August 19, 2014

Italy's Top 10 Travel Destinations: ranking update

Italy's top destinations
Two months ago we published the first ranking of the best travel destinations in Italy according to the experiences that many travelers shared on, the new platform for social traveling.
With summer holidays almost ending we can now see how things changed.
The parameters on which the chart is based? The beauty of the places first of all, but also the fun activities you can do and its nightlife, how much safe is staying in each place and how cheap is to travel there, and last but not least, talking about Italy, the quality of the food!
What do you expect to see in first position? One of the amazing mediterranean beach places of south Italy? Or one of the gorgeous art cities envied all around the world? Or maybe a charming mountain resort of the Alps...

Let's explore it from the bottom:

10) Milan: score 8,07

At tenth position we find Milan, which is still favored by its very loved nightlife, scoring 9,42, but lost 4 positions, having been penalized by the expensiveness that usually characterizes big cities, whose score in this case is 6,5.

What Gadders Travelers suggest to do in Milan: perfect location to have fun in areas like Navigli and Colonne, to go shopping and also to travel to nearby cities and, for F1 lovers, to the Monza circuit.Milan, Italy

What Gadders says: Tourists choose it for fashion, opera, the cathedral, the castle and the fresco of the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, but Milan is mainly the Italian capital of business and finance. The shops are so many, the restaurants delicious and the nightlife very lively. The main historic attractions are all located nearby the two most famous monuments of the city: the imposing Duomo, the fourth largest church in Europe and... (Read more in this Blog Post about Milan)

8) Bologna and Verona: score 8,08

At ninth and eighth position, with the same score, other two art cities, smaller than Milan, but maybe more fascinating.
Curiously they have opposite strengths. In fact, romantic Verona is favored by its very appreciated beauty, whose score is 9,25, and penalized only by the nightlife with a score of 7. Bologna instead succeed with fun and nightlife, scoring 9, while is penalized by the beauty, whose score is only 6,5.

What Gadders Travelers suggest to do in Bologna: sit in the outdoor areas of the caf├ęs in the numerous squares where you can chill all day and night.Bologna, Italy

What Gadders says: Bologna the learned, the fat and the turreted. These are the three names that better than any other definition describe the peculiarities of the city of Bologna. Home of the oldest university in Europe, Alma Mater Studiorum, founded in 1088, emblem of the culinary traditions of the region of Emilia and ancient center of the Middle Ages, with... (Read more in this Blog Post about Bologna)

What Gadders Travelers suggest to do in Verona: organize a day trip to visit Giulietta's house and  the other attractions and make a romantic walk along the river.
Verona, Italy

What Gadders says: Verona is known as the Little Rome because of its importance for the Roman Empire. But the golden age of the city was during the thirteenth and fourteenth century, under the reign of the colorful and unstable family Della Scala (Scaligeri). This period is in fact known for feuds between families to which Shakespeare alludes in his tragedy Romeo and Juliet, set here. Today...

7) Salerno: score 8,11

Falls from third to seventh position Salerno, whose main quality is food, with a score of 9,33, but is considered a bit expensive place, scoring 7,33, and not completely safe (7,67). Anyway Salerno is still considered the Top City in Italy. You should go prove it!

What Gadders Travelers suggest to do in Salerno: live the authentic italian "Dolce Vita" in town and go discover the gorgeous surrounding beach resorts.
Salerno, Italy

What Gadders says: Dominated by the Longobard Castle of Arechis and overlooking a beautiful bay, Salerno is a city with great potential, although outside the traditional tourist circuits. Its charming old town, good food and the proximity to the natural wonder that is the Amalfi coast, but also the archaeological site of Paestum and the Cilento, are the strengths of a city which... 

5) Chianti and Eolie Islands: 8,17

The highest "Nature" destination of the ranking maintains its fifth position: it's the rolling hills of Tuscany's countryside called Chianti. the place considered all over the world as the best landscape in Italy.
In fact, it scores 10 in beauty, food and fun, but it gets as low as 3 in Nightlife. Not surprising as the biggest village of the area counts less than 15.000 inhabitants.
Chianti, Italy

What Gadders says: Chianti, the area of rolling hills stretching between Florence and Siena, Arezzo and the hills of Pisa, has long been considered the “heart of Tuscany”, probably one of the most beautiful countryside places in Italy. Its splendid landscape is dotted with dense vineyards, chestnut forests, oaks and maples, attractive medieval villages, romantic castles and charming colonial farmhouses, that... (Read more in this Blog Post about Chianti)

With same score there's a new entry: the archipelago of Eolie (in english Aeolian) Islands, off the northern coast of Sicily, whose best qualities are its beauty and food, rated 9,5, while the biggest issue is the expensiveness, rated 6,5. Just think that to reach the islands is a long and pricey journey.

What Gadders Travelers suggest to do in Eolie Islands:enjoy its wild nature and wonderful beaches, above all in Panarea, its best island where you can easily move walking.Eolie, Italy

What Gadders says: The Aeolian Islands, in Italian "Eolie", name that derives from Aeolus, the greek god of winds, are a small paradise that emerges from the cobalt blue waters off the northeastern coast of Sicily. Declared Unesco World Heritage Site, the archipelago is formed by the seven islands Vulcano, Lipari, Salina, Panarea, Stromboli, Filicudi and Alicudi. Here you can play exciting...

4) Ischia: 8,28

Loses the top position and falls outside the podium Ischia, biggest island of the gulf of Naples. It's most appreciated quality is still its beauty, scoring 9,67, but in summer it gets really expensive, having lowered its score of Money to 6,33.

What Gadders Travelers suggest to do in Ischia: enjoy the wonderful sea, relaxing with pleasant massages in its hot thermal waters.Ischia, Italy

What Gadders says: The volcanic outcrop of Ischia is the most developed and largest of the islands in the Bay of Naples. It is an intriguing concoction of sprawling spa towns, buried necropolises, rheumatic Germans and spectacular scenery, with forests, vineyards and picturesque small towns. Ischia only attracts a fraction of the day trippers that head for Capri from Naples in the summer. Perhaps... (Read more about Ischia on Gadders)

3) Asiago: 8,50

Another new entry in the lower step of the podium. It's the only Mountain resort in the chart. We will see if the situation changes in winter! Asiago is highly appreciated for the food, rated 9,5 (don't forget that the Asiago cheese takes name by this little village!) and, as it can be imagined, gets its lowest score in nightlife, 7. Should this be tested better? If you have been here add your opinion!
Asiago, Italy

What Gadders says: The main center of Seven Communes Plateau in the Alps of Veneto, which extends between the Valsugana and the Po Valley, bounded by the valleys of the Adige and Brenta rivers, Asiago is located in a valley of rolling hills, covered with meadows and woods. Center with...

2) Maddalena Islands: 8,61

In second position enter the wild archipelago of Maddalena, off the north coast of Sardinia. Its astonishing beauty is rated the highest: 10. And maybe for the same reason as for the Aeolian Islands, its lowest rating is in Money: 7.
Maddalena Islands, Italy

What Gadders says: The Maddalena Islands are located in the northwestern coast of Sardinia, off the Costa Smeralda. The archipelago consists of 7 larger islands (La Maddalena, Caprera, Budelli, St. Stefano, St. Maria, Spargi, Razzoli) and several smaller uninhabited islands, bathed by the beautiful and transparent sea. Among the major islands, Caprera became famous...

1) Porto Cervo: 8,83

With a little suspense, the podium is completed by another pearl of north Sardinia: Porto Cervo, evaluated by now best beach and top destination in Italy.
Porto Cervo, Sardinia

What Gadders says: When it comes to Costa Smeralda it’s impossible not to talk about Porto Cervo, the heart of this beautiful piece of land on the east coast of Sardinia, once called "Monti di Mola", lonely territory inhabited by a few farmers; now there’s Porto Cervo, by many called the invisible city, architecturally speaking mostly made of arches and stones, used as... (Read more on this Blog post about Porto Cervo)

Amalfi and Positano, the two places who were sharing the podium with Ischia, are now out of the chart, so we can conclude that in this summer Sardinia has beaten Campania, but, at it could be expected, the favorite destinations are again the hot and sunny italian beaches.

Do you agree with this ranking or do you think that some destinations deserve more?

Stay tuned, waiting for the next ranking update!

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