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Images of Lake Garda

Lake Garda (Italian Lago di Garda or Benaco) is the largest lake in Italy. It is located in Northern Italy, about half-way between Venice and Milan. It is in an alpine region and was formed by glaciers at the end of the last ice age. The lake and its...

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...
Near Teatro romano di Verona

Italy’s Top 10 Must See Destinations

Our top 10 Italy destinations Italy has much history to be found in its beautiful cities and crisp green countryside, with a superb public transport system to facilitate this (particularly with regards to the train system). Each and every year, millions of tourists flock to the countries beaches, lakes, mountains...

Images of Assisi

Assisi is a town in Italy in Perugia province, Italy, in the Umbria region, on the western flank of Mt. Subasio. It is the birthplace of St. Francis, who founded the Franciscan religious order in the town in 1208, and St. Clare (Chiara d'Offreducci), the founder of the Poor...

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...

Living with Sicily

Carmelina migrated to Perth, Australia and returned to Sant'Ambrogio, Sicily. Sant' Ambrogio, a small village in northern Sicily sits comfortably on a steep slope of the coastal Madonie Mountains. Below the houses lies the old tortuous coastal road and the Tyrrhenian Sea that, even on a windless day or night, keeps...
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Images of Lake Como

Lake Como (Lago di Como in Italian, also known as Lario; Latin: Larius Lacus) is a lake of glacial origin in Lombardy, Italy. It has an area of 146 km², making it the third largest lake in Italy, after Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore. At 410 m deep it...

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...
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...
Firenze Boboli Neptune

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....

Images of Capri

Capri is an Italian island off the Sorrentine Peninsula. On the south side of the Gulf of Naples, Capri has been a celebrated beauty spot and resort since the time of the Roman Republic. The island and specifically the town of Anacapri has been a very popular spot among...

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...

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...

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...

Italy and its culture

A living museum Italy is a living museum. Her public structures comprise vivid, visible art and architecture that stand as testaments to the country's history and culture. The Roman and Greek empires influenced early Italian design with their mighty temples and impressive amphitheaters, while Renaissance, Baroque and Gothic design later...

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...

Region of Lazio

Of all Italy's historic cities, it's perhaps Rome, in the region of Lazio, which exerts the most compelling fascination. There's more to see here than in any other city in the world, with the relics of over two thousand years of inhabitation packed into its sprawling urban area. You...
Skiing in the Italian Alps

Skiing in Italy: Perfect Family Adventure Holidays

Italy is one of the best holiday places in the world You might think that having children means you have to limit the types of holidays you can enjoy. However, there's no need to leave the children at home or stop taking the energetic holidays you had in the past....

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...

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...

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