With so many museums to explore, the best time to visit Italy is when the crowd is relatively low (April to June and September to October), or otherwise you will find yourself waiting three hours in line just for the ticket. November is the wettest month, but gourmet travelers will be delighted with freshly-harvested truffles served in almost all restaurants. Venice can sometimes see flooding in winter months, so it is best to head south for milder weather unless you are there to see February’s carnival.
Everyone is aware of the snow-covered Dolomites, thanks to its world-class ski runs, but the Italian Alps boast a great deal of lesser-known summer gems as well. It starts with Lago di Braies, whose photographs have been rampant on social media, and extend to multiple scenic trails within the Sella Mountain group. It does not possess the grandeur of French Peaks, nor does it filled with charming villages like the Swiss Alps; It is a place where the force of nature follows you wherever you go and where hikers enjoy hours of storytelling over a table of gnocchi and fine Italian wines. This incredible landscape is best explored by walking but also offers stimulating activities from paragliding to rafting and rock climbing.
Puglia never gets the full attention that it deserves; which is not necessarily a bad thing as it helps to maintain the regions’ unspoiled charm. Its sun swept coastline is filled with strings of lovely villages, each with its own unique character that can’t be found elsewhere in Italy: Alberobello and its Conical-shaped Trullo houses, Lecce and its baroque churches and Ostuni and its whitewashed buildings, among many others. For beach lovers, Monopoli and Polignano a Mare has some incredible lido to hang around while Salento’s and Gallipoli’s white sands will keep you barefoot all day long
From family villas to traditional Trulli houses, here are some of our handpicked accommodation in Italy
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