As one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world, Italy attracts hordes of tourists all year-round. Venice, Rome and Florence offer unique beauty and history and culture - but they don't come without the overwhelming crowds. If you're intent on seeing authentic Italy on a relaxing break, you'll want to explore the places tourist overlook.
Whether you fancy hitting the beach or discovering the delights of a city, there are some fantastic alternatives to Italy's better-known destinations. Bergamo, Ostuni and Ponza are just three undiscovered places to visit in Italy, where you can holiday with Italians and immerse yourself in the local culture, without a living statue in sight.
For a quiet lake getaway, underrated Lake Orta has as much beauty as Italy's higher-profile lakes but is far less touristy. And Tuscany might be known for its pretty hill towns but the lesser-known region of Basilicata in Italy's south boasts a unique village in rugged mountains with added adventure. There is even excellent skiing away from the crowds of the Alps in a part of Italy you have probably never ventured.
From unspoilt beaches to spectacular spa towns, discover the holiday destinations the Italians have been keeping to themselves...