The Best Kept Secrets in Italy

Best Kept Secrets in Italy
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Italy is a country rich in history, culture, heritage and of course, carbs!

Over the years travelling throughout Italy I have often found that my favourite cities and towns I have visited are those less celebrated or talked about amongst travellers and especially so when visiting locations recommended by locals themselves.

So here they are, some of the best kept secrets in Italy. Feel free to contribute your own hidden gems in the comments below!

Guide to Siena, Italy | World of Wanderlust Guide to Siena Italy

1. Siena, Tuscany

With a distinctive medieval charm and a reputation for the annual Palio horse race, Siena is often overlooked in favour of Florence and or Pisa, though holds just as much charm! The cities’ main attraction is the Piazza known as Il Campo, though be sure to step inside the Siena Cathedral for one of the most impressive interiors you will find the world over.

Read more: A Quick Guide to Siena, Italy

2. Torno, Lombardy

Lake Como is best discovered at a slow and steady pace, wandering throughout the many towns and villages that sprawl across the edges of the lake. Torno is one such small town I discovered on my time in Como – a small and unassuming little gem just a short ferry ride from Como itself.

Read more: A quick guide to Lake Como

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3. Lucca, Tuscany

Just a short drive from popular Florence is nearby Lucca, a city renowned for its renaissance walls, terracotta rooftops and cobblestone streets. Lucca is best seen from the top of the Guinigi tower – just be sure to pack some comfortable walking shoes and visit before lunch – there are 230 stairs for the journey to the top! If you can manage the climb you will be rewarded with 360 degree views over the city.

Read more: Where to Visit in Tuscany

4. Ravello, Amalfi

Throughout my time on a vespa traversing the Amalfi coast, my favourite discovery was hands down the hillside ton of Ravello. Located 36dm above sea level, this charming little town is known for its incredible views, limoncello, gardens and vineyards.

Read more: Amalfi Coast Map & Towns to Visit

San Gimignano - Guide to Tuscany San Gimignano - Guide to Tuscany

5. San Gimignano, Tuscany

As soon as I heard San Gimignano was home to the world’s #1 gelato, I knew a visit was inevitable, it was just a matter of the next possible moment I could get there for a sample! San Gimignano is one of the most picturesque locations in Tuscany and indeed Italy, especiallywhen viewed from atop the bell tower. Be sure to drop by Gelateria Dondoli for that famous gelato!

Read more: A Quick Guide to San Gimignano

6. Bellagio, Lake Como

Another favourite location on Lake Como was the highly popular (and hardly a secret in the region) but too charming not to include; Bellagio. This elegant little town is best visited in the early morning or late afternoon, as it is popular for day visitors so best discovered before or after the crowds.

Read more: A quick guide to Lake Como

7. Sorrento, Amalfi

The first destination for many when visiting the Amalfi Coast is Sorrento, though often visitors are quick to flock onwards to popular Positano or catch the ferry to Capri. After choosing to base ourselves in Sorrento, we soon discovered this would become one of our favourite destinations on the Amalfi Coast, although only booked as a convenience to explore other destinations. Sorrento is best enjoyed in the evening time and is full of great restaurants and wine bars to discover.

Read more: A Weekend in Sorrento

8. Verona, Veneto

Last but not least, Verona is the less popular cousin to Venice, though can be equally as charming, especially with fewer crowds! If you are travelling through Italy by train it makes sense to stop by Verona, a city known for its ties to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

Over to you! Where are your best kept secrets in Italy?

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

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    Faith

    April 5, 2018

    You’ve certainly listed some of my favourites and some I will have to check out. I see Lucca on the road signs but never been in – that is going to have to change. I too love Sorrento, my favourite spot to eat is the Foreigners Club, the views are amazing across to Mt Vesuvius and Naples and food’s not bad either.

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    terra @ terragoes.com

    March 30, 2018

    I stayed in San Gimignano during my Italy trip last year and loved it. It’s busy with tourists during the day, but the nights are lovely. I also did a day trip to Siena and loved it.

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    Maud

    March 26, 2018

    I’ve been to Verona and it was so beautiful!! I will remember the others for a future trip to Italy!

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    Kundan Maurya

    March 26, 2018

    When I will go Italy, I would visit these places for sure

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    Virginia

    March 23, 2018

    Great suggestions, italian smaller town are defently worthy of a visit just as much the more touristy/bigger ones. (P.S. I think the autocorrector changed Siena into Sienna a couple of times. I hope you don’t mind me pointing it out)

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    ivana split

    March 23, 2018

    I always felt at home at Italy.

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    Sanne

    March 22, 2018

    Ohh I really want to go back to the Amalfi coast. We only had time for a quick stop in Sorrento. It was incredibly beautiful!

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    Docdivatraveller

    March 21, 2018

    I would totally go for Sienna and Lucca over Pisa and Florence. I just love the Tuscan countryside. However I would like to add Alberobelo in Puglia which has those majestic trulli houses. A totally must visit! Also I would like to add Cinque Terre. I found it more beautiful than Amalfi.

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    Poltava

    March 20, 2018

    Oh, So beautiful Italy! I love Italy! ❤️

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    Curtis Cyril

    March 20, 2018

    The Secrets Of Italy are quite beautiful and once you get to know about them it would be hard for you to resist to see them again and again.Besides that the pictures and information, everything is so good.

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    Rahul

    March 20, 2018

    WOW! beautiful pictures and great information about Italy. its very helpful post for us.

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    Chiara

    March 20, 2018

    I so agree with your suggestions – although I have to visit the Lake Como yet.
    I’d like to suggest you, for your next visit, Arezzo, in Tuscany, and Viterbo in Lazio.

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    Tiffany Chevis

    March 20, 2018

    We stayed in San Vito Lo Capo in Sicily. A beautiful little coastal village, excellent food, fantastic climbing, and wonderfully friendly people. Go out of season for peace and quiet.

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    Marie Strande Nilsen

    March 20, 2018

    Padova!

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