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Italians reveal their favorite places to go on vacation — in Italy


Italy has some of the most famous and renowned cities, art, wines, and beaches in the world.

You can think of Florence, Rome, Venice and Venice. With their abundance Renaissance architecture, well-known galleries and Tuscany’s stunning vineyards. Tuscany is also famous for its glamorous Amalfi coastline with its unique, see-and be-seen feel.

Although these areas are a draw to tourists, it’s not unusual for Italians to choose to travel to less-known places.

These are the places where menus can’t be translated into English. where foreigners are few and far between — but the pleasures are no less plentiful.

Puglia in the “heel” of Italy is Marina Cacciapuoti’s favorite place to travel. Italy SegretaWebsite and consultancy in travel. She says she loves springtime because it is “time to share the experience with locals”.

She told CNBC via email that “It is a region full of farmers, traditions, passion and simplicity, which must be appreciated slowly.”

One recent discovery is a private home Masseria SchiumaA farmhouse near the beach that was restored by a Danish couple is available for rent.

Lecce is located in Puglia, Italy.

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Diletta, a Rome-based realtor who adores the area for its beautiful beaches and small towns is not alone in her love of it.

According to her email, she recommends that you visit Puglia during May, June and September, and then again in October when the weather is cool and beaches are empty.

Giorgolo prefers to remain at the 1860s-built Palazzo DanieleA former palace that she called “Mediterranean chic”, or Naturalis Bio Resort & SpaA collection of restored 18th-century farms built by a husband and wife team.

For a healthy meal, she recommends Alex RistoranteLecce, famously known for its raw seafood dishes created by Alessandra Civilla.

Mountain destinations

For skiing and hiking, Giorgolo likes the Dolomites mountain range — and in particular, the skiing areas of Cortina d’Ampezzo and Corvara.

“I ski in all countries of the Alps, Switzerland and France. [and] Austria, but the Dolomites have a more dramatic natural scenery — and the food is definitively the best,” she said.

One chalet located in Cortina di Ampezzo in Italy’s Dolomites Mountain Range.

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Cortina, which she said was a favorite place for summer treks is Cortina.

Cortina recommends family-run restaurants Beppe Sello, where the specialty is benfatti alla moda — a homemade ravioli with caciotta cheese.

Giorgolo works at Sotheby’s International Realty and stays at The Ambra CortinaThe aims to be a boutique hotel that is fashionable and stylish, with rooms themed on movies, theatre, or nature.

Roman roads

It’s not difficult to discover hidden treasures even in Rome. But Cacciapuoti — who spent part of her childhood there — simply enjoys wandering the city’s streets.

“There is really nothing like it — the sun shines differently there,” she said. “I always say there are beautiful cities, and cities with a soul — Rome is the latter.”

Pizza al taglio is baked in large, rectangular trays.

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Cacciapuoti loves to make a stop. Angelo FerociA butcher’s shop located in Sant’Eustachio that has been at the exact same spot for more than 100 years.

Her recommendation was to Gian Fornaio cafe where pizza is sold “al taglio” — or “by the cut” — and baked in large rectangular trays. Cacciapuoti stated that she will go to the bar in the evening for an aperitivo. Hotel LocarnoThis spot was loved by Italian film stars in the 1950s.

Italian escapes

Giglio harbor, Italy

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Monte Argentario is a peninsula that’s connected to Tuscany via quiet roads. Il PellicanoA former private residence that has been transformed into a chi-chi hotel. Roberto Scio, an Italian businessman bought it in 1979. It was photographed by Slim Aarons in the decade following. Slim Aarons was well-known for his photographs of the celebrity and socialite scene.

It is well-known for its celebrity appeal. Now, the hotel’s daughter Marie Louise Scio runs it. Marie Louise grew up in the hotel, and renovated it in 2000.

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Marie Louise Scio recently discovered Vicenza in northern Italy, which is about one hour west of Venice.

She told CNBC via email that “The City of Vicenza, the Palladian Villas of Veneto are a World Heritage Site of Italy which protects buildings designed by Andrea Palladio.”

Giorgolo offers several suggestions for tourists who wish to escape the high-season crowds.

She said, “Visit Umbria, with its beautiful hills and picturesque towns. Go to Lucca, Tuscany, which is a jewel lesser known than Florence and discover the city and region of Turin.”

The Piazza dei Signori in Vicenza, Italy.

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It is August when most tourists head to Italy. Cacciapuoti advised that people who travel during peak season should go off the beaten path.

“Somewhere remote like Filicudi or the Isole Tremiti; places without too many accommodations … or find a home away from home on mainland Umbria [a]CNBC interviewed her about the quiet, green and safe sanctuary she described.

“What I would tell everyone visiting Italy is to take it slow, to not be on a constant schedule, to appreciate life around you — to take a directionless stroll or a long coffee break, don’t always use Google maps, try to talk to a local to ask directions or don’t be so scared to get lost.”