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Having the highest concentration of cultural heritage sites in the world and also featuring some of the most amazing landscapes, Italy is one of the most visited and loved places in the world.

To try and describe Italy as a tourist destination is futile, as it is truly the definition of diversity and variety. The country lies in southern Europe, characterized by the unique shape of the peninsula, like a long boot from the northern Alps mountains and deep into the Mediterranean Sea, together with several islands around it. Italy is considered one of the cradles of Western Civilization, together with Greece. The Roman Empire and Roman culture have influenced huge portions of the world and most of Europe, while the Italian Republics have continued this supremacy into the Middle Ages.

Traveling in Italy...

When speaking about tourism in Italy, it is rather tough to name all of the important destinations, maybe starting with Rome, or Venice, or Milan. Rome, the most important city of the ancient world for centuries has an overwhelming number of landmarks, practically every rock in the city having its own history. From the Coliseum to the Pantheon and from the Roman Temples to the magnificent cathedrals, with its palaces and gardens, villas and fountains, Rome is truly unique in the world. A life might not be enough to praise the wealth and beauty of this city.

Leaving the capital, there are tourist attractions everywhere, from the magical Venice and its San Marco Square to the Milan Dome and fashion shops, from the charming Naples with the Vesuvius volcano behind, to the extraordinary architecture of Florence... the wonders of Italy are countless.

Colosseum, Rome

Leaving the cities filled with history and culture, each region of Italy has its own particular charm, so it is like visiting a new country altogether. Starting from the sunny south with Sicily and its olive orchards up to the snowy mountain ridges of Lombardy, there are thousands of places to stop. Maybe sample the delicious Chianti wine, visit the fascinating Cinque Terre region, taste the divine cuisine of Bologna, stay in a villa amongst the rolling hills of Tuscany, take a cycling tour around Lake Como, walk in the fabulous Dolomites mountains or go skiing there, visit the romantic Verona or ski in Cortina d'Ampezzo, the possibilities are limitless. Not to mention the Italians who are the definition of Latin character, charming and warm, active and open. There are many more things to say about Italy and its attractions, but the best way to discover the country is by visiting it for a week or more.

Rick Steves' Italy

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Map of Italy
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