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calabria

Region of Calabria

In the 7th century this province, which had been part of the Byzantine Empire, was overrun by the Lombards, and the name "Calabria" was then applied to the "toe" of Italy, which the Byzantines still controlled. The "toe" had until then been known as "Bruttium". The landscape provides the main...
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...
umbria

Region of Umbria

Within its borders Umbria contains a dozen or so classic hill-towns, each resolutely individual and crammed with artistic and architectural treasures to rival bigger and more famous cities. To the east, pastoral countryside gives way to more rugged scenery, none better than the dramatic twists and turns of 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...
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...
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...
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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...
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...
Abruzzo

Region of Abruzzo

The name Abruzzo appears to derive from the Latin form Aprutium. The name Aprutium, however, was not in use in Roman times when the region was known at various times as Picenum, Sabina et Samnium, Flaminia et Picenum and/or Campania et Samnium. This region was known as Aprutium in...
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 -...
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...
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...
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...
Tuscany

Region of Tuscany

Tuscany is like a picture that has long held an irresistible attraction for northern Europeans and Americans. The expat's perspective may be distorted, but Tuscany is indeed the essence of Italy in many ways. The national language evolved from Tuscan dialect, a supremacy ensured by Dante, who wrote the...
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...
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...
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...

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