Future trips: 15 Italian destinations recommended by experts


Future trips: 15 Italian destinations recommended by experts

While hypotheses are being made about summer holidays, 15 experts advise us as many Italian destinations to discover when we can return to travel.

“ No other country has the riches that Italy has, that incomparable combination of art, culture, food, wine, fashion, theater, nature and people; and not even that captivating blend of ancient and modern “. With these words The Telegraph, an authoritative British newspaper, promotes the Bel Paese pending the end of the lockdown, which forces us all to stay at home. The author of the article lists in detail the reasons why it is worth visiting Italy, starting with the Italians : “ you cannot love a country without loving its people ”. And while the modalities of economic and social restart are being evaluated and hypotheses are made about summer holidays – which according to forecasts will be of proximity –15 experts advise us on the Italian destinations to go to when you can travelfrom the mayors of the Wine Cities comes a proposal to reopen the territories and also restart wine tourism: ” as soon as possible and in compliance with the social distancing measures provided – underlines Città del Vino – the desire to move, travel and get closer to normality will spread quickly; we hope, already in the summer, to have a different holiday in our many and different territories “. At this juncture, the Association of the Most Beautiful Villages in Italy is also thinking about a series of useful initiatives to reactivate – when the restrictions allow it – the tourist flows towards the destinations that are part of the network.

At Agrodolce, we asked 15 experts – including tourism journalists, travel bloggers and operators in the sector – to tell us about Italian destinations to visit as soon as we can travel in total safety and in compliance with the rules of social distancing we will have to deal with over the months. to come.

 

  1. Pantelleria – Sicily . The words of Gianna Testa, freelance tourism journalist: Pantelleria is for me the most intriguing island in the Mediterranean: pitch black rocks, total absence of sandy beaches, cobalt blue sea and wind. You love it or hate it, without half measures. But if the first feeling prevails, the coup-de-foudre is forever, Pantelleria inevitably seduces. Starting with the unmistakable Middle Eastern touch that makes it the most exotic of the Italian islands, derived from two centuries of Arab domination (800-1000 AD) which left marks in the names of the countries, such as Khamma , Khattibuale , Rekale, in the architecture of the dammusi (the lava stone houses with a white domed roof), in the dialect, in the physical features of the Pantelleria and in the cuisine in which cous-cous is among the main protagonists. As are the pasta with ammogghio (pesto pantesco) made with raw tomatoes, garlic and oregano, the bitter ravioli stuffed with local ricotta (or tumma) and fresh mint, and bacio pantesco , sweet ricotta-based pancakes unsalted. Turning your gaze to the sea, vibrant scenarios parade enclosed in an alternation of high cliffs, flat coasts, fairytale bays: Cala Cinque Denti , Dietro l’Isola , Balata dei Turchi , and Cala Levantethe star of the island, characterized by the rocky silhouettes of the Arco dell’Elefante and the Faraglione, gigantic natural sculptures. And then there is the hinterland. Surprisingly green, it reveals its peasant soul devoted to the terraced cultivation of the precious Dop capers of Pantelleria and the zibibbo grape, from which the famous Passito di Pantelleria is produced , the amber nectar of which it is proud. In the interior, between infinite expanses of dry stone walls and vineyards with sapling vines, recognized by Unesco as an Intangible Heritage of Humanity, the profile of the Montagna Grande rises.covered with dense pine and conifer woods. Furrowed by trekking paths, with the air that smells of resin, mastic, myrtle, oregano, it is the ideal and cool refuge on the hottest days. Not to be missed.
  2. Tropea – Calabria . The words of Livia Hengel, correspondent from Italy for Forbes: Built on a rock, overlooking the crystal clear sea of ​​the Tyrrhenian Sea and considered the Pearl of the Costa degli Dei , Tropea is certainly one of the most fascinating seaside resorts in Italy. The coast bordered by fine sandy beaches is interrupted by the islet on which the Sanctuary of Santa Maria dell’Isola stands, a pilgrimage destination. In addition to its natural beauty, Tropea is also famous for its gastronomic excellence, for example the Red Onion of Tropea PGI, which adds a touch of beauty and flavor to any typical dish, such as Fileja alla Tropeana, a handmade pasta with a vegetable-based sauce. To be enjoyed at the La Lamia restaurant, located in one of the most secret and evocative courtyards of Tropea.
  3. Parma – Emilia Romagna . The words of Silvia Ugolotti, freelance tourism journalist: The Romanesque heart and the true soul. Verdi and culatello. For everyone, the petite capital with a haughty and slightly snobbish air. A soft vanity that fades into the sincere smile of its people. Provincial people with a sensual and creative character who choose both between good food and love. Dreamed by Proust, told by Bertolucci, among the younger sisters of Italy she is at the top of the list for charm and quality of life. Convivial and creative, one eye on tradition and the other on lightness. A small city with a great charm, where every square is a living room, the long Parma, an overture on the water. Food has always been culture, unconditional love. Capital of the Food Valleyand now also Creative City for Gastronomy according to Unesco, its typical products protected by quality brands are among the most appreciated in the world. Intense, robust, reliable, as Alberto Savinio wrote in 1939, “ Parmigiano Reggiano represents, among cheeses, what the double bass is in the family of instruments”. And raw ham , Felino salami and Zibello culatello : it is easy, almost necessary, to indulge in the pleasures of good food together with the idleness of true flaneurs while walking slowly among artistic and cultural interludes.
  4. Maremma – Tuscany . The words of Erica Firpo, correspondent from Italy for several American newspapers: My advice is undoubtedly the Maremma, with its kilometers of coastline bordered by vineyards, rural farms and medieval villages. The sea is very clean – many places awarded with the coveted Blue Flag – and near the beaches you will always find delicious restaurants and well-equipped establishments for a regenerating swim in the crystal clear waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea. And then there are the cities, so full of medieval fortresses, castles and towers, for a real dip in history. Maremma is renowned all over the world for its food and wine tradition: follow the paths indicated by the three Wine and Flavors Roads , to taste the iconicSuper Tuscan, Morellino and Vermentino combined with typical products. You will be spoiled for choice: from beef to cheese, from pasta to delicious extra virgin olive oil. And if you are lucky you can come face to face with a real buttero.
  5. Monferrato – Piedmont . The words of Laura Giannatempo, freelance journalist and founder of ViaVaiTravel: When everything will return to normal, and we will have the freedom to travel again, my advice is to rediscover unusual places in our beautiful country, off the best known routes. For example, there is a part of northern Italy often overlooked by the classic tourist itineraries and that is Monferrato. More precisely, Alto Monferrato, in southern Piedmont, so called because it is close to the Apennines. Already recognized by wine lovers for the Barbera d’Asti DOC , Monferrato has recently obtained the DOCG for the Barbera Nizza Monferrato. The landscapes are the classic ones of the Piedmontese Wine Country: green hills, beautiful medieval castles and small villages rich in history and ancient traditions. Not to mention the delicious dishes based on veal with tuna sauce, agnolotti, boiled meats and other excellences of the typical cuisine. The advantage of visiting this area is certainly that of finding fewer tourists than the neighboring Langhe. To sleep there is Villa La Madonna , a delightful boutique hotel with country chic furnishings with a quality restaurant, vineyards and cellar, swimming pool and large open spaces with panoramic views of the Bormida Valley. For lovers of good food there is also the Enoteca Canelli , with its creative interpretation of Piedmontese dishes, always faithful to the authenticity of the territory. Finally the cellars: Olim Baudafor the excellent Nizza DOCG and Michele Chiarlo with his Art Park La Court on the estate in Castelnuovo Calcea (outdoor works of art by Emanuele Luzzati, Ugo Nespolo, Giancarlo Ferraris and Chris Bangle).
  6. Valle d’Itria – Puglia . The words of Stefano Paleari and Riccardo Casiraghi of Gnambox: We deeply love Puglia, at any time of the year. It is undoubtedly the Italian region that most makes us feel at home. It will be the colors, the flavors or perhaps the beauty of its territory. We especially like to discover the hinterland, such as the Itria Valley, our refuge of the heart. As soon as we arrive here, a walk by the sea is never missing, to taste the delicious raw fish. Our favorite places are Alba Chiara in Savelletri, here the service is “good” and of excellent quality, while for a dream dinner we always go to Masseria Moroseta to taste the irresistible creations of Giorgia Eugenia Goggi.
  7. Val di Fassa – Trentino . The words of Virginia Simoni, Ragoutfood travel and food blogger: I always recommend a trip to Val di Fassa, in Trentino, because in addition to the incredible beauty of its mountains, the area also boasts a gastronomic culture of excellence. Within a few kilometers you will find several starred restaurants, not to mention the huts and farmhouses that offer local products of the highest quality. For example El Mas is one of my favorite places for a typical dinner. A fundamental event, to get to know the food and wine culture of the Val di Fassa, is the Festival del Puzzone di Moena DOP , the typical cheese. A colorful and cheerful traditional costume party that takes place in the first week of September, in which theDesmoteada , the descent of the herds from the high altitude pastures to the stables located in the valley. And then, for those looking for that perfect balance between nature, good food and relaxation, I recommend the spa of Pozza di Fassa , one of the largest and most evocative in Trentino.
  8. Grazzano Visconti – Emilia Romagna. The words of Guido Taroni, photographer: The romantic story linked to Grazzano Visconti could be the perfect subject for a book or a film. In the early 1900s, Giuseppe Visconti di Modrone and Carla Erbathey inherited the fifteenth-century Castle of Anguissola, in the province of Piacenza, which needed heavy restoration work. The young couple, enterprising and brilliant, thought it best to build an entire village around it, with shops and a school of arts and crafts. The goal was to create a suitable setting for the majestic courtyard of the castle, but also to give work to many young people. The village is characterized by frescoes, sculptures, crenellated towers, fountains and balconies while the streets and squares bear the names of the members of the family. The wonderful festivals of the past, which animated the whole town, already at the time attracted many tourists intrigued by the costume parades (cloth costumes designed by Giuseppe and Carla Visconti) and by the handcrafted creations in wood and iron for which Grazzano became famous. Coming here is a blast from the past, in an extraordinary “little world”, the result of two eclectic minds of that time. I recommend Grazzano because I am very attached to family stories and the episodes that revolve around them, Giuseppe and Carla were my great-grandparents. Finally, I would like to point out, right in the heart of the village, the restaurantBiscione to savor the local gastronomic specialties: tortelli, pisarei, faso, panzerotti, typical Piacenza cold cuts and roast coppa . All accompanied by Ex Fabrica beer produced in an ancient canning factory, following the famous Reinheitsgebot (law active since 1516), a worldwide synonym of quality that involves the use of only four ingredients: water, malt, hops and yeast.
  9. Prosecco Hills – Veneto . The words of Viola and Vera Arrivabene, founders and designers of ViBi Venezia: Our place of the heart is among the magical Prosecco Hills, in Veneto. Among these valleys, with their tapestries of vineyards, is the tavern Al Castelletto di Clementina Viezzer . Clemi is for us like a second grandmother: she entered our family as a nanny of dad and our aunts, in 1977 she decided to open her tavern, between Soligo and Follina. The territory is magical, we are in the heart of the Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOCG, a beauty that is now recognized and protected by Unesco. Taking a break at Clemi’s is like eating at home, here you will really find the best cuisine imaginable, in a warm environment with a genuinely family atmosphere.
  10. South-eastern Sicily . The words of Ludovico Bonaccorsi, founder of LùBar: The south-eastern part of Sicily is perhaps one of the most fascinating and evocative areas of the whole island. In  the golden triangle of Sicilian Baroque – between the provinces of Ragusa and Syracuse – in addition to the jewel villages such as Noto, Modica, Scicli and Ragusa Ibla you will find beaches of fine sand and crystalline sea, an inland embroidered by the white of the dry stone walls and ‘ Oasi di Vendicari , a natural reserve of unparalleled beauty, where you can regenerate body and soul. Not to mention the kitchen. My favorite places are two: the  La Cialoma tavern by Lina Campisi, belonging to a historic family of rais and tonnaroti, the first restaurant opened on the square of the seaside village of Marzamemi; and then  I Rizzari  in Brucoli, for its sea view tables and excellent fish dishes.
  11. Ponza – Lazio . The words of Andrea P. Mc Leod, Media, sponsor & PR manager: A fixed stop of my summer holidays, the island of Ponza is a southern Bourbon enclave in central Italy, where you can still breathe an authentic Mediterranean atmosphere and lives in function of the turquoise sea. The typical Ponza day is punctuated by comfortable but never lazy rhythms, on foot or by moped (I like to explore the wildest and most hidden part of the island), by boat trips to the many coves up to the nearby island of Palmarola (whose sea is among the most beautiful in the Mediterranean), from friselle and good local white wine, the Fieno di Ponza, endless chats with friends in the port at sunset and lots of local homemade cuisine enriched by the fresh catch of the day and the best desserts of the Neapolitan tradition. When I go I always stay at the Grand Hotel Chiaia di Luna of the Stile family, where you can eat divinely. I also appreciate the starred cuisine of Acqua Pazza while outside the village there are the more rustic A Casa di Assunta and Il Tramonto. The inhabitants of the island are very devoted to San Silverio, to which they dedicate celebrations and processions by sea and by land in the month of June. I also entrust my prayers and my best wishes to San Silverio for the end of this difficult period for everyone, hoping to soon be able to return to normal life and to travel in freedom. Maybe just in Ponza as the first destination.
  12. Gaiole in Chianti and Maremma – Tuscany . The words of Alessandro Grassi, PR expert in luxury hospitality: My favorite destinations all have a taste of home and are located in the southern part of Tuscany, between the last slopes of the Chianti Classico with a view to Siena and the southern Maremma coast, the real one, where Nature is still sovereign. Near Gaiole, the village of Castello di Amais a magical place – suspended in time and on the surrounding landscape, which seems to come out of a fresco by Paolo Uccello – where excellent wines, great contemporary art and hospitality come together in a unique way, to make it an essential destination for those who want to savor the best of Italy. For some years now, five suites in the manor Villa Ricucci and the Ristoro di Ama have welcomed guests, allowing them to stay and taste the authentic recipes of the Sienese gastronomic tradition, in an environment of great authenticity. The large spaces will also allow compliance with the distancing measures imposed by the new decrees, without sacrificing experience. In the Maremma, on the other hand, my favorite “buen retiro” is in Sticciano Scalo, a cluster of houses around the railway station of the medieval village that stands out on the hills, in view of the sea of ​​Castiglion della Pescaia. Nearby, two young Milanese sisters, Margherita and Beatrice Ramella and their Argentine husbands, have patiently restored and opened La Pescaia Resort for four years ., what for me is the essence of rural Maremma. A harsh and still archaic land but interpreted with great elegance and with a beautiful philological recovery of the estate – once belonging to the family of Pia de’Tolomei (“Siena mi fè, undo Maremma … Purgatorio V, 130-136 ) – and of its deep agricultural soul, still active today for the production of wheat, oil, meat. And where one of the best equipped equestrian centers in southern Tuscany is located. In the nineteenth-century Villa Tolomei , the home cooking – made with strictly local ingredients and managed by the hosts – is the real protagonist and the experience of intimate dinners, in the rooms or in front of the fireplace, make it a truly precious place.
  13. Costa Smeralda – Sardinia . The words of Raffaella Manca, PR specialized in tourism: I can only recommend my beloved Sardinia, a wonderful island even in low season: the beautiful days last until the end of October, often even in November. An ideal climate to enjoy deserted beaches and to discover the interior of the island and its traditions. I suggest a tour that from Olbia (a city that is experiencing its Renaissance also in terms of gastronomic offer) leads to “my” Costa Smeralda: I define it this way because it goes beyond the usual tours and its geographical borders, passes through the alleys of Porto Rotondo (I recommend a gourmet stop at Marinella, the restaurant of the Hotel Abi d’Oru, for a barefoot lunch on the beach), arrives at the Promenade du Port in Porto Cervo (where you can find art galleries, murals by international artists and the coolest clubs such as Frades and Zamira Lounge , my favorites), and ends with a visit to the villages of Alta Gallura . I love Luogosanto. Along the way there are some of the most popular wineries on the island, where Vermentino reigns supreme. For those who love hotels with charm and excellent cuisine, there is the Petra Segreta Resort & Spa , on the hills of San Pantaleo, the town of artists, loved for its artisan shops and the Thursday market. Suites with private pools are a luxury that must be indulged at least once in a lifetime.
  14. Amalfi Coast – Campania . The words of Anna Barbon, PR specialized in tourism and wine: There is a stretch of coast where sky and sea blend together, staging one of the most beautiful shows in Italy. It is the Amalfi Coast, a wonderful area located south of the Sorrento peninsula, overlooking the Gulf of Salerno, bordered to the west by Positano and to the east by Vietri sul Mare. Here each country is a world unto itself, each rock has a tradition to pass down. Positano, Amalfi, Ravello, Vietrithey are unique places for beauty, art, culture and hospitality. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Amalfi Coast is known throughout the world for the naturalistic beauty of its landscapes and for the famous food and wine tradition. And it is precisely here that a magical place is hidden, overlooking the sea, set in the suggestive setting of Positano. Its name is La Serra of the Hotel Le Agavi in Positano, an unmissable gourmet address for those visiting this enchanted corner of the coast. The restaurant reflects the commitment of the Capilongo family in the daily pursuit of excellence. The dishes of chef Luigi Tramontano– Michelin star since 2018 – surprise for their skilful blend of the flavors of the territory and the reinterpretation of traditional recipes. A piece of paradise that summarizes in the dish the best of this land of timeless charm.
  15. Ostuni and Terre di Bari – Puglia . The words of Giuseppe Ceccarelli, PR specialized in tourism: The stretch of Puglia between Monopoli and Ostuni is a real oasis of beauty, both from a landscape and cultural point of view. You can enjoy the uniqueness of magical places such as Ostuni , called the white city, and the Natural Park of the coastal dunes , to be discovered by bicycle to fully appreciate the nature and archaeological finds of the area. My recommendation is the Canne Bianche hotelin Torre Canne (Fasano): authentic family atmosphere with all the services of a 5-star resort, suspended between the countryside and direct access to the sea. For those looking for the best in terms of privacy and tranquility, there are rooms with a small private pool. And again, the SPA (many treatments can also be done in the room) and the restaurant where you can taste the authentic Apulian cuisine. Mrs Lena will teach you how to make panzerotti. My favorite place, however, is located in Alberobello and is called Terra Madre , a very small vegetarian restaurant that uses only the products of the own garden, indeed it is possible to eat right in the middle of their garden.

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