As part of the tried and true standard travel plans for Europe, Italy is a must do. One of the most visited spots in the world for good reasons.
Together with Greece, Italy is known as the birthplace of civilisation. with over 3000 years of art, architecture and culture on show. Humans have inhabited the Italian coast if one way or another for at least 200,000 years.
Unsurprisingly, Italy has the largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, so if ancient ruins and the like are your thing, you will not do better. From the archaeologically significant and sombre Pompeii,the early Christian monuments of Ravenna, the city of Verona, to the beautiful Amalfi Coast; Italy is blessed with things to do, see and eat.
With a diverse climate, the best time to visit can vary. July is the hottest month, with most summers hot and dry. Whereas the alps, unsurprisingly, have cool summers and very cold winters.
In a nutshell, Italy can be boiled down to its regions:
Northwest Italy: Italian riviera, including Portofino and Cinque Terre. The industrial giant Turin, the Port of Genoa, and the financial centre of Mila,
Northeast Italy: Visit the Canals of Venice, foodie heaven in Bologna, with top skiing in Cortina d’Amprezzo. Beuitiful buildings and rooftops of Verona and Parma.
Central Italy: Culture by the bucket load. The Roman wonders of the roman Empire, Florence for art and sculpture, and magnificent countryside of Siena, Pisa and Lucca.
Southern Italy: Visit the ruins of Pompeii, the romantic Amalfi Coast & Capri, the superb beaches of Calabria and busy Naples, the birthplace of pizza.
Siciliy: Food, Food and more amazing Food. Superb ocean vistas, with architectural and cultural differences from one side of the island to the other. Much is untouched by the hoards of tourists, with many old school villages not fluent in English. Most folk speak both Italian and S
Sardinia: A quintessential Mediterranean beauty. A large island with amazing scenery, beautiful swimming beaches. A favourite for high value luxury bookings.
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