Italy is known for many things, especially the food and drink. But it’s one country that continues to impress with a few lesser known attractions. Better put, these hot spots may just be less celebrated and talked about state side.
Landing in an Italian major airport will most likely put you in Rome, a good starting point for hitting a major site or two, and enjoying a bit of Italy’s famous side.However, if looking for a more geographically diverse area of the country, head to the Mediterranean, on the island of Sardinia. It is perfect for a good scuba diving session searching for underwater grottoes and massive lobsters or eels along the rocky terrain. Under the water of this quintessential island, you’re likely to forget you’re in Italy altogether.
At the dive shop be sure to ask for an overnight recommendation, as local businesses love to share connections. Once inside the island accommodation, feel free to ask again for the restaurant of choice to avoid the risk of something too touristy. Also, it may be nice to take pleasure in reservations being made for you, and not having to make decisions at all might just be what you need on a vacation. Plus, you may even end up with special service, having been sent from a neighborhood insider. Enjoya fabulous shellfish and pasta meal, with heavy wine pours, of course. And a bonus here in Sardinia, is that the prices are very reasonable compared to the big city of Rome. Together with the personal dinner service, and staying in that quaint pension, or guesthouse, might just make you feel like a local the first night!
Next, pack up that swimsuit and jump on a domestic flight to the Dolomites! Found in the north east region of the country, close to Austria, you will be in heart of the Italian Alps. Which some claim to be the most unique looking mountains in the world, resembling oceanic coral reefs! Here, the snow is powdery and the drinks are hot, so try some Glühwein (mulled wine) or a shot of grappa to warm you up for that next great downhill, cross-country, or snowshoe trail. That’s another draw to the Dolomites, the offering of beautiful runs for all skill levels.
So, with the recent images of rocky caves and coral reefs seen on both your mountain top ski views and underwater scuba sights, hopefully you will think of Italy as much more than ever before.Ciao Bella!