Italy is the perfect travel destination.
A 7,600km-long coastline to explore and an endless array of landscapes to choose from. The most number of UNESCO World Heritage sites, 54 to be exact. Thousands of cities filled with historic churches, palaces, villas and monuments of great architectural and artistic value. Hundreds of archeological sites bear witness to its long and impressive history.
Vast collections of art including masterpieces from the most important artists of the Renaissance such as Michelangelo, da Vinci, Botticelli and Raphael preserved in museums spread across the peninsula.
Skilled artisans that keep the tradition alive through their craft and knowledge handed down through generations. It is because of them that “Made in Italy” continues to be synonymous with quality.
Non-stop shopping, a fantasy world turns into reality. The country boasts of some of the world’s most famous names in fashion: Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Prada, Ferragamo and Fendi, to name a few.
Rich and varied cuisine where food is not just nourishment but a way of life. It can be enjoyed in nonna‘s kitchen, the street chiosco or in a fancy ristorante where traditional can be at par with gourmet. Some of the world’s most excellent wines are produced in Italy from Brunello di Montalcino, Nobile di Montepulciano, SuperTuscans, Barbaresco, Nebbiolo, Chianti Classico and Barolo. And there’s the popular food that just about everyone adores, pizza, pasta and gelato.
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Founded in the 1st century B.C., Florence will develop into one of the most important European cities from the 14th to the 16th century. During this period, Florence will be at the epicentre of European trade and finance. The city-state will flourish into a rich and economically successful centre which will generate and attract philosophers, artists, architects and artisans. These and their notable patrons, among which the Medici, will be known for the rise of Renaissance and Humanism. Still today, Florence attracts art lovers and curious travellers keen to discover Florence’s vast artistic and cultural heritage.
Tuscany is one of Italy’s 20 regions. Located at the centre of the country, Tuscany is known for its picture-perfect landscape of rolling hills, scenic coastal villages, charming medieval hamlets and the historic cities of Pisa, Lucca, Siena, San Gimignano and Florence.
Rome is a city with more than 2,800 years of history. It was the capital of the Roman Empire, the capital of the Papal States from the 8th century to 1870, and today the capital of the Italian Republic. Regarded as the birthplace of Western civilization, Rome has been at the centre of cultural and artistic innovations throughout its very long history. In Rome, we walk through time in a voyage of discovery, from monuments of Roman architecture to the inventions of Baroque artists and architects, to the celebration of the Papacy, into the contemporary city.
In order to fully grasp the grandeur of Rome, one must visit the Vatican, the seat of the Papacy and Roman Catholic Church. It is also home to a treasure trove of iconic art. The Vatican Museums house ancient Roman sculptures as well as works of masters such as Raphael, Caravaggio, Botticelli and Michelangelo whose frescoes gloriously decorate the Sistine Chapel.
Nestled on the western coast of Italy between Naples and Amalfi, we find one of Italy’s most scenic coastal areas. From the 9th to the 13th century, Amalfi was a rich and influential maritime republic. The coastal road passes through a series of charming villages that dot its shores such as Ravello, Vietri, Cetara and Positano, the pearl of the coast.
Capri, an island off the Sorrentine Peninsula, was already a resort in Roman times with emperors building villas, temples and gardens in their private paradise. Capri will be rediscovered in the 17th and 18th century by travellers, writers, artists and intellectuals on the Grand Tour, a customary “coming of age” trip made by chaperoned upper class European young men, and women, with means and status.
Ischia, another scenic island in the Gulf of Naples, has been known since the Greek settlements in the 8th century BC for its mineral-rich thermal waters. This rich and fertile volcanic island presents a stunning coastline and varied landscape of chestnut forests, vineyards and volcanic rock.
Venice is a unique city. Situated on a shallow lagoon, the city is built on more than 100 different islands connected among each other by hundreds of bridges. A major financial and maritime power during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, its picturesque canals weaving through ancient palaces continue to attract artists, musicians and travellers of all ages. Considered among the most refined and elegant cities of Europe, Venice becomes a must in ones visit of Italy.
Veneto was part of the Roman Empire until the 5th century AD. After a feudal period, it became part of the Republic of Venice. In the 16th century, wealthy Venetian merchants turn their gaze inland in search of leisure and commission elegant villas to be built in the countryside, a favourite architect being the innovative Andrea Palladio. In the region we also find sophisticated cities such as Vicenza, Treviso and Verona. The Valdobbiandene, where Prosecco has been produced for more than 300 years, is a stunning series of terraced vineyards and quaint country villages.
Umbria is a central region of Italy, originally populated by the Umbri people, it will become part of the Roman Empire. Crossed by the roman via Flaminia in the 2nd century BC, it will see a roman colonization and expansion. Today, a visit to the cities and medieval villages in Umbria allow us to repeatedly cross Roman roads, enter cities through Roman arches in a vivid reminder of that civilization.
Umbria offers a charming and productive landscape. Here you can still perceive tradition and culture in an environment untainted by mass tourism. Assisi, the birthplace of Saint Francis, perched on a hill that dominates over a vast valley waits to be discovered along with smaller jewels such as Gubbio, Spello, Spoleto, Montefalco, Bevagna and Todi.
“The Underground City”, Matera, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, with proof of first human settlements dating all the way from the Paleolithic Age (10,000 BC). Its historical center Sassi, along with the Park of the Rupestrian Churches, has been considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1993. It is no wonder that this jewel of the region of Basilicata has been declared the European Capital of Culture for 2019.
The region of Puglia, also known as “the breadbasket of Italy”, is the principal sources of grain for Europe and the highest producer of olive oil in Italy. Its rich and fertile soil make it ideal for agriculture of crops such as grapes, tomatoes and artichokes. Colonized by the Greeks as early as the 8th century BC, the strategically located land was coveted by many conquerors. Its long and varied history has unmistakeably left its imprint on the architecture found within its beautiful ancient towns and cities such as Bari, Ostuni, Lecce, Locorotondo and Martina Franca, to name a few.
For more than 3,000 years, diverse civilisations, from the Ancient Greeks and the Roman Empire to the Normans and the Arabs, have discovered and conquered the much coveted island of Sicily, each leaving traces of their rich and varied culture and tradition.
Sicily presents a stunning backdrop of sea- and landscapes, volcano and mountain sceneries, a plethora of ruins and monuments reminders of its ancient past, and boasts of a variety of fascinating sites such as the enigmatic Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, the Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina for its beautifully-preserved Roman mosaics, the elegant Baroque cities in Val di Noto, Modica, Noto and Ragusa, Syracuse and the archeological park Necropolis of Pantalica, the Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedrals of Cefalú and Monreale.