Destinations of: Italy

An ancient civilisation in the heart of a modern city, Rome is an awe-inspiring mix of history, culture and artistic treasures. The headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, the city is populated by an energetic, spirited people, with a culture steeped in religion, family, music and cuisine. Trendy boutiques, hole-in-the-wall cafes and traditional, family-run trattorias serving classic 'cucina Romana' can be found in stylish streets or cobbled lanes. The Vatican Museums head the list as the most visited attraction, and while the city can be overcrowded and noisy in summer, you can always head for the hills - any seven of them - for a peaceful retreat from the heat and the chaos.

Veneto

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It’s hard to resist fascinating Veneto and its artistic attractions, extraordinary lakes and lagoons, thermal springs and up-market resorts. Spectacular mountains, magical Venice, Romeo and Juliet’s Verona and St Anthony’s Padua are all here. Combine a seaside holiday with food and culture, art and history or head inland for winter skiing or summer hiking, in the Dolomites. A robust cuisine based on rice and polenta rather than pasta, complements the wines of the region - think Valpolicella, Soave and Prosecco.
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 the picturesque, cliff-hanging fishing villages along the Amalfi coast. Take an exhilarating (scary) bus ride along the ocean road south from Sorrento, take 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!
A stone's throw away from Switzerland, the region of Lombardy is well known for impressive, snowcapped mountains and Alpine scenery, and for the romantic, regal waters of the Italian lake District. The well-to-do shorelines of Garda, Lugano, Como and Maggiore are sprinkled with palazzos, expensive villas and pretty, medieval villages which can be easily reached by ferry. Milan is a global capital of style, fashion and design and along with Bergamo, Brescia, Cremona and Pavia is a centre for museums, monuments and artistic wonders. Have fun in the snow, eat like a local and discover nature, history and culture at its best.

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 hill towns, vineyard upon vineyard and swathes of long-lived olive and chestnut groves. Fragrant truffles are a culinary speciality. Relish the laid back Umbrian lifestyle in a region where spirituality, nature and art blend harmoniously.

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 the town of Montescaglioso, where numerous chapels, shrines and small churches have been carved into the rockface.
Think Tuscany, think medieval hill towns! However, the region offers much more - from long sandy beaches, historic, picturesque villages, medieval and Renaissance architecture, wineries and stunning landscapes to iconic museums, shopping, art and history, and some of the most delicious gelato ever. The Chianti is pretty good too! Numerous tourists descend on Tuscany in the summer months. Escape Tuscany's crowds between April and May or October and November.
Often referred to as 'the Italian Riviera,' and once favoured by poets and writers for its sparkling coastline and the resort towns and fishing villages of the Cinque Terre, tiny Liguria is a great choice for a sundrenched seaside holiday. Surrounded by sea, Alps and the Appennine mountain range, the region lies between Monaco and the Tuscan border. For a change of culture and scenery take a day trip to Nice, head south to Pisa or ramble along a scenic coastal road. Fresh seafood is always on the menu.
The northernmost region of Italy, South Tyrol-Alto Adige shares a border with Switzerland and Austria. The region is best known for the spectacular natural beauty of its mountains and pristine natural landscapes and for the wide variety of outdoor activities on offer all year round. The rugged peaks of the Dolomite mountain range form a spectacular backdrop to medieval villages, crystal clear lakes, vast pine forests and rolling green meadows. From breathtaking hikes to spectacular sights, the region is the ultimate nature lovers paradise.
Find a map and hire a car - maybe a Lamborgini or a Maserati - both are manufactured here - and head off into the great outdoors. Sample the flavours at one of the region's food & wine festivals or visit mystical spiritual sanctuaries, ancient forests and alluring towns of medieval and Renaissance origin - places which have helped shaped this region of culture and conviviality, sea and nature, fast cars, slow food and la dolce vita!

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