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4 Italian Getaways Only Accessible by Car

Friday Apr 10, 2015


Discover some of Italy’s Best Kept Secrets when you visit these four undiscovered Italian travel destination gems. Although most of the country has decent public transportation, some areas are virtually impossible to reach without a car rental in Italy, which often means that they are relatively unchanged by tourism and outside influences. Immerse yourself in the authentic beauty and culture of this richly historic country!


1.    San Cassiano – Cosy Mountain Haven


Situated high up in the Dolomite Mountains, the small village of San Cassiano offers a taste of Northern Italian life, and a wonderful escape from everyday life. You can fly in and pick up your car rental in Venice, spend a few days in the magical floating city, and then venture the 2 ½ hour scenic drive up north. Once in San Cassiano, settle in to your Alpine log cabin accommodation with a roaring fire and plenty of red wine, and plan the next day’s adventures – hiking, walking, sampling local cuisine, or simply exploring the village. As Italian Getaways go, this is a particularly relaxing and romantic trip for those seeking peace and time for reflection or togetherness.


2.    Puglia – Rustic Seaside Paradise


Puglia (Apulia) is a region of Italy situated in the heel of the country’s “boot”, bordered by the Adriatic Sea and home to isolated sandy beaches, lush olive groves, and excellent Mediterranean cuisine. A few beautiful beaches are only accessible by car, making them desirable in their isolation and lack of tourists – some of Italy’s Best Kept Secrets. A rental car is not only practical in this region, but essential – you can travel that little bit further to discover truly beautiful spots along the eastern Italian coastline in the Puglia region.


3.    Abruzzo – Pristine Nature


Abruzzo is a region in Italy known for its vast stretches of pristine land dedicated to national parks, making it a great destination for bird-watchers, nature lovers, and trail walking enthusiasts. It is also home to Europe’s southernmost glacier, Calderone, and many rare species of animals and birds. The butterflies and wild flowers are especially charming, and there are also wolves, bears, golden eagles, and many other European species thriving in the green spaces of Abruzzo. The best way to enjoy this diverse natural ecosystem and the gorgeous landscape is from the comfort of a rental car – the best transport option for Italian Getaways!


4.    Monte Pellegrino – Mountain Drives and Cave Art


Discover a truly unique historical site at Mount Pellegrino in Palermo, Sicily. Public transport can only take you to a church halfway up the mountain (The Sanctuary of Saint Rosalia), so a Palermo rental car is essential for accessing the cave art site and the beach on the other side of the mountain. The church is a Catholic pilgrimage site, and it’s worth a visit on the way up. The main attraction is the Grotta dell’Addaura, a collection of open caves with cave art from the Paleolithic and Mesolithic ages. The rock engravings depict men and animals, and give visitors a sense of prehistoric life in the area. After viewing the cave art, you can continue on to Mondello beach – which is not accessible by public transportation – to enjoy the sunshine and aqua-hued ocean.

Plan Your Own Excursion among Italy’s Best Kept Secrets

There’s no doubt about it; the best way to uncover hidden gems at some of the lesser-known yet breathtaking Italian getaways is in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle! Free yourself of the limitations inherent in public transportation by exploring Italy’s best kept secrets at your own pace and direction and do it all at a price you can feel good about. Check out Kemwel’s remarkably low rates online or feel free to give us a call, toll-free at 1-877-820-0668. We offer some of the best travel deals available and you can always count on Kemwel to offer superior value on whatever you may need to complete your trip, from luxury car rentals to hotels, airfare, and beyond!



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