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The Secret Italy Index

Although a few towns and places we feature here are attracting more tourists over recent years not one of them has yet been changed or over-whelmed. 

Few of them depend on tourism and all of them offer a genuine chance to experience the real Italy, an opportunity to feel welcomed and to to be able to return home with stories of connecting with real people, making their stories your own.

It's not about how many sights you can cross of a list so take your time and try to focus on one or two regions only - combining a few of the more famous touristy places with those featured here.


All these tours are offered at a discount rate for subscribers. They are for small groups, families or even individuals and can be personalized as and how you like.  If you are travelling alone an idea might be to choose a tour and date]and see if any other subscribers would like to join you via the Facebook group.

Exploring Umbria

A Week in Piedmont

A Taste of Sicily

Amalfi Coast

Veneto, Lombardy & Trentino Alto Adige

ChioggiaChioggia - a mini Venice

Near Venice

Lake Garda Vicinity

Lake Iseo

Country Towns

Piedmont & Liguria


Wine Country

Castles & Monasteries

On the Coast

Mountains & Hill Towns

Tuscany, Marche, Umbria & Emilia Romagna


Country Towns


Campania, Molise, Abruzzo & Lazio


Hill Towns

Gardens & Lakes

Calabria, Basilicata & Puglia


Italy's Islands

Italian Islands

Have a Secret to Share?

Share somewhere in Italy you love, where it is and why you love it so much. The more you can tell us the better :-)

What Other Visitors Have Said

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Noale in Veneto, visiting a small town 
Last fall two friends and I traveled in Italy. It was a girls’ trip. One that promised to be full of fun and some new adventures. We were not disappointed. …

Nervesa della Battiglia 
About 20km north of Treviso (as the crow flies) in the vicinity of the small town of Nervesa della Battaglia there is found the interesting Osteria ai …

Four Experiences in Venice 
I have been going to Venice for the past eight years and, although I don't spend all of my time in La Serenissima, I have had the privilege of having Italian …

Forte Marghera 
Here is something different, I think, from the usual vacation destinations. This is, as you see from the first photograph, Forte Marghera and it is …

Trebbia Valley 
On my first trip to Italy, I focused on the usual; Rome, Florence, Siena - all wonderful. As part of that first trip, I had the opportunity to make a …

Another Smaller Venice 
Following Maria's posting of an article about Chioggia, I thought I would show some of my own photographs made recently and which I hope complements those …

Exploring Piedmont Not rated yet
TORINO - loved the city. Few tourists, we noticed. Not much English but I got to practice my piccolo Italiano. Wonderful city. Could’ve stayed another …

The Villa Pisani Not rated yet
I thought that today I might offer somewhere that I have never seen mentioned on any Italophile page so I guess that makes it part of 'Secret Italy'. …

Le Zercole, a Harley & Barrel of Grappa Not rated yet
I thought today to focus on a restaurant. For me, the story began just before arriving in Italy for my annual visit when my Italian friend said that we …

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