Learn About Italy
Whether you’re excited about your first trip to Italy or you’re looking forward to returning to the Italy you’ve loved forever, here you’ll get a taste of eight different and wonderful Italian regions so you can decide which ones will give you the most joy. You’ll find useful information on art and architecture, outdoor activities, food, wine, weather, what to wear and special events to enrich your trip.
Northern Italy: Piedmont, Italian Riviera, Veneto, Emilia-Romagna
Does your spirit soar when you immerse yourself in magnificent landscapes at mountains, lakes or sea? In Piedmont, walk in gentle hills of vineyards, crowned with medieval castles. In the Veneto, discover the pretty Valpolicella wine hills, Lake Garda’s sumptuous villas and majestic mountains. On the Riviera, Cinque Terre’s colourful houses spill down steep terraces to the azure sea. Venice defies description!
If you love top red Italian wines, drink Barolo in Piedmont and Amarone in the Veneto, right where they’re made.
Is food your reason to live? Italy’s gastronomic paradise, Emilia-Romagna, produces world famous parmesan cheese, balsamic vinegar and prosciutto.
Art lovers, Renaissance history buffs, shoppers, food and wine lovers, walkers—who wouldn’t fall in love with Tuscany and its magnificent capital, Florence?
In Florence stand in awe at Michelangelo’s David or Botticelli’s Primavera. Stroll along the magical Arno River lit up at night. Shop for shoes!
In Siena’s exquisite historic centre, admire colourful frescoes, sip wine outside on famous Piazza Il Campo.
In lovely Lucca walk on top of its medieval walls for grand palace and garden views.
From pristine hill towns like Montepulciano, explore idyllic hills with cypresses, olive groves and vineyards. Savour top wines like Chianti Classico and Brunello.
Rome & Latium
Glorious Rome lures us all: the artistic, the religious, the shopper, the foodie, those with joie de vivre. If you especially love the antiquities, make sure you visit Rome.
Rome: tour the Colosseum’s depths imagining what gladiators were feeling, admire the Sistine Chapel ceilings thinking of Michelangelo painting up there, buy fruit among the Romans at lively Campo dei Fiori’s market, shop at chic shops near Piazza di Spagna, hang out in the bustling piazza in Trastevere watching the passing parade.
Elsewhere in Latium: marvel at 2500 year old Etruscan tombs with joyful frescoes in Tarquinia, explore wine towns in the Castelli Romani hills, hit sandy beaches at charming, medieval Sperlonga.
Southern Italy: Campania (Naples, Amalfi Coast) & Sicily
Does exotic natural beauty awe you? On the stunning Amalfi Coast, discover white towns with colourful gardens spilling down a rugged coast. On Sicily’s island of Stromboli, watch the volcano hurling its fireworks into the night sky.
History buffs! Walk worn streets in Pompeii or among well preserved Greek temples in Agrigento in Sicily or Paestum near Amalfi.
Do you love fresh, simple dishes? Enjoy pasta with fresh tomatoes and local mozzarella cheese and divine lemon desserts on the Amalfi Coast.
In Sicily savour pasta with anchovies, pine nuts, fresh fennel and raisins or a plate of fresh grilled swordfish.