Beyond Positano: This Is Where Italian Locals Go to Escape the Crowds

Picture the ultimate summer: Zipping around the Italian coastline on a Vespa, learning to make pasta in the quaint olive grove–lined farmhouses, taking dips in the crisp Mediterranean sea, or sipping on Apérol spritzes at sunset. Yes, few countries give us carefree summer yearnings like Italy does. Therein lies the problem: We're not the only ones who have the brilliant idea to travel to Venice, Positano, or Lake Como in the dead of summer—and the swarms of tourists are scary to brave.

But here's the thing—Italians take vacations too, and they know just where to go to escape the crowds. Curious to know where the quaintest tourist-free Italian locales are? We asked Matteo Della Grazia, owner of Discover Your Italy, a boutique travel outfitter known for showcasing the "Italian's Italy," encouraging travelers to explore some of the country's lesser-known destinations. Ahead, he gave us the lowdown on six unique places to visit in Italy to experience the country's best—just sans crowds.