20 City Italians to visit in a weekend

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We are fortunate to live in a truly splendid country, rich from North to South and from East to West of cities, villages and towns that deserve to be visited at least once in a lifetime.
The artistic, cultural and gastronomic heritage of Italy is truly immense and allows us to designate numerous interesting destinations to spend a weekend wonderful, in the company of family, friends or a special person.
In this list they are reported 20 Italian cities that can be visited in a weekend, one day or over a weekend.


  1. Northern Italy
  2. Center of Italy
  3. Southern Italy and Islands
  4. Where to go in Autumn, Winter, Summer and Spring
  5. User questions and comments

Northern Italy

1 - Como, Lombardy

A city brought to the fore in recent years due to the presence of numerous Hollywood stars who have fallen in love with the beauties of its lake, Como is a truly unmissable pearl of Northern Italy.

To see: the Silk Museum to learn everything about the textile tradition of the industrious Lombard town. Near Como there are splendid examples of Italian artistic and architectural rationalism such as the Novocomum, the Casa Giuliani Frigerio, the Monument to the Fallen and the former Casa del Fascio, all designed by the Italian architect Giuseppe Terragni. Also worth admiring are the Duomo, Palazzo Broletto, seat of the municipality, the Baradello Castle and the splendid Villa Olmo.

Weekend ideas in Como and surroundings: villages and treasures of Lake Como

From Como you can move towards the lake and spend a 2-3 day weekend between the coastal villages and the monumental villas: Tremezzina with its villa del Balbianello, Tremezzo with Villa Carlotta, Bellagio, the Pearl of the Lake, and Menaggio, with its lakefront full of flower gardens and palm trees. And again, for the most romantic, Varenna, with the walkway suspended over the lake known as "the walk of love".
To move between one village and another you can also resort to boats, suggestive and romantic. As a base city we recommend Como, Menaggio or Lecco.

  • Best time: Summer for the climate and events, such as the Varenna Lake Festival (July)
  • Hotel and b & b from € 44,00 per room -
  • Lake Como tour on electric bike Como food tour

2 - Trieste, Friuli-Venezia Giulia

It is a city that was the port of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, today multiethnic and multicultural and open to a future of science and technology.

To see: the Piazza Unità d'Italia, the Miramare Castle, the San Giusto Castle and the historic cafes frequented by Saba, Joyce and Svevo, as well as the Bora Museum.

Weekend ideas in Trieste and surroundings: Postojna Caves and Predjama Castle

Trieste is located right on the border with Slovenia: you can take advantage of a weekend to visit the nearby Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle, about 50 km away.
Postojna Cave is a karst complex connected to Predjama Castle, located right inside a karst cave. The caves they can be visited easily thanks to an internal train which follows a path made of stalactites, stalagmites, arches and limestone formations with almost baroque shapes.
The route is about 5 km and takes less than 2 hours, watch out for the temperature because it is very cold in the caves (about 8-10 °). The cost of admission varies from € 14,00 for children to approximately € 24,00 for adults.

  • Best time: enjoyable all year round. Summer (May-Sep) is preferred for the Postojna caves.
  • Hotel and b & b from € 50,00 per room -
  • Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle: tour from Trieste

3 - Genoa, Liguria

Children will certainly enjoy a visit to the famous Aquarium, but Genoa is much more. The Cathedral of San Lorenzo tells more than a thousand years of history, with its interiors rich in frescoes and ancient sculptures, its basement where it is located the Museum of the Treasure of San Lorenzo.

To see: beyond the aquarium, do not miss the visit to the National Museum of Antarctica and the Museum of the Sea, Piazza De Ferrari with its fountain, the sumptuous palaces and the Carlo Felice Theater.

Weekend ideas in Genoa and surroundings: Portofino and the Gulf of Tigullio

A weekend in Genoa is an unmissable opportunity to discover the wonders of the Ligurian territory. If you don't want to go as far as the border of the Riviera di Levante, in the well-known territory of the Cinque Terre, you can linger in the Tigullio area, between Camogli, Portofino and Rapallo, passing by the singular Abbey of San Fruttuoso. An area with a romantic charm, ideal for couples and families, made up of pastel-colored houses and bays with romantic names, such as the Bay of Silence, and enchanted valleys such as the Valle dei Mulini.
In Portofino you cannot miss the Castello Brown, in Camogli instead stop and visit the Abbey of San Fruttuoso and the statue of Christ 15 meters underwater!

  • Best time: spring and summer. A good opportunity is the Regatta of the Ancient Maritime Republics, held every four years, on a day between the end of May and the beginning of July.
  • Hotel and b & b from € 64,00 per room -
  • 2-hour guided tour of the historic center Skip-the-line entrance ticket to the Aquarium of Genoa Camogli, San Fruttuoso and Portofino: 1 day tour

4 - Turin, Piedmont

The Mole Antonelliana, the Egyptian Museum housed in the Palazzo dell'Accademia delle Scienze, the Cinema Museum, the Renaissance Cathedral, the Baroque church of San Lorenzo and the th century Basilica di Superga: these are just some of the attractions that Turin offers. Framed by immense parks, including the famous Valentino Park, the city is also famous for numerous savoy residences, protected by Unesco: Palazzo Reale, Palazzo Carignano, the hunting lodge of Stupinigi.

To see: Mole Antonelliana, Egyptian Museum, Cathedral, Cinema Museum, Royal Palace, Valentino Park.

Weekend ideas in Turin and surroundings: Venaria Reale and Savoy Residences

The Reggia di Venaria Reale is only 15 kilometers away and you can reach it in less than an hour thanks to the dedicated GTT Venaria Express line, which connects the center of Turin directly with the Reggia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In addition to the Venaria Reale, other important Savoy residences are the Castle of Moncalieri, the Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi, the Castle of Agliè and the Castello della Mandria. To visit more than one in a day, the advice is to rent a car (average daily cost € 40,00) and move freely, creating your own itinerary.

  • Best time: intermediate seasons or for events (Book Fair in May, iTorino Film Festival late November / early December, Luci d'Artista November / December / January).
  • Hotels and b & b from € 49,00 -
  • Tour of hidden Turin ticket for the Egyptian Museum and guided tour Turin + Piedmont Card valid for 3 days

5 - Bergamo, Lombardy

Bergamo is made up of "two cities", as well as two different "souls": the Upper Town is the custodian of the history of the ancient village, enclosed within its walls, with monuments and palaces of great value; the Lower Town, on the other hand, is modern and worldly but with some sixteenth-century palaces, where musical events are held or markets for natural products are organized.

To see: Piazza Vecchia, Palazzo della Ragione, Civic Tower, Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Cathedral.

Weekend ideas in Bergamo and surroundings: Excursion on Lake Iseo

During a weekend in Bergamo do not miss a day on Lake Iseo, 50 kilometers from the city. To enjoy a whole day around the lake, the best solution is to rent a car and move freely. Here you can do various excursions and walks on the many paths, with numerous stops and shelters in which to refresh oneself. There is also the possibility to rent bicycles (from € 3,00). IS there is no shortage of water activities: you can rent a motorboat (from € 75,00), a sailboat (from € 120,00) and for the more sporty also canoes and SUPs (from € 10,00).
Alternatively, you can visit the many villages and small towns that are located on the shores of the lake, learn about their culture and immerse yourself in their food and wine tradition.

  • Best time: from spring to mid-autumn, when all activities can be carried out, including aquatic ones. The main events are the Bergamo Film Meeting (March) and the Donizzetti Opera Festival (November / December)
  • Hotels and b & b from € 64,00 -
  • Guided excursion Bergamo High food and wine experience in Franciacorta

6 - Verona, Veneto

La city ​​of Romeo and Juliet it is considered by all to be the home of love, but Verona is much more! Of course, through the medieval streets it is possible to reach Juliet's House, very popular with tourists, with its famous balcony. There are also high fashion shops, numerous cafes and artisan shops, the famous Arena, Piazza Bra and much more.

To see: Verona Arena, Juliet's House, Piazza delle Erbe, Piazza Bra, Piazza dei Signori, Torre dei Lamberti, Basilica of San Zeno Maggiore, Castelvecchio Bridge.

Weekend ideas in Verona and surroundings: Peschiera, Sirmione and Lake Garda

To dedicate a day to the eastern side of Lake Garda and the cities of Peschiera and Sirmione, we recommend that you rent a car, in order to be free from timetables and constraints, or travel by train: direct trains run every 40 minutes from Verona to Peschiera and the journey time is just 14 minutes (ticket cost € 3,60 each way). From Peschiera to Sirmione you can instead take the direct bus line LN026 which will take you to your destination in about 20 minutes (ticket cost € 1,30 each way).
Peschiera del Garda and Sirmione are two small and characteristic villages on Lake Garda, two quiet towns in which to spend a day between visits and relaxation.

  • Best time: between spring and mid-autumn, when temperatures are pleasant and days are long and sunny. For Verona, the period of Carnival and Valentine's Day
  • Hotels and b & b from € 57,00 -
  • express ticket for the Arena and pass for attractions Torre dei Lamberti in Verona: entrance ticket for historical city tour by Segway Arena in Verona: guided tour with priority entrance

Center of Italy

7 - Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna

Ferrara is one typical Renaissance city dominated for many years by the Este family. Its historic center is characterized by narrow medieval streets, which suddenly flow into airy and geometric spaces. There are many splendid palaces to visit, as well as noble houses, churches, castles with their works of art. The city can be visited with a comfortable walk, which will allow you to stop in shops and cafes, or by bicycle.

To see: Estense Castle, Palazzo dei Diamanti, Palazzo Schifanoia, Cathedral and museum, Via delle Volte, Casa Romei Museum, Archaeological Museum, Town Hall.

Weekend ideas in Ferrara and surroundings: Ravenna and the parks of the Riviera

You can reach Ravenna from Ferrara comfortably by direct train, which will take you to your destination in just over an hour (€ 6,65 each way). In this city we absolutely recommend you to see the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, the Basilica of San Vitale, the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo and the Mausoleum of Theodoric.
To reach the Mirabilandia park you will still have to get to Ravenna, and from there take the shuttle that connects the city to the amusement park. For sure this it will be a day dedicated to fun, between rides, shows and fun! Perfect even if traveled with children.

  • Best time: summer for amusement parks. The main events in Ferrara are the Palio (May), the Kite Festival (April), the Ferrara under the Stars music festival (June / July) or the Basker's Festival (August)
  • Hotels and b & b from € 57,00 -
  • Ferrara bike tour 2 hours walking tour in the city center Segway tour

8 - Lucca, Tuscany

Lucca is one of the richest Italian cities in history and charm. She is famous for its ancient walls, still perfectly preserved, which completely surround the historic center. It is composed of numerous streets, mostly pedestrian, which allow you to immerse yourself in a medieval setting. Beautiful the Duomo, Piazza Anfiteatro, oval in shape, with numerous buildings that overlook it.

To see: Guinigi Tower, Piazza dell'Anfiteatro, Cathedral of San Martino, Church of San Michele in Foro, Basilica of San Freviano, Muse of Lucca, Palazzo Pfanner, Park of Pinocchio.

Weekend ideas in Lucca and surroundings: Montecatini Terme and Pistoia

Montecatini Terme and Pistoia can be included in a one-day excursion thanks to the direct railway connection between Lucca and Pistoia (journey time 40 minutes, ticket € 5,80 each way) and which also includes a stop in Montecatini Terme.
Montecatini Terme is famous throughout Europe for its thermal springs and its wellness centers, so it is the right destination for you if you want to spend a relaxing day.
Pistoia, on the other hand, is a city rich in history, perfect if you want to spend a day full of culture: you must absolutely see Piazza del Duomo with the Cathedral of San Zeno and the Palazzo dei Vescovi, home to numerous museums.

  • Best time: spring and summer, when you can enjoy longer and sunnier days, as well as more pleasant temperatures. The main events are the Lucca Comics (October / November) and the Lucca summer Fest (July / August)
  • Hotels and b & b from € 56,00 -
  • Day tour to Pisa and Lucca Lucca Bike Tour Sightseeing 2 hour and 30 minute aperitif tour Pistoia: 2,5 hour private walking tour with local guide

9 - Ancona, Marche

The origins of Ancona are very ancient, well evidenced by the roads that show the vestiges of when the city was a thriving port. It is located in a basin at the foot of Mount Conero, and is a natural bridge towards the opposite shore of the Adriatic.

To see: Monte Conero, Conero Riviera, Cathedral, Mezzavalle Beach, Arch of Trajan, Church of Santa Maria della Piazza, Port of Ancona, Mole Vanvitelliana, Archaeological Museum of the Marche, Loggia dei Mercanti.

Weekend ideas in Ancona and surroundings: Fabriano and Frasassi Caves

Fabriano is 73 kilometers from Ancona e it can be easily reached by direct train, in just one hour (€ 6,65 each way). Known throughout Europe as the City of the Paper, Fabriano is also much more: UNESCO Creative City, green, historical and cultural city. It should be visited on foot to experience it to the fullest.
The Frasassi Caves are instead a small natural jewel, not very far from Fabriano. To reach them, you can take the train to Genga S. Vittore Terme (€ 5,20 each way) and then on foot in 20 minutes or by shuttle. These caves are among the largest in Europe and can be visited by taking part in guided tours. There are several packages, of different duration and difficulty.

  • Best time: for the Frasassi Caves and the natural park the best period is from April to October. in Spring there are events such as the Ancona Flower Show (end of March) and the Giardino in Fiore (April), in Summer the Jazz Summer Festival (July) and the Adriatic Mediterranean Festival (August)
  • Hotels and b & b from € 34,00 -
  • private guided tour of Ancona

10 - Urbino, Marche

Urbino was the birthplace of the famous artist Raphael and is famous for having been an important center for the production of Renaissance majolica. An almost enchanted town, it can be visited with a walk through the main streets, palaces and churches that populate the historic center, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. Urbino represents a leap into the past, precisely in the heart of the Italian Renaissance, accompanied not only by Raffaello Sanzio, but also by Piero della Francesca and Federico da Montefeltro.

To see: Ducal Palace of Urbino, Raphael's House, Oratory of SSan Giovanni Battista, Duomo, Albarnoz Fortress.

Weekend ideas in Urbino and surroundings: Excursion to San Marino

From Urbino, in just an hour and 10 minutes by car, you can arrive in the Republic of San Marino, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Here you can get to know a territory rich in traditions, learn about its food and wine culture and its history. Between the historic center with its monuments, cultural events, activities in nature (such as cycling and mountain trekking) and the nine castles, this small state appeals to all types of travelers. Don't forget to discover and taste the typical San Marino cuisine!

  • Best time: if you are interested in outdoor activities, the warm season is recommended, from April to October. In August there is an important historical re-enactment known as the Festa del Duca d'Estate
  • Hotels and b & b from € 44,00 -
  • private guided tour with local guide

11 - Pisa, Tuscany

Tuscany boasts numerous cities of art, and Pisa is one of the most important. The monumental, artistic and historical heritage of Pisa is due to the fact that, during the Middle Ages, it was one of the four great maritime republics. The most famous attraction is undoubtedly the Leaning Tower, or the bell tower of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. Square of Miracles, named after Gabriele D'Annunzio, is a Unesco heritage site and includes, in addition to the Tower and the Cathedral, the Baptistery of San Giovanni and the Monumental Cemetery. At Piazza dei Cavalieri there are historic buildings such as Clock Palace, built where once there was the Torre di Muda, Palazzo dei Cavalieri and the church of Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri.

To see: Cathedral and Leaning Tower in Piazza dei Miracoli, Monumental Cemetery, Baptistery of San Giovanni, Piazza dei Cavalieri, Church of Santa Maria della Spina, Sinopie Museum, Migliarino San Rossore Massaciuccoli Natural Park.

Weekend ideas in Pisa and surroundings: Volterra and San Gimignano

The best solution is to rent a car and move freely, perhaps dedicating the morning to Volterra and the afternoon to San Gimignano, or vice versa.
Volterra is a fascinating medieval village, even if its origins date back to many centuries earlier. In fact, in the city there are numerous and important traces of the Etruscan people, with a dedicated museum, the "Mario Guarnacci" Etruscan Museum, as well as the ruins of the Etruscan Acropolis and the Roman Amphitheater.
San Gimignano, on the other hand, has been declared a UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage. Rich in cultural and food and wine events, take some time to taste its delicious wines, such as Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG, San Gimignano Rosso DOC and IGT Toscana.

  • Best time: from April to October, with longer and sunnier days. In June, important historical re-enactments are held such as the Gioco del Ponte and the historic Regatta of the Palio di San Ranieri
  • Hotels and b & b from € 61,00 -
  • Timed entrance to the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Duomo Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano: lunch with wine in Chianti Chianti, Siena and San Gimignano: full-day tour from Pisa

12 - Viterbo, Lazio

Viterbo is a small but precious jewel of the Lazio region. The historic center, which can be visited on foot, is of medieval origins. Here they are the Palazzo dei Papi, the Cathedral of San Lorenzo and Villa Lante. Viterbo is also famous for the transport of the Car of Santa Rosa, a historical event deeply felt by the local population, which takes place every 3 September: a 30 meter high structure weighing 52 quintals is carried on the shoulders of a hundred men, called "porters. ". The Machine is among the intangible heritages of humanity of Unesco.

To see: Palazzo dei Papi, Terme dei Papi, Monte Cimino, Cathedral, Palazzo dei Priori, Castello Orsini.

Weekend ideas in Viterbo and surroundings: Lake Bolsena and Tuscia Viterbese

We are located in Lazio, but close to the border with Tuscany, and this has had a great influence especially on the food and wine level. The cuisine of Tuscia is in fact a unique cuisine of its kind, which combines Lazio recipes and ingredients with Tuscan recipes and ingredients.
To better visit this area and, above all, if you want to go as far as Lake Bolsena, the best solution is to rent a car and turn freely.
Lake Bolsena is the largest volcanic lake largest in Europe and Lazio and the fifth largest lake in Italy. With its black sand on the shores of the lake and the incredible vegetation that grows throughout the surrounding area, this is a place that must be visited!

  • Best time: from spring to mid-autumn. In summer there is also the medieval festival Ludika 1234 (July)
  • Hotels and b & b from € 50,00 -
  • guided tour with Duomo and Palazzo dei Priori Bomarzo: Park of the Monsters and tour of the center of Viterbo Etruscans of Italy: tour of Tarquinia and Tuscania

13 - Perugia, Umbria

At Piazza IV Novembre they are located Fontana Maggiore, the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, Palazzo dei Priori.
Passing through the medieval Via Maestà delle Volte and descending through the aqueduct, as well as enjoying a spectacular view, you reach the Etruscan Arch. A visit to some local restaurants, perhaps a little hidden, to taste is not to be missed the fabulous Umbrian cuisine.

To see: Palazzo dei Priori, Fontana Maggiore, National Gallery, Rocca Paolina, Cathedral of San Lorenzo, Piazza IV Novembre, Corso Vannucci.

Weekend ideas in Perugia and surroundings: Assisi, Spello and Lake Trasimeno

The best way to visit this area is by car, as in some cases you will not even have public transport available. You will also have more freedom and you could even visit Assisi and Spello in one day.
Assisi is famous for be the birthplace of San Francesco. With its imposing church and its thirteenth-century frescoes, it is absolutely worth a visit.
spello it is part of the most beautiful villages in Italy and between its Roman walls and its alleys you will take a step back in time!
Finally, in Lake Trasimeno, between Umbria and Tuscany, you can do many outdoor activities: trekking, cycling, adventure park, water park, equipped beaches, water sports and much more!

  • Best time: for Lake Trasimeno, given the great possibility of outdoor activities, the summer is recommended, specifically from May to September. The important Umbria Jazz festival is held in July and December, while the Eurochocolate is organized in October.
  • Hotels and b & b from € 54,00 -
  • Private walking tour with guide Assisi and Perugia: guided tour and chocolate tasting Panoramic tour of Spello and Assisi

Southern Italy and Islands

14 - Matera, Basilicata

Matera is famous for being one of the oldest cities in the world and above all for the known "stones", which occupy the eastern part of the city: tunnels, small squares, streets and stairways rise above a rocky spur. But what are these famous stones? I'm districts consisting of houses / caves obtained from excavations in the tuff, located close to a deep gorge, the Gravina.
The particular position has preserved them, over the centuries, from the sieges of the enemies. La Civita, the heart of the old city, hosts the bell tower of the Cathedral, which stands out with its 50 meters in height. Also to be discovered is the typical cuisine, poor but tasty.

To see: Sassi di Matera, Murgia Materana Park, Cathedral, Church of Santa Maria di Idris, Museum of Contemporary Sculpture MUSMA, Church of Saints Peter and Paul.

Weekend ideas in Matera and surroundings: Excursions to Alberobello, Locorotondo and Cisternino

The best way to get around this area is by car, as there are not always connections with public transport. In addition, you will have more freedom and you can stop along the way to admire the beautiful landscapes that you will find in front of your eyes!
From Matera you can easily reach Alberobello, in just an hour by car, as well as the town of Locorotondo, which is located just 9 kilometers from Alberobello, perfect to be seen both in one day. And if you still have time at your disposal, you can go as far as the town of Cisternino, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, also in the province of Bari.

  • Best time: intermediate seasons, when the temperatures are pleasant and the crowds of July and August are not found. During the Christmas period when the living nativity scene is organized
  • Hotels and b & b from € 33,00 -
  • 2-hour walking tour of the Sassi Matera: sunset walking tour Cooking class in Matera in a stone restaurant

15 - L'Aquila, Abruzzo

L'Aquila is slowly recovering, despite the 2009 earthquake that hit it hard: the city's artistic and cultural heritage has been partially recovered. Of thirteenth-century origin, L'Aquila took shape around one of the ninety-nine castles located in the area: inside it is possible to visit the National Museum of Abruzzo, which it preserves the skeleton of a mammoth found near the city in 1954. The church of S. Maria di Paganica, in Baroque style, was built in the th century by Cola dell'Amatrice, the dome features a neoclassical facade and a baroque interior. The Fountain of the Ninety-Nine Cannelle is the symbol of the city.

To see: Fountain of the 99 Cannelle, MunDA National Museum of Abruzzo, Spanish Fort, Basilica of San Bernardino, Basilica of Santa Maria di Collemaggio.

Weekend ideas in L'Aquila and its surroundings: Stiffe Caves and Sinizzo Lake

The best thing is to combine these two stages in one day, as they are only 8 kilometers apart. To do this, you will need to rent a car, to be able to move easily between the various points.
The Stiffe Caves are one of the main natural attractions of the region and they are caves of karst origin, which can only be visited by taking part in a tour.
The Sinizzo Lake, on the other hand, is a small jewel with emerald waters, surrounded by groves, the ideal destination for those looking for a bit of tranquility and want to spend time in contact with nature. Perfect to visit even with children, as it has picnic areas, equipped bathrooms and a playground.

  • Best time: from April to October, in order to make the most of the hours of light and the most pleasant temperatures, especially if you want to visit Lake Sinizzo
  • Hotels and b & b from € 44,00 -
  • The Eagle of the Mysteries: guided view on foot

16 - Salerno, Campania

Salerno is a delightful coastal city in Campania, with an extensive coastline (about 3 km) which takes the name of Lungomare Trieste. Here it is possible to stroll pleasantly, as well as in the historic center: once you reach the end of Piazza Portanova you can go towards Via dei Mercanti where alleys and alleys intersect and there are dozens of small shops and shops. Il Duomo, preceded by a marble staircase and two animal sculptures that guard it, it is certainly worth a visit: in the Gothic style, it recalls the Angevin style of the time.

To see: Cathedral, Minerva Garden, Arechi Castle, Lungomare, Provincial Archaeological Museum

Weekend ideas in Salerno and surroundings: Amalfi Coast

To visit the Amalfi Coast you can rely on public transport, and in particular the 5120 bus that runs along the entire coast, or rent a car and move freely. Always take into account the period you are in and the traffic, especially if you decide to visit the area in July and August.
The Amalfi Coast is the coastal stretch that overlooks the Gulf of Salerno, a destination every year for many tourists, both Italian and foreign, thanks to its beautiful postcard landscapes. Among the many villages and attractions, you certainly cannot get lost Amalfi, Positano, Ravello and Scala.

  • Best time: the intermediate seasons, when the temperatures are still pleasant and there is no crowd in the months of July and August; the latter absolutely to be avoided if you do not want to get stuck in traffic
  • Hotels and b & b from € 60,00 -
  • Amalfi Coast: Small Group Tour from Sorrento Salerno: 2-Hour Private Guided Walking Tour Amalfi Coast: Private Boat Excursion from Salerno

17 - Lecce, Puglia

Getting lost in the historic center of Lecce, large and beautiful, will be a pleasant experience: alleys, winding streets and baroque buildings will make your walk a delight. Not to be missed the Basilica of Santa Croce, symbol of the city, the Roman Amphitheater and Piazza Duomo.

To see: Bsilica di Santa Croce, Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, Piazza Sant'Oronzo, Roman Amphitheater, Lecce Castle, Faggiano Museum, Porta Napoli, Historic Center, Church of Sant'Irene.

Weekend ideas in Lecce and surroundings: grotta della poesia, Torre dell'Orso and Otranto

The best way to get around is rent a car and move freely, so you can reach all three stages in one day. In fact, the route from Lecce to Otranto, passing along the coast, is only an hour and along the way you can also stop at Grotta della Poesia and Torre dell'Orso.
Grotta della Poesia and Torre dell'Orso are two little corners of paradise. The first is a series of caves with natural pools, where it is possible to swim, while the second is characterized by a beach with light and fine sand and crystal clear waters.

  • Best time: spring and summer, from March to September, when the temperatures are pleasant and sunny days, avoiding however the month of August, as it is very crowded with tourists. However in August the suggestive "Notte della Taranta" is held
  • Hotels and b & b from € 52,00 -
  • 2-hour private guided tour, free walking tour among the beauties of the city

18 - Crotone, Calabria

Legend has it that Crotone was founded by the mythical Hercules, certainly there is that it was the seat of the school of Pythagoras. Today the city shows traces of its past at the Archaeological Museum and in the Capo Colonna Park, where there are the remains of the sanctuary of Hera. It is located in Le Castella the Aragonese castle which was the set of the film Brancaleone alle Crociate by Mario Monicelli.

To see: Capo Colonna, Capo Rizzuto marine natural area, Castle of Carlo V, Castle of Santa Severina, National Archaeological Museum of Crotone.

Weekend ideas in Crotone and surroundings: Capo Rizzuto and Marine Protected Area

For this excursion you will necessarily have to rent a car, so you can move freely and, above all, visit the marine area without constraints.
Capo Rizzuto is a famous Calabrian seaside resort, located on a promontory and with clear and turquoise waters, a marvel for the eyes, between nature, beaches, historical and archaeological points.
To join the visit also the Marine Protected Area, born in 1991 with the aim of preserving this stretch of coast unique from an environmental point of view and to protect the heritage present on the seabed. Various activities are offered, such as diving, boat trips with a transparent bottom, an aquarium to learn more about marine creatures and many others.

  • Best time: from the beginning of May to the end of October; if possible, avoid only August as it is a period with a great tourist influx
  • Hotels and b & b from € 45,00 -

19 - Trapani, Sicily

Trapani is one of the cities of Sicily usually ignored by most tourists but which reserves pleasant surprises for those who know what to visit. The aristocratic houses of the historic center await you with their fascinating decadence. A few kilometers from the city are the white salt pans, including the very famous ones of Marsala, with their mills that are reflected in the water. Don't miss out the Ligny Tower and the Colombaia Castle, which tower over the harbor.

To see: Saline di Trapani and Paceco, Ligny Tower, San Lorenzo Cathedral, Salt Museum, Agostino Pepoli Regional Museum, Pepoli Tower.

Weekend ideas in Trapani and surroundings: Favignana and Levanzo or Erice and Marsala

Favignana and Levanzo are two islands belonging to the archipelago of the Egadi islands. We can define them as two corners of paradise, with their beaches and the water of a wonderful turquoise. Be careful though, these islands are recommended only in the summer, in autumn or winter it is an excursion to be excluded.
Alternatively, you can dedicate yourself to the discovery of Erice and Marsala, two characteristic cities of Western Sicily. The first is a fascinating city, of ancient origin, dating back to the Phoenicians and the Greeks, while the second is most famous for the production of the homonymous wine, Marsala wine, a DOC fortified wine.

  • Best time: for the islands the best time is summer. In winter to visit the Christmas village of Erice and the living Nativity of Custonaci.
  • Hotels and b & b from € 48,00 -
  • Favignana and Levanzo: 1 day cruise from Trapani 1 day tour to the salt pans and historic center

20 - Cagliari, Sardinia

Cagliari is a lively, beautiful, young city and, thanks to the climate, it can be visited all year round. The first goal can be the Cagliari Castle, which comprisesthe ancient fortress of the city and the historic district still enclosed, even if partially, by the ancient walls. Also worth seeingthe Cathedral, the old Town Hall, the Palazzo Viceregio and the Archbishopric. At the National Archaeological Museum it is possible to discover ancient objects and finds that reconstruct the different cultures of the island.

To see: Bastion of Saint Remy, Molentargius Saline Natural Park, Cathedral of Santa Maria, Archaeological Museum of Cagliari, Torre dell'Elefante, Calamosca, Sanctuary of Nostra Signora Bonaria.

Weekend ideas in Cagliari and surroundings: Chia and Teulada or Nuraghe of Villanovaforru

The best way is to visit the beautiful surroundings of Cagliari rent a car.
In summer you absolutely must not miss the beaches of Chia and Teulada, along the beautiful panoramic road that connects them. You will be amazed in front of their white beaches and the blue of the sea.
The alternative is represented by the Nuraghe of Villanovaforru, 55 kilometers from Cagliari, which can also be reached by bus 120 from the ARST company. It is about a complex of nuraghe, or rather ancient stone buildings dating back to the Bronze Age, populated by about 100 inhabitants and made up of towers, courtyards and wells.

  • Best time: if you are interested in the sea and beaches, the best season is summer, while autumn and winter are more suitable for discovering the hinterland
  • Hotels and b & b from € 54,00 -
  • Cagliari: Half-Day Coastal Tour From Cagliari: Nuraghe and Tomb of Giants Visit Cagliari: Jeep Tour of Sardinia's Hidden Beaches

Where to go in Autumn, Winter, Summer and Spring

  • Cities to visit in winter: do you want a nice weekend in the snow or a romantic getaway in a city with a Christmas atmosphere? Here are our tips for holidays in Italy in December, January and February.
  • Cities to visit in Spring: do you want to take advantage of the spring bridges for a long weekend to discover the wonders of Italy? Here are the right tips for a holiday in March, April and May.
  • Cities to visit in Summer: what are the best destinations in Italy for a summer holiday by the sea or in the mountains? We tell you! Here's where to go on vacation in June, July, and August.
  • Cities to visit in Autumn: if you love to travel in the rainy months to discover small villages and autumn flavors, here are the destinations for a holiday in Italy in September, October and November.
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