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Italy in February: 10 travel destinations not to miss

The coldest days of January have passed, ushering in February. Experience the month of love and Carnevale with our Top 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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With the most frigid weather come to an end, but spring still around the bend, February is a fantastic winter month to enjoy Italy. Join us on an enchanting tour from north to south, where we’ll tell you about the most intriguing places to visit this month. Whether you seek adventure, sport, history or culture, we have a bevy of itineraries for solo travelers or the whole family. All you have to do is travel with us! 

Genoa

Along the Riviera di Levante in Liguria there are several villages with unique charm. Among the most unforgettable is Recco, a characteristic fishermen’s village near Genoa where you can discover the locals’ time-honored fishing traditions and delightful seafood. Recco is also famous for its excellent focaccia which is served in many different places.

Another enchanting town in the province of Genoa is Camogli. Its brightly colored houses create a striking architectural rainbow that makes the atmosphere truly alluring. Like many other Ligurian towns, Camogli has a bustling port where you can experience the local culture and regional traditions, or spend a day at the scenic pebble beach and visiting the lighthouse. A romantic walk at sunset, while the waters lap the beach, is definitely one of the best ways to end a magical day.

From Camogli, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the fascinating Abbey of San Fruttuoso. To reach the Abbey you have two options: a challenging but panoramic walk, or a scenic ferry boat ride in complete comfort. Either way you'll be able to admire what is considered one of the most famous, beautiful and important monuments in Liguria. Few can match the beauty of this Romanesque monastery built around the year 1000 on the Ligurian coast.

➡️ Discover our farmhouses in the province of Genoa

2. The beauty of Valtellina

 
 
 
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The Valtellina province in Italy, in addition to its incredible natural beauty, boasts several places of historical interest. One of these is Ponte, an ancient village that rises between Sondrio and Tirano, made famous for the engravings found there dating back to prehistory. The town has succumbed to various rulers over the centuries, starting with the Romans, then passing to the Lombards until it was considered a Habsburg possession. Its long history and diverse cultural background have made Ponte a village rich in complex and fascinating traditions, enhanced by the numerous monuments found along its streets. 

Valdisotto in the province of Sondrio is best known for its more recent history. In 1987, it suffered a devastating flood which destroyed a large part of the village. Valdisotto remains, however, a place of great historical intrigue. Among its most important monuments you can visit the wonderful parish church dedicated to San Lorenzo and San Colombano, or lose yourself in the beauty of the 18th century Ossuary of Cepina, a national monument. These landmarks make Valdisotto one of the splendid gems constituting the Comunità Montana Alta Valtellina, and a prime destination for history buffs.

You can't end your stay in Valtellina without first stopping at Grosio, another historical town which covets several treasures. The famous Rupe Magna, a rocky wall where engravings dating back to the Bronze Age have been found, are located here. After admiring this unique testament, pay a visit to the two medieval castles built when Grosio was ruled by the Valvenosta feud. Finally, complete your visit to Valtellina at one of the many farmhouses where you can enjoy superb local food and wine.

➡️ All farmhouses in Valtellina

3. Perugia

 
 
 
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Umbria is rich in history, culture and exceptional food, from the largest cities to the smallest villages. In the province of Perugia, for example, the tiny village of Deruta is well worth a stop. This characteristic town is famous for its ceramics, a traditional craft that is truly an art form. In addition to shopping for precious handicrafts, you can admire the history of this artisan trade on a visit to the Museum of Ceramics or the ancient kilns located near Porta San Michele that date back to 1500. 

Wine lovers should make a detour in Torgiano, the village that lends its name to two important regional wines: Torgiano Doc and Torgiano Rosso Riserva. You can directly experience Umbrian wine culture through visits to Torgiano’s wineries, or at the table of traditional farmhouses where local vintages accompany wholesome and genuine dishes. To further your knowledge of the agricultural landscape, visit the Museum of Wine in Palazzo Graziani Baglioni or the Museum of Olives and Oil located by the ancient and majestic Tower of Janus.

Not far from Foligno, Bevagna is a pretty town rich in history and culture. Starting from the fascinating Piazza Silvestri, you can visit many historical buildings that recount its past, such as Palazzo dei Consoli, dating back to 1200, Saints Dominic and James Church, or the Church of San Michele. Finally, you can immerse yourself in the local culture by walking through Gaite Market where you can admire the magical reconstruction of ancient crafts and complete your journey immersed in Umbrian tradition.

➡️ Discover the farmhouses in Perugia and surroundings

4. The history and taste of Asti and the Langhe

 
 
 
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Choosing to spend a holiday near Asti, more specifically in the Langhe province, means surrendering yourself to a cornucopia of flavors and history that will make every day unforgettable. A perfect example is the city of Alba, which is famous for its delicious white truffle, but also offers a tangible glimpse into the area’s past. Its medieval circular center is the perfect starting point for a city tour that will lead you to impressive towers and majestic churches, such as the Duomo and San Domenico. A journey bursting with flavor and culture certainly calls for a meal starring local ingredients, especially the headliner, tartufo bianco.

Another worthwhile stop in the Langhe area is Casale Monferrato. Its Duomo will remain engraved in your memory for its original structure and particularly striking beauty. Inside, the naves are supported by zebra-striped columns which will immediately capture your attention. Then, when your eyes look heavenward, you'll be amazed to find a beautiful blue sky. After visiting the church, move on to the castle and Bistolfi plaster cask, where the same artist’s works are exhibited. Finally, end your cultural experience with a relaxing walk along the Po river which passes through the city’s historic center and offers lovely views. 

Excellent wines are produced in the Langhe viticultural region, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Covering the Langhe, Monferrato and Roero areas, the protected territory includes 29 municipalities that stand out for their ability to harmoniously integrate human intervention with the surrounding landscape. Many farms and wineries in the area offer tastings and typical dishes to ensure your stay is incredibly delicious.

➡️ See the farmhouses in the Langhe

5. The province of Ravenna between city and nature

 
 
 
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In the scenic province of Ravenna, man has successfully preserved the natural surroundings by containing the construction of houses and buildings, leaving many areas untouched. One such town is Brisighella, called “the three hills village”, which is perched on three rocky pinnacles. On the first stands a 14th century castle, Rocca Manfrediana, on the second, the Sanctuary of Monticino and, on the last, the majestic Clock Tower. Considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, Brisighella will remain etched forever in your heart.

In the town of Gradara, you will have the opportunity to discover the rich history that characterizes Ravenna. In its majestic castle, which dates back to the 12th century, great names in Italian nobility have lived, including the Sforza, Della Rovere and Malatesta families. Crossing its imposing drawbridge and strolling through its crenellated walls, you’ll be easily mesmerized by the elegant courtyard and inner rooms. The Gradara Castle was the setting of the tragic love story of Paolo and Francesca, the two damned lovers met by Dante in his Inferno.

After recuperating your energy over lunch at a local farmhouse, it's time to be carried away by your imagination on a journey perfectly suited for children. At Bagno di Romagna Terme the whole family can venture along the Sentiero degli Gnomi (Gnomes' Path), an easy 2-kilometer path immersed in nature where both young and old can have fun trying to spot fairytale characters who make the city and surrounding forest their home.

➡️ Our farmhouses in the province of Ravenna

6. Discovering the green of Alta Badia

 
 
 
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In Alta Badia in the Bolzano province it’s nearly impossible not to have an adventurous holiday. Numerous places offer exciting proposals in the great outdoors, such as La Villa. This village is located in the heart of the valley and surrounded by dense green forests and gentle slopes. La Villa is the backdrop of winter sporting events and the starting point of the Dolomites Marathon, and perfectly located for those who wish to explore its natural reserves, Puez-Odle and Fanes-Senes-Braies. In the center of the village, you can visit the magnificent castle, Ciastel Colz, and the ancient church dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta and built in 1500.

Corvara is a hub for tourists keen on outdoor sports and excursions. The village has long been dedicated to the alpine way of life, leading tours in the Dolomites since the 18th century. In the 1930s, the first ski school and ski lift were established here. Today, travelers who chose Corvara as their destination can take part in the Sellaronda ski tour or spend their time at the town’s ice rink or golf course.

On the plateau crossing Corvara, La Villa and San Cassiano, you’ll find Movimënt, a fully equipped sports center with an extensive array of activities designed with outdoor and wellness enthusiasts in mind. The area includes 130 kilometers of wonderful ski slopes open even in February, and a beautiful spa, the most stunning of all the Alps. Even children can have fun in an area entirely dedicated to their amusement, including climbing walls, trampolines, caves and much more.

➡️ Farmhouses in the province of Bolzano

7. The historic province of Palermo

 
 
 
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Even if February isn’t associated with high temperatures, you can warm up by heading to southern Italy, stopping perhaps in Monreale in the province of Palermo. This city is famous for its Cathedral, considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and a splendid masterpiece of Arab-Norman architecture. The cloister and the Diocesan Museum are also a must-see on a visit to this Sicilian town, and made even more unforgettable by various historical re-enactments of the Norman period organized throughout the year.

For a fascinating journey through time, cultures and customs, visit the ancient remains of the city of Solunto just 20 kilometers from Palermo. Solunto was built by the Phoenicians in 7th century B.C. and then passed under the control of the Greeks and Romans. The breathtaking view from the archaeological site looks over the Gulf of Porticello and Sant'Elia, and is an ideal way to end this brief outing through Sicilian history.

Not far away, the city of Bagheria is home to several magnificent ancient villas. The town, favoured for its proximity to the Sicilian capital and the sea, was the preferred destination of many noble families who built their summer residences here. Each one is characterized by intriguing features, such as Villa Palagonia, whose disturbing statues earned it the nickname Villa dei Mostri (House of Monsters), or Villa Cattolica, which currently houses the Museum Guttuso. A tour of these historic homes is an original way to experience Italian heritage.

➡️ All farmhouses in Palermo and around

8. Alghero and its province

 
 
 
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Exploring Sardinia’s north-western province of Sassari, it’s impossible not to feel overwhelmed by its unparalleled natural beauty. A good example of this is Asinara National Park, a protected reserve since 1997 on Asinara Island, a true pearl within the Sardinian region. You can reach the island via ferry departing from the seaside towns of Porto Torres and Stintino. Book a guided tour to fully discover this national treasure and points of interest, like the abandoned old prison. 

Alghero is another destination to consider for those heading to Sassari. Start with an authentic lunch featuring Sardinian cuisine and wine at an authentic agriturismo. Then, set out to explore this mystical fortified village overlooking the sea, living testimony to the different dominations that have ruled the island. Pay a visit to its ramparts, Marco Polo to the west and Magellan to the east, before moving on to the defensive towers of San Giovanni, Vincenzo Sulis, Maddalena and San Giacomo. By the end of your stay it will be easy to see why Alghero is considered one of the most beautiful towns in Sardinia. 

Visiting one of Sardinia’s most famous symbols, the nuraghe (megalithic circular stone fortresses) is a must on your trip, and Sassari has one of the most majestic. Nuraghe Santu Antine, also known as Sa domo de su Re, literally “The House of the King”, is located in Torralba in the historic region of Meilogu. You will be awed by its grandeur: the original height of the donjon was around 23 meters, second only to the Egyptian pyramids of that time. If a visit to Nuraghe Santu Antine arouses your curiosity you can find 30 more in the plain of Cabu Abbas!

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9. Not only Sassi in the province of Matera

 
 
 
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Matera, European Capital of Culture 2019, is certainly one of the most popular destinations this year, and its surroundings have much to offer the curious traveler. Craco, for example, is a bewitching village perched amongst the gullies and reputed to be a ghost town. The city was abandoned after a hydrogeological event that forced its inhabitants to leave in 1969. Today it is an open-air museum that you may visit only after obtaining prior authorization, but we assure you it’s worth it! Craco, in fact, has remained frozen in time since that moment 50 years ago. Walking through its silent streets and observing the remains, especially those of its cathedral, is a truly unique and memorable experience.

Just before arriving at the Bradano River, you will come to the Crypt of Original Sin or Crypt of the Hundred Saints. Inside you can admire one of the most beautiful examples of Byzantine rock paintings in southern Italy, which depict the stories of the New and Old Testaments as well as images of the Saints, Peter, Andrew and John, and the archangels, Gabriel, Michael and Raphael.

In the Old Testament image there is a very particular painting of the original sin, in which Eve offers Adam a fig instead of an apple. The work represents the original interpretation of the Holy Scriptures, in which the two used fig leaves to cover themselves. The rock paintings are decorated with red flowers typical of the area, and appear to have been made between the 8th and 10th centuries A.D.

➡️ Farmhouses in Matera and its province

10. Frosinone and its villages

 
 
 
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Frosinone is the final province on our list for the month of February. One weekend isn’t enough to see everything it has to offer, but travelers should visit the following villages for an alluring introduction: Arpino, Anagni, Fumone and Alatri. We guarantee they’ll have you wanting to return! 

Start with a visit to Arpino, Cicero’s town of birth and home of the Civitavecchia archaeological site as well as a plethora of museums dedicated to wool and violin making.

Anagni is undoubtedly one of the most interesting towns in Ciociaria. In addition to its artistic heritage, Anagni is nicknamed “City of the Popes” as it was the birthplace of four popes and home to important historical events related to Pope Boniface VIII (does “Anagni’s Slap” ring a bell?).

Fumone is a tiny but very characteristic village. Walk around the old town and up to the castle where you can enjoy the beautiful panoramic views. Finally, Alatri, known for its well-preserved archaic monuments, is called “City of the Cyclops” for miraculously keeping the Acropolis of Civita intact over centuries. Thanks to Alatri, we have a "living" example of the megalithic cities in Lazio.

With Cicero as the leitmotif for your journey, make a stop at Lake Posta Fibreno, a place that once fascinated the Latin orator. Here lives the oldest poplar on earth and a totally unique species of fish: the Fibreno carp. Even more incredible is the floating island in the middle of the lake which moves depending on the wind and currents.

➡️ Discover the farmhouses in the province of Frosinone

There are so many destinations to consider for your February holidays. Wherever you go, there are Italian agriturismi ready to make your stay a hospitable and delicious experience.

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