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Campania

Region of Campania

The region immediately south of Lazio, Campania, marks the real beginning of the Italian south or mezzogiorno. It's the part of the south too, perhaps inevitably, that most people see, as it's easily accessible from Rome and home to some of the area's (indeed Italy's) most notable features -...
Val d'Orcia, Siena

Images of Tuscany

Tuscany was the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, and its artistic heritage includes architecture, painting and sculpture, collected in dozens of museums, the best-known of which is the Uffizi and the Bargello in Florence, but also in many other towns and cities in the region. Tuscany was the birthplace...
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...
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Images of Florence

Florence lies on the Arno River and has a population of around 400,000 people, plus a suburban population in excess of 200,000 persons. The greater area has some 956,000 people. A center of medieval European trade and finance, the city is often considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance...
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...
Emilia Romagna

Region of Emilia-Romagna

Set between Lombardy and Tuscany, and stretching from the Adriatic coast almost to the shores of the Mediterranean, Emilia-Romagna is the heartland of northern Italy. It is two provinces really: Emilia to the east and the Romagna to the west - the former Papal States, joined together after Unification. Before...
venice

Images of Venice

Venice (Italian: Venezia, Venetian: Venezsia) is the capital of region Veneto, and has a population of 271,663 (census estimate January 1, 2004). The city is included, with Padua (Padova), in the Padua-Venice Metropolitan Area, population 1,600,000. It has the nicknames: "Queen of the Adriatic", "City of Water", and "The...
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Italy Comes Out On Top At Condé Nast Awards

The Awards American magazine Condé Nast has released the results of its readers' poll on the most popular European cities to visit, with three Italian cities featuring in the top 10. Not only do Florence, Rome, and Venice all feature but they help make Italy the most represented European country...
Veneto

Region of Veneto

The first-time visitor to Venice, in the region of Veneto, arrives with a heavy freight of expectations, most of which turn out to be well founded. All the photographs you've seen of the Palazzo Ducale, of the Basilica di San Marco, of the palaces along the Canal Grande -...
basilicata

Region of Basilicata

Culturally impoverished, underdeveloped and - owing to emigration - sparsely populated, Basilicata was long considered only good for taxation, and even then it was mismanaged. Although agriculture was systematized to an extent when these land formed a part of Magna Graecia, by the time the Normans arrived there was...
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Top 5 Picture-Worthy Hotspots in Florence

Places where to capture the best views of Florence, Italy Florence is widely known as one of the most spectacularly beautiful cities to visit. With its historic architecture and stunning views, photographers and scenery lovers flock to this city to absorb all its beauty and capture the scenes on camera....
portofino

Images of Portofino

The town crowded round its small harbour is considered to be among the most beautiful Mediterranean ports. According to Pliny the Elder, Portofino was founded by the Romans and named Portus Delphini, or Port of the Dolphin, because of the large number of dolphins that inhabited the Tigullian Gulf. More...
naples

Images of Naples

Naples (Italian: Napoli, Neapolitan: Nàpule, from Greek 'New City') Capital of the Campania region and the Province of Naples. The city has a population of about 1 million. By one count the metropolitan area of city is the second largest in Italy after that of Naples, with more than...
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It is in Italy where I feel most alive

Why Italy? It's not what you think! This is a question I am asked often when people find out I have been leading writing and culture tours to Italy since 2008. The answer is many-fold and layered, and involves far more than something as clichéd as "the countryside / the...
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Free Sardinia Travel Guide

As it usually happens to most Italian regions, Sardinia is mainly described as a summer destination and it is hard to get a clear picture of the island when relying only on incomplete or poor descriptions. Sardinia boasts the largest Italian coastal development, and indeed its heavenly beaches are its...
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...
Moonlight Sonata

Glamour and Gelato along the Italian Coast

Italia Fashion and fast cars are other fine Italian traditions. Ferrari, Lamborghini and Alfa Romeo are all born of the Latin spirit while nothing compares to the atmosphere of watching an Italian football match on home turf. However first and foremost are its gastronomic contributions to the world. It's impossible to...
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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...
Liguria

Region of Liguria

There's an unexpected change as you cross the border from Nice and Monaco: the Italian Riviera (as Liguria's commercially developed strip of coast is known) has more variety of landscape and architecture than its French counterpart, and is generally less frenetic. The mountains which, in places, drop sheer to the...
Puglia

Region of Puglia – Apulia

Puglia was for centuries a strategic province, colonized, invaded and conquered (like its neighbors, Calabria and Sicily) by just about every major power of the day, from the Greeks through to the Spanish. As elsewhere in the South, each ruling dynasty left its own distinctive mark on the landscape and...

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