Italy, not known for its golf courses but more for its amazing food and historical background, has some real hidden gems throughout the country.

With the likes of Gardagolf and Milano having held the Italian Open in the new Rolex Series event on the European Tour, the country is hardly lacking in quality golf courses.

And to go with some exquisite courses, there are some amazing historical attractions to go and visit to round off a perfect golfing trip.

Whether you would like a slow, peaceful trip to Tuscany, or the sunny Sicily and Sardinia, there are plenty of options.

With Italy being such a short trip of around two hours from London to most cities, it is well worth getting on a plane and finding out more about these world-class golf courses.

With two excellent and remarkably contrasting courses, I Roveri on the outskirts of Turin is a terrific golfing destination - Rob Smith enjoys a visit…

verdura resort

Nick Bonfield discovers glorious golf, a host of first-class restaurants, wonderful vineyards and sunshine galore at Sicily’s fabulous Verdura Resort... and wonders just why Italy had never before loomed on…

Puglia in southern Italy is not so well-known for its golf, but the beautiful course at San Domenico and adjacent Borgo Egnazia hotel offer much for the golfing gourmand…

The signature hole at Verdura

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Puglia sits at the heel of Italy and has been a hidden secret for many years. James Mason takes full advantage of Puglia’s fine courses and finds that the beautifully…

Golf Monthly's Valentina Bolla grew up playing her golf in Italy and with Matteo Manassero and the Molinaris starring on the world scene this year, golf would appear to be…