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A Quieter Italy

Looking to get away from the noise of cities like Venice and Rome? Looking to spend time in a quieter Italy? We have EXACTLY what you need!

Most people think of Italy as lively, loud and crowded.

The Italy of big cities and busy towns is often like that and, while I love the energy and excitement, my family and I sometimes feel we need a break.

Thankfully Italy is full of wonderful escapes. Where the waterfall of thoughts in my head slows to a gentle trickle.

After a week of unwinding in this peaceful Italy I come away invigorated, filled with enthusiasm and eager to tackle the crazy world we all live in.

So where should you head? These are my recommendations:

The Dolomites

Dolomites, Italy

To completely relax I stay in a little town called Alleghe. I use it as a base to head out on the many nearby hiking trails in the surrounding mountains. Many of them start from Alleghe and many other famous ones, like the hike to Lago di Sorapis, are within an hour's drive.

When to Visit?

I prefer visiting in summer for a number of reasons:

  1. The cool crisp mountain air provides a welcome escape from the heat and humidity of Italian cities in summer.
  2. In winter the skiing crowds arrive. The quiet calm and sense of peace is lost. 
  3. Many of the walks are really only possible in summer.

The Langhe

Neive, Piedmont, Italy

A dreamy landscape of rolling hills, bedecked with vineyards and dotted with tiny villages.

End the day sipping a glass of Barolo, while watching the sun set behind a thousand golden hills and distant mountain spires. Where do I do that? These are my recommendations. 


Villa in Tuscany

Spending a week walking the country lanes of Tuscany: picnicking in fields of sunflowers, following cypress trees into medieval hilltop villages and ending each day with a sumptuous feast in a Tuscan villa. 

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