ancient home of Giorgione, a famous venetian painter from the Renaissance age.

Cittadella is another fortified town in Padova province. Its main highlight is represented by the extremely long town wall that is allowed to walk to enjoy stunning views of the townscape.

Bassano del Grappa is another valid option for a few hours afternoon resting walk. Positioned away from the hustle and bustle, on the edge of the Veneto mountains, Bassano offers a quiet ambience to wander. Its main highlights are the panoramic bridge overlooking the Brenta river, its grape-based pomace brandy, called grappa, and some delicacies such as honey and mushrooms.

If you aspire to a quieter day trip in nature, know that Conegliano is a hilltop town located in Valdobbiadene countryside, Treviso province. The town is fringed by vast expanses of vineyards where a famous sparkling wine called Prosecco gets since long produced. In this area, home to around 400 wineries, several guided-tours through these vineyards are held year-round. For more information on tour opportunities in the Venetian countryside read my post Food and Wine tour tips in Venice. 

Umbria


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Trasimeno Lake in Umbria our Best Advice for traveling to Italy safety

In photo: Trasimeno Lake

Another not massively and unexpansive tourist region, featuring many pristine attractive areas yet to discover, is Umbria. Umbria is a region in Central Italy. It features a varied pristine nature find home, featured by rolling hills, valleys, woods and streams enhancing suggestive views of picturesque hilltop towns, churches and abbeys. Perugia (region capital), and Assisi are the two most attended regions by tourists. Assisi is mainly known for hosting the marvellous hilltop Basilica of Saint Francis. Built in the thirteen century, this Basilica still preserves the Saint’s shrines and is a world-famous destination for Christian-Catholic Pilgrims.

For more details on religious tours and pilgrimage opportunities to Assisi, read my post on how to plan a pilgrimage to Saint Francis of Assisi.

Other lesser visited must-see towns are Gubbio, Orvieto, Todi and two lovely villages called Scheggino and Camerino. Camerino and Scheggino are perched in Valnerina, an enchanting valley crammed with several picturesque hilltop villages.

The most rugged eastern area of Umbria is mostly covered by a mountain range known as the National Park of Monti Sibillini, surely deserving a hike. Another landscape highlight in this region is Trasimeno Lake whose beaches in summer get equipped to welcome tourists and delighting water sports enthusiasts.

Marche


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Ancona harbour in Italy

In photo: Ancona’s harbour

On top of Veneto and Umbria, another Italian region that’s well worth to discover is Marche. This region features a multifaceted territory mainly covered by hills and mountains. It shares with Umbria the range of Sibylline Mounts  where a hike is a must-have experience.

Unlike Puglia, Marche boasts a long coastal strip lining the Adriatic Sea, mainly dominated by sandy beaches, except for the strip of coast where Ancona (the region’s capital city) is located, where beaches are pebbled and backed by limestone cliffs. Aside Ancona, Urbino and Macerata Feltria are two dynamic and picturesque hilltop towns that wandering is a true joy.

Loreto is a hilltop town especially renowned among Christian-catholic for being a worship and prayer sight thanks to a famous Sanctuary standing there dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Tuscany

Pitigliano village in Tuscany

In photo: Pitigliano

Needless to say, Tuscany is the ideal place to escape the bustle and hustle of busiest tourist cities. Plenty are the opportunities to wander nature trails hugged by idyllic expanses of vineyards and olive groves where often you may come across picturesque hill-towns, frescoed churches, ancient abbeys or some sixteenth-century fortified castles. Along the way you may happen to stop at a winery or at a wine shop, or at a local restaurant where you can truly enjoy the authentic Tuscan cuisine, combined with a flavoured glass of local wine.

Apart from the world-famed Siena Province’s hilltop villages such as San Gimignano, Montalcino and Montepulciano, Pienza and Radda in Chianti, or Impruneta and Montespertoli in Florence province, just like awesome are other lesser-known hilltop towns such as Pitigliano, Massa Marittima, Sorano, Sovana in Grosseto Province.

Further to north, another lesser-known to tourists is the fortified town of Lucca. On top of atmospheric Borgo’s and the world-famed city of Florence, Tuscany boasts a long coastal areas housing countless appealing, and at some tracts, spacious beaches such as Marina di Grosseto and Castiglione della Pescaia, as well as a handful of attractive islands such as Elba.

Lazio


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Anguillara panoramic terrace overlooking Bracciano Lake

In photo: Panoramic Terrace overlooking Bracciano Lake

Lazio is the region hosting the metropolitan city of Rome, and the capital city. For obvious reasons, the most tourism focus is on Rome. After all Rome is so amazingly packed with historical and artistic treasures that one might feel unmotivated  to move anywhere else outside the city. Whereas from north to south this region is studded with lovely towns and villages that are still to date untouched by most tourism, and yet are surely worth a stop for a day or a half-day trip.

Many of these sights boast the presence of ancient relics, namely dating back to the Roman Empire and Etruscan ages, being preserved inside archaeological parks open to public visits on given weekly days and hours. Some examples are the ancient town of Ostia, preserving ancient Roman relics inside its archaeological park. Other two notable towns preserving Etruscan relics are Tarquinia and Cerveteri. Tivoli is a pleasant town mainly renowned for being home to an ancient villa called ‘’Adriana’’.

Further to north, wander the pleasant papal fortified town of Viterbo and be amazed by the enchanting views of Bracciano, Bolsena and Vico lakes. Further south, especially in off season, the seaside towns of Terracina and Sabaudia, San Felice Circeo, Sperlonga and Gaeta, with their lovely historical centre and fine beaches lining the Tyrrhenian Sea, are a wonderful escape for spending some resting days away from the Rome’s hubbub.

Once there, don’t miss out on to embark on a ferry to Ponza, Ventotene or Palmarola, three tiny islands touched by a crystalline sea facing the Tyrrhenian coast.

Campania


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Palinuro Neach in Cilento (Italy) Our Best Advice for traveling to Italy safety

In photo: Palinuro beach

Campania’s region gets mainly associated with the famous city of Naples, arguably featuring a fascinating townscape rich in ancient sites and offering suggestive views of the Naples Gulf from its seafront.

Campania is also home to other notable coastal resorts such as Sorrento, in the Naples Gulf, and Amalfi Coast, with its world-famous sea resorts of Positano, Amalfi, Atrani and Ravello in first line.

Nevertheless these places thanks to their incredible charm and atmospheric coves and beaches, get chock full of tourists in summer. So why not moving a little further to south to contemplate the quieter unspoiled nature of Cilento mountainous promontory? a stretch of coast in Salerno province that is surely a quieter corner because less visited by most tourists, and yet impressive for its huge sandy beaches and lively coastal towns.

Some of the most interesting towns to visit in the area are Agropoli, Castellabate, Pisciotta and Palinuro. Palinuro’s charm especially lies in its dramatic natural rugged landscape.

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