You’ve probably heard of Lake Garda, but what about Lake Iseo? This turquoise lake can be found in the north of Italy, surrounded by green mountains with villages clung to their sides. Not only is it beautiful, it’s largely undiscovered by the flocks of people who gather around Garda’s shores.
Hiking in the surrounding mountains offers views over the lake and a visit to the Riserva Naturale Torbire de Sebino offers fine birdwatching. Herons, warblers, swans and an array of migratory birds can all be seen floating on the water beneath the mountains.
Don’t miss a boat trip on the lake itself for a chance to explore the charming villages along its shore.
High up in the alps, the oldest national park in Italy boasts snow-capped mountains, grazing ibex, glacial lakes, fragrant pine forests and some unbeatable blue sky views. Visit in the summer to discover trickling streams, green-carpeted valleys, turquoise lakes, emerald pastures and vast fields of wildflowers.
Winter is just as spectacular, when the sun transforms the snowy mountains into mirrors, reflecting the sun and causing you to squint your eyes when you steal a look at the glittering peaks.
While Chianti and the Val d’Orcia are well known beauty spots in Tuscany, the Maremma in the southwest offers the same verdant views without the crowds. Hike in the countryside for emerald views of gently rolling hills and vineyards fading into the distance.
Don’t miss Capalbio on the coast, a stretch of pristine sand you’ll have largely to yourself.