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10 Italy travel destinations for February

January left the place in February, just after the days of the blackbird. Welcome to the month of love and Carnival with our list of 10 provinces to visit!

  • 1. Caltanissetta
  • 2. Valtellina
  • 3. Perugia
  • 4. Langhe
  • 5. Ravenna
  • 6. Alta Badia
  • 7. Palermo
  • 8. Alghero
  • 9. Matera
  • 10. Frosinone
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After the winter period, while spring is still to come, February is the perfect month to start discovering some of the beauties of our territory. There is no shortage of proposals.

We leave for an enchanting tour from north to south of our peninsula, to tell you about the most fascinating places to visit in February in Italy. Proposals to satisfy both the desire for adventure and the desire to discover the history and culture of the area, starting alone or with the whole family. All you have to do is travel with us.

 

1. Genoa and its province

Along the Riviera di Levante of Liguria, there are several villages with unique charm. Among the most unforgettable and close to Genoa, there is Recco, a characteristic fishing village where you can discover such an ancient craft and all the delights that the sea gives us. In addition to its deep attachment to this noble profession, Recco is also famous for its excellent focaccia that you can enjoy in one of the different places, ready to delight you with many recipes based on fish.

Another charming town in the province of Genoa, is the town of Camogli that will fascinate you with its appearance out of the ordinary. Its houses, in fact, stand out for the bright colors with which the different facades are painted, creating a striking architectural rainbow that makes the view unique. Like many other Ligurian countries, Camogli also develops around a port where you can explore the culture and tradition of the region. Around this important city centre, there is also a beautiful pebble beach that will lead you to a truly fascinating tourist attraction, the lighthouse. Taking a romantic walk at sunset, while the waters lap the beach, is definitely one of the best ways to end this day of vacation decidedly magical.

After discovering Camogli, do not miss the opportunity to go and visit the famous and fascinating Abbey of San Fruttuoso. To reach this place you can decide to take two roads: to arrive after having undertaken a challenging but enchanting walk, or take the most comfortable but still fascinating ferry. In both cases, you'll be able to admire what is considered one of the most famous, beautiful and important monuments in Liguria. In fact, if it is possible to find buildings of great historical interest in the entire region, few can match the beauty of this Romanesque monastery built around the year 1000, right next to the Ligurian sea.

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2. The beauty of Valtellina

 
 
 
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The area of Valtellina is an Italian area where, in addition to incredible natural beauty, there are also several places of deep historical interest. One of these is Ponte, an ancient village that rises between Sondrio and Tirano, famous because on its territory have been found engravings dating back to prehistory. The town has also seen many rulers pass by, starting with the Romans, passing through the Lombards, until it was considered a Habsburg possession. Its long history and the many cultures and populations that have passed through it, make Ponte a village with complex traditions, ancient and fascinating, just waiting to be discovered, enriched by numerous monuments scattered along its streets.

The celebrity of the town of Valdisotto, in the province of Sondrio, is given by a much more recent history. The village, in fact, suffered from the flood that hit the Valtellina in 1987 and destroyed a good part of it. Valdisotto remains, however, a place of great historical interest that is only waiting to be discovered. Among the most important monuments, you can discover the wonderful parish church, dedicated to San Lorenzo and San Colombano, or lose yourself in the beauty of the eighteenth-century Ossuary of Cepina, considered a national monument. All these elements make Valdisotto one of the splendid pearls that make up the Comunità Montana Alta Valtellina, one of the best destinations for a holiday dedicated to history.

You can't consider your stay in Valtellina to be over without first stopping at Grosio, another old town in the area that hides several treasures in its territory. In this very important place, in fact, there is the famous Rupe Magna, a rocky wall where some engravings dating back to the Bronze Age have been found. After admiring this unique beauty, you can go back in time and discover the two medieval castles in the municipality, dating back to the time when Grosio was under the feud of Valvenosta. Finally end your visit to Valtellina in one of the many farmhouses in the area, where you can discover all the goodness of the local food and wine culture.

➡️ All farmhouses in Valtellina

3. Perugia

 
 
 
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The Umbrian territory is rich in history, culture and good food and all these elements are appreciable not only in large towns but also in small villages. Going to the province of Perugia, for example, you can stop immediately in Deruta, a small Umbrian village that deserves your visit. This characteristic town, in fact, is famous for the production of artistic ceramics, traditional work of the area that assumes the connotations of real art. In addition to taking home valuable handicrafts, you can also admire the processing and production, deepening the history during a visit to the Museum of Ceramics or the ancient kilns, dating back to 1500, located near Porta San Michele.

Let's enter the equally fascinating Umbrian wine culture and stop in Torgiano, a village that gives its name to two important wine productions in the area. The Torgiano Doc and Torgiano Rosso Riserva, in fact, are among the most renowned wines and you can discover them during interesting trips among the local vineyards, accompanying them to traditional dishes prepared in farms and farmhouses in the area. Torgiano is also a very fascinating town to visit, a medieval town where you can retrace its history in the Museum of Wine in Palazzo Graziani Baglioni or in the Museum of Olive and Oil, overlooked by the ancient and majestic Tower of Janus.

Also in the province of Perugia and not far from Foligno, there is Bevagna, a pretty town rich in history and tradition. Starting from the fascinating Piazza Silvestri, you can visit many historical buildings that tell the past of the area, such as the Palazzo dei Consoli, dating back to 1200, the Church of Saints Dominic and James or that of San Michele. Finally, you can immerse yourself in the local traditions by walking through the Gaite Market, admiring a magical reconstruction of the ancient crafts and thus completing your journey within the Umbrian culture.

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4. The history and taste of Asti and the Langhe

 
 
 
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Choosing to spend your stay in the area of Asti, more specifically in the Langhe, means getting lost in a vortex of flavours and history that follow one another gently, making every day unforgettable. A perfect example is the city of Alba, famous for its famous and delicious white truffle, but which also offers unforgettable historical views. Its circular centre, of medieval origins, is the perfect starting point for a city tour that will lead you to discover fascinating towers and majestic churches, such as the Duomo and San Domenico. A journey full of flavors and culture, absolutely essential that, as a worthy conclusion, calls for a stop to taste the traditional local dishes that have as their ingredient the delicious white truffle.

Another beautiful place in the Langhe with many buildings and views to discover is certainly Casale Monferrato. In the municipality, the Duomo will be able to remain impressed in your memory for its particular beauty. The building, in fact, has a very original structure and interior, which make it stand out among other buildings of the same type. Inside, the naves are broken by zebra columns that will capture your attention and, as soon as you look up, you'll be amazed to find a beautiful starry sky. After this unique beauty, go and visit the city castle and the Bistolfi plaster cask, where the works of the artist of the same name are exhibited. Finally, you can end your day of relaxation and culture, walking along the course of the river Po, which creates unforgettable views as it passes through the city and the historic center.

In the Langhe you will find not only history but also excellent wine and many vineyards, produced in this territory that has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The area covers the Langhe, Monferrato and Roero areas, embracing 29 different municipalities that stand out for their ability to perfectly integrate the action of man with the surrounding landscape. Here you will find many activities such as farmhouses and farms happy to let you taste their productions, refresh you with typical dishes and make your stay incredibly delicious.

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5. The province of Ravenna between city and nature

 
 
 
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In the beautiful province of Ravenna, man seems to have harmoniously integrated with the nature that dominates the area. In fact, there are several villages that, instead of destroying to make room for houses and buildings, have maximized the value of the area. Among the many is famous Brisighella, not far from the capital, perched on three rocky pinnacles. This ancient medieval town, considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, has something to show in each of these. In the first, in fact, you can find the fascinating Rocca Manfrediana. In the second one, you can discover the quietness of the Sanctuary of Monticino and, in the last one, you can be enchanted by the majestic Clock Tower. Three unique shows within the same location that will remain forever in your heart.

Moving to the town of Gradara, however, you will have the opportunity to discover within a single location, all the history that characterizes the area of Ravenna. In its majestic castle, dating back to the twelfth century, have lived great names in Italian noble history, such as the family of Sforza, Della Rovere and Malatesta. While crossing its imposing drawbridge and strolling through its crenellated walls, after having lost yourself in the elegant beauty of the courtyard and the inner rooms, do not forget that this castle was also the scene of the unfortunate love story of Paolo and Francesca, the two damned lovers met by Dante in his Inferno.

After recovering your energy in a delicious local farmhouse, it's time to travel with your imagination and be carried away by your imagination, in a journey perfectly suited to children. At Bagno di Romagna Terme you can venture with the whole family along the Sentiero degli Gnomi (Gnomes' Path), an easy path immersed in the green of just 2 km, where young and old can have fun trying to spot the nice characters of the fairy tales, who seem to have chosen the city and the surrounding forest as their home. A fun adventure dedicated to all children that will allow you to discover in greater depth the nature that surrounds us.

➡️ Our farmhouses in the province of Ravenna

6. Discovering the green of Alta Badia

 
 
 
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In the area of Alta Badia it is almost impossible not to have a relaxing or adventurous holiday. In fact, there are many places that offer fun proposals for stay, such as La Villa. This village is located in the middle of the valley and is surrounded by green forests and gentle slopes. La Villa is the scene of great sporting events on the snow during the winter months and the ideal starting point for the Marathon of the Dolomites or to discover the natural parks Puez-Odle and Fanes-Senes-Braies. In the centre of the village, you can also go explore and visit the fascinating castle Ciastel Colz and the ancient church dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta, built in 1500.

Corvara is an important center not only for the activities that you can experience but also for the long tradition of tourism and sport that carries on. The village has always favoured the alpine way of life because already in the XVIII century the young people of the village had organized a service of accompaniment on the Dolomites. Since the 1930s, the first ski school in Alta Badia and the first ski lift were established here. Today, by choosing it as the destination of your stay, you will have a privileged position on the Sellaronda ski tour but also several opportunities to spend your free time in style, in the ice rink or on the golf course.

On the plateau that crosses the municipalities of Corvara, La Villa and San Cassiano, there is Movimënt, a wellness center suitable for young and old, but especially dedicated to both those who want to experience the full sport that those who just want to relax. In fact, there are 130 km of wonderful equipped slopes on which to slide in total freedom even in February, as well as a beautiful spa, the most fascinating of all the Alps. Even children can have fun with an area dedicated to them consisting of climbing walls, trampolines, caves and much more, for a stay dedicated to the whole family.

➡️ Farmhouses in the province of Bolzano

7. The historic province of Palermo

 
 
 
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Even if February is still a month characterized by not so high temperatures, you can warm up leaving for southern Italy, stopping perhaps in Monreale, in the province of Palermo. The city is famous for its Cathedral, considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, a splendid masterpiece of Arab-Norman architecture. The cloister and the Diocesan Museum, however, are also must-see destinations during a visit to the Sicilian town, which will be made even more unforgettable by the various historical re-enactments of the Norman period that are organized throughout the year.

If you are looking for history, peace and beauty, you can go 20 km from Palermo to find the ancient remains of the city of Solunto. It will be a journey through time through local customs and traditions, characterized by the presence of elements from different populations. The ancient city of Solunto, in fact, was built by the Phoenicians in the seventh century BC and then passed under the control of the Greeks and Romans. The view that you will find in this archaeological site, finally, is definitely not to be missed: a breathtaking view directly over the Gulf of Porticello and Sant'Elia, the best way to end this small journey through Sicilian history.

Not far away there is also the unforgettable city of Bagheria, characterized by the presence of several ancient villas. The town, favoured by its proximity to the Sicilian capital and at the same time to the sea, was one of the favourite destinations of many noble families of the past who decided to build their summer residences here. All are characterized by fascinating elements, such as Villa Palagonia, whose disturbing statues have earned it the nickname of Villa dei Mostri, or Villa Cattolica which currently houses the Museum Guttuso. A tour of these important historic buildings is the perfect way to travel in an original way.

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8. Alghero and its province

 
 
 
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Walking around the municipalities that make up the province of Sassari, it is impossible not to feel surrounded by natural beauty of unparalleled beauty. A good example of this is the Asinara National Park, a wonderful natural protected area since 1997, composed of the island of the same name, a real pearl within the Sardinian region. You can reach the island of Asinara using one of the many boats that depart from the municipalities overlooking the sea, such as Porto Torres and Stintino, as well as book a full and thorough guided tour. This way you can discover every hidden side of this national treasure, like the old prison, now abandoned but still very fascinating.

Alghero is also a destination to consider during a stay in the province of Sassari. After having tasted the different recipes of the Sardinian food and wine culture in one of the different farmhouses present, you can set out to discover this fascinating fortified village overlooking the sea, a living testimony to the different dominations that have followed one another on the island. A visit to its ramparts, those called Marco Polo to the west and Magellan to the east, is a must, before moving on to the defensive towers of San Giovanni, Vincenzo Sulis, Maddalena and San Giacomo. It will be easy to understand why Alghero is considered one of the most beautiful places on the whole island.

Discovering one of the most famous symbols of Sardinia, the nuraghe, is a must during a visit to the region and in the province of Sassari there is one of the most majestic. The nuraghe Santu Antine, also known as Sa domo de su Re, literally The House of the King, is located in the municipality of Torralba, within the historic region of Meilogu. You will be surprised to see it in all its grandeur and to discover that the original height of the donjon should have been around 23 m, second only to the Egyptian pyramids according to the standards of the time. If your visit to the nuraghe Santu Antine has aroused your curiosity, know that in the plain of Cabu Abbas you can find more than 30.

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9. Not only stones in the province of Matera

 
 
 
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Matera, European Capital of Culture 2019, is certainly one of the most popular destinations for this year but also its surroundings have much to offer in terms of destinations to reach. Craco, for example, is famous in the area for being considered a ghost town, a small village perched among the gullies, full of charm. The city was abandoned after a hydrogeological disruption that forced the citizens to leave in 1969. Today it is a museum park that you can enter only after obtaining an authorization but we assure you that it is certainly worth it. Craco, in fact, has not undergone the processes of urban transformation that many Italian centers have experienced, remaining firm in time 50 years ago. Walking through its silent streets, observing the remains, especially those of its cathedral, will be a unique and unforgettable experience.

Just before arriving at the Bradano River, set in a rocky wall, you can find what is called the Crypt of Original Sin or Crypt of the Hundred Saints. Inside you can admire one of the most beautiful examples of rock painting in Southern Italy, with representations made in Byzantine style that tell the story of both the New and Old Testaments, as well as images of Saints Peter, Andrew and John and the archangels Gabriel, Michael and Raphael.

In the Old Testament cycle, moreover, there is a very particular representation of original sin, in which Eve offers Adam a fig instead of an apple. The work follows the original interpretation of the Holy Scriptures, based on the fact that the two used fig leaves to cover themselves as soon as they realized they were naked. The images painted on the rock are all decorated with representations of cysts, characteristic red flowers of the area, and seem to have been made between the eighth and tenth centuries AD.

➡️ Farmhouses in Matera and its province

10. Frosinone and its villages

 
 
 
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Frosinone is the eighth province to visit in our ranking of the month of February.

You've never been in the whiplash? It's time to make it up to you! Clearly, in one weekend you won't be able to see everything but you can go and discover these 3 villages: Arpino, Anagni, Fumone and Alatri. They'll let you get an idea of the territory and they'll make you want to come back!

For a self-respecting tour that includes many wonders of the province of Frosinone you can start from the discovery of Arpino, the town that gave birth to Cicero, home of the archaeological site of Civitavecchia and a whole world of museums dedicated to the art of wool and violin making.

Anagni is undoubtedly one of the most interesting towns in Ciociaria: in addition to its artistic heritage, it is famous for having been nicknamed City of the Popes, as it was the birthplace of four popes and saw the events related to Boniface VIII take place (does the slap of Anagni mean anything to you?).

Fumone is a very small but very characteristic village. You can walk around the old town, the castle and the beautiful panoramic views. Finally, Alatri, which still preserves archaic monumental elements combined with elements from later eras, is known as the City of Cyclops for its ability to keep intact the acropolis of the Civita. Thanks to her we have a "living" example of the megalithic cities of Lazio.

Following Cicero as the leitmotif of the journey, make a stop on Lake Posta Fibreno, a place that amazed the Latin speaker. Here lives the oldest poplar of the earth there swims a fish unique in the world, the Fibreno carp. But even more amazing is the clod of wandering earth that lies in the middle of the lake and moves depending on the wind and currents.

➡️ Discover the farmhouses in the province of Frosinone

There are so many destinations to consider during your February holidays. In all of them, however, you will find farmhouses and farms ready to make your stay delicious, presenting you with important

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