Italy is a dream vacation destination for many families. However, so many people choose to spend all their time in cities like Rome, Florence, Venice, and Milan. For some reason, they skip over the small towns in Italy. I am not sure why, because many of these small towns offer unique experiences. If you are looking for a way to improve your time in Italy, I recommend checking out some of the smaller towns there. You definitely won’t be disappointed, as you make memories with your family. Today, I am going to share some of the must-see small towns in Italy that should be on your radar for your next family vacation.
The town of Parma is located within the Emilia-Romagna region. Many people only think of this town as the area where Parmigiano Reggiano was created. But there is so much more to this small town in Italy than cheese.
This historic town was constructed by the ancient Romans. The colorful streets are full of history. You can learn a lot about that history from the locals. And by walking around.
Oh, and yes, this is a foodie destination too. In addition to Parmigiano Reggiano, balsamic vinegar and prosciutto are what this area is known for. So, bring your appetite. You will need it when exploring, and eating your way through, Parma!
The town of Ustica can be found on the island with the same name. It isn’t too far from Palermo, Sicily. This is one of the best places in Italy for snorkeling, diving, and seeing archaeological sites. Hike along the trail to Rocca Della Falconiera before diving deep into the water to see marine life.
Your family will want to spend the entire day in Ustica. Although, when it is time to catch the ferry back to the mainland, no one will want to actually leave this island.
Santo Stefano di Sessanio is a town in Italy that is full of cobblestone streets, stone-paved stairs, and narrow tunnels. It is a charming destination that will have you wanting more.
It is important to note that an earthquake did quite a bit of damage here back in 2009. You may still see some repairs that need to be completed during your visit. No worries though. The locals are very welcoming despite the work that still needs to be done.
Greve is a small town that is only approximately twenty miles from the city of Florence. This is an excellent small town in Italy to visit when you want to relax and immerse yourselves into the lives of the locals.
Wander around this small town slowly, as you enter cheese shops, restaurants, and wine stores. Stop at the farmers’ markets, meet the locals, and enjoy the slow pace of the town.
Dozza is another small town in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. Many travelers choose to spend at least half a day exploring this town. Dozza is best known for its fortified castle, as well as a regional wine cellar. Visit after hundreds of murals have been painted on city walls by world-known artists for the best experience.
You can never go wrong with a visit to Lake Iseo during a family vacation in Italy. This lake offers a calmer vibe than Lake Como. Spend time out on the water before wandering through the multiple small villages that surround the lake.
The best views of Umbria can be seen from the small town of Montefalco. The best place to see in this town is the Church of Francesco. However, stick around to learn more about the history, art, and architecture of the town. You won’t regret all you learn during your visit. Or the memories you will make here that you will cherish forever.
Herculaneum is the sister city of Pompeii. This small town was also buried when Mount Vesuvius erupted back in the year 79 AD. Since this small town in Italy is not as well known, there won’t be the crowds like you see in Pompeii.
Take the time to visit to see the ruins that include well-preserved skeletons.
Oh, and I’ll understand if you don’t want to skip visiting Pompeii. If that is the case, simply add both these towns to your list of places to see in Italy. I will make sure they both get on your itinerary as I am personalizing for your family vacation.
These are some of the must-see small towns in Italy you will want to consider visiting during your family vacation. There are a few others, and we can talk about whether another small town should be on your list during your family trip to Italy. I will make sure your family sees everything you want to, as I personalize your vacation itinerary.
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