One can travel the world without leaving Italy. If the financial crisis, the need to restrict oneself to a shorter holiday or healthy parochialism push us to stay within our borders, we can try long-distance sister locations by exploring exotic destinations within Italy.
The temperature drops, the eyes relax as they absorb the surrounding greenness, and the mind expands as the view opens far out to the horizon. Here we are in Canada – but no, we are actually in Madonna di Campiglio (Autonomous Province of Trento).
All you need to do is immerse yourself in the Parco Naturale Adamello Brenta, a paradise of biodiversity covering a full 620 km2, the largest protected area in Trentino.
One walks surrounded by glaciers, impetuous torrents or spectacular waterfalls including the Nardis, those of Lares and Matarot.
The lakes include the Malghette, an intense hue of bluey green, that reflects the wooded Mount Vigo.
With the whiteness of the walls and the brightly painted doors and windows, visitors ambling through white Ostuni can imagine they are in Hammamet, in Tunisia
Sheer drops indeed, but this time into the sea with waves crashing onto the coast. There is no need to travel as far as Cornwall: just go to Liguria, to the Cinque Terre.
The spectacular stretch extending between two promontories boasts inlets, bays and cliffs similar to those on the celebrated English peninsula. But here the landscape is embellished with delightful villages in pastel tints: Monterosso, Vernazza, Manarola, Corniglia and Riomaggiore, nestled between the inlets, bays and cliffs.
It only takes a walk through the alleys of Sperlonga (Latina), in Lazio, or white Ostuni (Brindisi) to get confused and imagine oneself in Tunisia in Hammamet because of the whiteness of the walls and the brightly painted doors and windows.
To enjoy calm and oriental poetry instead, as if you were in Japan or Thailand, simply go to Umbria, to Giosuè Carducci's much loved Fonti del Clitunno, surrounded by trees on the water's edge and dense vivid green vegetation.
This playing at being explorers, discovering the world in Italy, ends with the cold water and tight walls of the Gole Alcantara, in Sicily, reminiscent of the luxuriant vegetation of the Cañón del Sumidero, the deep canyon north of Tuxtla Gutiérrez, in Mexico.
So all at the ready to post spectacular pictures on Instagram and Facebook, to give your followers the impression that you have travelled the width and breadth of the world. Just remember to write fake captions.
The WWF oases, paradise just round the corner
From Lombardy to Campania, a journey between the natural areas which are closest to cities. For a quick escape to nature
The many facets of Italian street art
Milan, Rome, Naples. Murals and graffiti blossom in Italian cities that become colourful open-air museums