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Hidden gems of Italy

13 September 2018

Italy boasts more cultural sights and attractions than you could ever hope to see in a single visit. From the Leaning Tower of Pisa, to the intricate Gothic architecture of Cathedral Square in Milan, to the incredible wealth of artwork housed in the galleries of Tuscany, a holiday in Italy is nothing short of a compulsory experience.

Best time to visit Italy
Most people visit Italy in summer, between June and August; however, the best times to visit Italy are in spring (April to May) and autumn (September to October), when the weather is cool and dry, the skies are generally clear, and there are fewer tourists around. The sea is warm enough for swimming between June and September. Most Italians take their vacation in August, and many shops and restaurants are closed during this period. The ski season runs from December to April, and the best time to go hiking in the Alps is between June and September.


Recommended length of stay: A weekend away for a city break, to a full two weeks to truly explore Italy


Local currency: Euro (EUR)

 

Top three experiences

Behind the scenes of Venice’s artisans
Enjoy a private and exclusive look at some of La Serenissima’s most famous trades. Learn the fine craft of gondola building at a traditional boatyard, get involved in the hands-on task of mask-making at a private workshop, and venture to the island of Murano to witness a real glass master in action, using age-old techniques of glass blowing.

Discover the secrets of Tuscan cuisine
Learn how to prepare a full menu of meals with an expert professional at the noted wine-producing Medici estate. You’ll not only create delicious cuisine using recipes passed down from generation to generation, you can also enjoy sampling the Coltibuono wines and extra virgin olive oils during lunch and tour the ageing cellars and magnificent formal gardens.

Dine in the romance of Puglia
The ubiquitous conical-shaped trulli houses are a distinct feature of certain towns and villages in Puglia that have drawn visitors from afar for years. Take in their romance without the crowds as you settle down for a private candlelit dinner inside one of the iconic white buildings.

Where would you like to visit on your next adventure? Contact your local Travel Counsellor for a tailor-made holiday, or read our Authentic Encounters brochure for more inspiration.

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