The majority of the tourists traveling to Italy are visiting the country to learn more about its ancient culture, to go city hopping, to visit churches or to relax on one of the beautiful Mediterranean beaches. Or maybe for some skiing, during the winter.
Obviously, these are all very good reasons to visit Italy, but it's quite surprising that relatively few tourists recognize Italy as a true "nature holiday" destination.
Witness enrosadira in the Dolomites
Enrosadira, or Alpenglow, is an optical phenomenon that visually illuminates mountain tops. It can only be witnessed just before sunrise or just after sunset, but it's well worth the wait. The Dolomite mountain range in the north of Italy has beautiful mountains, but the reddish enrosadira glow makes them even more beautiful.
Smell the cypress hills of Tuscany
The countryside of Tuscany is featured on thousands of postcards, travel book covers, posters and Pinterest boards. The sloping hills with cypress trees are world famous, there's more under the Tuscan sun. The picturesque islands of the Tuscan archipelago or the characteristic vineyard lines (Tuscany offers excellent Italian wines) are only a few examples of the variety that the Tuscan landscape has to offer.
Cycling in the Apennines
The Alps and Dolomites are well known, but the Apennines not so much. The "other" mountain range spans across the entire boot of Italy, from the north (Emilia Romagna) to the south (Campania). With the highest peak measuring just under 10,000 feet, it's the perfect destination for cycling, mountainbiking, hiking or simply enjoying the wonderful nature.
What's your favorite place to enjoy the Italian nature?
Enrosadira gives the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, in the Dolomites, a warm glow.
During the summer, the sunflower fields add even more color to the Tuscan landscapes.
A typical Tuscan landscape.
Santa Maria della Pietà and Rocca Calascio in the Apennines.
San Vito Lo Capo is one of Italy's most beautiful beaches.
Grotta delle Tre Porte, a well-known cave on the Apulian coast.
Volcanic landscape near the always active Mt. Etna, Sicily.
La Maddalena, just off the coast of Sardinia.
A colorful poppy field near Rome.
There are a few dozen lakes in Italy, including Lago di Pusiano in Lombardia.
The sun sets over the salt pans of Sicily.
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