The travel magazine Travel & Leisure has compiled the best recommendations on Italy of their publishers. Expert travelers have highlighted its culture, history, food and drink, people and hospitality, and beautiful landscapes on their list.
There is so much to discover in this European country which was voted Destination of the Year 2021 last year, according to Travel & Leisure. For inspiration, the editors shared their favorite places in Italy in a post.
La Maddalena, Sardinia
One of the first recommendations of the editors is to discover the beauty of the protected natural area of Sardinia by Italy. “Yes, you can join an excursion, but for a real adventure, hire your own speedboat from the bustling Sardinian port of Palau and make this archipelago of over 60 (mostly small) islands your personal playground. during the day”, proposes Nina Ruggiero.
It’s a cheaper way to experience the resorts of northeastern Sardinia, as they can be extremely expensive. This way you can have one of the most memorable experiences the island has to offer.
The editor also recommends loading the boat with fresh Italian picnic ingredients and snorkel masks for the adventure. “You’ll find endless beaches to moor alongside crystal clear seas for miles. Sardinia is often called the Caribbean of Europe, and this is the best way to find out why,” says Ruggiero.
Lake Garda is the favorite vacation spot for adventurers italian. Cycling, windsurfing, sailing, kitesurfing, are some of the most popular activities.
“I stayed in Torbole at the northern end of the lake, but taking the ferry to Limone, a lemon-themed town, is a must, and I also recommend paragliding in Malcesine. I’ll do the trek up ‘at Gardaland Resort at the southern end of the lake – it’s supposed to be the best amusement park in Italy!’ points out Skye Sherman.
Three Peaks of Lavaredo, Dolomites
the dolomites italian They may be known for their world-class skiing, but in the summer these trails turn into perfect hikes.
Above the fairy tale villages is the incredible hiking area known as Tre Cime (Three Peaks). The area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its beautiful scenery is just that. This destination is part of a long mountain range known as the Sexten Dolomites, which stretches between Switzerland and northern Italy.
“Once on land, you will realize how isolated you are from the rest of the country: the mother tongue is not even Italian! The region is located right on the border between Italy and Austria, and it hasn’t always flown over the Italian flag: it was fought over between Italy and Austria during World War I, and many locals speak a mix of Italian and German,” Jamie Aranoff shares with Travel & Leisure readers.
In addition, he recommends not to miss the trails of Tres Cimas. “Walk from one point to another through refuges, small cabins that serve regional dishes ranging from stews to cold beer with options for staying the night”, proposes the editor.
Cimitero Acattolico di Roma
According to T&L, the most interesting is on the outskirts of Rome. The so-called Protestant cemetery, in Testaccio, is technically still inside the old Aurelian walls, but barely, and it’s an incredible compendium of how history can overlap in this town, from the Republic to the Empire, from the Renaissance to the Roman era. time. .
“Right next to the cemetery is the Pyramid, an Egyptian-style pyramid that the magistrate Gaius Cestius built in the 1st century BC to serve as his tomb,” Hannah Walhout recommended.
Friuli Venezia Giulia
“I still feel bad for Friuli-Venezia Giulia, stuck there in the far northeast of Italy, along the Austrian and Slovenian borders,” says Pablo Brady. For the editor, it is perhaps one of the most overlooked regions in Italy, at least for American visitors, “even though it has all the charming towns, the beautiful beaches, the Roman artefacts, the long history, incredible food and electric wine that make this country worth visiting.
There, “Udine was a city occupied and then liberated during World War I, today it is a starting point for wine tours and grappa tastings,” Brady shares.