What images does Italy conjure up in your mind? The mighty Colosseum in Rome, the Renaissance masterpieces in Florence, the gliding gondolas of Venice, the vineyards of Tuscany, perhaps the leaning tower in Pisa, maybe the glamorous Amalfi Coast... Beautiful places all, and certainly worth a visit (or more). But allow me to paint you a different picture.
Rambling around tiny hilltop towns (still stuck in the Middle Ages), walking down pristine beaches with only the waves (and a few seagulls) for company, driving down country roads flanked by miles of vineyards, descending into the depths of the earth to explore one of the largest subterranean caves in Europe, sitting in the caffè in the piazza, sipping the local liqueur and watching the nonni on their passeggiata - yes, there is another Italy waiting to be discovered, places still off the tourist radar, minus the touts that you might encounter in Venice, Rome or Florence... Don't get me wrong - I love the 'grand tour' cities as well and I have already visited them twice (I cannot get enough of Venice!). But, there is so much more. So whether you're a first time visitor or have already 'done' Italy, consider one of the lesser known regions.