So you’re planning a trip to Italy but you don’t want to just see the famous tourist traps. You long to experience genuine Italian culture. Yet everywhere you look for tips, be it from websites, travel agents, or your well-traveled friends, they only talk about the same old places: Rome, Venice, Florence… Does the real Italy even exist any longer, you wonder? Indeed it does, and it’s in full magical display in the fairy-tale hilltop towns. The places where time has stopped, where secret pasta recipes are passed through generations. Where flowers adorn centuries-old stone houses, and where locals know each other by name.