Italy. It’s the birthplace of the Renaissance, a mecca of design, art, architecture, fashion, romance and cuisine. And it’s proudly perched on the interface between the Old World and the new wave. Across the country, sheer cliffs plunge vertically into clear blue Mediterranean waters, interrupted only by idyllic little beaches and impossibly beautiful coastal villages. Magnificent villas, vineyards and citrus groves, carved over the centuries into the cliff walls, tower above the winding coast road.
Italy juts down into the Mediterranean, the “boot” of Europe. This historical nation has been a country since 1861, though the Roman Empire reigned for centuries. A veritable battle ground during the Middle Ages, Italy today is riddled with old forts and castles. The chaos of medieval times lead into the Renaissance, one of the most important ages.
Italy has evolved heavily over the years, changing from peace to war to a Fascist regime. Today, the country is democratic, and though it was recently hit by a recession, things are looking up for this beautiful land.
Sample the delicacies of Italy on your trip to this beautiful country; the finest wines, cheeses and foods can be found on this stunning peninsula. Explore the ancient Roman Empire, from the Colosseum to the Pantheon. Tour the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Lake Como, Amalfi Coast, Pompeii and the Canals of Venice, or head into the Mediterranean, checking out all of the beautiful, untouched isles. A drive along the Amalfi Coast is a must do. There is great hiking on well-marked trails and hanging out on the beach is always an option to while away a surface interval.
If you come from abroad, flying in is the simplest option. Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport outside of Rome and Milan’s three airports – Milano Malpensa Airport, Linate Airport and Caravaggio Airport Bergamo Orio al Serio are among Italy’s busiest. You can also fly into airports like Palermo Airport on Sicily, Cagliari-Elmas Airport on Sardinia, Naples International Airport (NAP), Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport (GOA) and others. From other European destinations, traveling to Italy by train or ferry is another option. Once you inside Italy, getting around the country is best accomplished by taxi or the extensive rail system.
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