When you’re in Italy, you’ll want to see everything – including the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Trevi Fountain and, of course, the Coliseum – that are regular tourist hotspots. But if you really want to enjoy a different side of Italy, get off the main road and travel to some of the less popular attractions. Here are just a few that you shouldn’t miss:
Mercato San Lorenzo: Located in Florence, this market is a must for foodies and shoppers alike. Here you can purchase pottery, clothing, notebooks, souvenirs and leather goods as well as spices for your favorite Italian meals.
Libreria Acqua Alta: Prefer a good book? Well, this is where you’ll find one in Venice’s bookstore, Libreria Acqua Alta. Interestingly, this store keeps all of their books in water basins, bathtubs and gondolas, because of the mega-flooding that happens in the store
Castello Orsini-Odescalchi: Castello Orsini-Odescalchi is a grandiose castle in Bracciano, in the Province of Rome, Lazio, Italy. It’s located a short distance from Rome and is open to the public for tours.
Parma: means cheese and if you love cheese you need to visit this town where there are daily tours – book early! — given by the Parmigiano Reggiano Association to see cheesemakers at work.
Lake Como: Lake Como is located in Northern Italy and is known for its scenery, deep-blue waters and rugged, forested foothills of the Alps. There are hotels and Mediterranean villas with formal gardens, all which would make a great spot to spend with your romantic partner. Go ahead and ask singer John Legend, who tied the knot here with his wife Chrissy Teigen.
See a fùtbol game: Get off the beaten path and onto the pitch, otherwise known in America as the soccer field. It’s an important and popular pastime in Italy and here you can cheer for your favorite team – will you root for Juventus, Milan and Inter, or Roma, Fiorentina, Lazio or Napoli?
Eat some gelato: Eating some gelato is a thing to do, but make sure you stop by Perche’ No, which has been owned and operated by the same family since 1939.
Keats-Shelley Memorial House: Poet John Keats spent the last days of his life in this home, located in the Piazza di Spagna and it’s been turned into a museum that honors his works. You’ll see letters, paintings, books and manuscripts from John Keats other poets, such as Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
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