Italy

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 Castellana Grotte
Castellina Castello di Verrazzano Castelnuovo Berardenga
Castelnuovo dell'Abate Catania Cellino San Marco
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 Vulcano

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