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1. Posted by JuditandViktor (First Time Poster 1 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Hey dear travelers!

I would just love your help! I'm planning a trip to Italy, but the problem is that I have so many wishes about what the place should be like, and I have no idea where to find what I'm looking for. I would love help!

I'm gonna be away for a month, in June, and I'm looking for:

1. A beautiful place. Haha of course, almost all of in Italy is absolutely stunning, but, what I find most beautiful according to my taste is the coastline and hills and mountains. Some place a bit "hilly", not to plane. Narrow streets filled with places where locals drink wine outside, and old houses with lines of laundry hanging between them. That's my dream!

I would love something around the coast, but my problem is that everything I find seems to be filled with tourists, and a bit stressful.

2. A place with not no too much tourism. There should preferably be much more locals than tourists, of course a bit tourism is okay, it has to be, but preferably almost nothing at all.

3. A calm place. Rather locals drinking wine and laughing than cars honking.

4. A place with a population of preferably about 20 000 - 300 000, but other suggestions are fine to. Thats mostly because tourism doesn't feel as noticeable in a big town, but I would prefer something not to big, a place that can be "yours" after a month.

5. a pretty cheap place. Where drinks and food isn't too expensive.

6. A place with not to much poverty and crime, I would love to meet people that looks happy, haha.

7. Last wish, now I might be asking for to much, haha, but I would love a town with a bicykle distance to something else nice, mabye like living in a harbor-town with a close distance to some beautiful wineyards or an other town on the hills. Sorry if I'm asking for to much, It's okay to just ignore some or all of my wishes, If anyone would have ANYKIND of recommendation I'm just thrilled for any kind of suggestions!

As I said, I would be soooo very thankfull for anykind of recommendations!!!! Really!! If you have ever been in Italy and would like to recommend the place, I would be very grateful to hear about it! Just ignore my wishes if they dont fit!

Thanks a lot in advance,
From Judit in Sweden!

2. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru 1260 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!


I don't think this fits your menu at all, but the Cinque Terre area is a delight all the same, even if it is full of tourists. I was there on an Italian Bank Holiday & there were swarms of Italians enjoying this marvelous stretch of their coastline.

Here's my take on it... Cinque Terre


3. Posted by urena43 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

I will travel to Italy in one week. I was looking for the same..I found PIedmont to be that should check into this.

4. Posted by Logsy (Budding Member 2 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Malcesine in Lake Garda is stunning! We went for my brothers wedding last July and it pretty much has all of the above. I would highly recommend it, it is absolutely beautiful.

5. Posted by daisan (Budding Member 40 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

In june school end in Italy so may be you can find some italian tourist in the place i am going to suggest.

i can suggest you Catania or its surroinding (acitrezza, acicastello, ecc). Beutifull sea, really good food and wine, Etna as vulcuna is a mountain, tourist are almost local. But you can look to some other place in sicily.
I don't know how much bicycle friendly they are.

another place could be maremma (a region) in place like orbetello or manciano or similar, people are for sure bicycle friendly and you can find same again: good food, good wine, hills, sea etc.

if you avoid international tourist (people from de, hl, us, uk, etc) avoid place as: 5 terre, lake garda, rimini are they are really beutyfull place but really full of not italian. In other palce you will find more italian.

6. Posted by budgeteurotrip (Budding Member 38 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

1. in northern italy you won't find this easily
2. have you heard many people visiting apulia or sicily? maggiority of tourists go to venice, florence, roma, milan...South is undiscovered so far
3. Again, South, in north they would rather drink spritz, beer, cocktails...regarding cars honking, well that would be a problem as in South we use to honk a lot, even to greet to eachothers
4. there are many towns and cities like that, the only problem is the language, not many italians can speak english but with a bit of effort you can manage to understand :)
5. Than again, South italy
6. In South there is organized crime, as a fact, but hospitality is still a VALUE and you don't have to be worried at all during your stay (if you behave well, of course)
7. 'If anyone would have ANYKIND of recommendation I'm just thrilled for any kind of suggestions!'
Feel free to contact me for any info, I have plenty of suggestions for you

7. Posted by Tiramisu (Budding Member 3 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

I have been living in Italy for 13 years now, so I know the country well. Most coastal places get busy from mid-June onwards, with the school holidays etc. However, I would like to recommend 2 places: Procida, which is a tiny island off the coast of Naples (not far from Capri), but a staying in Procida (population approx. 10 000) would not break the bank as Capri would. A beautiful, beautiful place, simple people, mostly fishermen and their families, laundry hanging on washing lines across narrow alley ways, great restaurants and bars (caf├ęs). Locals are friendly and helpful.
The second place I strongly recommend is Scicli in south-east Sicily (population approx. 26 000. A beautiful town with Sicilian baroque architecture everywhere. A bicycle ride away the coastal town of Donnalucata, beautiful beaches, never crowded, crystal clear water, even in the peak summer season (July.August). Nearby other beautiful culturally rich towns, like Ragusa, to mention just one.
Let me know should you want any further info, incl accommodation. Cheers!