Travel Guide to Italy
Italy has a long coastline on four seas but which in fact are all branches of the Mediterranean Sea. Not surprisingly the coast is one of Italy's main attractions but it also has many historic towns, many archaeological site, an alpine region, great cuisine and a friendly welcome for visitors.
What to see in Italy
Rome is Italy's capital and has its own page Rome
Sicily - lies at the southern tip of Italy and is only a few kilometres offshore. Sicily is a relatively large island with a very varied geography with rugged hills, deep valleys, stunning beaches and small towns hugging the landscape. Oh yes and a nearly active volcano - Mount Etna! Popular destinations on the island include Taormina on a hillside and Giardini Naxos on the coast. There are also five World Heritage site on the island.
Sardinia - lies around 250 km from the Italian mainland across the Tyrrhenian Sea. Sardinia is also a large island and has much to attract the visitor. The island is very popular with Italians and has a reputation for being pricey especially along the Costa Meralda (Emerald Coast) but there are plenty of other beaches. The interior is mountainous rising to 1,834 metres and covered with scrub and forest.
Amalfi Coast - is located just south of Naples around the picturesque town of Amalfi; stunning sea views and clifftop towns. Nearby is the island of Capri which is also so very pretty.
Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii - Vesuvius is classified as an active volcano although it hasn't erupted for over 100 years. The area around the volcano is a national park and you can visit the summit subject to local conditions. Pompeii is the ruined city that was buried when Vesuvius erupted in 79AD. Nearby is the town of Herculaneum which was also buried.
Venice - the beautiful city of canals and bridges intimate cafes and stunning architecture. Venice is one of the top 'must see' detonations in the world. There are actually over 150 canals, 400 bridges and 117 islands and also lots of tourists - it gets very busy in the summer.
Florence - is the capital city of Tuscany and another 'must see' city of Renaissance architecture and artistic gems. A World Heritage Site since 1988, highlights include The Duomo - the domed cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Piazza della Signoria, and the Palazzo Vecchio. But there are many other gems for the visitor to find - and don't forget the little pizzeria on the corner of ........oh you'll find it!
Tuscany - very picturesque (and photogenic) region of northern Italy, around the city of Sienna. Rolling hills and medieval towns.
Italian Lakes - in the north include - Lake Maggiore, Lake Como and Lake Garda.
Dolomites - the Italian sector of The Alps in the north of the country - the highest point being Monte Bianco the Italian side of Mont Blanc. There are several well known ski resorts in the area including; Via Lattea (Milky Way) which includes Sauze d'Oulx and Sestriere; Bormio, Courmayeur, Val Gardena.
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