We love to go Italy for our holidays – food and wine is fantastic and landscapes are amazing. Here we summarized our favorites spots in Italy for you with some insider tips.

In this story we would like to share our favorite places in Piedmont, Cinque Terre, Tuscany and Amalfi coast with you.

Piedmont

Piedmont is a region on the border to France and Switzerland, sits at the foot of the Alps. The region offers rolling hills covered with vineyards, quaint medieval villages, and fantastic local food and wine — all without the crowds you normally encounter further south. The easiest way to get to Piedmont’s largest city, Turin, or the smaller towns of Alba and Asti, is by hopping on the under two-hour train ride from Milano. You won’t need a car if you plan to stay in Turin, however if you want to visit the wineries in the southern Langhe region (home of the Barolo and Barbaresco wine areas) your best bet is to either rent a car and explore the region on your own.

Our favorites spots in the Piedmont are all around Alba as there the famous wine “Barollo” is grown and sunsets are wonderful. There you have also nice restaurants which offers a remarkable mouth-watering selection: from truffles to rice, exquisite cheeses and wines to chocolate treats, you can decide whether to experience it all in one of 45 Michelin-star restaurants, traditional trattorias, wine bars, wine cellars, historic cafes or high-altitude refuges.

Below is a selection on what we recommend doing while you stay there and is worth a visit based on our own experience – let us know your secrets in the comment section 🙂

Restaurants

Locanda in Cannubi – nice location with an awesome view and selection of best Italian food you can get. Reservation recommended. They offer also wine tasting on reservation

Le Torri – fabulous restaurant located on top of the mountain with excellent cuisine and wine card. Worth to visit their wine cellar. Recommended to get an aperitivo in the “Bar la Terrazza da Renza” located in the same town.

Places of interest

Wine tasting in “Agricola Gian Piero Marrone” – you can get a wine course with some tasty morsel or in Livia Fontana which offers one of the best Barolos in the region. Borgogno has also excellent wine to taste and you have a 360 degree from the terrace – worth to spent the 10 Euros (for 2 glasses) on its own

Visit typical towns like La Morra or Verduno.

Recommended stays

Villa Gremi is centrally located and is in the middle of the vineyards

Le Torri With a quiet location in the Langhe hills, family-run Le Torri – Castiglione Falletto offers a pretty courtyard and a panoramic garden overlooking the vineyards

Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre, or Five Lands, offers fantastic views of Italy’s coastline from Levanto to La Spezia and refers to the five colorful coastal towns that you’ll pass by train: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. All five have been declared UNESCO World Heritage sites. You can take an entire day or two to hop on and off this little train, visit the towns, and sample the local goods like Monterosso’s special anchovies and Corniglia’s honey ice cream.

Starting in Levanto, with no stops, the train trip will only take between 20 to 40 minutes depending on the train, and it costs less than about $13. Sit on the right side for the sea views and on the left for a closer look at the vineyards and olive groves that characterize this rugged steep landscape.

Boating is  another way to explore Cinque Terre. In Vernazza look for an umbrella-covered table on the waterfront headed up by Nord Est where you can rent your own boat – where you will be able in one day to explore all five villages. Each boat is outfitted with an outboard motor, oars, canopy. You will thoroughly be briefed before your trip. They will make your Cinque Terre vacation memorable.

If you do not feel confident in captaining a boat yourselves, Nord Est also offers boat tours. The crew will know where to take you to find the hidden coves, bays, and even waterfalls that you can’t reach from up on the hillside.

We recommend in one day to explore the coast by train and one day by boat so you see the different perspectives of this spectacular coast.

Restaurants

Nessun Dorma  a must visit while you are in Cinque Terre with a dream view. Unfortunately, long waiting times to get a table so be there early to get in the virtual waiting list from 12:30

Dau Cila in Riomaggiore is a charming restaurant with nice sea view

Places of interest

All 5 towns in Cinque Terre Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore.
Riomaggiore was our favorite

Recommended stays

La Marinarooms single room with private sea view terrace

La Gianna Franzi  is a small hotel in the center of town with single and double rooms, some with sea-facing balconies

If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It’s lethal!
Paulo Coelho

Tuscany

Tuscany will win you over with its unique landscapes, thousand-year-old history and fantastic food. Tuscany, the pearl of central Italy on the beautiful Tyrrhenian coast, is a trove of unique historical treasures with beautiful villages and breathtaking panoramas. The main cities to visit are Pisa, Florence and Siena.

Restaurants

Ristorante Pizzeria La Capannina – lovely restaurant in the countryside of Siena

Caffe Poliziano – special meals from Tuscany with nice view into the valley

Places of interest

Siena, Florence, Pisa, Elba
Wine tasting in Cantina Boscarelli or in Castello Banfi-Il Borgo

Recommended stays

Montepulciano – Villa Cicolina
Siena – Hotel Palazzo di Valli
Florence – Corte dei Neri Residenza d’Epoca (centrally located)
Pisa – La Lu cozy rooms (centally located – self checkin)

Amalfi

The Amalfi coast is one of Italy’s most popular destinations and is a UNESCO World Heritage site situated next to the gulf of Naples. The Coast is one of the most gorgeous corners in Italy. It is a very popular place to visit – over five million annual tourists visiting this area. Consider that it is a relative small area , we recommend to visit the area best in September or October.

It is best to leave your car at the hotel parking as the streets are very narrow and it will be almost impossible to find car parking lots. Best is to plan your routes via the SITA Bus website, but allow for flexibility and you can drop of everywhere.
Seeing the coast from the water is stunning – best to include a visit to Capri. Try Gianni’s Boat Tours or Exclusive Cruises for motorized options or see the hidden and breathtaking views yourself from the sea kayak, best booked via Amalfi Kayak.

Restaurants

LeBontadelcapo – one of the most reasonably priced, delightful restaurants on the coast
Il Pirata Ristorante – beach club and restaurant. Try the famous Tiramissu
Aperitivo in the Terrazza Lounge at Hilton Sorrento

Places of interest

Capri
Fiordo di Furore – nice colorful beach, under a bridge that overlooks everything
Picturesque Positano and the small village of Furore with La Grotta dello Smeraldo
Trekking Sentiero Degli Dei from Agerola to Positano

Recommended stays

Hotel Le Terrazze – view on the Amalfi coast and free parking. In the evening you can go down the steps and find a nice little beach with restaurants
Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa – a former monastery, it maintains the original style, and offers a garden with swimming pool and a free spa

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