Italy's perfect places

Discover volcanic islands, dramatic coastlines and spectacular lakes

Italy's perfect places La Cattolica di Stilo, Calabria - © Alessandra Santarellii
By Amy Grier & Yolanda Zappaterra

Go beyond Italy's big three – Rome, Milan and Venice – and you'll find idyllic destinations with a rich mix of architectural gems, enchanting countryside and beautiful beaches.

Rural idylls

1. Calabria

Glorious sea and sunshine along 800 kilometres of coastline, plus sheer cliffs and medieval architecture without the rampant designer tourism of northern Italy.

Where to sleep

Residenza Il Barone (Largo Barone, in Tropea, the jewel in Calabria's coastal crown. A stylish hotel with period charm, modern fittings and a roof terrace.

Where to eat and drink

Vecchio Forno (Via Caviano, off Corso Vittorio Emanuele III) is the city's best and cheapest pizzeria.

Getting there

Aeroporto Internazionale di Lamezia is 64km from Tropea and has a railway connection to the town.

When to go

Spring and autumn, when weather and crowds are bearable.

2. Urbino

Sitting atop a hill, lording it over miles of glorious countryside, Urbino, home during the Renaissance to Raphael, Botticelli and Piero della Francesca, is these days a well-derserved World Heritage Site.

Where to sleep

Albergo Raffaello (Vicolino S Margherita 40,, is set in a former seminary but forgoes monkish asceticism in favour of comfortable rooms and excellent views.

Where to eat and drink

Antica Osteria La Guercia (Via Baviera 33, Pésaro). Eat excellent local pasta dishes on the terrace or in the rustic dining room, and ask to see the Roman mosaic in the back room.

Getting there

Ancona or Rimini airports are nearest. For Urbino take the train to Pésaro then a bus.

When to go

February or October for the National Truffle Fairs in Acqulagna. Other festivals are in August and July.

Coast & islands

3. The Aeolian Islands

The surreal cluster of volcanic islands between Naples and Sicily are as diverse as they are extraordinary; hang out with donkeys on Alicudi, and Bergman fans on Stromboli, or best of all, shuttle between all of them.

Where to sleep

Diana Brown (Vico Himera 3, on Lipari is an affordable, clean 12-roomed B&B where breakfast is served on the sun-drenched terrace.

Where to eat and drink

Hotel Signum (Via Scalo 15, Malfa) on Salina is a treat, serving stunning regional food in one of the archipelago's nicest hotels.

Getting there

Buses run regularly from Catania airport 86km away to Messina train station; from there it's a short walk to the hydrofoil.

When to go

Swim in warm seas from late spring to autumn. Avoid winter, when storms can cut off the islands for days.

4. The Amalfi Coast & Capri

One of the world's most beautiful and dramatic coastlines is packed with swish shops, smart cafés and great restaurants. Don't forget your convertible (for sweeping round the hair-raising hairpin bends, of course).

Where to sleep

Villa Krupp (Via Matteotti 12,, perched above the Gardens of Augustus on Capri, used to be Maxim Gorky's house. It has bright, pretty rooms, some with private terraces.

Where to eat

Da Gemma (Via Fra' Gerardo Sasso 10) in Amalfi has a balcony terrace that's perfect for people watching, romantic suppers and dishes of simple, good seafood.

Getting there

The Aeroporto Internazionale di Napoli is 37km away; good bus and ferry services connect Naples with the area.

When to go

May or September: in between the heat and crowds are too much, earlier or later everything's shut.

Small gems

5. Bologna

Foodies are well aware of Bologna's gastronomic heritage, but beyond the great dining lie hundreds of beautiful porticoes lining 40 kilometres of the city's elegant streets.

Where to sleep

Porto San Mamolo (Vicolo del Falcone 6/8, A secret garden with pomegranate trees makes this the perfect haunt for the romantically inclined.

Where to eat and drink

Nu Lounge Bar (Via dei Musei 6). Chilled during the day, rowdy at night, it has a great martini menu as well as classic pizza and pasta dishes.

Getting there

The Bologna Aerobus runs regularly from the Marconi International Airport. Forli Airport is 60km away.

When to go

May, June and around October are best.

6. Ravenna

This small town boasts an array of stunning Byzantine mosaics and was the hub of the ancient world. Bustling but compact and cosmopolitan, there are several beach resorts nearby.

Where to sleep

Bed & Breakfast A Casa di Paola (Via Paola Costa 31, has three stylish rooms plus a small apartment for longer stays.

Where to eat and drink

Trattoria La Rustica (Via Alberoni 55) is a charming restaurant offering local delicacies with a rustic feel.

Getting there

Forli, Rimini and Bologna are the nearest airports. Regular airport buses connect with the railway station.

When to go

Late June to early September to catch late night openings of the town's mosaics.

Lakes & mountains

7. The Lakes

Of northern Italy's spectacular lakes – Maggiore, Como and Orta – Lago d'Orta is the only one you can take in a single glance. Don't miss the medieval town of Orta San Giulio.

Where to sleep

Leon d'Oro (Piazza Motta 43, A distinctly Alpine-looking hotel on the waterfront.

Where to eat and drink

Taverna Antico Agnello (Via Olina 18). A rustic, family-run taverna serving hearty food in a snug dining room. There's a great wine list and most of the diners are locals, which says a lot.

Getting there

For Orta, the nearest airport is Milan's Aeroporto di Malpensa. Take a mainline train service from Stazione Centrale to Novara, then the local service.

When to go

April-July. Many places close from October-March.

8. The Dolomites

Perhaps the most weird and wonderful mountains in the whole of the Alps are ideal for winter skiing or summer rambling and climbing. Don't forget your camera; as the sun sets the soaring columns and gentle valleys turn a brilliant, blazing pink.

Where to sleep

Rifugio Graffer, (Madonna di Campiglio, Brenta Dolomites, A remote and beautiful hut set high on the mountainside. You have to ski or walk to get there (luggage transport is available), but it's worth it for the desserts alone!

Where to eat and drink

Castel Roncolo Osteria (Bolzana, Via San Antonio 1). Luscious fresh pasta and local specialities in a wonderful setting. It's best to book ahead.

Getting there

Brescia, Verona, Treviso and Venice are the nearest airports. All have connecting buses
to railway stations for ongoing trains and coaches.

When to go

Late June to late September for walking and climbing. Skiing between mid-December and March/April.


9. Genoa

After a stint as European city of culture, the birthplace of Christopher Columbus has undergone a cultural and architectural renaissance, and has a medieval old town to rival Venice.

Where to sleep

Agnello d'Oro (Via Monachette 6,, a quiet and lovely converted sixteenth-century convent.

Where to eat and drink

Osteria Da Maria (Vico Testadoro 14r) is busy and bustling, serving up Genovese fare such as pansotti (ravioli in walnut sauce).

Getting there

Genoa's Cristoforo Columbo airport is 6km west of the centre.

When to go

Avoid the too-hot summer temperatures by going in spring or autumn.

10. Turin

Unpretentious and soberly beautiful, Turin is one of Italy's least explored cities. In 2008, it was World Design City, and thanks to ongoing civic beautification, keeps on getting better.

Where to sleep

Hotel Victoria (Via Nino Costa 4, Family-run for 50 years, the style here is both elegant and cosy. Top floor rooms have mountain views.

Where to eat and drink

Gramsci (Via Gramsci 12) for posh pizza and aspirational main courses in a suave, suede-lined dining room.

Getting there

Aeroporto Internazionale Sando Pertini is 16km north of the city. Bus is the best way to get into the centre of town.

When to go

A year-round destination. Summers are not too hot and winters not too cold.

More Italian cities

Read more about Rome and Milan on our dedicated city sites, which include 100s of hotel, restaurant, museum and other reviews.

Top tips

Jan Fuscoe, editor of Time Out's 'Italy: perfect places to stay, eat & explore', has some Euro-saving tips...

How do I avoid the £12 cappuccino?

By bypassing the main piazzas. But remember: you're paying for the people-watching too, which is an essential part of any trip to Italy...

I want to speak like a native – any tips?

Stay with local farmers at an agriturismo, with the bonus of eating fabulous organic food too; or are good.

How do I tell a good cheap restaurant from a bad cheap tourist trap?

Look who else is eating: if it's full of tourists, it's probably been recommended by the hotel you're staying in. And eat late – after 9pm.

Any cheap tipple recommendations?

A carafe of house wine is always cheaper than bottled beer or named wines, and wine in Italy is rarely bad.

Italy guidebook

Find 30 inspirational Italian breaks in Time Out's 'Italy: perfect places to stay, eat & explore' for the discounted price of £11.80 (£3.19 off rrp) at

Share your thoughts

  • or log in into My Time Out
  • *
  • *
* Mandatory fields for leaving a comment


By Michaelkavob - Nov 7 2017

[url=]Fila Shoes[/url]
Anyone who has possibly suffered the irritability the effect of a candidiasis will confirm the aggravation these kinds of problems might cause. The easiest way to avoid extented annoyance and disturbance for your life is to coach your self about the very best cures accessible. Maintain the information in this piece close up accessible, and you may constantly know where to start if one of these vexing infections transpires with arise.Don't Struggle With Great Nutrients. Merely Get Started With Juicing!


Get to know your clients and develop relationships which will generate into product sales. Once you communicate with your consumers and ask them to enter into your small business and meet up with you, you can know them with a personalized stage as well as a social media levels. It can be a valuable strategy to get input how your online business is undertaking and the ways to keep the customers delighted.


By TdscEnrick - Nov 7 2017

viagra uk sales -
order viagra professional <a href=>cheap generic viagra</a> ’

By Dbcfelisse - Nov 7 2017

viagra generic online -
viagra on line <a href="">generic viagra india</a> ’

By GregoryClags - Nov 7 2017

[url=]Palladiums Schoenen[/url]
Employing coupon codes is the best way to save money and make a severe dent inside a small price range. When anyone recognizes the benefits of coupons, not every person recognizes how to use them right and incredibly save. This informative article consists of some fantastic suggestions how the typical person can make use of to make the most of all that vouchers have to give you.


If you are trying to sell real estate on the net, it is vital that your website is functional and clear to the common website visitor. Should your visitors will not realize how to get around close to your site, they probably will not continue to remain on your internet site, no matter how very much they might be interested in your product or service.


By Jgeweppdraick - Nov 7 2017

liquid cialis
<a href="">cialis without prescription</a>
buy 20 mg cialis online
<a href=>cialis uk</a> ’

By CecilCotly - Nov 7 2017

[url=]Fred Perry Kleid[/url]
Protect your important joints from further more harm if you have joint disease. When hauling goods, be aware of which joints are distressing. Assistive units can even be helpful with duties like opening jars and moving to the bathtub in order to avoid sudden anxiety on unpleasant or swollen joints. Most assistive items are simple to operate and might avoid substantial problems with time.


Stay away from disruptions while you are in type. Certain, it might be attractive to deliver a textual content or publish a notice in type, but by being preoccupied, you are not going to learn. You may protect against disruptions by restricting whatever you bring to course together with you as an illustration, depart your cellular phone inside your dorm.


By VsbfgTappy - Nov 7 2017

cialis 2.5mg price
<a href="">cialis professional</a>
cialis pill
<a href=>cialis tadalafil</a> ’

By VsumInhima - Nov 7 2017

viagra oral -
order viagra <a href=>what happens if a girl takes viagra</a> ’

By Bwbhadassy - Nov 7 2017

online prescription viagra -
viagra brands <a href=>viagra dose</a> ’

By Mhcbmothe - Nov 7 2017

viagra prescription -
buy female viagra <a href=>viagra alternatives</a> ’

By TdscEnrick - Nov 6 2017

brand viagra best price -
viagra drug store <a href=>cheap viagra</a> ’

By Dbcfelisse - Nov 6 2017

can women take viagra -
brand viagra best price <a href="">viagra on line</a> ’

By Gervintare - Nov 6 2017

cheap brand name viagra -
pharmacy viagra <a href=>viagra pills</a> ’

By Jgeweppdraick - Nov 6 2017

cialis mg dosage
<a href="">buy cheap cialis</a>
cialis daily price
<a href=>cialis online</a> ’

By FsddbCLESEE - Nov 6 2017

viagra without a prescription -
liquid viagra <a href=>where to buy viagra</a> ’

By VsbfgTappy - Nov 6 2017

cialis pill cutter
<a href="">cialis canada</a>
cialis tadalafil 5mg
<a href=>cialis online</a> ’

By VsumInhima - Nov 6 2017

online purchase viagra -
natural viagra <a href=>viagra plus</a> ’

By Bwbhadassy - Nov 6 2017

viagra erections -
herbal viagra reviews <a href=>viagra prices</a> ’

By Mhcbmothe - Nov 6 2017

purchase viagra professional -
free samples of viagra <a href=>buy viagra without prescription</a> ’

By FbdHok - Nov 5 2017

natural viagra alternatives -
viagra stories <a href=>pfizer viagra</a> ’

By Angeltet - Nov 5 2017


[url=]Air Max 95 Deluxe[/url]
[url=]Stan Smith Baratos[/url]
[url=]Adidas Superstar 2 Rot[/url]
[url=]Stan Smith Femme Blanche Et Rouge[/url]
[url=]Adidas Nmd Shop Online[/url]

By RobertPOn - Nov 5 2017


[url=]Adidas Zx Flux Adv Asym[/url]
[url=]Converse Leather[/url]
[url=]Longchamp Hobo Bag Price Singapore[/url]
[url=]New Balance Encap Red[/url]
[url=]Supra Shoes Justin Bieber Collection 2017[/url]

By Dbcfelisse - Nov 5 2017

purchase viagra -
pink viagra <a href="">viagra dosage</a> ’

By TdscEnrick - Nov 5 2017

organic viagra buy now -
herbal uk viagra <a href=>viagra generic</a> ’

By Gervintare - Nov 5 2017

buy viagra online uk -
viagra online discount <a href=>purchase viagra</a> ’

By Jgeweppdraick - Nov 5 2017

cialis price canada
<a href="">cialis daily</a>
cialis tadalafil side effects
<a href=>cialis reviews</a> ’

By Angeltet - Nov 5 2017


[url=]Zapatos Timberland Mocasines[/url]
[url=]Adidas Superstar Womens 2015[/url]
[url=]Air Max 1 Grau Pink[/url]
[url=]Nike Air Max 2015 Dames Rood[/url]
[url=]Puma Platform Black And Brown[/url]

By FsddbCLESEE - Nov 4 2017

viagra canadian pharmacy -
100mg viagra <a href=>discount viagra</a> ’

By VsbfgTappy - Nov 4 2017

cialis 20 mg reviews
<a href="">cialis dosage</a>
cheap cialis online
<a href=>tadalafil cialis</a> ’

By RobertPOn - Nov 4 2017


[url=]Scarpe Da Calcio Di Balotelli[/url]
[url=]Lacoste Polo Uomo 1212[/url]
[url=]Birkenstock Uomo Gizeh[/url]
[url=]Adidas Neo Rose[/url]
[url=]Nike Air Max 90 Essential 2014[/url]

By VsumInhima - Nov 4 2017

viagra soft pills -
discount viagra online <a href=>viagra price</a> ’

By Bwbhadassy - Nov 4 2017

viagra -
generic viagra overnight <a href=>female viagra</a> ’

By Mhcbmothe - Nov 4 2017

online order viagra -
generic viagra india <a href=>online viagra</a> ’

By FbdHok - Nov 4 2017

viagra generic india -
viagra generic <a href=>viagra sale</a> ’

By KevinLox - Nov 4 2017

osij87256p canada goose,cheap canada goose,canada goose outlet,canada goose sale,Canada Goose Jackets,[url=]cheap canada goose[/url],jiqn88200b canada goose,cheap canada goose,<a href=>canada goose</a>,<a href=></a>
canada goose outlet,canada goose sale,Canada Goose Jackets,
plcq28787t canada goose,cheap canada goose,canada goose outlet,canada goose sale,Canada Goose Jackets,[url=]canada goose[/url],pbsu3966u canada goose,cheap canada goose,<a href=>canada goose outlet</a>,<a href=></a>
canada goose outlet,canada goose sale,Canada Goose Jackets,

By Fwecblife - Nov 3 2017

online loans no credit -
advance cash loan payday payroll <a href=>payday loan lenders</a> ’

By RobertPah - Nov 3 2017

When your paperwork get lost or stolen, you will need to have the ability to attain them swiftly.It&rsquo;s different with total impaired seed release, which means that a man doesn&rsquo;t release seed at all. residents are already proven to take in about 11 teaspoons regarding large fructose ingrown toenail syrup per day.Printing with screen printsWhen you are thinking to get the logo printed on the jerseys with a fabulous design, then you must certainly think about the printing technique and in this respect, screen printing is surely the best methodology that can be applied. <a href=>Cheap NFL Jerseys Free Shipping</a>. But because of commercialism and the growth in productivity as well as mass manufacturing, appliances have become very affordable that it might be more practical to purchase a brand new appliance which to waste your time looking for that appropriate appliance repair service. There can be a difference among being practical and getting stubborn, and if you are still waiting on hold to in which 20 yr old equipment of yours and still getting this repaired as well as replaced instead of buying a new one, then you might be either getting too sentimental or as well penurious. There are tons of areas that anyone can wander on, rest, have a picnic or group study date while soaking up the sun.<a href=>Wholesale NFL Jerseys China</a>.The electronic is made up with the individual components like diodes, inductors, capacitor, transistors and resistors. If you are interested in your child stay healthy, then ensure that they play sports will give you the opportunity to become important in what they need for their physical health. Communication is crucial in reaching your goals. While exceptional manhood health is a laudable goal, sometimes a man needs to focus a little less on the superficial health and more on the practical male organ function.<a href=>Wholesale Jerseys China</a>. If you want to make sure that your child receives a well-rounded children, then there are options you can consider to ensure that they benefit from being young.<br>Visit my site:

By srtjvbunsund - Nov 3 2017

no credit check payday loans -
loans bad credit <a href=>get cash now</a> ’

By kfyussheave - Nov 3 2017

same day payday loans direct lenders -
debt help <a href="">payday lenders</a> ’

By TemEncunc - Nov 3 2017

This includes anyone you invite into your home or near your family such as teachers, babysitters, employees, plumbers, neighbors and more. The criminal records will include any problem the individual had in the past that involved the law. The stings don&rsquo;t usually begin until a person gets out of the water. Plus, keep in mind that with your package you not only get live football streaming but all kinds of sports and non sports related channels as well.Shaw Park Gardens: This is a 25 acre tropical paradise, with gardens full of beautiful scenery and fabulous views. A highly professional kind of car audio installation project need not be expensive and in this regard, you can bank on our capabilities. <a href=>Cheap Jerseys Wholesale</a>. You'll find thousands of information here to visit.A criminal search allows you to search criminal records by name, US state, or neighborhood.<a href=>Cheap Jerseys</a>. When you participate in hot yoga london you might be joining a top quality facility that invites you to definitely maintain your good shape or go back into good condition. This are not able to be stressed out adequate when you are traveling from the nation. Remember that if your car needs to be repainted to fix a scratch or blemish and you want it to look as good as new, seek the advice of a professional auto body paint shop.WarrantyNow, this is the most critical part.<a href=>Cheap Jerseys From China</a>.<br>Visit my site:

By dsfnfjelisse - Nov 3 2017

best payday loan -
bad credit consolidation loans <a href=>short term loans</a> ’

By Michaelkavob - Nov 3 2017

<a href=ød-737.html>Nike Roshe Run Bordeaux Rød</a>
Everyone enjoys to relax and enjoy high end. If you possess the signifies, be in a sauna once you can just before bed. The water vapor will help reduce congestion plus moisten your neck. Unless you gain access to a sauna, humidifiers do the very same specific issue. You may also use each methods, as humidifiers constantly maintain this outcome in your own house.


Utilize a effective mouthwash in the morning hours and night. You need to make use of a product that comes with a little bit sting. That notifys you that it must be sufficiently strong enough to get rid of the viruses that can cause teeth cavities and gum disease. Should you follow this idea ritually you will have a extremely healthier mouth.


By bsdurnunlini - Nov 3 2017

buy payday loan leads -
payday cash advances <a href=>cash advance</a> ’

By Ldddndduepe - Nov 3 2017

debt consolidation loans bad credit -
americash payday loan <a href=>cash advance loans online</a> ’

By Kdsbcfglolf - Nov 3 2017

no credit check loans -
credit card debt relief <a href=>cash advance credit card</a> ’

By wrhjukAdjula - Nov 3 2017

get loans online -
1 hr payday loans <a href=>installment loans</a> ’

By Hsdvbannefs - Nov 3 2017

guaranteed bad credit loans -
texas title payday loans <a href=>online loans</a> ’

By sdolplmaype - Nov 2 2017

consolidate -
payday loans and no credit check <a href=>payday loan</a> ’

By Jamesgep - Nov 2 2017

<a href=>Adidas Flux Zx Floral</a>
When you are having trouble holding the digital camera directly, get a tripod. A tripod will go a long way in assisting to maintain your video camera set up, so that you can concentrate on other factors besides harmony. Tripods work great when you are from the wilderness or upon an unequal surfaces.


To save money, you must have a close up observe on the paid advert marketing campaign. You can achieve a huge audience on social media websites for instance: make sure you are focused the right market using the appropriate key words and demographics. When you have located your area of interest, focus your time and energy.


By Gddbfunsund - Nov 2 2017

best payday loan site -
bad credit loans online <a href=>online loans</a> ’

| 1 |  ...  | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 |  ...  | 18 |