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Taormina, Sicily

Italy, Sicily, Taormina

  Taormina is a hilltop town on the east coast of Sicily. The destination is the Pearl of Sicily. It overlooks the imposing Mount Etna, the worlds most active volcano. The ancient Greeks loved to construct their buildings in beautiful scenic locations. The stunning amphitheater overlooking the Ionian Sea dates back to the third century…

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Rome, Italy

Italy, Rome

  Rome, the capital of Italy and The Eternal City, was clearly not built in a day! The city is glorious, awe inspiring and vibrant. Explore the grand romantic ruins, opulent statues and ornate, beautiful fountains. Rome’s streets and piazzas are lined with the greatest al fresco settings for unforgettable dining and wine tasting experiences. The…

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Molise, Italy

Italy, Molise, San Pietro Avellana

  Located in south-eastern Italy, Molise is famous for one thing: it doesn’t exist. Well, technically, it does exist. As one of Italy’s 20 official regions, Molise has a status equal to Tuscany, Lombardy or Piedmont. It holds regional and national elections. It borders the regions of Abruzzo, Puglia, Lazio and Campania, all very real…

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Abruzzo, Italy

Abruzzo, Italy

  The region of Abruzzo extends from the heart of the Apennines to the Adriatic Sea. There are three National Parks, a Marine Protected Area, a Regional Park and over thirty Nature Reserves. Abruzzo also consists of golden beaches and some of the most beautiful medieval towns in the country. The cuisine is eclectic and diverse and…

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Vieste, Italy

Italy, Puglia, Vieste

  The Pugliese town of Vieste is uniquely located at the end of a beautiful peninsula called the Gargano. The tiny beach town has natural grottoes, sea arches, and white weathered rock formations. The Pizzomunno is a large white limestone monolith on the shoreline that stands alone and reaches heights of over 80 feet tall.…

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Matera, Italy

Basilicata, Italy, Matera

  Matera is one of southern Italy’s most intriguing places. Recently designated as the European Capital of Culture, the community is buzzing with excitement. The unique Unesco World Heritage Site is located in the region of Basilicata. The city of Sassi, literally means “rocks”. The gully is steep. Matera has 1,500 cave dwellings carved into…

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Altamura, Italy

Altamura, Italy, Puglia

  Altamura, a town of Puglia, is the ‘City of Bread’. Its bread making traditions and reputation has existed for centuries. Each family used to prepare a large dough of bread at home and take it to a public oven to bake. The baker would mark each piece of bread with family name to avoid confusion. Altamura…

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Gallipoli, Italy

Gallipoli, Italy, Puglia

  Gallipoli is a fishing village and one of the most beautiful coastal cities of Puglia. The historic old town is situated on a limestone island linked to the mainland by a 16th century bridge. The city center is fortified and surrounded by ancient walls and the sea. The streets are narrow and the architecture is…

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Santa Maria di Leuca, Italy

Italy, Puglia, Santa Maria di Leuca

  The southernmost stretch of Puglia is Salento, the elegant stiletto of the Puglian boot. Santa Maria di Leuca is the furthest point and the last town of Italy. It is the meeting point of the Adriatic and Ionian Seas. In the sizzling south, the sandy beaches and the stretches of coastline are dramatic. Exploring “the…

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Lecce, Italy

Italy, Lecce, Puglia

  Lecce is the grand dame of Puglia. “The Florence of South” is located in the heel of the Italian boot. The cultural city is extravagant. The rich Baroque architectural monuments are impossibly intricate and unique. There is evidence everywhere of the city’s strong tradition for papier-mâché making. The atmosphere is youthful, exciting, and lively.…

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Ostuni, Italy

Italy, Ostuni, Puglia

  Ostuni is Puglia’s “White City” (La Città Bianca). This sun-bleached medieval town rises on a hilltop high above the olive groves and looks out at the Adriatic Sea. The blazing white houses and churches in the old town spill over the top. The labyrinth alleys are appealing. The cafes are casual. The wine bars…

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Polignano a Mare, Italy

Italy, Polignano a Mare, Puglia

  The ancient whitewashed town of Polignano a Mare in Puglia is dramatically perched on limestone cliffs. It overlooks the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic. The seaside town is, undeniably, romantic. The shoreline is full of natural sea caves. In addition, Polignano a Mare is famous throughout the world for its spectacular cliff-diving championships.…

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Savelletri di Fasano, Italy

Italy, Puglia, Savelletri di Fasano

  Savelletri di Fasano is a laidback fishing hamlet in the region of Puglia on the heel of Italy. The tiny village is tranquil and is ideal for getting away from it all. Most of the coastline is rocky and the landscape is beautiful. The handful of sandy beaches have beach clubs with parasols and…

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Alberobello, Italy

Alberobello, Italy, Puglia

  Alberobello is a small town in Puglia and is famous for its unique and fascinating trullo buildings. The whitewashed stone huts have conical roofs which resemble a magician’s hat. The legend is that inhabitants designed them in this way to avoid taxes. The roof of a trullo is made by assembling stones on top…

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Lucca, Italy

Italy, Lucca

  Lucca is a city in Italy’s Tuscany region. It is known for its fantastic and well-preserved medieval city walls which encircle the historic old town and its cobblestone streets. Large pathways along the tops of the walls are popular, of course, for strolling, running and cycling. Since 1857, Lucca has been a destination for…

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Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre, Italy

The Cinque Terre is a string of five centuries-old fishing villages perched high on the Italian Riviera in the region of Liguria. Colorful homes and vineyards cling to steep terraces. The coastline is beautiful and the harbors are filled with fishing boats. In addition, the trattorias turn out seafood specialties along with the region’s famous…

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Ischia, Italy

Ischia, Italy

  Off the Amalfi coast lies the promised land. The magnetic and eclectic island of Ischia. Undoubtedly, the island is overshadowed by the glitz and glamour of nearby Capri. Known by Italians as “the green island”, Ischia has no shortage of healing thermal springs. Specifically, Nitrodi, the oldest spa in the world. The island is…

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Napoli, Italy

Italy, Naples, Pompeii, Vesuvius

  Napoli is a city to behold with its unique landmarks. The Bay of Naples and the looming figure of Mount Vesuvius make Napoli a city rich with beautiful views. From seeing the ancient ruins of Pompeii to experiencing the birthplace of Neapolitan pizza, there is plenty to do in this old region. The Small List…

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Bologna, Italy

Bologna, Italy

  Bologna is the historic capital of the Emilia-Romagna region. This lively city in northern Italy lies in between Venice and Florence. It’s rich with cultural jewels and leaning medieval towers. Mortadella and ragù alla bolognese both have their origins in Bologna, Italy! The Small List Best Hotel Grand Hotel Majestic – già Baglioni –…

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Correggio, Italy

Correggio, Italy

  Located in Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, Correggio is the land of Lambrusco, aged balsamic vinegar and parmesan cheese. The porticoed streets and the evocative views reveal the historical role of the town. Worth seeing is the well-preserved town center. The Small List Best Restaurant Osteria del Filosso – The kitchen at Osteria del Filosso has…

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Modena, Italy

Ferrari, Italy, Modena

  Modena is the home of fast cars and slow food. The historic city is located in the heart of northern Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region. This storybook destination is famous for its rich cuisine, especially barrel-aged balsamic vinegar and parmesan cheese. Liquid and edible gold! This lovely city is also the hometown of Luciano Pavarotti, Enzo Ferrari,…

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