We know that the world is on quarantine right now, like us here in Italy, but we think that this should stop from dreaming of all the places you would like to visit or live in. And we know that Italy is still on the bucket list of many amongst you.

But where in Italy?

Everybody wants to visit the great cities like Rome, Venice and Florence but there are many off-the-beaten-track small towns that are worth a visit and where you can avoid mass tourism.

AARP, the American Association of Retired Persons, has recently selected 5 places that could be your next destination for their uniqueness, character alleys, distinctive art and delicious food, but also because they are beyond the tourist hubs.

So don’t give up on your Italian dream and when everything’s gonna be alright, don’t forget this list of perfect locations. Find out why.

Bolzano and Parma

Both were awarded among the greenest Italian towns.
Bolzano is home of Ötzi, the Iceman and this is enough to entice a visit but you could also appreciate the pastel coloured houses with bay windows. What is more, its surroundings are a paradise for ski lovers and hiking aficionados.

Parma is the perfect combination of great food and stunning art. It abounds in gastronomical treasures while the Cathedral and the Teatro Regio are simply striking.

Ascoli Piceno

Ascoli Piceno

Set in an ideal position, not far from the Adriatic coast and the mountains, it is known as the ‘city of the 100 towers’ and it’s famous for its enchanting ‘piazzas’.
It becomes really magical during Christmas time when the lights decorate the historic centre.
You can’t go away without trying its most famous specialties like ‘olive all’ascolana’ (meat-stuffed fried olives).


Small, neat and welcoming, Orvieto is a destination not-to-be-missed for those who want to enjoy peaceful strolls surrounded by such magnificent Renaissance art. In fact this lovely hilltop town is the perfect place to avoid tourist crowds!
You can take the funicular up to the heart of the historic centre and start your path from the fortress where you can enjoy a spectacular view of the surroundings. Then head to the amazing Dome and the incredible underground crypts.

Greve in Chianti

If you have ever dreamed of visiting Chianti region, you can’t miss its ‘capital’! Coming from Florence, you will be welcomed by endless expanses of vineyards and then arriving into the village you will breathe the typical atmosphere of the old hamlets where times goes slow and invites you to slow down and relax to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the place. It is livened up by restaurants, wine bars and shops with handmade products.

Add them to your bucket list to come and see them all as soon as the emergency is over.