Instantly stirring up delicious thoughts of fine food as soon as you utter its name, Italy’s lush scenery is just as delicious as its cuisine. History stretches out across the country in the form of Roman ruins and breathtaking landmarks, while its islands like Sicily are dripping in culture, meaning you’ll have something to gaze at no matter where you visit. With the metropolitan bustle of Rome, the historical sights of Venice, the rolling hills of Umbria, and the gorgeous coastal resorts on the Amalfi, Italy offers an infinite variety of sights, tastes and sounds.
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Harking back to the golden era of the Renaissance, Italy’s connection to Ancient Rome through its culture and landmarks is a fascinating one. The country has the highest number of UNESCO Heritage Sites in the world, and the eternal city of Rome is the crowning jewel in that regard. Home to stunning ruins, beautiful listed buildings and vast museums, visits to the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and the Roman Forum are simply too important to miss. Additionally, the Vatican City is also a place steeped in religious history, witnessing St. Peter’s Basilica from the square is truly outstanding - remember to keep an eye out for anybody in a pointy hat.
History buffs will enjoy a trip to Pompeii, and its beautifully preserved neighbour Herculaneum, when visiting the comparatively modern Naples. Those wanting to take in a city of a different kind will enjoy the waterside metropolis of Venice. Climbing the bell tower on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore gives visitors a panoramic view of the city which is completely unrivalled. If it’s the sun and a gentle pace of life you're looking for, then the serenity of Italy’s islands are for you. Ischia has stunning vineyards and on Lipari you can explore the villages wedged into the rugged cliffs. Similarly famous for its natural beauty, Sicily is a haven of crystal-clear water and white-sanded beaches. Experience Sicilian cities 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.
Moving onto what many see as the country’s main event, its food. Italians are so passionate about cooking that it almost needs a stronger word than passion, while good wine is the lifeblood of the country. Each region has its own distinctive cuisine, and for the tastiest culinary experiences we recommend ordering what each area does best. Dig into pizza 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 some gelato and sit amongst the locals, enjoying the chatter and laughter beneath the evening sky.
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