Arguably, Sicily is one of the most spectacular regions of Italy and is still underrated by international tourists. This is a good reason why you should visit the island. It has been a crossroad of Mediterranean populations and cultures and it is still visible everywhere: here you’ll find Greek temples, Norman churches, Baroque palaces, African food, and so on. Last but not least, Sicily has a mild climate that makes it a great destination for every time of the year.
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1. GuatemalaAn express adventure for those with limited time off. Prepare yourself incredible experiences. You will hike a volcano, visit mayan temples and witness a ceremony and take in beautiful colonial Antigua.
2. BelizeA quick trip not too far away for those seeking a relaxing mini break. You will have plenty of free time to relax but also some awesome activities to experience the rainforest and the caribbean sea.
3. MexicoAn exciting mini trip exploring the lesser known colonial towns of central Mexico. This is hte perfect trip for someone with limited time off and still wants to turn on explorer mode and do something different.
1. EcuadorA remarkable 8 days adventure through the Andes and the Amazon rainforest. The best choice for adventure seekers wishing to visit the 2 most iconic areas of South America, in only 1 week and no flights.
2. PeruAn alternative itinerary to classic Peru, from Cusco to Arequipa. This itinerary is great combination of highlights Cusco and Machu Picchu with the lesser known Arequipa and Colca Canyon.
1. ItalyThe ultimate Italian experience from the vibrant streets of Naples to the breathtaking sceneries of the Amalfi Coast followed by Matera and down to Puglia with its golden beaches, intense flavours and fascinating destinations.
2. ScotlandEmbark on this great adventure starting from London all the way to Scotland with a true Scottish experience made of breathtaking sceneries, whisky tasting and ..lots of fun! Ideal for train lovers and explorers.
3. PortugalA wonderful train journey around Portugal, from the romantic city of Porto to the Douro Valley, to the beautiful Aveiro all the way to Lisbon and Sintra. The perfect trip to train, culinary and culture lovers.
1. South KoreaDiscover incredible temples, mountains and modern cities on this 10 day adventure. This trip is perfect for those seeking immersion in the cuisine, culture and natural wonders of South Korea.
2. ThailandFrom Bankgok to Angkor Wat to Ho Chi Minh City and everything in between - adventure through the heart of South-East Asia. Taste the delights, see history brought to life and unwind on a Mekong River cruise.
3. Sri LankaA fantastic adventure that showcases Sri Lanka's fantastic landscapes, wildlife and flavours. With 3 epic rail journeys, 3 UNESCO heritage sites and time to relax, this trip has loads to offer at a great price
1. MoroccoAn epic journey across Morocco: from Casablanca to Marrakech, through the blue city of Chefchaouen to the wonders of the desert and deep to the High Atlas Mountains - this trip has it all! Ideal for true explorers!
2. EgyptFrom Cairo to Aswan, this trip brings the land of the pharaohs to life. You'll visit the Pyramids, Valley of the Kings and Luxor Temple and cruise down the Nile in style. This is the perfect way to explore Egypt.
In 2019, Matera will be European Capital Culture with the Bulgarian Plovdiv, so you need to visit it before everyone finds out how gorgeous it is. This town is the capital city of Basilicata, a small region in the south of Italy. Its historical city centre is formed by “sassi”, which are typical houses of Basilicata dug into rocks, locally called “tufo”. Do you remember the movie “The Passion of Crist“ by Mel Gibson? It was been filmed in Matera.
If you are looking for beautiful towns, pristine beaches, great food and good weather, you only need to go to Puglia (Apulia in English). This region in the heel of Italy’s boot is full of ancient sites and charming destinations. From olive trees and hilltop towns, to spectacular trulli (the typical houses of the Alberobello’s area), Puglia is a top destination for everyone wants to discover a different and no-touristic place.
This eastern Lombardy city, about 25 miles from Milan and 50 from Lake of Garda, is a hidden gem full of Renaissance and Baroque architecture, breathtaking vistas and ancient sites. It’s still unknown by the tourists and is a real pity because Bergamo hosts a spectacular city centre, Città Alta (Upper Town) and a tangle of medieval cobblestoned streets embraced by Venetian walls.
When you hear the word “Liguria” you immediately think of Cinque Terre. That area is undeniably a spectacular Italian destination, but if you are looking for a less touristic and more authentic place, the capital of the region Genova is what you need. Located in front of the Ligurian Seas, Genova has historically been one of the most important ports of Italy and Mediterranean. The city hosts the largest aquarium in Italy, Acquario di Genova, a must see if you are planning to visit this town.
Orvieto is a beautiful little town located in Umbria, the green heart of Italy, perched in the countryside between Rome and Florence. It is a perfect day-trip from both the towns, so note it down for your next Italian adventure. If you want to discover a gorgeous place off the beaten path and a city filled with a rich history, Orvieto is the best choice.
Never heard of Ancona? This city is one of the main ports on the Adriatic Sea which links Italy with Eastern Europe. Ancona is not only a port, it’s also a very nice town with ancient ruins, such as the Trajan Arch, one of the finest Roman monuments of Eastern Italy, and Cathedral of San Ciriaco, a spectacular church located on the top of a hill.
Parma, Emilia Romagna
If you are a food addict, there is no better place for you in Italy than Parma. This small town, located in the region of Emilia Romagna, is considered the capital city of Italian gastronomy. Prepare yourself to buy a new pair of bigger jeans, because it will be truly hard to resist to the delicacies and gourmet food in the land of prosciutto.
Considered mostly to be one of the largest business centre of Italy, Turin is a city with a rich culture and history that deserves to be discovered. The town hosts several art galleries, museums, theatres and other venues, such as castles, gardens and buildings used as residence by the royal house of Savoy. First it was the capital of the Duchy of Savoy, the of the Kingdom of Sardinia and finally, the first capital of the unified Italy.
Trieste, Friuli Venezia Giulia
Trieste is one of the most beautiful and fascinating cities of Northeastern Italy and is rich of history thanks to its location: the city is near Slovenia and Croatia, and has been influenced by various cultures. During the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Trieste became the fourth largest city, after Vienna, Budapest and Prague. If you want to combine a visit to Slovenia when you are in Italy, Trieste is the perfect place to do so.
Sardinia is home of some of the Mediterranean’s most spectacular beaches, most of them unspoiled. But this Italian island has plenty of things that deserve a trip to; magnificent rugged landscapes, excellent seafood, ancient Nuraghic culture, evocative Carthaginian and Roman ruins, and Spanish baroque churches. You can be sure that in Sardinia you’ll never be bored.
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