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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...
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 -...
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...
Lazio

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...
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...
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...
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 -...
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...

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