Let’s make 2020 the year of going to beautiful places in Italy… 

*Without* trying to wake up extra early to “beat the rush” or squeeze into a looong line for an attraction.

Wanna know why?

At its core, Italians embrace a culture of moving at your own pace. Doing your own thing, because you want to. Heck, they even siesta.

But since the economy in Italy has been on the rise — along with rising middle classes across the world — the country’s traditional “hot spots” have adopted a vibe that goes against the crostini of being an Italian: Busy. Busy. Busy.

But of course, you HAVE to visit Rome, Florence, Venice, etc. when you come to Italy.

What you can *also* do if you’re planning to visit one of these major hot spots, though, is introduce a teeny-tiny sidestep (read: day trip!) to some under-the-radar towns. We’ve got a couple of ideas up our linen sleeves, and they’re easy-peasy to reach via the Italian train system, Trenitalia.

If you’re planning a trip to Italy and wanna know what’s hot right now (or *too* hot, and you don’t want it), keep reading on!

When In Rome — Day Trip To Orvieto

Orvieto is a teeny-tiny hilltop town in Umbria that’s a 90-minute stone’s throw from Rome. Its picture-perfect postcard vibes will have you dreaming of retiring here forever — totally adorable. Dating back to the Etruscan times, the town remains steeped in history (you can still stumble upon the remains of Etruscan temples).

Orvieto is a perfect day trip for: 

Travel time from Rome to Orvieto: 

When In Florence — Day Trip To Lucca

Ultra-lovable Lucca is a picturesque, well preserved city that’s just west of Florence. It’s main draw? Gorgeously built city walls — seriously, it’s all walled in (and super safe) — that were architected by Leonardo da Vinci himself. We adore Lucca because it’s got all the incredible art and architecture you could want in an old Tuscan town… without the frenetic energy of a larger city. 

Lucca is a perfect day trip for:

Travel time from Florence to Lucca:

P.S. Want to experience under-the-radar Florence? Check out our day Florence day tours.

Italy 2020 in Lucca

Italy 2020 in Lucca

When In Venice — Day Trip To Verona

Venice is romantic, but Verona is seductive. You know all about Romeo and Juliet hanging out here, but it’s *so* much more than that! Verona is a welcome escape from a bustling city like Venice — oozing culture and charisma from every star-crossed tower. The Renaissance architecture here is mightily intact, and it’s been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000 because of the richly Roman buildings still standing today. Beyond a day trip, it’s also the perfect base for exploring Northern Italy if you’re looking to extend your vacay.

Verona is a perfect day trip for:

Travel time from Venice to Verona:

Italy 2020 in Verona

Italy 2020 in Verona

When in Amalfi Coast — Day Trip To Cilento Coast

While Amalfi is glittery ‘n’ glam, Cilento is chill ‘n’ charming. It’s still got the sun-bleached loungers, ridiculously clear water to swim in, and endless waterfront restaurants for long, luxurious lunches that Amalfi has. But what makes Cilento different is its history and landscape: you’ll find hills of honey-colored buildings created by the Greeks and craggy mountains alongside beautiful beaches. Cilento is on the wilder side — perfect if you dig spots that feel totally untouched and like a secret worth keeping to yourself.

Cilento is a perfect day (or multi-day) trip for:

Travel time from Amalfi to Cilento:

Italy 2020 in Cilento

Italy in 2020 in Cilento

When in Cinque Terre — Day Trip To Levanto or Bonassola

If you’re traveling to the Cinque Terre, we hope it is for *at least* a week, so you can explore all five villages… and then some. Levanto and Bonassola are neighboring villages that are super close to the Cinque Terre and our secret getaways for when we want beaches ALL to ourselves. They’re both charming and have wide boulevards along the ocean (and a bike trail between the two). We take our clients to both places on our 7-night Cinque Terre tour.)

Levanto and Bonassola are perfect day trips for: 

Travel time from Cinque Terre to Levanto and Bonassola:

Wanna day trip with us while you’re in Italy?

Check out the experiences we offer here:

Considering side-stepping a hot spot or planning your own day trip… and got questions? Let us know in the comments below, and we’ll help!


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