In the many Italian resorts, one will find vacations where the sun kisses one’s face, the sound of the sea lulls one to sleep, and where the taste of fine wines dance upon the palate. They are places where cares fade away, replaced by the wonder, and where great memories are born.
When most people think of Italy, they think of the hustle and bustle of Rome, Milan, or Venice, but for a truly relaxing vacation, getting away from the big tourist draws and heading out to the more “off-the-beaten-path” places is key. These places are hidden jewels that most people do not know about, but are full of amazing things to experience. One such place is Cinque Terre, which lies along the edge of the Italian Riviera. It may have some of the most breathtaking views and landscapes ever to be seen with the collection of towns – Manarola, Corniglia, Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, and Riomaggiore. There are few roads into the area, and the villages are linked by walking paths and trains. The most famous path that connects the towns is the Sentiero Azzurro or the Azure Trail. For couples, walking La Via dell’Amore – the Way of Love – is a popular pastime. The path is full of panoramic views overlooking the sea.
The Langhe region of Piedmont is famous for its wine, truffles, and cheeses. However, what is often missing from its description is the abundance of impressive castles. The area is full of rolling hills dotted with vineyards and villages. In Barolo, home of its namesake wine, there is also the medieval Castello Falletti. This 10th-century castle has a storied history, and tours focus on the beautifully remodeled first floor. The Italian resorts in this area include a smaller castle that has been converted into a hotel.
A list of fabulous Italian resorts would not be complete without mentioning the Italian Lake District. Situated in the Alps, the rich and famous flock to the resorts here for their magical powers of relaxation. Lake Como is home to many celebrities, and it is easy to see why. The lake is dotted with quaint villages and stunning villas. The villas contain beautiful botanical gardens that bloom with the seasons. Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo boasts one of the most spectacular botanical gardens in the country. It is a very popular location for weddings because of the beautiful terraces, fountains, and flora. April and May is when the azaleas bloom and light the garden up with their rainbow blossoms. Lake Maggiore is a very interesting lake as it lies partially in Switzerland. Panoramic tours of the lake will take visitors across the border into Lugano, Switzerland where luxury boutiques await. If shopping is not the thing, take a peek into the many chocolate shops to taste the delicious chocolates that the Swiss are famous for. On another day, check out the Borromeo Islands – each island unique, with only one inhabited. Isola Madre is famed for its beautiful English-style gardens and palace. It is definitely a must-see. Isola Bella has a restored 6th-century summer palace featuring beautiful gardens and stunning artwork and tapestries.
When it’s time to find which of the Italian resorts is right for you, give Trips 2 Italy a call. They can help plan out the most incredible vacation. The best vacation begins with a single phone call.