Without a doubt, Italy is one of the most awe-inspiring places to visit in the world, and for good reason too; it is home to some of Planet Earth's finest architecture, art, food, scenery, and culture. You name it: Italy has it by the bucketload.
Whilst the Italian marvels; such as the canals of Venice, the rolling hills of Tuscany and the lost city of Pompeii will continue to inspire many for generations, popularity and mass-tourism comes at a price, and it is not uncommon to see the country's most popular tourist sites crowded with tens-of-thousands of visitors on a daily basis, (you can even read here about how Venice plans to limit tourist numbers)
Therefore, Italy's off-the-beaten-track spots are becoming increasingly alluring to visitors looking to experience the wonders of this fascinating country, but without the throngs of other holidaymakers.
Italy's lesser-known destinations are by no means less-extraordinary; one could even argue that the narrow and gritty streets of Genoa are far more arresting than the grand boulevards of Milan, or the striking Volcanic landscapes of the Aeolian Islands outmatch the rising peaks of the Dolomites any day. And, to give you an idea of the wonders of Italy that lie beyond the usual tourist trail, we've compiled a selection of stunning images, brought to you by our global network of photographers, of some of the most captivating (and least crowded) places to visit.