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  1. Mike Hinshaw
    August 5, 2018 @ 11:33 pm

    If you haven’t been, you need to see the Aeolian Islands off of Sicily. Lipari itself is worth the boat ferry ride over, much less the other islands! Truly they are gorgeous and have fabulous food! I highly recommend visiting the islands! Ciao!

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    • dankiteski
      August 15, 2018 @ 4:12 pm

      Thank you for your comment Mike. These are some lovely suggestions too that can be added to this list! I might visit them soon as I was planning a trip to Sicily in the upcoming months.

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  2. Nadine
    August 30, 2018 @ 3:43 pm

    I love Italy, its been too long. YOu inspire me to return. The best parts of italy are undoubtedly the bits that no one knows.. thanks for giving some tips.

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    • dankiteski
      September 4, 2018 @ 10:01 am

      Thank you for your comment, Nadine. I’m glad it inspired you to visit again 😀

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  3. Chris
    August 31, 2018 @ 7:03 am

    Those are some really different and beautiful places to go visit, when I finally get round to Italy I’m going to try look some up! Especially the Civita di Bagnoregio, I love isolated cities and exploring them. It would help if you added more information on how to reach each place 🙂 But thanks for the share.

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  4. Katerina
    August 31, 2018 @ 6:44 pm

    The most wonderful thing with Italy is that the hidden gems never end! And you shared some of them with us! 🙂

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    • dankiteski
      September 4, 2018 @ 10:03 am

      Indeed, Katerina. One great thing about Italy is that despite the constantly increasing number of tourists every year, you can still find peaceful places that fall off the beaten track

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  5. Suvarna
    September 2, 2018 @ 1:28 pm

    I certainly did not know that these places existed. Thank you for putting this together. Really enjoyed getting to know a different side of Italy

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    • dankiteski
      September 4, 2018 @ 10:04 am

      Thank you, Suvarna. I’m glad you learned about some new places from this article 🙂

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  6. Rachel Gabrielle
    September 20, 2018 @ 1:00 pm

    This post is epic. I was just in Italy and rented a car and explored “off the beaten path.” There are just so many places in Italy to see and explore. I haven’t heard of most of these, but definitely want to now. How did you discover all of these?
    Thanks for sharing and please keep posting gems like this!

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    • dankiteski
      September 23, 2018 @ 9:37 pm

      Thank you for your comment, Rachel. Italy indeed has a lot of hidden gems. And as for your question, I discovered most of these by talking to locals :).

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  7. Paul
    September 21, 2018 @ 10:52 am

    This is a great list, well done. When I saw it I was expecting the usual run-of-the-mill things to do in Italy, but you have actually discovered some hidden gems. Castelluccio looks fantastic and I love the idea of visiting an isolated town with only 14 residents! And the beach at Sun Fruttuosa would be so welcome after trekking 2-3 hours to get there! What a find, thanks for sharing.

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    • dankiteski
      September 23, 2018 @ 9:39 pm

      Thank you for your comment, Paul. I’m really glad to hear you could discover some new hidden gems from Italy in this article.

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  8. Medha Verma
    September 21, 2018 @ 3:22 pm

    Oh I have not been to any of these places in Italy – just the usual touristy ones. San Fruttuosa looks particularly gorgeous, love the coastline. Also, Lecce’s streets almost remind me of Mykonos in Greece and Matera looks really unique as compared to most places you’d see in Italy. Love this post about off beat places to visit in Italy – there is so much to see and do in that country!

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    • dankiteski
      September 23, 2018 @ 9:42 pm

      Thank you for your comment Medha. You should definitely consider getting off-the-beaten-track, Medha.

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  9. Annick
    September 22, 2018 @ 4:42 am

    I’d never heard of any of these small towns in Italy and they all look gorgeous! Civita de Bagniregio is so tiny and hard to get to. Did you feel like the inhabitants minded having tourists around? Or chasing waterfalls at the Marmore Falls. And I can see why Matera has a UNESCO designation! Outstanding list!

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    • dankiteski
      September 23, 2018 @ 9:44 pm

      Thank you for your comment, Annick. The locals in Civita are actually very welcoming. Maybe because they don’t get too many tourists (yet) 🙂

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  10. Kavita Favelle
    September 22, 2018 @ 4:25 pm

    I’ve only been to one of these (Ravello) and I’m really excited to plan visits to the rest, each one looks utterly gorgeous, and there’s several I hadn’t heard about like Pantelleria and San Fruttuosa!

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    • dankiteski
      September 23, 2018 @ 9:45 pm

      I’m glad to hear you could find a few new suggestions for traveling to Italy, Kavita. Thank you for your comment.

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  11. Sinjana Ghosh
    September 22, 2018 @ 6:25 pm

    This is an amazing list. It has everything -histotical sites forts, beaches, waterfalls.i didn’t know about any of these places

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    • dankiteski
      September 23, 2018 @ 9:45 pm

      Thank you for commenting, Sinjana. I’m really happy to hear you liked the article.

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  12. Clarice Lao / Camping for Women
    September 24, 2018 @ 5:55 pm

    I have a lot of good memories at Lecce. We actually had our honeymoon in Italy and we made sure to visit this little town. The architecture was just magnificent and a must-see. It was not touristy but definitely worth visiting.

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    • dankiteski
      September 26, 2018 @ 3:38 pm

      Definitely, Clarice. Lecce is arguably the most underrated city in Italy in my opinion

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  13. Val
    September 25, 2018 @ 7:28 am

    Definitely an interesting article for an Italian to read 🙂 You’ve put together a good selection of beautiful places although some are not so off the beaten track anymore (unfortunately). I feel so lucky to call Italy my country 🙂

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    • dankiteski
      September 26, 2018 @ 3:45 pm

      Thanks, Val. I’m glad to hear that. It means a lot coming from a local 🙂

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  14. Yukti
    October 26, 2018 @ 4:52 pm

    I always love offbeat places and thanks for sharing the hidden gems of Italy. These places are not overcrowded as not many people know about it and stunning too. I am adding all these to my Italy tour list. Trieste first looked like Venice to me, but then I figured out that it is a different place on Slovenian border. Matera looks very interesting and I want to wander here to see one of the oldest civilization sites.

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    • dankiteski
      October 28, 2018 @ 3:20 pm

      Thank you, Yukti, I’m glad you could get some useful suggestions for your next trip. I hope you get the chance to visit some of these soon 🙂

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  15. Danielle
    November 1, 2018 @ 9:56 pm

    Lovely post! The photos are beautiful. I can’t get over how difficult it is to get to some of these places.. must make them that much more special. Definitely makes me want to book another trip to Italy.

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    • dankiteski
      November 2, 2018 @ 11:17 am

      Thank you, Danielle! I’m really happy to hear you enjoyed the post. I hope you get back to Italy someday and explore some of these places.

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