Sharing its 7,600 kilometres of coastline between the calm blue waters of the Adriatic and the Mediterranean, Italy is simply one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. The birthplace of the Roman Empire, the Catholic Church, humanism and the Renaissance, the “Boot” is studded with major archaeological sites and stunning cities filled with art and secular heritage. Its capital, Rome, is an open-air museum, while Florence is an incarnation of all the splendour of the Renaissance. Sienna is a sumptuous city dating back to the Middle Ages, while Naples is the tempestuous gateway to Pompeii. Venice is romantic, with its canals lined with luxury ‘palaces’, and then transforms during its amazing Carnival. So many gems to discover in the heritage of Old Europe.
As well as these towns and cities, Italy’s charm also comes from the stunning kaleidoscope of landscapes of its 20 regions, from the mountains of Abruzzo to the valleys filled with vines, from the olive and cypress trees of Tuscany to the trulli of Puglia, or the steep cliffs covered with lemon trees of the Amalfi Coast. All of these regions are bathed in the delightful climate and nonchalance of the Mediterranean. Its chic seaside resorts, like Portofino and Capri and the idyllic islands of Sardinia and Sicily, remind you of the Dolce Vita captured and transcended by Federico Fellini in Rome. You'll be amazed by the postcard settings of the most aesthetic nation on the planet. The Italian way of life includes one of the best cuisines in the world, as well as encompassing fashion, design, the arts, heritage and style. The epicurean, unifying spirit that you can see from Piedmont to Etna, from the little fishing ports on the Adriatic coast to the café culture of Rome, is as eternal as the city itself.