2024 is a candidate year of travel, thanks to the numerous bridges, we have the possibility to organize weekends and excursions outside the city to discover the Bel Paese.
We have collected one list of suggestions to get back on track to unusual destinations, must-see destinations, fun experiences and places where you can rediscover contact with nature that theItaly continue to offer us.
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1. The Circumetnea – Etna Railway
A spectacular and little-known way to discover Etna is to ride the train Circumetnea.
It is a 110km private railway that traverses the base of the volcano through fertile soils and lava formations for an evocative and unique journey.
We start from the town of Giarre, stop in Taormina and climb towards the medieval village of Randazzo. The journey can take up to 5 hours in the characteristic carriage that passes through unique scenarios and lunar landscapes, peanut and citrus plantations, cacti and old abandoned stations along a path of petrified lava.
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2. Arte Sella – Borgo Valsugana
In the enchanting mountain landscape of Trentino, along the forest road on the southern slope of Monte Armentera (municipality of Borgo Valsugana) there is an open-air museum where the works of local artists combine with the beauty of the natural landscape.
Everything is made from natural materials of the area, such as logs, branches and stones, and sometimes the work is grafted with live plants and trees to combine art and nature.
The small island of the Pontian archipelago is a place of rocks, beaches and nature where you can relax and enjoy the Tyrrhenian Sea without the stress of a seaside resort full of cars and tourism.
Once home to a prison, today it is a colorful and exclusive place for relaxing beach holidays.
Here, in addition to secluded bays bathed by a blue sea, you can also visit various archaeological sites that bear witness to ancient Roman civilization, such as the Historical Archaeological Museum, the Bourbon Tower, Villa Giulia and Santo Stefano.
One of the treasures kept in Basilicata and the entire Tyrrhenian coast is called Maratea.
Nestled in the bay of Polykastro and overlooking the sea, the small town of Loukanio is full of beaches and rocky landscapes colored by the blue waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea and the green of the Mediterranean bushes.
The wonderful beaches and the ancient village rising above a rocky wave with its gates, alleys and ancient buildings offer unique and characteristic atmospheres. Watching over everything stands the iconic ‘Christ of Maratea’, the Statue of the Redeemer dominating the landscape from the top of Monte San Biagio.
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5. Gran Paradiso National Park
The Gran Paradiso National Park is one of the places that best sums up the beauty of the Italian mountains.
Located half in the Aosta Valley and the other in Piedmont in an area of more than 70,000 hectares, it incorporates alpine landscapes of rare beauty, majestic mountains, lakes and a rich alpine flora and fauna, such as the magnificent wild goats, the real lords of the place.
The Gran Paradiso National Park is also an ideal destination for hikers with hundreds of trails criss-crossing the park’s valleys, which you can explore on foot in the summer or on snowshoes in the winter when the trails are covered in snow.
If the gentle Tuscan countryside is on every travel bucket list, traversing it along the stages of the Chianti road is one way to double the enjoyment of the visit.
The Chianti region is famous throughout the world for the production of fine red wine, which has now become an exceptional Made in Italy product.
To discover it better, you can go up the road that connects Siena to Florence in the Chiantigiana region along 40 kilometers with medieval villages such as Greve in Chianti, Pranzano, Pieve di San Leolino, Castellina, small churches, panoramic landscapes, hills, olives and vineyards and stop at wineries and taverns, restaurants, farms to taste the best local food and wine specialties.
7. Skyway Mont Blanc
To watch 2024 from above, nothing better than the panoramic terrace at 3466 meters above sea level on Mont Blanc, consisting of a huge panoramic window and an incredible 360° circular terrace, 14 meters in diameter and a unique view of the world .
To get there just go up to Skyway Mont Blanca modern cable car that leaves Courmayeur stops at the Pavillon du Mont Fréty where you can visit a high-altitude botanical garden, eat at two restaurants and go shopping before heading back to the final station of Pointe Helbronner in the heart of the Mont Blanc massif.
8. Carloforte – San Pietro Island
Carloforte is a small corner of Liguria on the southwest coast of Sardinia, the only inhabited center on the wonderful island of San Pietro, an ancient Genoese colony since the 18th century.
The municipality of Carloforte is an elegant and graceful place full of ancient buildings, cozy cafes and cobbled streets. In the island’s evocative terrain there are kilometers of rocky coast washed by the crystal clear Sardinian sea, sea caves, small hidden bays and natural pools ideal for diving.
To visit in Carloforte there are still the ancient structures where the tuna was processed following the traditional traps carried out in this location.
9. Bernina Red Train
In Lombardy there is a way to recapture the taste of a slow and panoramic journey through natural beauty and alpine villages, it is the Bernina Red Train.
To sit in one of its red wagons, which in summer are also convertible to enjoy contact with nature in the countryside, is to let yourself travel between Italy and Swiss discovering some of the most beautiful places in the Alps, such as the Valtellina vineyards, the Bernina and Morteratsch glaciers and evocative mountain towns such as Tirano, Campocologno and Campascio.
10. Hike on the former Spoleto-Norcia railway
Staying on the hidden lines that cross Italy’s evocative natural landscapes, we arrive, between Spoleto and Norcia, along the route of a disused railway line.
It is a panoramic route to be traveled on foot or by bike inside Valnerina between mountain gorges and tunnels with the river Nera flowing alongside the routes that point the way between the countryside and the rocky mountains with great visual impact but also ancient villages, abandoned villages and abbeys and places such as Spoleto, Ferentillo, Umbrio and the monastery of San Pietro a Valle.
11. Aveto Park
Inland of Tigullio, in one of the most beautiful areas of the Ligurian Apennines, there is one of the most important and least known places in Liguria: the Aveto Natural Park and the three surrounding valleys: Val d’Aveto, Valle Sturla and Val Graveglia .
3,000 acres of protected area containing high mountain landscapes, pastures, chestnut and beech forests, hazelnut groves, picturesque lakes, vegetable gardens and olive groves.
Here nature lovers can admire the unspoiled landscapes of the place and carry out various activities immersed in nature, such as: mushroom picking, cycling on a 10 km route that reaches the Rifugio Faggio dei Tre Comuni, at 1400 meters above the surface of sea and definitely observe the wild nature. horses moving freely in their natural environment.
12. San Daniele
No country in the world knows how to combine ancient history and the tradition of food and wine better than Italy; one of the most successful examples of this happy union can be found in the Friulian territory on the outskirts of Udine with the small hill town San Daniele. , the home of ham excellence loved around the world, and the surrounding area dotted with medieval castles.
On a route of about 100 km to discover ancient flavors and atmospheres, you travel on a road that passes by mansions, hills, fortresses and historic villages such as Arcano Superiore, Cassacco, Ragogna, Susans, Villalta and gourmet shops for unforgettable tastings.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Italy’s largest national parks with approximately 181,000 hectares, Cilento Park is a triumph of natural landscapes, biodiversity and ancient testimonies of Magna Graecia.
Located in the southern part of Campania between the Tyrrhenian coast and the Campanian-Lucan Apennines, it allows you to explore wonders of historical art, such as the ruins of the Greek colonies of Paestum or the magnificent Certosa di Padula among a huge variety of protected animals. and plant species such as the golden eagle and approximately three thousand botanical species such as olive trees, oaks, maples and chestnuts, beeches, birches and white firs.
55 km of coastline, fine golden sand, coves and headlands plunging into a crystal clear sea, lush vegetation and many small villages overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea or perched on hills, this is the coast of the Gods, the part of the coast that delimits the so-called horn of Calabria, in the southern part of the region.
Places such as Pìzzo Càlabro, Briàtico, Zambròne, Parghèlia, Vibo Marina, Joppolo, Nicòtera and in particular Tropea and Capo Vaticano offer seascapes of great appeal, villages to experience and hinterlands to rediscover.
Five small unspoiled islands that are part of a protected marine reserve in the Adriatic Sea at the height of the Gargano Peninsula make up the wonderful archipelago of the Tremiti Islands: a natural diving paradise.
The green island of San Domino, the largest of the archipelago, the uninhabited Caprara and the island of San Nicola are surrounded by the protected waters of the Gargano National Park with seabeds rich in marine vegetation and colorful fish species that make them ideal for spectacular underwater sessions.
Turquoise waters, rock formations and sea caves, among which the beautiful Purple Cave stands out, is the ideal destination for sports “immersed” in a pristine and impressive seascape.