It's no secret that some hotspots are better visited outside of peak season: step forward, Cagliari. Bursting with evidence of the city's rich history, the Sardinian capital's cobbled alleys are replete with Roman ruins, ancient churches and towering palazzi. Rent a Vespa and zip through the city streets in true Italian style, stopping only for a quick espresso at any of the charismatic cafés that line the narrow roads. Beautiful beaches fringe the city's bay: Spiaggia del Poetto is the most popular, with its white sands stretching over 8km, but we suggest heading to Mari Pintau, a secluded bay just a short drive from the city. In the evening, visit Castello, the walled citadel perched on a hilltop overlooking town. What appears to be a sleepy neighbourhood comes alive when the sun goes down, with locals at bars, cafés and restaurants spilling out onto the street and enthusiastically directing tourists towards their favourite boltholes. Stanley Tucci fans should look to visit the Civic Market of San Benedetto, where the actor taste-tested some of the region's specialities.
Where to stay: Hotel MiraMare