This charming Tuscan hamlet gets overlooked for Florence and Cinque Terre, receiving far fewer tourists than its famous neighbours. Dating back to the 12th-century, Collodi is well-worth a visit, cascading down the hillside providing a well-preserved example of medieval architecture. It’s anchored by a fortress/castle and is also home to beautiful gardens, elegant villas and a Pinocchio Park, the place where author Carlo Collodi dreamed up his fantastical tales.
Most visitors to Lake Como head to popular towns like Como and Bellagio, but Laglio is not only incredibly picturesque, it provides a much more tranquil spot for enjoying the scenery and is also connected to Hollywood royalty. This is where actor George Clooney owns a luxury villa and it’s also home to the Bear Hole, a karst cave with stalactites and stalagmites.
Porto Selvaggio (Wild Harbor)
Porto Selvaggio translates to Wild Harbour and sits within a natural park, providing unspoiled scenery with craggy cliffs and gnarled olive trees that surround a beach. As it’s relatively secluded, few tourists head here, visiting nearby cities like Lecce or other more popular beaches instead. It’s a great place to enjoy a day on the sand and explore the area with a walk on one of the meandering trails.