26 photos that show what popular tourist sites are really like
Go in the off season, and find places to visit that are important, interesting, and fun but not mobbed. For example, we found the high tourist zones in nearly every European country to be no go zones in Summer, but much more approachable in fall. We found the Greek ruin of Paestum nearly completely tourist free when we visited in October. We found Western Toscana, Southwestern Umbria, and Western Lazio to be full of attractive, interesting, untouristed towns. We found the same in nearly all of Southern Italy. There are endless places to visit, and things to see which are off the beaten path. Find some, you will be glad you did.