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The Beaches of Puglia

Puglia is a region in southern Italy that is known for its beautiful beaches. The region has a long coastline, with beaches that range from sandy to rocky. There are…

Region of Tuscany

[caption id="attachment_130" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Tuscan countryside[/caption] Tuscany, located in central Italy, is a region that is steeped in history and culture. With its beautiful landscape, medieval architecture, world-renowned cuisine, and…

Region of Puglia – Apulia

[caption id="attachment_153" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Gargano, Puglia[/caption] Puglia was for centuries a strategic province, colonized, invaded and conquered (like its neighbors, Calabria and Sicily) by just about every major power of…

Region of Campania

[caption id="attachment_148" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Bay of Naples[/caption] The region immediately south of Lazio, Campania, marks the real beginning of the Italian south or mezzogiorno. It's the part of the south…

Region of Abruzzo

[caption id="attachment_143" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Barrea (Parco Nazionale, Abruzzo, Italia)[/caption] The name Abruzzo appears to derive from the Latin form Aprutium. The name Aprutium, however, was not in use in Roman…

Region of Lazio

[caption id="attachment_138" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Rome[/caption] 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…

Region of Emilia-Romagna

[caption id="attachment_135" align="aligncenter" width="800"] One of the many castles in Emilia Romagna[/caption] Set between Lombardy and Tuscany, and stretching from the Adriatic coast almost to the shores of the Mediterranean,…

Region of Liguria

[caption id="attachment_127" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Portofino[/caption] 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)…

Region of Veneto

[caption id="attachment_124" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Venezia[/caption] 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…

Region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia

[caption id="attachment_119" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Abbazia Rosazzo in Friuli[/caption] The geographical complexity of Friuli-Venezia Giulia - around eight thousand square kilometres of alps, limestone plateau, alluvial plain and shelving coastlands -…

Region of Lombardy

[caption id="attachment_116" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Lake Como[/caption] 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…

Region of Piedmont – Piemonte

[caption id="attachment_113" align="aligncenter" width="800"] The Alps in Piedmont[/caption] Many of the dishes in Piedmont's (Piemonte) swankiest restaurants derive from the tables of the Piemontese aristocracy, in particular the Savoy dukes…

Region of Trentino-Alto Adige

[caption id="attachment_105" align="aligncenter" width="800"] The Dolomites as seen from Lake Misurina[/caption] Trentino-Alto Adige is something of an anomaly: a mixed German-Italian region, much of which has only been part of…

Region of Sicily

[caption id="attachment_164" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Selinunte, Sicily[/caption] Sicily (Italian and Sicilian: Sicilia) is an autonomous region of Italy in Europe. Of all the regions of Italy, Sicily covers the largest surface…

Region of Molise

[caption id="attachment_178" align="aligncenter" width="741"] San Vincenzo al Volturno[/caption] Much of Molise still seems to be struggling out of its past, its towns and villages victims of either economic neglect or…

Region of Sardinia

[caption id="attachment_167" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Pink Beach[/caption] A little under 200km from the Italian mainland, slightly more than that from the North African coast at Tunisia, Sardinia is way off most…

Region of Aosta Valley

[caption id="attachment_110" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Lake Darpy, Aosta Valley[/caption] Fringed by Europe's highest mountains, Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn and Monte Rosa, veined with valleys and studded with castles, Valle d'Aosta is…

Region of Marche

[caption id="attachment_3237" align="alignnone" width="787"] Grotte Frasassi, Le Marche[/caption] Lying between the Apennines and the Adriatic, Marche (sometimes anglicized as The Marches) is a varied region, and one you could spend…

Region of Umbria

[caption id="attachment_181" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Assisi[/caption] 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…

Region of Basilicata

[caption id="attachment_175" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Matera[/caption] Culturally impoverished, underdeveloped and - owing to emigration - sparsely populated, Basilicata was long considered only good for taxation, and even then it was mismanaged.…

Region of Calabria

[caption id="attachment_172" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Capo Rizzuto[/caption] In the 7th century this province, which had been part of the Byzantine Empire, was overrun by the Lombards, and the name "Calabria" was…

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