Italy is a southern European country with a peninsula located in the center of the Mediterranean Sea, in the shape of a boot, and with the two largest Mediterranean islands: Sicily and Sardinia. Italian culture is omnipresent and attracts travellers to this beautiful country: from language to art, to gastronomy, it is very rich!
In addition to a mix of ancient and medieval heritages, Italian landscapes are really diverse: mountains, coasts, cities and countryside. Italy pleases everyone!
To explore “another” Italy, Sicily offers splendid archaeological sites remarkably well preserved, but also Baroque and Byzantine art and Greek temples. Sardinia also offers the opportunity to visit an unexplored island where you can discover secret coves, white sandy beaches and wild valleys, ideal for hiking.
The North, to discover worldly Italy
The north is the richest region in the country. Milan, the fashion capital and the famous Venice are the perfect representatives. But, from the French border to the Slovenian border, Italy hides many treasures.
To the east, Turin allows you to visit the sumptuous surrounding castles: the Stupinigi Hunting Pavilion, the Royal Castle of Racconigi or the Royal Palace of Venaria. Piedmont also hides Lake Orta, a surprising site with its small island of San Giulio on which are located several medieval houses and the former seminary.
Close to France, Liguria is worth a visit for its beautiful mountain landscapes. How not to fall under the spell of small villages such as Apricale?
Bergamo, located a few kilometres from Milan, is one of the wonders to see, with its high city surrounded by ramparts and sublimated by many monuments. Mantua also has some assets, such as its Basilica of Sant’Andrea and its Palazzo Ducal, which are sure to seduce visitors!
Near Austria, for mountain fans, the Dolomites range offers breathtaking landscapes. Sportmen and women will find an ideal playground here.
The centre of Italy for its art and history
In the centre of Italy, Tuscany is a region in its own right with its majestic churches and the valleys of Chianti and Val d’Orcia where the green hills are sublimated by rows of cypress trees along the roads. Florence, its cultural pearl, is the place where the concentration of major works of art is the highest in the world. The cities of Lucca and San Quirico d’Orcia, which perfectly represent all the beauty of this region.
For a more authentic Italy, Umbria is the ideal destination. You can discover the “green heart” of the country with charming villages such as the fortified city of Città della Pieve.
Finally, Rome remains a must. World-renowned, the Eternal City retains all its assets and is a perfect destination for a change of scenery in Europe.
The South for the Dolce Vita
Naples, the cradle of the pizza, is located in the direction of the heel of the boot,. At the foot of Vesuvius, it charms all travellers with its picturesque monuments and its magnificent bay. In Campania, you should take the opportunity to visit the islands opposite of Naples. Procida is remembered for its authenticity, it is a small jewel out of the tourist trails and the very popular Capri. Along the Almafitan coast, the cliff-side villages seem to flow into the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean sea, giving it Cinque Terre false airs.
Then you can discover the mountainous region of Basilicata with its pretty perched villages such as Maratea. Here’s the program: lush vegetation, caves, creeks and secret villages. Nearby, for hiking lovers, the Pollino National Park is ideal!
Finally, in Puglia, in the very south of Italy, we have another face of Italy in front of us. In this “boot heel”, the atmosphere is very different from the north of the country, more rural, lively and joyful. While exploring the breathtaking landscapes like those of Lecce, we meet the culture, local traditions and a very tasty cuisine!