Are you looking for unique, natural, wild, remote, not very touristy places but at the same time unique and easily accessible? Discover 8 stunning Italian locations almost entirely unknown, and plan your itinerary for your next trip.
Punta Aderci, Abruzzo
On the magnificent stretch of coast located north of Vasto, in Abruzzo, you will find one of the most beautiful beaches in Italy: the beach of Punta Aderci (or Punta d'Erce). Suppose you are looking for remote beaches, surrounded by nature, not very touristy and characterized by unparalleled beauty. In that case, you cannot miss the Punta Aderci beach located within the homonymous Regional Nature Reserve, a natural treasure enclosed between the cities of Ortona and Vasto, in the province of Chieti. The Nature Reserve is defined as "guided" because of the presence of paths: you can follow them on foot or by bike.In case you will be in the area, take a day to get lost in nature, between the blue of the sea, the green of the flora and the golden of the dunes and stones.
Pilato Lake, Marche
Located on the border between the Abruzzo region and the Umbria region, an exciting excursion to do is undoubtedly discovering Lake Pilato, a remote lake among Italy's most beautiful. It's necessary to have patience and strength to undertake a journey of a few hours to discover the lake hidden by the Sibillini Mountains within the homonymous National Park. The path is undoubtedly a tremendously exciting challenge for lovers of trekking and wild nature, who will be able to find the maximum splendour of the area in the periods of late spring and early summer.
Italy is rich in villages in every region, from north to south. Still, one of the most remote and least known villages in the whole country is that of Apricale, in the province of Imperia, in Liguria. The village has its origins in the Bronze Age. It extends vertically on a hill surrounded by olive trees and immersed in the green of the Maritime Alps, completely covering it with delightful stone houses and historical residues. The village is interesting to visit for its remote geographical location and far from the large urban centres. It is worth seeing from the historical and gastronomic perspective, thanks to the architectural beauties in the historic centre that it preserves and the Taggiasca olive, which represents an undisputed peculiarity of Apricale and the whole surrounding area called "Oil Road".
Alicudi island and Filicudi island, Sicily
Northwest of the Strait of Messina and belonging to Sicily's region, you will find an archipelago of islands of volcanic origins, which takes the Aeolian Islands' name. The archipelago comprises seven islands, including two active volcanoes (Stromboli and Vulcano) and is a reasonably popular tourist destination. Among the seven islands, the two most remote (given their geographical location further west than the others) are the Alicudi island and the Filicudi island, an unmissable destination for those seeking total peace and relaxation. Because of their small size, it's possible to visit them entirely by taking advantage of the trekking routes to discover both islands' unspoiled nature in close contact with the sea.
Gravina di Ginosa, Apulia
Passionate about history and rock villages? Gravina di Ginosa can be for you. Once you reach Ginosa, a town in the province of Taranto, you will have the opportunity to visit the protected natural area of the Gravine: an artistic and natural heritage that hosts an architectural spectacle immersed in the caves inside a canyon, which represents a true and its uniqueness, a millenary site still able to astound visitors.
Giannutri lighthouse, Tuscany
The island of Giannutri is the southernmost of the Tuscan archipelago, made up of seven islands including the famous island of Elba. In addition to being already a remote place to visit, not very touristy, surrounded by nature and consequently able to offer landscapes of incredible beauty such as crystalline beaches, Roman remains, small Mediterranean scrub forests and sea beds to explore, on the island you will find a lighthouse in the southern part, where the coast is wilder: a real path to discover unknown places that ends overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Eremo di San Colombano, Trentino-Alto Adige
Belonging to the town of Trambileno and a few kilometers from Rovereto, the hermitage of San Colombano is certainly one of the most remote places to visit in Italy. Perhaps the term "remote" is an understatement, as the building defies any law of physics by being embedded in rocks, making it almost floating between earth and sky. Its beauty can be reached after 102 steps carved into the rock.
Piscinas's dunes, Sardinia
Visiting a desert in Italy? It's possible. In Sardinia, along the Costa Verde, located north of Carbonia and south of Oristano, you will find a coastal desert that stretches for about 7 kilometers. You will feel like visiting the Mediterranean coasts of North Africa, but in reality the place is located in Sardinia and is easily accessible. After a walk in the desert area, you can't help but dive into one of the most beautiful seas in the world.