Mines, castles, villages of fishermen and natural oasis. A book reveals 101 “unusual” places in Italy worth to be visited at least once in a lifetime.
“A place not to be missed.” “I do recommend it, you should go there!”. These are the phrases you probably have heard from friends and relatives returning from their holiday in Italy. But if you are planning a trip in the Bel Paese, how to decide where to go? The choice is often a problem, especially if you have already visited the most famous destinations of Italy.
Some ideas might come from a book, “101 unusual places in Italy where to go at least once in a lifetime “(Newton Compton Editori), written by the journalist Giuseppe Ortolano. He selected the most hidden jewels of Italy, destinations accessible to all, from North to South, easy to reach and not too expensive.
Villages and towns with an ancient history which were able to preserve their most intimate and silent soul, far from tourism mass. Fishing villages, castles inhabited by ghosts, silent and cultural oasis.
Where to start from?
Away from the clamor of Venice, one ideas could be discovering the hidden islands of the Venetian lagoon. Among these, the island of Vignole, with it ruins of the ancient church Santa Erosia and San Lazzaro degli Armeni, an island home to one of the first centers of the Armenian culture.
Even more unusual is a tour in Rovereto, in the province of Trento, where it is possible to follow the footsteps of the dinosaurs in the paleontological site.
To satisfy your “sweet doing nothing” desire, just go in Renon (Bolzano), where the Freud-Promenade path connects connects Soprabolzano to Collalbo in about one hour. And in the midst of this beautiful scenery, enjoy nature and fresh air.
For those who love the thrill and mystery, Ortolano recommend a “ghosts hunting” in the Castles of Parma and Piacenza. The Bardi Castle was home to the khight Morello, who killed himself for love. The
wandering of his restless spirit was even photographed by two Bolognese parapsychologists.
Another gentle ghost, the fairy Berna, occupies the castle of Montechiarugolo. It is said to appear to the young women on the eve of the wedding day to educate them on their new life. From ghosts to goblins the step is very short!