Destinations of: Italy

Once favored by poets and writers for its sparkling coastline and the resort towns and fishing villages of the Cinque Terre, tiny Liguria is a great place for a holiday. Take a day trip to Nice, head south to Pisa or ramble along a scenic coastal road. Fresh seafood is always on the menu.

Rome

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A paradise of marvels and an awe-inspiring open-air museum, Rome is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church. Jam-packed with religious and artistic treasures, Rome is populated by an energetic and spirited people, with a culture steeped in religion, family, music and cuisine.

Tuscany

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Think Tuscany, think medieval hill towns! However, the region offers much more - from long sandy beaches, historic, picturesque villages, medieval and Renaissance architecture, wineries, stunning landscapes and some of the best food in Italy. The Chianti is pretty good too!
It’s hard to resist the Veneto and its extraordinary lakes and up-market resorts. Spectacular mountains, magical Venice, Romeo and Juliet’s Verona and St Anthony’s Padua are all here. A robust cuisine complements the wines of the region - think Valpolicella, Soave and Prosecco.

Umbria

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The birthplace of St Francis (1181–1226), and rich in religious history and architecture, Umbria’s scenic, cypress-lined backroads wind through historical hilltowns, vineyard upon vineyard and swathes of olive and chestnut groves. Fragrant truffles are a culinary speciality.
Milan, a metropolis in Italy's northern Lombardy region, is a global capital of fashion and design. Home to the national stock exchange, it’s a financial hub also known for its high-end restaurants and shops. The Gothic Duomo di Milano cathedral and the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent, housing Leonardo da Vinci’s mural “The Last Supper,” testify to centuries of art and culture.
The province is beloved by tourists for its laid-back lifestyle, beaches, crystalline waters and breathtaking coastline. Explore the wonders of Naples, Greek and Roman ruins and picturesque, cliff-hanging fishing villages.. Take an exhilarating (scary) bus ride along the ocean road, catch the train to Pompeii, or the ferry to Capri or just relax with the locals over the best pizza in Italy.
Dominated by the Alps and sitting on the border of northwestern Italy, Piedmont is known for winter skiing and summer hiking, fine cuisine, rivers of wine, historical monasteries, royal castles, lakeside resorts and timeless medieval villages. In autumn Piedmont's white truffle is seriously celebrated in fairs and pageants in the truffle towns around Alba. Discover the traditions of Piedmont and enjoy the dolce vita!

Naples

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Naples (Napoli), a city in southern Italy, sits on the Bay of Naples. Nearby is Mount Vesuvius, the still-active volcano that destroyed nearby Roman town Pompeii. Dating to the 2nd millennium B.C., Naples has centuries of important art and architecture. The city's cathedral, the Duomo di San Gennaro, is filled with frescoes. Other major landmarks include the lavish Royal Palace and Castel Nuovo, a 13th-century castle.

Sicily

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Sicily, the largest Mediterranean island, is just off the "toe" of Italy's "boot." Its rich history is reflected in sites like the Valley of the Temples, the well-preserved ruins of 7 monumental, Doric-style Greek temples, and in the Byzantine mosaics at the Cappella Palatina, a former royal chapel in capital city Palermo. On Sicily’s eastern edge is Mount Etna, one of Europe’s highest active volcanoes.
Basilicata is a region of forests and mountains in southern Italy. It borders the Calabria and Puglia regions, as well as the Tyrrhenian and Ionian Seas. The city of Matera is known for its Sassi district, a vast, hillside complex of cave dwellings dating back thousands of years. The complex is part of the Murgia Matera area, a gorge between Matera and Montescaglioso that includes around 150 rock-cut churches.
South Tyrol-Alto Adige borders Switzerland and Austria at northern Italy. South Tyrol is divided into eight different districts. Bolzano is the capital and largest town. Trentino-Alto Adige is known for medieval castles. The region encompasses part of the Dolomites, a section of the Italian Alps known for sawtooth limestone peaks. Trento, the region's capital, has Renaissance palaces with frescoed facades and Buonconsiglio Castle, home to art collections.

Monastery accommodation for pilgrims and tourists. An invaluable online guide for travelers who want to stray off the well-trodden tourist path.
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