Italy is home to some of the world’s most famous cities, art, wine and beaches.

Think of Florence, Rome, Venice with its rich Renaissance architecture and famous galleries, Tuscany with its world-famous vineyards, and the charming Amalfi Coast with its atmosphere.

These places are an obvious attraction for travelers, but Italians themselves prefer to go on vacation in lesser-known areas.

These are the places where the menu is not translated into English, A place with few foreigners — But the joy is not so rich.

Apulia, on the heels of Italy, is a favorite destination for travel writer Marina Katchapuoti. Italian segreta Website and travel consultant. She said she loves to visit “when you can experience it with the locals” in the spring.

“It’s an area of ​​peasants, traditions, passion and simplicity that needs to be enjoyed slowly,” she told CNBC by email.

A recent discovery is a private home Masseria SchiumaA farmhouse near the beach, restored by a Danish couple, can only be rented for a few weeks a year.

The town of Lecce in the Puglia region of Italy.

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The area is also loved by Rome-based real estate agent Dilletta Giorgoro. Dilletta Giorgoro heads to the beaches and “notable” small towns.

She recommends visiting Puglia in May, June, September and October, when the weather is warm and the beaches are open. She emailed CNBC.

Giorgoro likes to stay built in the 1860s Palazzo DanielleA former palace she described as “Mediterranean chic,” or Naturalis Bio Resort & SpaA collection of 18th century farm buildings restored by a team of couples.

She suggests to eat Alex Ristorante Lecce is famous for its raw fish dishes prepared by chef Alessandra Sybilla.

Mountain destination

For skiing and hiking, Giorgoro likes the Dolomites, especially the Cortina d’Ampezzo and Kolubara ski areas.

“I ski in most countries around the Alps, including Switzerland and France. [and] In Austria, the Dolomites have a more dramatic natural landscape — and the food is arguably the best, ”she said.

A chalet at the Cortina d’Ampezzo ski resort in the Dolomites, Italy.

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“Cellar Ronda is one of my favorite ski domains and Cortina is arguably the best place to start the most beautiful trekking during the summer,” she added.

In Cortina, she recommends eating in a family-owned restaurant BeppeseroSpecializes in benfatti alla moda — homemade ravioli with Cassiotta cheese.

Giorgoro, who works at Sotheby’s International Realty, Umbra CortinaBoasts the style of a “fashion boutique” hotel with movie, theater and nature-themed rooms.

Roman route

Hidden treasures can be found even in the well-trodden Rome. However, Katchapuoti, who spent some of his childhood there, enjoys wandering the streets of the city.

“Nothing is better than this. The brilliance of the sun is different,” she said. “I always say that there is a beautiful city and a city with a soul — Rome is the latter.”

Pizza Altario is baked in a large rectangular tray.

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Caccia puoti likes to stop by Angelo FerroshiA butcher shop in the Santeustachio district that has been in the same place for about 100 years.

she is Jean Fornaio A cafe where pizzas are sold in “altaglio” (or “cut by”) and baked in large rectangular trays.For apéritif, Cacciapuoti said she’s heading to the bar at Hotel LocarnoA spot popular with Italian movie stars during the golden age of movies in the 1950s.

Italy escape

Port of Girio, Italy

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The Monte Argentario Peninsula, which is connected to the mainland of Tuscany by a quiet road, Il Pellicano, The former private house has become a hotel. Purchased by Italian businessman Roberto Shio in 1979, it was filmed for the next 10 years, after which Slim Aarons, famous for filming scenes of social celebrities and celebrities, was filmed.

Known for its Star Appeal, it is now run by her daughter, Marie Louise Shio, who grew up in a hotel and was restored in the mid-2000s.

Tips from experts

A recent discovery of Marie Eiscio is in Vicenza, a city in northern Italy, about an hour’s drive west of Venice.

“The city of Vicenza and the Veneto Palladian villas are listed as an Italian World Heritage Site protecting the building by architect Andrea Palladio,” she told CNBC by email.

Giorgoro has some recommendations for visitors who want to escape the high season crowds.

“Visit Umbria, with its stunning hills and beautiful towns, go to Lucca, Tuscany, a jewel lesser known than Florence, and discover the city of Turin and the region of Langhe,” she said.

Piazza Signori in Vicenza, Italy.

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August is the time when many travelers head to Italy. Cacciapuoti suggested that those on vacation during the peak season go to remote areas.

“A remote location like Filikdi or Tremiti. Not too many accommodations … or find a home away from home in mainland Umbria. [a] A quiet, green, safe haven, “she told CNBC.

“Thank everyone who visits Italy for their time, timelessness, and life around them. Always go to Google Maps for a directionless walk or a long coffee break. Try talking instead of using it. Don’t be afraid to ask the locals for directions or get lost. “