The 5 most weird and wonderful sightseeing holidays in Italy
If you are planning a sightseeing holiday in Italy with a difference, why not take a trip to five of the most weird and wonderful destinations in this stunning country:
Cremona, in the Lombardy region of northern Italy, is famous for its production of high-quality violins. Cremona has a compact historic centre with the top monuments grouped around its central square. The 13th-century clock tower, over 100 metres tall, is Europe’s second tallest brick tower and is a great place for views of Cremona and the surrounding countryside. Piazza S Behind the cathedral and baptistery is a large square, the Piazza Antonio Maria Zaccaria that was the site of the fish market and salt warehouse. On this square is the Bishop’s Palace, completed in 1817.
Favignana is the largest and most important of the Egadi Islands, three islands off the western coast of Sicily. Weird and wonderful Favignana has good, frequent ferry connections with the other islands and with Trapani; the proximity of Trapani Airport makes the island remarkably accessible from the rest of Europe. This easy access hasn’t – yet – spoiled the island, which is a fairly low-key destination most visited by Italian holiday-makers. Although there are tourist amenities, the island’s character seems little-altered, and travellers who come here are happy to fit in with the leisurely island way of life.
If you are looking for a weird and wonderful sightseeing holiday in Italy, Matera is one of the most interesting, unusual and memorable tourist destinations. In the remote southern region of Basilicata (also called Lucania), still little-visited by foreign travellers, it is a town famous for its extensive cave-dwelling districts. Curious visitors can stay in caves, wander the lanes alongside the picturesque cave-filled cliffs, and learn the history of this fascinating place.
A few rather more well-to-do residents moved back and renovated old cave houses. In 1993 the town was made a UNESCO World Heritage site for being “the most outstanding, intact example of a troglodyte settlement in the Mediterranean region, perfectly adapted to its terrain and ecosystem”.
Alberobello, in the region of Puglia in southern Italy, is a strange and picturesque destination which is becoming an important fixture on the travel itineraries of tour operators as well as independent travellers. The small town has been made a UNESCO World Heritage site for its unusual districts of trulli, the characteristic white-washed conical-roofed houses of the area. It makes an interesting day-trip destination or a pleasant base for a few days – especially if you stay in a trullo of your very own.
A trullo is a small dwelling built from the local limestone, with dry-stone walls and a characteristic conical roof. It is a traditional and simple type of structure which you’ll see dotted around this part of Puglia, sometimes in its most basic form used as a kind of shed among the olive groves.
If you are planning a weird and wonderful sightseeing holiday in Italy, why not book tours and excursions before you travel to make the most of your stay.