Enjoy 25 Spots In Italy Where You can experience Local Flavor

sea urchins in Italy 

It may be possible to spend an entire lifetime discovering Italy and still many stones would be left  unturned. It is a place where authentic experiences are abound, So Luxury Italian Tours shared some of their  favorites.

This guide holds some of the coolest tips on what to see, eat, admire  and embrace in an Italy that most travelers never experience.  

1. Eat sea urchins in Puglia on the shores of San Vito.  Throughout  April and May sea urchins are in season. During this time, visitors can join  locals at eateries, parties and festivals in indulging in this unique  delicacy.

2. Treat your inner history buff to the Greek influences abundant in  Siracusa.

3. Stroll through the cobblestone streets of Dozza and admire the outdoor art  gallery. Once a year, the Emilia Romagna invites artists from all over the world  to come to their quaint hillside town and decorate the houses and facades of  buildings with contemporary-style murals.

4. Make and taste delicious Italian pastries like cannoli and casata with  Maria Gramatico, affectionately known as “Mama”, at her  cake shop in Erice, Sicily

Amalfi Coast 

5. Roam the  cliff-side gardens in Ravello as you admire the breathtaking Amalfi Coast.

6. Marvel at the artistic riches in San Rocco, Venice, home of the largest  collection of Titian art.

7. Stop in a Venetian cafe or bar in any city for Cicchetti – plates of  snacks for one euro each — and feel like a local. They pair perfectly with a  glass of prosecco!

8Bring your bathing suit and take a swim around the  tiny islands off the coast of Venice. Burano and Mazzorbo are perfect for  enjoying a lazy Sunday lunch. Sant’Erasmo is known as the market garden of Italy  famous for its asparagus and artichokes. And for a truly local experience, sail  to the tiny fisherman’s village of Pellestrina where you can enjoy the  slow pace and pristine nature reserves.

9Explore Umbria and go truffle harvesting;  savor these black diamonds of the earth.

10. Sip Sagrantino at  Tenuta Castelbuono winery – Umbria’s newest vineyard in Bevagna — under an  architectural masterpiece designed by Pomodoro.

milan

11. Hit Milan during  Fashion Week and don’t miss an evening of glamour at La Scala, one of the  largest opera houses in Italy.

12. Take a walk to admire the pastel homes of fairytale Ponza, a beautiful  island just south of Rome and a favorite respite for Romans.

13. Stay over night in the masserie or trulli, two ancient architectural  wonders of Puglia.

14. Admire the Giotto’s Scrovegni Chapel in Padova, otherwise known as  the “miniature Sistine Chapel”.

15. Drink apricot grappa at an organic wine farm in Sorrento with Mt.  Vesuvius in the backdrop.

16. Ride a helicopter over Mt. Etna’s crater.

17. Go to Perugia to the Perugina chocolate factory and learn how to make  (and taste!) decadent Italian treats.

18. Catch a whiff of the butcher shops as you weave along Cisternino’s  cobblestone streets, an experience unique to this little city.

carnival venice 

19. Get ready for Carnevale  and learn how to make a Venetian mask.

20. Walk through the Vasari Corridor in Florence and admire the artwork that  Cosimo Medici spent years collecting to adorn this secret passageway between his  palace and the church.

21. Visit Le Velette winery and sip Oriveto Classico, a famous wine that owes  its quality to the Orvieto underground. Fun fact: the Orvieto is an underground  water network that was built by the Etruscans and has consecutively helped to  produce some of the highest quality grape harvests in Italy.

22. Discover Ascoli Piceno, the region considered to be the jewel of Le  Marche, and experience the fusion of ancient history with modern design.

23. Stop by Café Meletti, an elegant Art Deco café in Abruzzo where anisette  liquor was first made in 1870 by the café’s founder. Even Ernest Hemingway  stopped by and sipped this house specialty.

24. Ride bikes through the breathtaking hills of Ferrara in Emiglio Romagna  and admire the castles and palaces that dot the countryside.

25. Let the melodies of Verdi at the opera in Parma sweep you away during the  Verdi festival, which occurs every October and is a highlight for this sleepy  little town

 

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