There is no better time than spring to discover the beauty and the magnificent views of our peninsula, and it is worth taking advantage of the Easter holidays to spend a few relaxing days surrounded by historical and natural landscapes. Whether your favorite destination are the mountains, the sea side or a historic village, in Italy it takes only a few hours to find the perfect spot, even at the last minute.
Sleeping in a tree house is a dream that comes from an early age but somehow it never stops accompanying the most adventurous souls … Staying one step above the ground, reality, in another dimension, between heaven and earth, is a dream that can become a reality in Avelengo, near the most famous town in Trentino, Merano. Here is the San Luis Hotel, a beautiful structure surrounded by greenery that offers real tree houses for couples but also families, to live unforgettable days among blooming apple trees and peaks still covered with snow.
Moving on to other mountains, the Valle d’Aosta region is one of the most popular destinations to spend the first days of spring, not only skiing, but also reconnecting with the blooming nature and, why not, rural life, going to visit the local dairies. In particular, the Società Agricola Dondeynaz and Gamba in Brusson gives the opportunity to learn how to make cheese, step by step. Imagine the Easter table set with delicious Valle d’Aosta cheese created with your own hands…!
Lower mountains, overlooking the sea: Monte Conero is just one of the many marvels of Marche, still one of the less celebrated regions in Italy and for this reason, a true gem to be discovered. At the foot of the natural oasis of Monte Conero, there are some of the most beautiful coastlines in central Italy. Numana, Sirolo, Le Due Sorelle are paradisiacal beaches where you can enjoy the first warm sun of the year, and then indulge a few kilometers away in a starred lunch by the sea, at the Madonnina del Pescatore, where Mariella will welcome you and offer the extraordinary recipes of chef Moreno Cedroni.
The heart of Italy still hides the wounds of the last earthquake, but also virtuous examples of reconstruction and excellence. Like the Relais & Chateaux Palazzo Seneca in Norcia, named Hotel of the Year in 2017 during the Virtuoso Travel Week in Las Vegas. This marvelous structure is the perfect starting point for a tour to discover Umbria, where, within a few kilometers, you can admire the timeless charm of villages like Spello, Assisi and Gubbio, places poised between past and present, where escaping is as easy as convenient.
Easter is the most suitable time to visit Matera, the new it–place for foreigners who dream about our country. The New York Times has no doubts, Matera is one of the destinations to discover in 2018 and the Lonely Planet agrees, including it among the ten cities not to be missed this year. It is not difficult to imagine the reason for all this international recognition: the Sassi di Matera are a spectacular experience without comparisons, which hide a labyrinth of ancient caves, churches and rock monasteries.
Going further south, there is Palermo, which this year has been named the Italian Capital of Culture and offers many new events in the cultural calendar of the city. Palermo is perfect not only as a summer destination, but especially in the spring, when the not so hot climate is ideal for long walks in its historic center to admire its wonders. From the Cathedral to Palazzo dei Normanni, the fountain in Piazza Pretoria and the noble palaces such as Palazzo Conte Federico, which on March 31 will be open to the public and reveal its ancient halls, the city is full of places to be fully discovered.