Italy has extraordinary variety in art, beautiful cities, food and wine, fashion, opera…. Everything! For example, you don’t like pizza? Then what about spaghetti and Sicilian cannoli? …You don’t like ancient Roman history… this country is the cradle of Renaissance! But in addition to famous places and clichés, here we would like to let you know that Italy is much more and we suggest 5 unknown beautiful places to visit.
1)Urbino – In the footsteps of Raphael: Urbino is a walled city in the Marche region, a World Heritage Site. The town, nestled on a high sloping hillside, is characterized by picturesque medieval aspect and is Raffaello’s hometown. This is the year of Raffaello Sanzio (1483-1520, 2020—the 500th anniversary of his death). Raffaello began to paint in the father’s workshop, (Giovanni Santi, a famous painter of the Renaissance) and he was influenced by modern culture under the patronage of Federico da Montefeltro, duke of Urbino from 1444 to 1482. Here you should visit the house of Raffaello ‘Casa Santi’ in the city centre, where there is one of the first murales ‘Madonna di Casa Santi’ which Raffaello painted with his father.
2)Piscinas – the largest sandy desert of Europe: There is a corner in the southwest Sardinia, called Green Coast, where dunes are so high and golden that it seems to be in Sahara Desert. This is the Piscinas desert which covers about 1.5 square kilometers and its dunes reach a maximum height of about 120 meters. Given that Piscinas is a very large and very isolated beach and wild destination, it’s known for being an appreciated nudist beach.
3) From Ortona to Vasto – the coast of ‘trabocchi’: The so-called ‘Costa dei Trabocchi’ is a 40-kilometer coast, from Ortona to Vasto that can be explored using local trains, bikes or walking, without taking the car. A beautiful coastline dotted with evocative structures, depicted also by the gay poet D’annunzio. The Trabocchi are wooden platforms on rudimentary pillars that dig into the bottom of the sea or into the rock, connected to the land coast. If you are there at the right time of the day, you could see the ‘traboccanti’ the keepers of an ancient fishing technique. Some Trabocchi have been restored and now they are exclusive restaurants where you can taste genuine fish.
4) Parma – Capital of art and food: the Italian Capital of Culture for 2020, the hometown of the great musician Giuseppe Verdi, Parma is an elegant town, renowned for the beauty of its historic center with Romanesque buildings, the famous Cathedral for its frescoes and the Baptistery made of pink marble. But walking in the city centre you will discover also why Parma is so famous for the quality of its food (especially for Parmigiano Reggiano and Prosciutto di Parma)! just taste some dishes in the innumerable local bakers, grocers and other small retailers.
5) Tivoli- the city of the most romantic gay stories: Tivoli is one hour by car from Rome and here you can discover Villa D’Este, a Unesco Word Heritage and Villa Adriana, the home of Adrian Emperor, with its impressive concentration of fountains, grottoes, plays of water. It crepresents a much-copied model for European gardens. This is the place of the most romantic gay stories of ancient history. If you would like to discover this amazing place, book the Quiiky’s Untold History tour here, or apply for a Gift for Future.