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What are your favorite undiscovered places in Italy?

We are a family traveling by rail and were looking for some undiscovered places to go during our 2 weeks in Italy.

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top answer by
Maria from Dublin

I love Puglia It is a beautiful, unspoilt, Agricultural region with amazing, white, empty beaches. A lot of the vegetables, olives and wheat for the whole of Europe is grown in Puglia so the food is especially good. The wine too! To get the most out of a trip to Puglia you need to hire a car and visit some of the lovely little towns and cities, like LecceMonopoliMartina Franca and the white city of Ostuni. Further North in Lombardia I love Bergamo and the surrounding region

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  1. Puglia (attraction)
  2. Lecce (city)
  3. Monopoli (city)
  4. Martina Franca (city)
  5. Ostuni (city)
  6. Bergamo (city)
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answered by
Meir from Tel Aviv

I could talk for the whole two weeks about Italy, but I'll just focus on two ideas that you may combine in one:

1. Agriturismo

2. Toscana

Agriturismo is a splendid idea for planning a 'star itinerary'. The idea is based on staying at a farmhouse that also has hosting facilities. From my experience, especially if you are traveling with the family, this is a great place to stay at. Very safe for the kids, friendly hosts, exposure to the Italian life at farm, fresh products for breakfast...

You can stay at such a farmhouse. Agriturismo, and hop from there everyday to another direction. The hosts will be, friendly and very helpful in planning your trips. You have to make sure there is reliable public transportation between the Agriturismo and your points of interest, or at least to central station of nearest big town (from there you can take every day another direction).

Usually Agriturismo have the facility to pick you from the railway station and take you there by the end of your stay.

Tuscany In continuation to the 'Star' itinerary idea. The place I'd recommend as best would be of course Tuscany. The land is beautiful, one of the best in Italy. The food and wines - superb! The local folks, very friendly, open and educated. 

Located in a Agriturismo in Tuscany, will allow you to visit any of the following, each worth a visit for it's unique beauty: 

FlorenceI will not go into detail... but with it's beautiful piazzas, markets, bridges, museums and overall atmosphere, I'd say plan for no less than three days. You do not rush Toscana! :-) 

Siena: A beautiful town that preserves it's medieval beauty and atmosphere up to this day. 1. Make sure NOT to wear one of those colorful scarves they sell on the streets around your neck!
These are 'contrada' (neighborhood) flags, and if you by any chance walk into a contrada with the wrong flag around our neck don't be surprised to get a bucket of cold water on your head from one of the windows. 2. Mind the massive iron rings sticking out of the walls, they used to tie their horses out of their houses in those days... Your kids will love the place! Plan for one day.

San Gemignano: Even Smaller than Siena, even more medieval appearance... Situated among vines and green fields, high on a hill with it's majestic towers.

In those days they weren't competing who has the biggest car,,, it was all about who has a higher tower, to show his might and wealth...

Great wines!... Since you are with your family, just make a picnic basket and head to the walls, sit in the nature and enjoy the delicacies of the place and enjoy the views. Plan for one day.

Pisa: Yes... that place with the awkward tower :-) A bit more touristy, yet worth thee trip. While there, with all respect to the tower, do not miss the beauty of rest of the renaissance buildings around! Plan for one day.

Meir Jacob, Founder of Trips for Photographers

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  1. Tuscany (state)
  2. Florence (city)
  3. Siena (attraction)
  4. San Gemignano (attraction)
  5. Siena (attraction)
  6. Pisa (city)
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answered first by
pauline from France

There are so much places to visit in italy.

I get to Naples and its island : Capri, Ischia... it's beautiful and you can enjoy the sea or the mountains.

Sicily is also a great place for holiday: you can find beautiful beaches, and a volcano (island of Stromboli).

And you have also a lot of cultural sites like Messina, Syracuse, and Catania!

Hope you find your ideal holidays for all your family!

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  1. Naples (attraction)
  2. Capri (city)
  3. Ischia (attraction)
  4. Sicily (island)
  5. Stromboli (attraction)
  6. Messina (attraction)
  7. Syracuse (attraction)
  8. Catania (city)
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answered by
Gaia from Chicago

Hi Tom! 

If you want to go off the beaten path in Italy, Trieste is a perfect city to begin with. It is a melting pot, with a mix of Italy, Slovenia, and Croatia. It is quiet and not touristy, so also a great destination for families. 

I could go on with a peninsula tour, so one more destination for you: Gubbio. Once again, this is a smaller town that still has the feeling of a small town. 

Both cities are perfect for kids and they are surrounded by beautiful landscape.

Safe travels and say hi to my peninsula! :)

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If you find yourself near Amalfi, we really enjoyed Furore and Paestum. These were the ultimate highlights of our 16 days in Italy! #2 would be the Cinque Terre (all of it! ) and #3 would be Siena.  

I highly agree with staying in Agriturismos and apartments. We went during low tourist season, and didn't prebook any accommodations. We arrived in town looking for the signs "camere for rent" and asked to see the rooms. We felt like locals, they were so much cheaper, and we had so much room to spread out!

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  1. Amalfi (city)
  2. Furore (city)
  3. Paestum (attraction)
  4. Cinque Terre (hotel)
  5. Siena (attraction)
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