Culture, art, history, and world-leading cuisine in one, sunkissed package - that’s amore. That’s Italy. From the ancient ruins of Rome to the charming villages of Tuscany and everywhere in-between, Italy harbors a variety of treasures that are revered by travelers and locals alike. Take a look.

What’s so special about Italy?
If you’re a fan of the arts, Italy should feel like your spiritual home. Between its ties to the Renaissance period and imprint on theater, opera and fashion, creative expression is just a natural part of life, here. Italy is also famous for its food scene, having produced several of the world’s most universally loved dishes, like pizza and risotto. A delicious legacy.

things to know
about Italy

  • Population: 60+ million
  • Capital: Rome
  • Currency: Euro
  • Largest Airports: Rome, Milan, Venice, Bologna, and Naples
  • Language: Italian
  • Getting around: If you hire a car, drive on the right side of the road. Unless you’re headed somewhere very remote, however, you might find public transport easier – Italy has an extensive rail system, with high-speed routes connecting you to everywhere from Rome to Florence. Metros, taxis, trams and ferries are also available
  • Fun facts: Though Italian is Italy’s most spoken tongue, over 75% of citizens in South Tyrol speak German as their first language! Italy is also the birthplace of incredibly notable names in the arts, like Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci


Ever heard of the phrase mangia bene, ridi spesso, ama molto? It literally translates to ‘eat well, laugh often, love much’: six words that perfectly capture the spirit of the Italian people. Celebrating connections to close friends and family, and conveying love through cooking and eating together, is almost a habitual practice.

Beyond their big hearts, Italian people are trailblazers in the fields of art, music, and fashion. A country of great thinkers and entrepreneurs, they have contributed greatly to the arts and sciences across centuries, and are additionally respected for their warmth and hospitality – making them some of the most loved people in the world.

Rome: The Eternal City

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Italy overflows with unsaid sentences.


If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Italy overflows with unsaid sentences. Diverse art dominates the sights here, from Michelangelo’s sculpture of David to the extraordinary frescoes of the Sistine Chapel. Echoes of the Renaissance, in particular, can be found everywhere in the country’s museums, galleries and culture spots. You’ll find masterpieces on tap.



You’ll need to bring a lot of energy to Rome. Italy’s capital is packed with a whole host of attractions that deserve to make it to your ‘must-see’ list, including its trademark Colosseum and St. Peter’s Basilica, as well as the glorious gardens of Villa Borghese. With so many sights to savor and a huge range of places to eat, shop, and explore, you’ll be planning your second trip before you’ve even finished your first.


Everybody has dreamed of sailing down Venice’s Grand Canal in a vibrant gondola, holding hands with a loved one while admiring the glittering lights of the scattered city. Split by waterways and festooned with famous bridges, palaces, churches and museums, Venice is an idyll for every starry-eyed culture lover.


Get red carpet ready if you’re headed to this city. Milan is thought to be the fashion capital of the world, and is a great place to shop if you’re a fan of high-end clothing and boutiques, in particular. Similarly dressed to the nines are the city’s exceptional landmarks, which include the unmissable Duomo Cathedral and Grand Gallery, that looks more like the interior of a palace than a shopping mall. Trust us – you’ll want to see it.


Admirers of the arts, take note. Florence is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, and is where the world-famous Uffizi Gallery is based, which houses works from ‘The Birth of Venus’ by Botticelli to the portrait of Madonna by Giotto. What’s more, an old-world vibe pervades this city’s streets, with ancient architecture and eclectic eateries to be found around every twist and turn. Time travel never felt so possible.


Did you know that Italy has more UNESCO World Heritage sites than anywhere else? Tourists flock to this culture-dense country to marvel at the Colosseum in Rome and Uffizi Gallery in Florence, but there are several lesser-known sites that are worth seeing, too, including the medieval town of San Gimignano. Where to begin…

Regions in Italy

The North

Enjoy a slice of country life and cosmopolitan glamor in one, fell swoop in Northern Italy. All three of the country’s arguably most famous lakes reside in Lombardy – Garda, Maggiore and Como – where you can dip your toes into crystal waters and admire scenery that captures the concept of magnificence. Close by, in marvelous Milan, you’ll discover an ongoing supply of Michelin-starred restaurants, upscale boutiques and beautiful architecture.

Central Italy

Central Italy has a very central place in our hearts. It’s where you’ll find Florence, Tuscany, and Rome – three iconic cities that, along with their unique characters, overflow with amazing landmarks and experiences. Head to Florence for your fill of art, Tuscany to travel around wine country, and Rome to see some of the most famous historical sites in the world.

The South

The southernmost region of Italy is made up of three large islands: Naples, Sicily, and Sardinia. Both Naples and Sicily neighbor volcanoes and are at the heart of some of the most fascinating stories in Italian history, where Sardinia is known for its beautiful beaches and rugged coastline. You’ll get more than your fill of sun and sights here.

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