Italy is a land celebrated for the arts, and not the least among the arts that have attained their highest expression in Italy is the art of hospitality. The Italian welcome is as warm and traditional as a glass of fine wine. This comparison is apt, for travelers in ancient times gave the country its first name: Land of Wines. Italians are such good hosts because they get so much practice welcoming visitors from all over the world.

Italy is one of the most popular vacation countries in Europe, all seasons being good for a visit. In summer, Italy is an international playground, with visitors from all continents mingling with vacationing Italians at the famous resorts. Spring comes early to Italy and autumn lingers - and so will the wise traveler who wants to enjoy at a more leisurely pace the art centers, the large cities and the holiday resorts such as those in the Lombardian lake region where spring and fall are ideal seasons.

In winter, the Italian Alps are unequaled for scenery and skiing. In northern Italy are some of the world's most renowned winter sports resorts, easily reached from such centers as Torino, chief city of the westernmost Piemonte region; from Milano, hub of the central mountain and lake district; and from Venezia, leading city of the eastern region. Skiing is also a summer sport in the Torino Alps and the lofty mountains surrounding the Valle d’Aosta.

From the sunny southern slopes of the Alps to the lush orange groves of Sicilia, Italy offers enormous variety in its natural scenery and historical backgrounds. Because a good part of Italy grew up as a collection of independent city-states, customs and food vary greatly from region to region. This rich history is preserved in the colorful folklore festivals that take place in all of Italy's regions throughout the year.

Most of the year the beaches are sunny, with 5,310 miles of shoreline bordering Italy and its islands. You can usually find waters where the temperature is right for swimming. And history is always in season: choose any time of year to tour historic buildings and view the world's greatest art treasures, for this is a land that has been writing and preserving its history for over three thousand years.

Alicudi Aeolian Islands Agregno
Alberobello Alghero Alps, Italy
Amalfi Amalfi Coast Anacapri
Ancona, Italy Anzio Arezzo
Artimino Asolo Assisi
Bagno Vignoni Barberino di Mugello Bari
Bassano del Grappa Baveno Bay of Naples
Bellagio Bellano Benevello
Bergamo Bologna Bolzano
Bormio Breuil-Cervinia Brindisi
Brunate Calabria Canale
Capri Capriva del Friuli Carloforto
Castel di Lama Castellammare di Stabia Castellina
Castello di Verrazzano Castelnuovo Berardenga Castelnuovo dell'Abate
Catania Cernobbio Chianciano Terme
Chianti Countryside Chianti Vineyards Chioggia
Cinque Terre Circeo Colle Val d'Elsa
Conca dei Marini Corinth Canal Corniglia
Cortina D'Ampezzo Cortona Corvara
Costa Smeralda Courmayeur Crete Senesi
Crotone Elba Enoteca
Erice Fasano Ferrara
Fiesole Filicudi Firenze
Florence Florence/Pisa (Livorno) Foggia
Forte dei Marmi Gaeta Gagliari
Gaiole-in-Chianti Gallipoli Gargano Peninsula
Gavi Genoa, Italy Giannutri, Italian Isle
Giglio Golfo di Aranci Golfo Stella
Gravedona Grinzane Cavour Gubbio
Herculaneum Il Borro Imperia
Ischia Isola Comacina Italian Lakes District
Italian Riviera L'Aquila La Maddalena
La Morra La Spezia La Thuile
Ladispoli Laglio Lake Garda
Lake Maggiore Langhe Le Montenvers
Lecce Lecco Lerici
Lipari Lombardy Lucca
Madonna di Campiglio Maiori Manarola
Mantua Maratea Marina di Carrara
Marino Martina Franca Menaggio
Messina, Sicily Milan Milazzo
Modena Mombaruzzo Monfalcone
Monopoli Montalcino Montecatini
Montefollonico Montepulciano Monteriggioni
Monterosso Mount Etna Murano and Burano Islands
Murano Venezia Naples Neapolitan Riviera
Olbia Ortygia Orvieto
Ostia Antica Otranto Padua
Palermo Palmarola Panarea
Pantelleria Panzano in Chianti Parma
Pavia Perugia Petrignano
Pianella Piazza Armerina Piazzano
Piedmont Pienza Pisa
Pistoia Polesella Pollenzo
Poltu Quatu (Porto Cervo) Pompeii Ponza
Ponziane Islands Porto Azzurro Porto Cervo
Porto Empedocle Porto Ercole Porto Levante
Porto Rotondo Porto Santo Stefano Portoferraio, Elba
Portofino Portovenere Positano
Possagno Potenza Pozzuoli
Praiano Procida Puglia
Radda in Chianti Ragusa Rapallo
Ravello Ravenna Ravenna (Porto Corsini)
Rignano sull'Arno Rimini, Italy Riomaggiore
Riva del Garda Romano Canavese Rome
Rome (Civitavecchia) Rovereto Salerno
San Cassiano San Gimignano San Giulio
San Luca San Martino in Campo San Remo
Santa Margherita Santo Stefano Belbo Sardinia (Cagliari)
Saronno Saturnia Savelletri di Fasano
Savona Segesta Serego Alighieri Winery
Serravalle Serre di Rapolano Sicily
Siena Sinalunga Siracusa
Sirmione Sorrento Spoleto
Stabiae Strait of Messina Stresa
Stromboli Taglio di Po Taranto
The Dolomites Tirano Tivoli
Todi Torbole Torcello
Torgiano Tremezzina Tremezzo
Trento Trieste Turin
Tuscan Hills Tuscany Umbria
Urbino Ustica Val Ferret (Italy)
Val Gardena Valiano Varenna
Varese Vatican City Venice
Vernazza Verona Viareggio
Vicenza Vieste Volterra

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