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Italy has a rich history,
from the Roman Empire to the golden era of the renaissance. The country has the
highest number of UNESCO Heritage Sites in the world, and the eternal city of
Rome is home to stunning ruins, beautiful listed buildings and vast museums.
For those seeking less crowded attractions, walk along the oldest road in Rome,
the Via Appia, which boasts plenty of sights rarely found on the usual tourist
maps. Explore Pompeii and its beautifully preserved neighbour Herculaneum.
Also, in Venice, climb the bell tower on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore to
get a panoramic view of the city. Boat-tours, guided history tours and seaside
restaurants will take you off the beaten track and ensure a truly authentic
experience of Italian living.
If it’s the sun and a gentle pace of life you are looking for, then experience the serenity of Italy’s islands. Ischia has stunning vineyards and on Lipari you can explore the villages wedged into the rugged cliffs. Similarly, famous for its natural beauty, Sicily offers more than crystal-clear water and white-sanded beaches. Numerous empires have come and gone and traces of the Romans, Greeks and Normans are still alive throughout the island. Experience Palermo and Catania, visit the ruins in Selinunte and explore the stunning Cattedrale di Monreale. In the evening, watch the sun set over the active volcano Mount Etna, while enjoying a glass of Italian wine.
And now, let’s talk about food: Italians are passionate about cooking, and good wine is the lifeblood of the country. Each region has its own distinctive cuisine, and for the tastiest culinary experiences we recommended ordering what each place does best. Dig into pizzas in Naples, visit Sandri in Umbria for delicious cakes, try a cannoli on Vulcano, sample pasta a la Norma in Sicily and, when in Rome, leave plenty of room for pasta carbonara. Also, remember to grab an ice-cream cone and sit amongst the locals, enjoying the chatter and laughter beneath the evening sky.
Italy is all about great food, romantic cities and breathtaking scenery. The country, however, also has a strong cultural side to it. From some of the greatest artists in the world such as Caravaggio, Botticelli and Michelangelo, to visionaries like Da Vinci, Dante and Rossellini, there are plenty of gems to be discovered here. If you're looking to bring a book with you to read while holidaying in Italy, why not dip your toe in some of the country's own literary produce?
Each region in Spain is fiercely proud of its local identity and culture and regardless of where you find yourself in this vast and fascinating country, you’ll quickly discover that one of the cornerstones in every regional self-image is the local food. We’ve collected (and sampled) the five following dishes, yet these are just a few examples of the great variety of dishes you’ll find in Spain.
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