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
Agropoli Alberobello Alghero
Alps, Italy Amalfi Amalfi Coast
Anacapri Ancona, Italy Anzio
Arezzo Artimino Asolo
Assisi Bagno Vignoni Barberino di Mugello
Bari Basilicata Bassano del Grappa
Baveno Bay of Naples Bellagio
Bellano Benevello Bergamo
Bologna Bolzano Bormio
Bracciano-Martignano Regional Nature Park 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 Gerace Giannutri, Italian Isle
Giglio Golfo di Aranci Golfo Stella
Grado 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
Lazio Le Montenvers Lecce
Lecco Lerici Liguria
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
Paestum 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 Rapallo
Ravello Ravenna Ravenna (Porto Corsini)
Rignano sull'Arno Rimini, Italy Riomaggiore
Riva del Garda Roccella Ionica 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 Treviso
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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