Interesting Places in Italy
You may think you know Italy, but there's more to experience than the piazzas, markets and ancient cathedrals. Beyond your typical tourist's plate of pasta and a museum tour, you'll find a whole other Italy waiting: from race cars to bird watching to hot springs and Etruscan ruins, you'll find a beautiful side of Italy in these unique places.
The Ferrari Gallery and Museum
Visitors to the Ferrari Gallery learn not just about the history of Ferrari, but also about the history of automobile manufacturing. Walk through a display of classic cars and recent race winners just yards from the Ferrari factory in Maranello. A changing display in the amphitheatre is always of interest, as are the two driving simulators in real F1 cars.
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This region, part of Tuscany, offers a variety of experiences to the tourist looking for more than another Roman road. You can visit hot springs in Petriola or Saturnia. See Etruscan remains in Vetulonia or Populonia. Visit Massa Marittima during May or August for Balestro del Girifalco, a crossbow competition performed in medieval costume. This is a whole region waiting to be explored, and there are multiple options for lodging and day tours.
Po River Delta
The Po is Italy's longest river, and its delta is a rich and fertile region where lifestyles haven't changed much in the past few hundred years. Birdwatchers love coming here for the rare sightings. Mosquitoes are thick in summer, so make your visit during fall or spring.
Those who know about the heel of Italy praise its charm, art, sea views and restaurants. But Puglia has a surprising lack of tourisits. It's a secret spot, with brilliantly clear water, sandy beaches and cobblestone streets lined with shops and markets. The food is fresh and fantastic; visitors can take in the farmer's fair in the village of Serrano and get great seafood at other coastal stops. The village of Cisternino, which has won an award for "best kept small town in Italy," offers various restored farmhouses and apartments to rent.
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