Italy is a country of romance, of history, architecture, music, a centre of faith, home of the Rennaissance, and inspirational food and drink. The Alps in the North gradually descend to meet the lush green hilly country of the midlands which stretch towards the hot and dry South; less visited and generally less wealthy, but now welcoming more visitors. Dramatic coasts surround the vast majority of this phenomenal country that many visitors want to return to again and again.
The well preserved remains of the capital of the Roman Empire stand alongside modern Rome creating a city like no other with wonderful opportunities for exploration. From the Colloseum and Forum to St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Museum, the city's fine art and architecture are arguably second to none. Famous fountains and squares sit amidst cosmopolitan shops and amenities.
Italy's cities each have a unique character with a wide range of attractions. Amongst the masterpieces housed in cathedrals, museums and galleries are Michaelangelo's 'David', and Boticelli's 'Birth of Venus' in Florence alone. Romantic Venice dates back to the Middle Ages and the entire city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is made up of over 100 islands and is famous for its canals and bridges, and of course its Gondolas and Gondoliers.
Exploring the hills and Apennine mountains of central Italy reveals picturesque villages and towns surrounded by beautiful countryside. Italy's coasts range from quiet unfrequented southern beaches to busy resorts further North, from the lagoon of Venice to the dramatic volcanic coast of Amalfi.
After a day of exploring or sightseeing, finding a local trattoria for a taste of Italy each evening is always a highlight. The Italians are, after all the masters of pizza and pasta, and a traditional gelatto during the day always refreshes things nicely too. As well as discovering ancient Roman history and beautiful scenery, why not also enjoy a visit to a vineyard, olive grove or cheese producer and sample their fares.
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