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Friuli-Venezia Giulia

Region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia

The geographical complexity of Friuli-Venezia Giulia - around eight thousand square kilometres of alps, limestone plateau, alluvial plain and shelving coastlands - is mirrored in its social diversity. The mountainous north is ethnically and linguistically Alpine; the old peasant culture of Friuli, though now waning, still gives a degree of...
Lombardy

Region of Lombardy

Lombardy, Italy's richest and most developed region, often seems to have more in common with its northern European neighbours than with the rest of Italy. Given its history, this is hardly surprising: it was ruled for almost two centuries by the French and Austrians and takes its name from...
Piedmont

Region of Piedmont – Piemonte

Many of the dishes in Piedmont's (Piemonte) swankiest restaurants derive from the tables of the Piemontese aristocracy, in particular the Savoy dukes and kings who ruled the region from the eleventh century, making Turin their capital in 1574. Their presence is clearly visible today in the grandiose architecture of...
Trentino-Alto Adige

Region of Trentino-Alto Adige

Trentino-Alto Adige is something of an anomaly: a mixed German-Italian region, much of which has only been part of Italy since 1919. Before then Alto Adige was known as the South Tyrol and was part of Austria. At the end of World War I, Austria ceded South Tyrol to the...
Cinque Terre

Visiting Italy on a budget

A brief guide on how to plan an affordable vacation to Italy The richness of Italian life is an irresistible lure - from its cuisine and architecture to its fashion and art. Unfortunately, indulging in all that the country has to offer can take its toll on even the most...
Villasimius

Top 5 Must-See Beaches In Italy

Italy features some of the finest beaches in the world From Caribbean-like stretches of soft sand to coves nestled along rocky shores, this country offers a diverse selection of seaside sanctuaries. But with all the other must-see cultural and historical attractions found in Italy, most travelers won't have enough time...
Tropea

Tropea: One of the pearls of the Mediterranean

Tropea is situated midway along the Costa degli Dei - the coast of the Gods - a 40 kilometre coastline stretching from Pizzo in the north to Nicotera in the south that juts into the Tyrrhenian Sea. It is a land of white sandy beaches and turquoise sea, the...
Pilgrims on the way to Rome from Duomo in Fidenza

Via Francigena (Via Romea)

The Pilgrim's road from Canterbury to Rome It doesn't take long to pick them out: men and women of all ages, most carrying backpacks and using tall walking sticks, dressed in anything from ragged shirts and trousers to high-end hiking gear, and wearing - in general - decent hiking books,...
Sicily

Region of Sicily

Sicily (Italian and Sicilian: Sicilia) is an autonomous region of Italy in Europe. Of all the regions of Italy, Sicily covers the largest surface area with 25,708 km², and currently has five million inhabitants. It is also the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, though several much smaller islands...
agrigento

Italy North to South

A look at the North, Center, and South of Italy including the islands Whether your passion is art or architecture; wine or cuisine; or historical churches or castles, there will certainly be a variety of places to visit in Italy that will pique your particular palette. Your experience here will...
seagulls-venice

Seagulls over Italy

What is surprising is the increasing presence of seagulls in Italian cities, a phenomenon which was practically unknown 100 years ago. Just imagine; in 1912 birdwatchers (yes, they do exist in Italy) joyfully reported the passage of just one Herring Gull over Rome! Today the presence of these birds...
night in Rome

Travel Insurance Tips For Italy

Protect That Perfect Italian Holiday With Travel Insurance Italy offers endless choices for incredible holidays. Whether it's skiing in the Alps or a romantic weekend in Venice, checking out the latest fashions in Milan or exploring the history, culture and architecture of Rome, there's something for everybody. But in planning that...
molise

Region of Molise

Much of Molise still seems to be struggling out of its past, its towns and villages victims of either economic neglect or hurried modern development. The cities, Isernia and Campobasso, are large and bland, rebuilt after earthquakes and fringed with factories erected by northern money that has been lured here...
sardinia

Region of Sardinia

A little under 200km from the Italian mainland, slightly more than that from the North African coast at Tunisia, Sardinia is way off most tourist itineraries of Italy: D.H. Lawrence found it exotically different when he passed through here in 1921 - "lost", as he put it, "between Europe...
aosta valley

Region of Aosta Valley

Fringed by Europe's highest mountains, Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn and Monte Rosa, veined with valleys and studded with castles, Valle d'Aosta is undeniably picturesque. The central Aosta valley cuts right across the region, following the River Dora to the foot of Mont Blanc on the French border. Along the river...
pompeii

Italy Museums and Historic Sites

Few countries can claim as extensive a heritage of artistic expression. To experience Italy's art firsthand is to touch the soul of the country. From archeological sites to architecture, museums and galleries, you will discover the many ways Italy's craftsmen and artists have articulated their passion over thousands of...
Monte Amiata

Monte Amiata: Southern Tuscany’s Highest Mountain

About Monte Amiata In these days of wild and violent volcanic eruptions - Etna, Stromboli, and (who knows when?) Vesuvius - it is reassuring to come across a tame, almost extinct, Volcano. Monte Amiata, the highest mountain in southern Tuscany (1791 metres), is just that. There is sufficient activity to...
Naples

Naples without a jacket

Yes it has its glamour and glitz, but for the temporary visitor, there is no need to put on a show. Naples has all types, and takes all types, and all swirl together in a multicoloured melange. In the great hall of the "Maschio Angioino", as they call the...
sogno

Recover the Romance in vacation villas in Italy

Vacation Villas in Italy are the Perfect Cure for Bedroom Blues When the old bedroom blues have you feeling down, sometimes the best cure is a change of scenery, and nothing is more romantic than a trip for two to rediscover your attraction against the breathtaking backdrop of the Italian...
marche

Region of Marche

Lying between the Apennines and the Adriatic, Marche (sometimes anglicized as The Marches) is a varied region, and one you could spend weeks exploring. Large areas of it are unspoilt, particularly in the southwest between Macerata and the Sibillini mountains, where crumbling hill-villages make atmospheric bases for hikes into the...

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