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LIGURIA While this region on the north west coast


along the Italian Riviera may be best known for charming seaside villages like Portofino and Cinque Terre, the old town of Genoa, bursting with culture, has plenty to offer historians and art lovers. Pesto hails from Liguria, a region that’s also renowned for its seafood. There are several 18-hole courses strewn across the picturesque region, but don’t miss the opportunity to play at Golf Club Garlenda — named among the 10 best golf destinations in the world by The Sunday Times, the 18-hole course is surrounded by ancient olive groves and pine forests and lies just a short walk from many magical hotels on the Italian Riviera. liguriagolf.com turismoinliguria.it/en


LOMBARDY Rich in history, culture and beauty, Lombardy abounds in UNESCO World Heritage Sites, but is also known as the region of great lakes and mountains. Home to Milan, it’s equally renowned for innovation and creativity in fashion, art and design, while it deserves a special mention for the great variety and high quality of its food and wine. With more than 60 golf courses scattered across the area — 28 of which feature 18, 27 and 36 holes — there’s a wide range to choose from. Some of the biggest international golf events have taken place around Lake Como, with its spectacular views, while Lake Garda is one of the best-known golf destinations in Europe, with stunning scenery from every tee. in-lombardia.com


PUGLIA The region that forms the heel of Italy in the


southeastern tip of the country is famous for its golden beaches, the Baroque town of Lecce, the conical-roofed trulli houses around Alberobello, the ruins of the antique Messapian city of Egnazia and the coastal dunes of Torre Canne and Torre San Leonardo. Golfers can play on several 18-hole courses, many designed by renowned architects, but for one of the best complete with academy and spa, head to the DoubleTree by Hilton Acaya Golf Resort near Lecce, nestled between a natural reserve and the Adriatic Sea. Meanwhile, at San Domenico Golf, home to the PGA European Challenge Tour Grand Final, beginners can learn to play in under a week, with four hours’ tuition a day and the promise of completing 18 holes on the last day. weareinpuglia.it


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Clockwise from top right: Portofino, Liguria; Golf Des Iles Borromées, Piedmont; Il Picciolo Golf Club, Sicily; Monticello Golf Club, Lombardy; Alta Murgia National Park


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