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 city is occupied by an energetic, spirited people, with a culture steeped in religion, family, music and cuisine. Trendy boutiques, hole-in-the-wall cafes and cosy family-run trattorias serving classic 'cucina Romana' can be found in stylish streets or cobbled lanes. The Vatican heads the list as the most visited tourist attraction, or head for the hills - any seven of them - to escape the tourist hustle.

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, the capital of Campania, Greek and Roman ruins and the photogenic cliff-hanging fishing villages along the Amalfi coast. Take an exhilarating (hair-raising) bus ride along the ocean road south from Sorrento, travel by train to the ruins of Pompeii, climb a volcano, sail to the Isle of Capri or just relax with the locals over the best pizza and spaghetti 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. The world's biggest truffle market can be found right here. Discover the traditions of Piedmont, shop for fashion, food or antiques in Turin, sip some of the best wine in Italy and enjoy the dolce vita!
Bordered by Switzerland, Lombardy is well known for snowcapped mountains, Alpine scenery and for the regal waters of the Italian lake District. The well-to-do shorelines of Garda, Lugano and Como are sprinkled with palazzos, expensive villas and pretty, medieval villages all accessible by ferry. Milan is a global capital of style, fashion and design and along with Bergamo, Brescia, and Cremona is a centre for museums, art and monuments. 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, Assisi is Umbria's 'city of peace' and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Beyond the basilica, evocative Franciscan sites and sanctuaries can be found along Umbria’s scenic, cypress-lined backroads and in historical hill towns. Vineyard upon vineyard march up the hillsides and swathes of long-lived olive and chestnut groves sweep across the valleys. Fragrant truffles are a culinary speciality and a perfect match for the earthy red wine of the region.

Sicily

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Go beyond the mainland to discover Sicily, the largest Mediterranean island. Boasting a 14,000 year history, Sicily's ancient past is reflected in the iconic archaeological remains of Bronze Age villages, Greeks temples and amphitheatres. The hilltop town of Taormina is a tourist favourite from where views of Mt. Etna's smoking crater are a unique spectacle. Discover beachside holiday towns, crystal clear waters, outdoor food markets, glorious churches, a friendly people and a delicious cuisine based on everything growing under the Sicilian sun.
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. Explore on a hiking trail, breathe in the mountain air and recharge the batteries.
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! All roads lead to Florence, and to Siena and to San Gimignano and numerous tourists descend on the region in the summer months. Escape the 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 sun drenched seaside holiday. Surrounded by sea, Alps and the Apennine 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. And along the Ligurian Riviera, fresh seafood is always on the menu.
The northernmost region of Italy, Trentino-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, a Ferrari or a Maserati - all three 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. Hike along an ancient pilgrimage path, past castles and churches and through 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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