Every country has its don't-miss destinations. And Italy is no exception. Rome is a life-lister, but there are many other worthy locales. Check out our top picks for your next Italy vacation.
By Sharon McDonnell
Beauty, art, food, wine, ravishing landscapes, and fashion: Italy seems dedicated to enjoying the good life. But why restrict yourself to Rome, Venice, and Florence—magnificent as they are—when so many other fascinating towns beckon? Here's our guide to ten of Italy's must-see gems.
8. PugliaPuglia is full of discoveries: whitewashed towns with a Greek Cycladic "island look" such as Ostuni and Polignano a Mare; Adriatic and Ionian seacoasts where northern Italians go to the beach; endless vineyards and olive groves that have earned this state in the south a reputation as the new Tuscany; and adorably odd cone-shaped houses called trulli, in and near Alberobello, that look like their inhabitants might be gnomes. For a truly authentic experience, stay in a farmhouse-turned-boutique hotel on a large estate such as Masseria Montelauro or Masseria Marzalossa, explore castles and see Byzantine-style mosaics that reflect the centuries-old influence of nearby Greece and Turkey, and savor a wine, prosciutto, and cheese tasting at a winery like Santi Dimitri in Galatina.