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La Dolce Vita

Posted by | charlottec | November 14, 2011 | No Comments

One of the most magical times of year to visit Italy is in the month of September. The light at that time of year seems to make the hills and valleys of regions such as Tuscany, Umbria and Le Marche look even more perfect than they usually do.

Of course, September is also school time, so you’ll benefit from not having to share the magnificent countryside with lots of other holidaymakers.

If you have a car you can fit a lot of Italy into a short trip – even if you’re only there for a week.

Tuscany is the most visited region of Italy, always popular for its scenery and of course, its amazing food.  Sights not to miss are picture perfect towns like Sienna and San Gimignano with its famous towers, and bustling cities like Florence and Bologna.

The further east you travel, the more space you will have to yourself, in the hills of Umbria and the rolling countryside and Adriatic coastline of Le Marche.

Italy is a great place to backpack, with excellent train networks across the country.  Be careful not to be caught sleeping at a station though – police have been known to wake sleeping travellers with a cold jet of water! Depending on where you’re travelling from, you can start your trip from a choice of different airports – such as Rome, Pescara, Pisa, Perugia or Ancona. Budget airlines like Ryanair and Easyjet have opened up a huge variety of Italian cities to backpackers and family travellers alike.

Some areas like the Sibillini mountains and their national park in Le Marche are harder to reach by public transport, so you might want to hire a car for some of your trip. If you’re conscious about the effect your travel will have on the environment, consider hiring one of the low emission cars that most hire companies now keep in their fleet.

Driving cars like hybrids also saves you money as you’ll use less fuel than in a conventional car.


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