If you never travelled to Italy before, what you heard is true: the peninsula is a traveler’s playground, an open air museum, a garden full of natural attractions and good food.

So why is it that tourists always end up on the same beaten tracks over and over again?

Don’t get us wrong: if you’re traveling to Italy, you must see Rome, Florence, Pisa, Venice, or try the real arancini in Palermo. There’s simply no way you can miss all that.

But if you already enjoyed the unmissable basics, and want to take your love affair with Italy to the next level, it’s time to make your next trip truly your own, and make it fit your personality.

If you’re in for that, in Italy you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for, and then some, without searching too hard.

And here you have three examples.

Foodies can go beyond the obvious trio

Pizza, pasta and lasagne… who needs to go to Italy to find the best ones?

Not to offend the purists, but we’ve had our fair share of Italian food abroad, and we can honestly say that the standard of Italian restaurants around the world is quite high. There is a good chance that the pasta amatriciana at your local Italian is as good as, or even better, than the one you could have in Italy.

And that’s good news, because it gives you the chance to explore Italy’s huge variety of regional dishes. The best place to start is to ask the tourist office about sagre, local festivals where they serve a local dish.

Or, even better, you can let us take you to a tour through the Veneto countryside and discover the real taste of this part of the Boot.

Contemplative travelers can go higher

We totally get it: art, food and architecture should never be amiss completely from any trip. But what about those who want to be immersed in scenery and get in touch with their inner spirit?

A classic destination for this type of traveler are the valleys of Tuscany, with their uninterrupted sequence of cypresses, villas and vineyards.

But that’s just one way to have your breath taken away. The Veneto region has a good alternative: the Dolomites mountains where you can go trekking, and take your spirit even higher (pun intended).

Urban kids can solve the egg-chicken conundrum

It’s summertime, and the living is easy, at least until you take your family to a crammed beach.

The picture should be quite familiar: beach-umbrella neighbors arguing to your left, loud music to your right, and sudden gusts of wind throwing sand at your face. And your poor kid with only one square foot to build a sand castle.

We don’t want to burst a bubble, but for the most part Italy’s beaches are no different.

If you still don’t want to give up your sun holiday, though, you can at least take a break from all that madness by visiting a farm. It’s a great way to slow down, reconnect with nature and get a taste of farmers’ hospitality. Also, your kids can see with their own eyes where eggs really come from.