Packed with attractions, when it come to Italy, we really don't know where to start.
The cities—enchanting Venice, design-mad Milan, enchanting design-mad Rome
The country—from Tuscany to Florence, Rome to Sicily
From driving along the scenic and silent roads of the spectacular Tuscan countryside on a Vespa scooter admiring the sights, smells and sounds of the Chianti region to enjoying a traditional Italian-styled evening of delicious Tuscan cuisine and a concert of celebrated Italian opera songs in the heart of historic Florence to reaching the peak of Mt. Etna to a gondola ride...it's romantic, exciting and packs in the Wanderers' flavor.
Situated in Southern Europe, Italy is home to splendid landscapes- rugged snow capped mountains, lovely blue lakes and rivers, and endless sandy beaches. The Birthplace of Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo, and let's not forget Opera, Italy has numerous sites to see and things to do. Also Known to have the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites to date, it is the perfect destination to just relax and create wonderful memories along with your loved ones.
A once in a lifetime sojourn:
“The Creator made Italy from designs by Michelangelo.”
– Mark Twain
I call it a veritable open-air museum. From the impressive Romanesque and Gothic cathedrals of northern and central Italy to the ancient religious architecture in the Southern regions, Italy has it all.
The splendor of Baroque architecture runs throughout the country, in the grandeur of the buildings and the richly decorated churches of Naples and Sicily.
The unique and fascinating valley of the Temples in Agrigento, the mysteries of Pompeii and Herculaneum in Campania all the way to the Etruscan civilization around Tuscia in Lazio - the splendid architecture holds me mesmerized in its silken threads.
“You may have the universe if I may have Italy.”
- Giuseppe Verdi
For pristine beauty, there is no better place than the Italian outdoors.
The Italian peninsula in the Mediterranean Sea with its boot-like shape kicking the island of Sicily surprises one with its stunning mountains, lakes and beaches.
The Italian Alps and its plethora of options including skiing from the Dolomite region, home to the imposing Monte Bianco (Mont Blanc), Italy’s highest peak.
And could I forget the glorious beaches - stunning, surreal and just a few miles from the cities. In Puglia there is the beautiful Isole Tremiti whilst in Liguria, one can find a quiet coastline secluded from the rest of the world.
The Capri and the Amalfi coast attract the best of world travellers, especially to Positano.
And Italian romance cannot be complete without a mention of Italy’s amazing countryside that has captured the imagination of hundreds of artists over centuries – Tuscany, Calabria, Basilicata, Molise, Veneto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia offer a feast for the eyes.
Lake Como is surrounded with beautiful tourist resorts with fine gardens and impressive country homes all along the lakeside.
Whether its Garda Lake or Maggiore, the lakes are surrounded by a rich countryside of vineyards, olive groves and citrus orchards.
A trip to Italy without immersing yourself in its gastronomy isn’t a trip to Italy! Italy is a land where food is made out of nothing but pure love so what better place for lovers to share a meal?
Whether it is the pesto sauce of Genoa or the ‘original’ pizza from Naples, the delicious mozzarella di bufala, or the porcetto in Sardinia, each of the regions have unique cuisines that makes Italy an epicurean’s paradise.
And for your sweet tooth - sample the exotic struffoli from Naples, caggionetti from Abruzzo, and panforte from Siena along with Italy’s Christmas cakes from Milan and Verona - panettone and pandoro.
And how can you ever forget Italy’s love affair with wine and cheese is well known. Whether its white, rosé or red, this country boasts a huge number of the world’s best wines.
Amarone from Veneto, Barolo from Piedmont, Chianti Classico from Tuscany are but a few that you must savour on your journey.
Whilst in Rome...
Spending a relaxed afternoon sipping wine in a streetside cafe outside The Pantheon in Rome or in front of the many piazza's that form the heart of every city in Italy;
A 4-7 night self-drive houseboat holiday on the Sile river leading upto the Venice Lagoon or the Po Delta in the Veneto region;
A stay in a farmhouse in the heart of the Tuscan countryside with a spa treatment and a full day horse riding safari in the hills with a picnic hamper;
A trip down the Grand Canal to Mark's Square in a private boat followed by a Gondola ride followed by a dinner in one of the restaurants on the way back to Venice stn or your hotel; a drive down the Amalfi Coast; an evening walk through Florence;
A stay in Taormina in Sicily in a hotel overlooking the sea in front and views of the snow clad Mt.Etna to the right; the climb on the 4WD vehicle to the top of Etna;
Fishing in the Mediterranean off the coast of Palermo in the morning followed by dinner at a seaside restaurant in Mondelo and then an after dark walk in the deserted streets of Palermo in the old quarter!
Head out to our favourite Tuscan village: San Gimgnano!
Shopping 'n leisure
Splurge away on the the Italian streets - it is not for nothing that Italy is the fashion capital of the world - Italy is home to some of the world’s most famous brands.
Whether you are in Milan or Rome or walking through the cobbled pathways of Lucca or Capri, Italy is a shopper’s paradise.
In Italy there are a thousand ways to use your free time: expanding your cultural horizons, relaxing, going to a concert, a play, a traditional festival, or to watch a sporting event.
Or, simply immersing yourself in la Dolce Vita, the sweet life - sitting in a bar and enjoying a cappuccino or a glass of good wine, or wandering around the beautiful towns - large and small - admiring and visiting their churches, palaces, monuments, castles, archaeological sites, museums, galleries, squares and streets.
Once in Italy, just being there and wandering away already the best way to spend your free time.
The best time to head out to: The climate here is highly diverse, most of the inland northern areas are humid, while the coastal areas have mild winters, and generally warm and dry summers. Generally the weather is warm from July to September, although rainfall can be high in September. The best period is April to June. The weather then is sunny without being stifling, the countryside bursts with spring flowers.