ITALY Hidden Gems & Insider Tips off the beaten path

You are looking for the most amazing Italy Hidden Gems and Insider Tips with travel tips and the best things to do? Here we go. In this article, travel bloggers from all over the world recommend the best Italy Insider Tips with iconic world-famous sights, beautiful landscape and amazing highlights you should not miss out. Here you will find beautiful off the beaten path destinations in Italy like Alba, Enna or Bosa on Sardinia to inspire your next bucket list entries. Plan your great Italy holiday in 2022 with the hidden gem tips of JOURNICATION!

Italy Hidden Gems & Insider Tips  – The most amazing destinations off the beaten path

Italy Hidden Gems Bucket List

Here is your overview of Italy Hidden Gems: How many of these beautiful destinations of Insider Tips in Italy can you already tick off?

  1. Arezzo, Tuscany
  2. Montepulciano, Tuscany
  3. Urbino, Tuscany
  4. Bosa, Sardinia
  5. Varenna, Northern Italy
  6. Aosta
  7. Enna, Sicily
  8. Carrara, Apuan Alps
  9. Borghetto sul Minci, Veneto
  10. Torino, Piedmont
  11. La Morra, Piedmont
  12. Ostuni, Puglia
  13. Spilamberto, Modena
  14. Alba, Piedmont
  15. Salerno, Campania
  16. Orvieto, Umbria
  17. Soriano nel Cimino, Tuscia
  18. Rocchetta Mattei, Apennines


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Arezzo, Tuscany

A visit real insider tip in Italy is definitely the city of Arezzo. Especially the medieval old town is a hidden pearl of Tuscany, which should not be missed on any trip there. Arezzo is located only 1-hour drive southeast of Florence and is therefore easy and fast to reach by car, but also by public bus.

The city of Arezzo became world-famous for its noble ceramics, but also for metalworking. Since time immemorial, handicrafts and jewelry have been produced here, which has helped the city to great prosperity and wealth. Hard to believe, but every month ten tons of gold are processed here. Even today, a stroll through the city center reveals countless stores selling the finest jewelry and beautiful ceramics, such as the world-famous Aretin vases. This is a lovely city to visit whether you are in Tuscany alone, as a couple or visiting Tuscany with kids.

The absolute highlight, however, is the historic old town of Arezzo. A must-see is the Piazza Grande, a breathtakingly beautiful main square and a truly unique popular photo motif. It slopes downward at an angle, creating an almost surreal backdrop. A real insider tip is to visit the large antiques market held there once a month.

Also worth seeing are the many interesting museums, excavation sites and the beautiful churches, where art treasures and masterpieces by famous artists such as Piero della Francesca or Giorgio Vasari can be admired.

Explored by Martina from PlacesofJuma

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Italy Hidden Gems: Montepulciano, Tuscany

Although Montepulciano is beloved by all who know of it, it still manages to maintain its distinct Italian hidden gem status. Nestled in the heart of Tuscany, this medieval hilltop town is oozing with old-world charm and romance. The village is renowned for its fabulous wine – particularly its Nobile di Montepulciano – which is world-renowned. Therefore, no trip to this idyllic Tuscan town would be complete without a visit to at least one of the wonderful wineries in Montepulciano. Whether you’re unearthing the history of one of the old city’s fascinating underground wine cellars or raising a glass to the rolling hills in the countryside, you’ll enjoy an unforgettable experience.

Beyond the rich wine culture, Montepulciano boasts a fascinating walled city that’s steeped in history, from the Torre del Pulcinella to the Piazza Grande, the iconic main square. Provided you have the luxury of time, a walking tour can offer useful context for the city’s many hidden wonders, giving you a full appreciation of this historic setting. While you’re in town, grab yourself a seat at Ristorante La Bricola, one of the best trattorias in town. Here, you can enjoy a chance to try pici, the thick, textured, and mouth-watering pasta that’s native to the region.

Explored by Elena from The Carry-On Chronicles

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Urbino, Tuscany

It is a well-known fact that you can see some of the most beautiful medieval towns on a road trip to Tuscany.

But one of the most spectacular medieval towns in Italy is in Marche, a neighboring region to Tuscany. The incredible Old City of Urbino in the Marche region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must-see town in Italy.

The walled Old City of Urbino is the finest example of Italian Renaissance art and architecture. Even more, it represents the masterpiece of Italian Renaissance architecture. Architecturally, Urbino represents the ideal Renaissance town. The Ducal Palace and town represent oneness.

Urbino was a Renessaince cultural center. Raphael, a High Renaissance master painter, was born in Urbino. Donato Bramante, Piero della Francesco, Luciano Laurana, Paolo Ucello lived and worked in Urbino as well. Today, you can find much of their work in Urbino. So, not surprisingly, art, history, and architecture lovers love Urbino. Today Ducal Palace in Urbino houses Galleria Nazionale Delle Marche with an exceptional Renaissance art collection. There you can see the artworks of Renaissance masters like Raphael, Titian, Paolo Uccello, and Piero Della Francesca. You can also visit the Casa Natale di Raffaello museum in Urbino.

But, no trip to Italy is complete without indulging in authentic Italian food. Crescia di sfogliata di Urbino is a must-try thin handmade flatbread from Urbino. This highly addictive flatbread comes with various fillings like salami, sausage, wild greens, or vegetables. Urbino is in Marche, next to Tuscany in central Italy. It’s only about 100 km from Arezzo and 180 km from Siena in Tuscany.

Explored by Milijana Gabrić from World Travel Connector

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Italy Hidden Gems: Bosa, Sardinia

Located on the north western coast of Sardinia, on the banks of the Temo River, the small town of Bosa is easily one of the prettiest villages in Italy, and yet (thankfully) still unknown to mass tourism.

Bosa was founded by the Phoenicians, but prospered under the Roman Empire before falling prey to the Arab invaders during the Middle Ages. The Malaspina rulers of Bosa thought it would be appropriate to build a hilltop castle to observe the seas and protect the village from the invaders. The castle – known as both Serravalle, from the name of the hill it’s built on, and as Malaspina, from the name of the family that ruled over Bosa – dates back to the 12th century. Unfortunately, only the defensive walls and a few towers remain today, along with a chapel decorated with beautiful frescoes. You should visit all the same, for the views of Bosa from the castle are magnificent.

Once you are done taking in the views, head to the center of the village for a walk along the cobbled alleys and along the river, to admire the lovely colorful buildings – don’t forget to pop inside one of the many beautiful churches!

If you fancy some beach time, you can head to nearby Cumpultittu beach and if you feel adventurous go to Cani Malu, a fantastic swimming hole.

Bosa is about one hour drive from Alghero, connected to Italy and Europe via a number of budget flights.

Explored by Claudia from Strictly Sardinia

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Varenna, Northern Italy

Visiting breathtaking Alpine lakes is definitely a thing to add to your Italian bucket list. But even if this region is pretty popular among tourists, you can still find charming Italian hidden gems there. And one of them is definitely Varenna.

Varenna is a small town located on the Eastern coast of Lake Como. Which is the third biggest lake in Italy. And why Varenna can totally steal your heart? Because it’s still not so well-known among tourists yet extremely beautiful. So it’s perfect for a romantic Nothern Italy getaway.

If you wish to have some peaceful moments, stop the travel rush for a while, and enjoy the beauty of Nothern Italy, this little village is a perfect place for you. Its location on the mountainside of Monte San Defendente guarantees marvelous views from almost every window in town. During your stay you can enjoy walks on the lakeshore, hiking in the mountains, relaxing in the botanical garden in Villa Monastero, and eating delicious Italian food in romantic restaurants. And, of course, simply wander around lovely stone villas and houses.

Definitely one of the most charming places in Varenna is the footbridge hanging above the water of the lake. From there you can admire picturesque views and take some beautiful photos to put in your travel album.

Varenna is super easy to reach from both Milan and Bergamo. You can rent a car to get to this lovely place. But the train transport is also very convenient and affordable. Plus, during a train trip like that, you can enjoy great views of the whole region while sitting on a comfortable train.

Explored by Dominika from Sunday in Wonderland

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Italy Hidden Gems: Aosta

The beautiful city of Aosta is located in the center of Aosta Valley in the very northwest of Italy. When driving from Italy to France or Switzerland, Aosta is where those roads converge before crossing the alps.

Its strategic location along the river Dora Baltea and surrounded by stunning high mountain peaks, made Aosta an important hub, already during the Roman times.  Also known as the “Rome of the Alps”, you will find several well-preserved traces of that ancient glory within the city center. The most impressive are the original city walls as well as the perfectly preserved entrance gate, Porta Praetoria. The ancient Roman theater is beautifully illuminated, what adds a fantastic atmosphere to the city when discovering it at night.

When strolling through the lovely little streets of the town center, you will see many more of the historic Roman and medieval ruins. Admire the ancient roads, fountains and votive chapels, sometimes hidden between the historical houses of the pedestrian area. There are plenty of cute little shops selling delicious local delicacies, arts and crafts and charming cafés, bars and restaurants among them.

Aosta just offers the perfect mix of historical site and modern city, surrounded by magnificent nature and famous mountains peaks. Aosta and its adjoining valleys, such as beautiful Val d’ayas, are the perfect ski location in winter and a hikers’ paradise in summer.

Explored by Linda from Hiking the Alps

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Enna, Sicily

Enna is the highest regional capital in Italy. Located in the centre of Sicily, Enna is a fascinating town to explore and a great base for visiting some of the surrounding attractions such as Villa Romana del Casale.

Enna is quite remote – it is 140 kilometers from the island’s capital Palermo and 100 kilometres from Catania. However, it’s definitely worth the journey. Driving to Enna is the most rewarding way to reach the city – the roads are narrow and winding amid beautiful scenery.

The town sits atop a steep hill with incredible views of the rural countryside around it. One of the best spot to take in the views is the 13th century Castello Lombardia. The castle is free to enter and in spring it is carpeted with wild flowers. If you are visiting Italy with children, they will love exploring the ruins of the castle.

If you visit Enna at Easter you will witness the sombre traditions of Settimana Santa (Holy Week) which sees locals dressed in traditional robes parading the streets on the route to the cathedral. The cathedral is a mix of Gothic and Baroque styles and reached via a long staircase.

Many of the residents of Enna now live in the modern lower part of the city which spills down the hillside. There are several good agriturismo properties to stay in close by.

Explored by Annabel from Smudged Postcard

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Italy Hidden Gems: Carrara, Apuan Alps

Do you want to be awestruck by one of Italy’s most extraordinary landscapes? If so, visit the Carrara marble quarries at the foot of the Apuan Alps.

Marble has been mined from these quarries since Ancient Roman times. It was from here that Michelangelo selected pieces of the stone for David in Florence and the Pieta in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

You can learn more about Carrara marble and how it is mined on a tour of the quarries that operates from March to November. These 50-minute tours start at Fantiscritti, four miles northeast of the city of Carrara, and can be taken in Italian, English or French.

A 4×4 vehicle winds its way along a steep marble road to a quarry at 1,000 metres above sea level. From here, the views across the to the Ligurian sea are sensational.

For you film buffs out there, the opening car chase of Quantum of Solace (2008) the blockbuster was filemd at the Carrara marble quarry.

At the end of the tour, there’s a very local treat. Lardo, the snack of choice for the miners, is essentially pig fat that has been cured with herbs inside marble boxes. Washed down with a glass of red wine, it’s pretty palatable.

Explored by Bridget from The Flashpacker

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Borghetto sul Minci, Veneto

A true hidden gem in Italy, Borghetto sul Mincio is a tiny, storybook village tucked away in the countryside of Veneto, 30 minutes’ drive from Lago di Garda. It is a “frazione,” or fraction, of the town Valeggio sul Mincio but don’t let its small size fool you. Its few streets create an atmosphere that is cozy and authentic, yet the Medieval hamlet boasts larger-than-life panoramas, from the Ponte Visconteo, a bridge-fortress that dates to the 14th century and Castello Scaligero, a castle set upon a hilltop towering over the town.

The village is a peaceful day break on a busy northern Italy itinerary. There are many walking paths, some directly along the Mincio River, and others that take you through idyllic vineyards where the artisanal DOC Custoza wine is produced. It’s also a well-known area for panoramic biking. The town center is straight out of a fairytale – picture water mills and wooden bridges adorned with flowers – but has all the delights of Italian culture like homemade gelato shops and open-air cafes, like Caffè Visconti, Grand Café San Marco, or Caffè il Mulino – each one with spectacular views. Don’t leave without trying the regional dish Tortelloni, a filled pasta
Borghetto sul Mincio is perfect for couples or anyone seeking a slow, cultural travel experience through Italy. It is real, artisanal, and charming, thanks to its history that (luckily) has yet to be modernized.

Explored by Michela from She Goes The Distance

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Turin, Piedmont

Turin was the first Italian capital city, and many travelers have no idea about it. The historical and royal past is already a good reason to visit Turin. However, the city is still a hidden gem.

Located in Northern Italy, Turin is the capital of the Piedmont region. It sits beautifully at the feet of the Italian Alps. Nature is another great attraction, and if you like outdoor activities like hiking and biking, you will have plenty of things to do in and around Turin.

But why is Turin unknown among international travelers? The reasons are:

Turin’s royal past – the land of the Savoy Dynasty – was overshadowed by its industrial heritage and the famous soccer team Juventus. Also, its neighboring city Milan is better known and has better marketing. When people hear about Turin, they usually think of soccer games, cars companies like FIAT, industrial development, and the Politecnico di Torino, one of the best technical universities in Europe.

Visit amazing UNESCO heritage sites in Turin

However, Turin is much more than that. There are seven royal residences and palaces in Turin that are UNESCO heritage sites, and you can visit all of them. The city has a vivid art scene, with theaters, galleries’, expositions, and cultural events. Not to mention the many incredible museums like the Egyptian Museum with one of the most significant collections in the world, the Royal Palace and the Royal Armory, to name a few.

Turin is a beautiful city, pleasant to the eye. The two rivers crossing the city and its many parks and green squares are enchanting. It is the perfect destination to stroll around admiring the architecture and relax at one of its many cafes. When there, don’t forget to try the delicious Piedmont cuisine and drinks, including the famous Italian truffles and Barolo wine. A visit to the Porta Palazzo fresh market is a must, it’s one of the biggest open-air markets in Europe, and once there you will be amazed by its size and delicious food.

The best part of visiting Turin now is that it feels like an exclusive experience as you won’t find many travelers around. The city is far from the mass tourism route, so go there and have the real feel of living in one of the largest cities in Italy without the tourist crowds.

Explored by Natalie from Love and Road

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Italy Hidden Gems: La Morra, Piedmont

A true hidden gem is the region of Piedmont in the Northwestern area of Italy. Whilst there are countless beautiful towns to visit, one in particular worth seeking out is La Morra. Nestled in the heart of the UNESCO heritage listed Piedmont wine region of Langhe, it is a stone’s throw away from the famous town Barolo, but often overlooked by Western tourists. This gorgeous town is well worth visiting if you’re interested in wine, beautiful scenery, and small Italian villages.

A trip to La Morra is not complete without heading to the panoramic lookout at the top of town where you can see the entirety of the wine region and all the towns. Look out over Barolo, Verduno, Neive and more gorgeous towns, plus of course vines for as far as the eye can see. After you’ve soaked in the vistas, head to Con Gusto for some local foodie shopping and gifts to take home, and Cantina Comunale for your wine shopping.

Enjoy a delicious lunch of local Piemontese specialties (perhaps some tajarin with shaved white truffle if you’re there in Fall) and wash it down with a big Nebbiolo at Osteria More e Macine. Walk off lunch with a trip down to the Barolo Chapel. It’s a stunning multi-coloured church (no longer in use) that rests literally in the middle of the vineyards.

Explored by Olivia from Livguine

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Ostuni, Puglia

Located in the heart of Puglia, close to the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site of Alberobello, Ostuni is a breathtaking small town on the hilltop of Valle d’Itria. The landscape view is unique, and from the typical terrazzas, you can admire the blue turquoise water of the Salentino coast, the stretch of fine sand that leads to some of the best beaches in Italy.

Ostuni is part of the white villages of Valle D’Itria. The stunning little towns are unique, featuring incredible landscapes and tiny alleys. Visiting Ostuni seems like stepping back in time, thanks to the refined baroque and Romanic style visible starting from the main attraction, the old cathedral. Ostuni is a bit of everything, a new instagrammable place in Italy, but also a historical location. You will see the leading sightseeing of Ostuni entering the old town, admiring the Saint Oronzo Column and the frescoes on the local council building.

Other remarkable landmarks in Ostuni are the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and the gorgeous arch of Scoppa just in front of the church. The food is the other great attraction of the white town. Puglia is well known worldwide for its fantastic wine and olive oil production. You can taste it all in Ostuni visiting a local osteria or going to the countryside in a local agriturismo.

Ostuni will be the perfect hidden gem where you can enjoy a relaxing time in Italy while seeking authentic experiences.

Explored by Toti & Ale from Italian Trip Abroad

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Spilamberto, Modena

The quaint charming village of Spilamberto Italy is located just 16 miles west of Bologna in the province of Modena, a region just waiting to be discovered. This small historic village has much to offer adventurous slow travelers to the Emilia Romagna region and those looking to get off the beaten path.

The town is part of the Terre di Castelli (Land of Castles) with the well-preserved Rocca Rangone (Rangone Castle) and the Il Torrione (The Keep) dominating the small village.

Here you can visit local markets and alimentary (butter shops) only locals frequent. Or stop for a coffee drink and pastry at a charming local cafe. There’s also a fascinating local museum that highlights one of the town’s most famous products — traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena — where you can can a short tour and taste balsamic of different ages at Acetaia Angelo.

Foodies will love some of the local foods like Gnocchi Fritto and Tortellini in Bodo. These are served throughout Spilamberto, along with another renowned specialty product which makes a grand appearance in June during the Festival of St. John the Baptist.

Nocino is a liqueur drink enjoyed throughout Italy that’s made in Spilamberto from unripened green walnuts. This unusual drink is aged in an alcoholic base for 9 months — it’s an acquired taste for sure, though one beloved by locals.

If you find yourself near Bologna or Modena, be sure and visit the Land of Castles, and enjoy a truly authentic travel experience.

Explored by Lori from Italy Foodies

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Italy Hidden Gems: Alba, Piedmont

Searching for a hidden gem in Italy with some of the best food and wine in the country? Visit Alba, located in Piemonte, about an hour and 15 minutes from Torino.

Walk the cobbled stone streets of this charming town and admire the tall brick structures known as Sineo, Bonino and Artesiano towers. Stop in the main square, Piazza del Duomo, where you’ll find the Cattedrale di San Lorenzo. The current structure dates back to the 1100’s, but beneath that lies ruins of the original from the 5th century.

Although this city is steeped in history and surrounded by beautiful scenery, the local food scene steels the show. After all, Alba boasts being the white truffle capital of the world. In case it’s not obvious, truffles should definitely be on your list of must-eat foods in Italy, and eating them in Alba is a special treat.

Other specialties include Vitello Tonnato, veal with a tuna, mayonnaise and caper sauce, and Brasato Barolo, beef marinated in Barolo wine with spices, carrots, celery, and onions.

The towns that produce the red wines that dominate the region, Barolo, Barbera and Barbaresco are just a short drive through rolling vine-covered hills from Alba.

Explored by Denise from Chef Denise

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Salerno, Campania

Salerno, located in the Campania region of southern Italy is a must visit when in Italy. This hidden gem, often ignored for its world-famous neighbouring cities, is however a refreshing alternative to these touristy places and those that do visit are rewarded with enjoying a city that is filled with open-air cafes, authentic southern Italian cuisine, a pleasant waterfront, a rich cultural heritage, picturesque beaches, and an abundance of attractions.

A highlight of a visit is the 11th century Santa Maria deli Angeli cathedral that is home to a unique bell tower, a fresco-covered ceiling, and a number of art treasures. Other attractions include Castello di Arechi, Giardino della Minerva, Paestum Ruins, and the Provincial Archaeological Museum. No visit is complete without wandering through the green space of Villa Communale and a walk along the palm tree-lined lungomare boulevard. The latter, with its pretty views of the ocean and the surrounding mountains, also provides the perfect vantage point from which to view the setting sun.

Fortunately, it is easy to reach Salerno by cruise ship or by train from any major city in the country. With its ancient historical sights, charming Old Town, and compelling sights, this picturesque city on the Gulf of Salerno should not be missed.

Explored by Rai from A Rai of Light

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Italy Hidden Gems: Orvieto, Umbria

One of the most memorable towns to visit in Italy is Orvieto. Sitting on a tuff hill, it has been an important city all the way back to the Etruscan times. Beneath the town, caves and tunnels have been dug out for just as long and though most of the underground town is private property, there is a small part that can be visited. Make sure you schedule your Orvieto Underground Tour as soon as you get there and organize the rest of your itinerary around it.

Some of the top things to do in Orvieto are underground, like the stunning Saint Patricks Well taking you 248 steps down to the bottom of the 54-meter deep well. Next, head to Pozzo della Cava where you can maze at the Etruscan well and more underground halls. Get high above the ground on top of the Torre del Moro where you will get a bird’s eye view of the town and surrounding countryside.

The placement of Orvieto, on the corner of Umbria to Lazio and close to Tuscany in the north, gives you views of all three regions. Other things to visit include the Cathedral of Orvieto – boasting one of the most stunning facades in Italy, and the Piazza della Republica with the unique 8-sided tower of the 12th century Chiesa di Sant’ Andrea. You should also see the Etruscan Necropolis where you can walk between ancient Etruscan tombs, neatly placed next to each other like square houses.

Orvieto is easily reached in 1.5 hours by car or train from Rome.

Explored by Linn from Brainy Backpackers

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Soriano nel Cimino, Tuscia

For a real Italian hidden gems at a stone’s throw from Rome, head to Soriano nel Cimino, one of the most charming small towns in the Tuscia Region. It is found at the border between northern Lazio, southern Tuscany and Umbria, at just 1.5 hours drive from Rome.

The main sight in Soriano is the Orsini Castle, built in the 13th century by Pope Orsini who wished to have a summer residence in a hilly area where the heat was not so overpowering. The Palazzo Chigi-Albani is a gorgeous renaissance-style building you should also visit. Finally, check out the Cathedral of St. Nicholas and St. George’s Temple.

The best views of Soriano are from the road leading to it – there are various places where you can stop for photo opportunities.

Above the town you will find the Faggeta, a secular chestnut forest that is a UNESCO site. The Faggeta is a fantastic place for a walk and an easy hike during the spring and summer months. It is a great respite from the heat. If you are visiting in the fall, try to be there for the local chestnut festival!

The best way to get to Soriano nel Cimino is by car from Rome. If you want to explore more in the region, base yourself in Viterbo, the main city – it’s a quick 15 minutes drive.

Explored by Claudia from Strictly Rome

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Italy Hidden Gems: Rocchetta Mattei, Apennines

Virtually unknown and often overlooked by most visitors to Bologna and Florence Italy are the beautiful Tuscan-Emilian Appenine mountains nestled between the two, known locally as the Bologna Apennines. This region is rich with small Italian villages, historic sites, and so many hidden gems, it’s perfect for slow travelers on an Italy road trip seeking to explore on their own.

It is ucked among the Bologna Apennines are several Michelin restaurants, quaint inns, natural hot springs, and other cultural gems. Though perhaps no site is more interesting than the quirky Rocchetta Mattei in the village of Grizzana Morandi. The unique mix of Gothic, Moorish, and other architectural styles, topped with onion dtomes creates a castle that seems straight out of a Grimm’s fairytale.

Built in 1850 by the eccentric Count Cesare Mattei, this was intended to be home to his alternative healing practice called electrohomeopathy (sometimes referred to as Mattei cancer cure). But look inside to the interior that’s even wilder. A statue of a hippogriff (part eagle, part horse) looms over the entrance, and religious and astrological symbols are everywhere throughout the building and grounds.

The interior can be downright confusing to navigate with spiral staircases, battlements, and towers, all creating a maze of labyrinths on several levels that lead through Mattei’s private quarters, library, and chapel with beautiful carved woodwork.

A visit to this unexpected castle is a must though it’s only open on weekends and advance reservations are required.

Explored by Lori from Travlinmad

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In this article, Travel bloggers from all over the world revealed their insider tips for Italy Hidden Gems and off the beaten path destinations. You learned about highlights and amazing things to do along the way.

What is the destination you put on your bucket list now? Let us know in the comments!


If you’re looking for more Italian destinations, have a look at JOURNICATION’s Italy Road Trip recommendation and Italy city guides:


You can also use Italy as a starting point for great tours to Croatia including Šibenik, Splitor Dubrovnik or more beautiful destinations on the Balkans.


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  1. Elena Pappalardo

    Wow, I’m grateful to have been included in such a fantastic piece on the hidden gems of Italy. This is definitely inspiring me to book another trip back. I’d love to check out the beautiful Puglia region!

    • Phil

      Hi Elena, glad you like it 🙂


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