WELCOME TO ITALY
Italy is a synonym for culture, art, and history. Artistic wonders are found everywhere, and every corner of the country holds countless and wonderful surprises. Italy’s artistic and cultural heritage is one of the most valuable in the world with more cultural UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other country. Rome, Florence, Assisi, Venice, Siena, Pisa, and Naples are its most renowned cities of art, but the whole country can boast towns of breathtaking beauty, as these numbers demonstrate: 95,000 monumental churches, 40,000 forts and castles, 30,000 historical residences with 4,000 gardens, 36,000 archives and libraries, 20,000 historical cities and towns, 5,600 museums and archaeological sites, and 1,500 convents.
Italy has always been a synonym for “good food,” offering an unmistakable explosion of flavours, scents, and aromas. Aside from having one of the most famous cuisines, it also proposes an immense variety of different regional dishes and recipes.
Italian food and wine are world-wide favorites, and discovering Italy’s gastronomic culture, her recipes, genuine products, and simple food is part of the Italian journey. World renowned products such as Parmigiano Reggiano (Parmesan) cheese, Parma, Bassiano, and San Daniele Prosciutto (ham) Modena balsamic vinegar, Genoa’s pesto, buffalo mozzarella from Lazio and Campania, Alba truffles, and wonderful seasonal produce including the most flavorful tomatoes to be found, artichokes, and melon, are just the beginning. And of course, traditional and inventive pastas and pizza are universal synonyms for Italy.
Italy’s wines: The pleasure of tasting a fine wine in its native environment is unparalleled – a glass of Chianti or Brunello di Montalcino in Tuscany, of Barbera or Barolo in Piedmont, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo in Abruzzo, of Franciacorta in Lombardy and Prosecco, Prosecco anywhere, Frascati and lovely Sangiovese in Lazio, and or the up and coming Campanian and Sicilian wines or the white wines in Friuli and Trentino-Alto Adige, and the Primitivo of Puglia.
Italy, a land of coasts and beaches
Italy is the ideal destination for a seaside vacation. It boasts around 8,000 km of coastline, lapped by the waves of the Adriatic, the Tyrrhenian, the Ionian, the Ligurian, and the Sardinian Seas. From north to south, stretches of sandy beaches alternate with jagged shorelines and sheer cliffs that plunge into the sea – a land full of picturesque, fascinating seaside locations and islands with spectacular natural views that are well worth visiting.Not to mention Opera, that quintessentially Italian performing art form, which can be found in ancient arenas and glorious opera houses all over the country.