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Ragusa and Cefalù, Sicily, Italy

One of a coronet of historic little towns – with Modica and Noto – in southeast Sicily known for their food, baroque archicture and surrounding landscapes.







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Gargano, Puglia, Italy

The spur on the heel of Italy, the Gargano is a national park with long, sandy beaches, great forests of pine and a geographical location that tempers the summer heat with breezes blowing in from the sea on three sides.







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Matera, Basilicata, Italy

Fifty years ago, Matera was one of the poorest towns in western Europe. Now 2,000 people have returned, along with cafés, galleries, restaurants and, above all, hotels, sparking a renaissance in Matera’s fortunes.







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Porto Selvaggio, Puglia, Italy

The Salento peninsula in southern Puglia is the Cornwall or the Galicia of Italy: a seagirt place of ancient and insular cultural traditions, not all of them diluted into tourist attractions.







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Lake Iseo, Lombardy, Italy

Little known outside Italy, Lake Iseo is smaller than Lake Como but considerably quieter and more charming. With fewer sun-blotched tourists, and situated just north of the cities of Brescia and Bergamo, it is the unsung gem of northern Italy.