Instead of hopping of board with a cheesy
gondolier (singing is extra money), take a much cheaper traghetto, which is basically just a less frilly gondola that locals use to get across the canals.
Pompeii has been overrun by tourists. To get a better view, visit Taormina in Sicily instead. The beautiful town carved into the Monte Tauro hillside has sweeping views of Mount Etna, Europe's highest active volcano.
3.) Lake Como
Everyone and their mother knows about Lake Como, which has turned the serene lake into a flashy, see-and-be-seen kind of scene. In contrast, Lake Orta beckons with its serenity, even boasting an island monastery in its centre.
4.) Trevi Fountain
It gets hot in Rome. Even though dipping your feet in the Tevi Fountain might look tempting please don't do it; it's illegal. Instead check out the Terme di Saturnia in Tuscany - stunning, 98 degree geothermal springs.
5.) Leaning Tower of Pisa
Instead of getting disappointed by the Leaning Tower of Pisa, check out the medieval towers in the town of San Gimignano.