Secret Italy: Unique Places to Visit

You’ve probably never heard of these places, but after reading this article you will want to see them!

You may think that you discovered all Italy’s hidden gems. But we know some places you’ve never heard of. If you want to travel off the beaten path, we invite you on a journey to the most unique places in Italy.


Lake Orta

Secret Italy: Unique Places to Visit - Lake Orta
Photo by TravelPapa Private Tour Guide Silvia Caso

All the visitors have an unspoken rule of silence about this area. That is why this amazing place hasn’t been discovered by tourists yet. If you want to travel off the beaten path or you just want to spend your vacation apart from the stereotypical tourist attractions, you got to visit Lake Orta.

Locals call this mysterious lake La Cenerentola (Cinderella), because it is secretly considered a prettier sibling to the larger and more popular lakes of Como and Maggiore. That secret beauty makes Lake Orta the perfect romantic getaway. The magnificent natural landscape is complemented by the medieval architecture. The most recognizable landmark of this area is the Isola San Giulio. It’s an island situated right in the middle of the lake.

Because this area hasn’t been discovered by the tourists yet, tour services are not too expensive. You can book a pretty decent hotel for a very small price.

To enjoy the mysterious beauty of the Italian lakes, TravelPapa recommends you this amazing cruise.


Secret Italy: Unique Places to Visit - Barga
Photo by TravelPapa Private Tour Guide Belinda Marcucci

A Tuscan hilltop town surrounded by the beautiful green landscape is one of the most enchanting secret places in Italy. Barga is a medieval hamlet in the province of Lucca, Italy. Most of the architecture was built in the 15-17th centuries by the rich merchants. Narrow streets, old churches and irresistible atmosphere of this isolated town will make you fall in love with it.

Barga is known for its large English-speaking community. You can even spot a red British telephone box on its cozy streets. It is now used as a free English book exchange library. A library in a telephone box!

If you like the cozy atmosphere of the small medieval towns and if you don’t like places crowded by tourists, visit Barga on your next vacation!


Secret Italy: Unique Places to Visit - Lecce
Photo by TravelPapa Private Tour Guide Alessandro Perrone

They call it “Southern Florence” for its extraordinary beauty. This Baroque masterpiece is an eye candy for the architecture lovers. Lecce feels like a perfect architectural ensemble. All buildings are complementing each other. No wonder it is one of the more popular destinations on our list.

As a historical center, Lecce has a lot to offer. You can spend days strolling around its picturesque streets amazed by the beauty of the 17th century buildings. Facades are decorated with gorgeus statues and bas-reliefs. Each of them has its unique story.

Don’t forget to enjoy the glass of the local wine on your stay!
To discover all the secrets of Lecce, we recommend you to book a private tour guide.

So what do you think about these places? Whould you like to stroll around the picturesque Lecce, or you want to take a cruise on the Lake Orta? Either way, TravelPapa is happy to offer the best airfares to Italy and the most amazing tours and excursions.

Author: Pavel Malisev


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