High art, dynamic history, distinctive fashion, rich culture, beautiful coastlines, ancient monuments, and mouth-watering cuisine are some of the reasons why Italy is the 5th most visited country in the world. This country of 15 regions borders Austria, France, Vatican City, Switzerland, San Marino, and Slovenia and beckons all to come explore her rugged, mountainous land. Depending on your location, the climate is predominantly Mediterranean; however, the far north experiences alpine conditions while the south experiences dryer, hotter conditions.
Italy has four major cities: Rome (capital), Milan, Naples and Turin, each with its distinctive offerings. Northwest Italy is home to the Italian Riviera and Milan, the fashion capital of the country. Here, lovers of natural beauty can enjoy the idyllic landscapes of Lake Como. Northeast Italy is home to the canal-filled city of Venice as well as first-class ski resorts like Cortina d’Ampezzo and Madonna di Campiglio. There’s much to see and do in this region. Central Italy is possibly the most visited area of the country, mostly due to its containing the remaining wonders of the Roman Empire with its famous landmarks like the Collosseum.
The Italian Renaissance was birthed in lovely Florence, which makes it Tuscany’s most visited city. Southern Italy’s most visited city is Naples and the ruins of Pompeii are the most visited sights. As agritourism is becoming more popular, so is this region. But until then, the beaches and sights of Calabria remain the most popular destinations. An excursion through the country’s largest island, Sicily, is a must for tourists who will find much to enjoy in the archaeology, seascape and Sicilian cuisine. Italian travel is convenient with many modes of transportation available. Ferries make island hopping effortless. Italy is a land of rich flavors, coastal beaches, ancient culture, and exquisite natural beauty.