Italy offers a veritable kaleidoscope of experiences and contrasting scenery for visitors. This ‘boot-shaped’ nation stretches over 1,000 kilometres form the Alps and its stunning Lakelands in the north to the sun-soaked Mediterranean shores at the ‘toe’ with its islands of Sardinia and Sicily to the south and west.
Italy truly is a unique and distinctive nation, with its world renowned cuisine and culture and historic and artistic heritage spanning millennia. At the heart of the country is the capital city of Rome with an overwhelming array of memorable and ‘must-see’ sights. Classical architecture abounds from the Roman Pantheon and Coliseum to the splendid Renaissance dome of St Peter’s and the Baroque Trevi Fountain. A visit to the Vatican and its museum is a must to view the Sistine Chapel and many works of Michelangelo.
Outside of Rome there are numerous classical cities each with their own appeal and character. From Florence, the home of Renaissance art, splendid squares and magnificent Tuscan gardens, to Venice the unique city built on waterways with its Gondolas on the Grand Canal and St Mark’s Square, and to Verona setting of Romeo and Juliet. To the north the fabulous Lakes of Garda, Como and Maggiore offer a more relaxed and tranquil destination to explore and discover these beautiful regions with stunning Alpine scenery as a back-drop.