If you think you’ve been to Italy, think again. Whether you’re popping across the border from your mobile home in France or looking for a holiday home in this beautiful country, Italy never disappoints. But there’s so much more to see than the big hitting tourist hotspots like Rome, Venice and Florence.
Head for hidden Puglia
Right down in the heel of the country, this stunning region has so much to explore. Gothic cathedrals sit side by side with neolithic tombs, and the coastline is breathtaking. Architectural gems like Ostuni, the White City, and Lecce, with its brilliant baroque architecture, plus Alberobello with its circular houses known as trulli, are all well worth a visit. Head for Puglia in the spring or autumn to avoid the intense heat of summer, and don’t miss gorgeous port towns like Otranto and Gallipoli.
Feast in Emilia-Romagna
All foodies will want to make a beeline for Bologna, the capital of the region that is a food lover’s dream. From the delicious hams of Parma to the balsamic vinegar of Modena, by way of outstanding wines, Parmesan cheese and iconic pasta dishes, Emilia-Romagna has it all. There are plenty of food festivals celebrating everything this region has to offer, but don’t miss Bologna – the oldest university city in Italy, with its buzzing nightlife and a cool vibe – and the Sentiero Delle Foreste Sacre in the Apennines, where St Francis would walk and meditate.
Explore the great outdoors in the Majella National Park
Europe’s largest protected natural wilderness is a place of stunning wildflowers, breathtaking mountain landscapes and endless hospitality. The cuisine is as big-hearted as the welcome, but there are 500 km of walking trails to exercise it off. Rich in ancient history and alive with flora and fauna, this is the ideal place to escape from the crowds and relax.
Strike out for the islands
From volcanic mud baths in the Aeolian islands to mountain biking in Sardinia, Italy’s islands should be high on your must-visit list. From the show-stopping sight of active volcano Stromboli to the ancient Roman roads and unspoiled landscapes of cork and ilex forests, there’s plenty to enjoy when you go offshore.
March into le Marche
If you’ve ‘done’ Tuscany but love the vibe, head for the undiscovered le Marche, one of Italy’s great secrets. Feast on the local speciality of strozzapreti – priest strangler – noodles, washed down with fragrant white wine, and explore the UNESCO world heritage site of Urbino. This magnificent hill top walled city is the match of anywhere in the country. Head to the tiny village of Acqualagna in October for the truffle fair, and taste the peerless white truffles on everything from pasta to risotto.
Whether you want to spoil yourself with a short break or you’re looking for your dream holiday home, Italy is the ideal destination. Luxury caravans are the affordable way to enjoy more of the unspoiled countryside of Italy, Spain or Portugal because you’re in the heart of the country, where hotel-based holidaymakers rarely venture. So whether you want to trek the fearsome iron ways across the Dolomites, enjoy the tranquil splendour of the Italian lakes or chill out on some of the most gorgeous beaches in the world, your mobile home makes the ideal base.