A couple of months back I wrote this post on 10 Charming Small Towns in Italy. I loved all your suggestions and comments on it and would like to add a few more to the ever expanding list.
The glass making island Murano is often overshadowed by its colourful neighbor Burano. Murano is equally quaint and charming with its beautiful bridges and towers. It’s hard to miss the glass shops selling chandeliers, souvenirs and jewelry. Everything is so exquisite (and expensive) but no one charges to window shop you know….
The noise of the busy cities sometimes gets to me and Fiesole is the perfect break I needed in Florence. It is a mere 20 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Florence and is a typical small Italian town with laid back vibe, narrow alleys and beautiful cafes.
A 5 minutes train ride from Polignano a mare is the town of Monopoli. It has a huge harbour and a very authentic local vibe. Even though the historic centre finishes as soon as one reaches, the town is very peaceful for a quick day trip. There is a stunning cathedral and a recently restored castle as well.
Another beautiful town, Gallipoli deserves attention and is a perfect day trip from Lecce. Pugliese produce such as sandals, wine and olive oil are neatly stacked in shops for tourists and the smell of freshly baked pasta fills the streets. The sea is warm and inviting.
One of my favorite towns in Umbria and such an easy day trip from Rome, Orvieto is a gem. It is famous for its magnificent Duomo and Orvieto Classico wine. It has a small bell tower from where you can get sweeping views of the Umbrian countryside and an underground city that goes back to the Etruscans.
I hope you enjoyed this handy list!
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