With an undeniable romantic appeal, fascinating history and unique culture (along with world-famous wine!), there's certainly no place like Italy. However, if you've already hit the main tourist destinations of Rome, Venice and Milan, don't worry – there's still so much of this bellissimo country to explore.

With a little help from your trusted Canberra travel agency – Active Travel – discover Italian towns to visit off the beaten track. 

San Gimignano

Located just an hour's drive south of Florence, tucked away in Tuscany's rolling hills, lies the small Italian town of San Gimignano.

Inside the encircling stone walls of this alluring town, you'll find cobbled streets lined with rustic restaurants, galleries, local delis and historic sites, including the 13 remaining tower houses that dominate San Gimignano's incredible skyline.

Marvel at the painted arches and walls within the Basilica S.Maria Assunta and Duomo Di San Gimignano before heading to a nearby vineyard to try some Vernaccia di San Gimignano – the local, delicious white wine.

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Santa Margherita Ligure

With an esplanade boasting pastel-coloured townhouses and a palm-laden riviera, Santa Margherita Ligure certainly wouldn't look out of place on one of your holiday postcards.

Santa Margherita Ligure is only a 10-minute drive from the elegant resort of Portofino, but unlike this high-end, touristy spot, it's much more laidback, making it the ideal place to wind down and explore at your leisure.

Spend your time in this colourful coastal town strolling along the promenade with gelato in hand before hopping onboard a luxury boat for a cruise through the tranquil waters. Back on dry land, lay a towel down on the picture-perfect beach until dinner time creeps up. For a bowl of the freshest seafood pasta, be sure to head to one of the waterfront restaurants to top off a simply perfect day! 

Want to find the best place to stay with unbeatable views? Let Active Travel help. We can take care of booking your accommodation, along with other important details. 


Cefalù is a picturesque seaside commune in the heart of northern Sicily, known for its beachy and balmy atmosphere, rich history and scrumptious Italian cuisine. 

One of the major attractions of this charming town is the grand, Normandy Cefalù Cathedral. The historic monument was built in 1131 and features incredible mosaic designs and high arches. Spend your time hopping between other historic sites before retiring on the beach with an ice cold Peroni.

With so many magical Italian towns to explore, grab your passport and speak to one of our Canberra travel agents today!