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Some of the best places in Italy to vacation are difficult to put into categories. There are beaches in Italy. There are castles in Italy. There are wonderful caves and cenotes in Italy. Italy has the Italian Alps, the Italian Riviera, magical islands, lakes, mountains, and wonderful ancient cities, and most of all a rich and fascinating history. I can't imagine anyone going to Italy and not falling in love with it.
Here at Dream Travel Today, there are always ongoing blogs about this ever popular vacation spot. Some of them center on the places themselves, and others are intended to bring insight into Italy's vacation destinations that are vital to protect and respect. Italians love their millions of visitors but are also dealing with overwhelming over-tourism issues unique to their country.
We hope you'll keep checking back for Italian vacation ideas, as well as enjoy some of our more in-depth articles on the best places in Italy to vacation and top things to do in Italy.
Lake Iseo, Monte Islo, Italy — Smaller lake, definitely not touristy, and wonderful to hike around. Small towns clustered around it with restaurants, boutique shops, sidewalk cafes. Tranquil and easy to get to both by car or train.
Grotto Palazzese Restaurant, Polignano A Mare Cave, Puglia, Italy -- set inside a natural cave with a portal to the stars and beyond, it's been a dining and party place for more than three hundred years making it one of the best places in Italy. The restaurant itself is considered to be one of the top places in Italy for a romantic dinner of a lifetime.
The breathtaking views combined with natural light and panoramic views make just about any time of the day or night magical. Add today's traditional Apulian dishes under gourmet chef expertise and you have a foodie's delightful experience not to be forgotten.
Stairs to La Verna, Casentino, Tuscany, Italy - certainly any pilgrim on a trek along the way of St.Francis, both remote and peaceful includes eighteen frescoes, illustrating St. Francis and the life he led. Be sure to understand this is not an easy hike or trail but so worth the effort if you are up to it.
Legend has it that St. Francis found refuge in that crevice when the Devil tried to push him down the precipice - the rock itself wrapped itself around him as if it was soft wax sheltering him from the fall.
Fontana di Trevi, Rome, Italy — do you long for reliving the old iconic 1950s movie “Three Coins in a Fountain?” Set in a time when the myth of Fontana di Trevi could decide your fate, just by the number of coins you tossed in it.
One coin = a return trip to Rome; Two coins = meeting an Italian dream lover and; three coins = you’ll marry the Italian you met and live happily ever after. Sigh. If only life were just that simple.
Polignano di Mare, Italy - centuries old quaint town with panoramic views, a beach with crystal clear waters, limestone cliff diving, and even the annual Red Bull diving competition it’s no wonder
PolignAno di Mare is one Italian medieval town to include on seeing at least once if not more.
Dolomites, South Tyrol, Italy — surreal and awe inspiring the Italian Dolomites whisper “come here” to hikers, skiers, and bikers, despite the fact that outside of Europe most people don’t know this nature lovers craggy paradise.
You need to see this mind boggling terrain to understand the peace you’ll feel just being present surrounded by Mother Nature’s grandness.
Tunnel of Trees, Migliarino, San Rossore, Pisa, Italy — magical, hand planted Italian trees that have been there “like forever” to quote the six year old when she saw a picture of them. There’s something special whenever you encounter a tunnel of trees - it had to be a labor of both love and a vision of what it would look like long after the people who planted them were dead and buried. A legacy of trees, that’s what seems so special.
Valley of the Lights, Trompia Valley, Italy — looking from above towards the foothills of the Brescia Alps, there are over seventy miles of roads and hiking trails that at night from afar look like a surreal sea of lights pointing the way to a far off mysterious places and things unimaginably beautiful. Making this breathtaking view one of the top best places in Italy.
La Pelosa Beach, Sardinia, Italy — waits water so clear and shallow you’d almost swear you were in a swimming pool instead of the ocean along side of a pristine white sand beach it’s understandable why this beach is popular with locals and tourists alike. Snack bar and refreshments available along with beach umbrellas and chairs.
The Almafi Coast, Postiano, Italy — where at night by the cliff-side sea underneath twinkling stars and lights, there’s a certain Italian love song endlessly playing a long ago forgotten tune about its pebbled beach, steep narrow winding streets overspilled with boutiques, sidewalk cafes, hiking trails waiting to be explored and the romance of just being alive and in love with Italy.
Bridge of Tiberius, Rimini, Italy (Ponte di Tiberio) -- aka Bridge of Augustus is a true testament to being a survivor. This Roman Bridge, finished in 20 AD is the only surviving bridge not destroyed by the Germans during the Battle of Rimini in WWII. Any traveling to Italy should put this bridge of one of the best places in Italy for a photo selfie.
Frozen in time in the ruins of Pompeii, Italy are both the every days lives and the horror of the days when Mt. Vesuvius destroyed this Roman city just outside Naples, Italy. Even today new insights into Roman lives are finally being uncovered and understood. Lessons valuable to know in the truth about why their civiliztion failed.
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