Italy is a magical place but why is the countryside so beautiful? Italy has wonderful beaches. it has the most majestic mountains. It was formed from very violent volcano and earthquake events over millions of years. The result is a land of dramatic mountains. In many places they are impassable! You have to drive around them sometimes adding hours to your time.
We live in southern Campania and the mountains there are steep and sharp. It is amazing to awake each day to their majesty. You have to repeat them while you are in total awe of them. These mountains are what creates the small mountain towns we love so much. Be careful on the mountain roads. They are steep with hairpin curves and many times there are no guard rails. The reward is an isolated town of beauty. People may stare at you because they are not used to seeing strangers but they are friendly.
Go and explore the mountains and towns. No tour bus can go here. Be an explorer and see the uncharted Italy. You will be rewarded with fantastic mountains and great memories.