Much of the unique quality and appeal of Italy comes from the variety and individuality of Italy’s regions. There are twenty regions in Italy and before Italian Unification in 1861, many of these regions were proudly independent. In many areas that independence can still be felt today. For outsiders, the differing characteristics of certain regions can be obvious.
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Northwest contains four of Italy’s regions; Aosta Valley, Liguria, Lombardy and Piedmont. Travellers sometimes forget the Northwest, but the mountain ranges here are some of the most beautiful in Italy (1).
Adventure seekers, alpine skiers, and Roman history buffs descend on Italy’s smallest and least populated region annually to get their fix. This hidden and tiny gem is bordered by the French and Swiss Alps making it an alpine paradise and playground for the avid skiers. The ancient towns and castles that are dusted with snow in the winter and full of life in the summer, revealing fortresses and bathhouses that date back to their Roman roots. Whether you are looking to relax, enjoy some alpine powder days, or get lost in history Valle d’Aosta is waiting for you (2).
Known by its neighbors as the Italian Riviera, it’s easy to see why even locals consider Liguria the perfect vacation spot. Warm blue waters hug its coastlines while the notable vibrant colours of Cinque Terre contrast with the sheer rock faces they are built upon. Top off your day, whether it was relaxing by the beach or filled with adventure, with a plate of what Ligurians are known best for pesto (2).
The Northeast contains four regions, with Veneto being the most popular to visit. That said, Emilia-Romagna, Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Trentino-Alto Adige are beautiful and lush regions that are certainly worth a visit (1).
It’s considered the central point for eternal youth in Italy. The university cities of Modena, Parma, and Ferrara are cultural hubs but they have nothing on Bologna, the world’s oldest university. In turn where there is an abundance in education there is innovation. Home to megabrands such as Ferrari and Maserati, Emilia-Romagna boasts brand name luxury but pairs it nicely with an innovative food culture that region of Italy is famous for (2).
If you are solely thinking of Venice when this region comes to mind you’re not thinking big enough. Yes the floating city is still considered one of the most unique spots on the planet but if you broaden your horizons just slightly the hidden treasures usually shadowed by Venice will appear. Strong Medieval roots still define many of its inner towns, while alpine ski resorts dot the dolomites, and prosecco flows generously (2).
Central Italy is the most populated area of the country. Many major tourist attractions, including Rome, are here. Explore the regions of Lazio, Marche, Tuscany and Umbria for the picture-perfect Italy trip of your dreams (1).
Home to possibly the most fascinating city in all of Italy. Rome at one time was the cultural and political capital of the entire known world. It’s streets and alleyways are still places where history literally collides head on to create a contemporary European capital vastly unique to anything you’ve seen before. Outside Rome’s city limits lie landscapes and historical sites simply awaiting discovery (2).
Under the Tuscan Sun may have sparked your interest in running away to Italy and opening a Chianti vineyard but Toscana’s rolling hills cradle much more than just wine and romance. At one point in time it was literally the centre of the universe. Travellers, merchants and nobility came from all corners to experience the cultural mecca of Tuscany (2).
Italy’s South contains the most regions. Abruzzo, Puglia, Basilicata, Calabria and Molise are not as popular as regions with large cities. They are in the countryside and many people live very traditional Italian lifestyles here. The most popular region in the south by far is Campania (1).
Of course pizza enticed and secured your attention towards Naples and the south but that’s just the tip of the iceberg in Campania. Newcomers to this region need at least a week to take in the region’s capital and surrounding areas, while Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast offer a whole other range of experience and beauty. You can expect no less when the roman roots of its name literally translate to land of the happy (2).
There are two large island regions in Italy, Sicily and Sardinia. The islands are key tourist ports, and each have unique thriving cultures. They are great places to enjoy the warmth of the Mediterranean climate. The islands are relatively easy to get to from the mainland and well worth a visit (1).
Italy’s most recognizable island and home to a distinct and unique cultural vibe that seems to be completely separate from the mainland. The land is dotted with ruins that drop hints to its vibrant past while everything from the local food to the dialect seems to have an underlying kick of spice and zest to it. History and art take their inspirations from the seas that surround the island and if you are going to try seafood for the first time here it better be in Sicily (2).
The island has a fierce sense of independence but now is more connected than ever to the mainland with its metropolitan airports. It offers the cleanest and most pristine beaches of the nation, while tourists find themselves strangely drawn to the unique ruins left behind by the Nuraghic civilization. It’s an island of unique wonder and excitement that easily distinguishes itself from the rest of the nation (2).
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- 100 Facts about Italy
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- Italy’s free wine fountain, and other bizarre Italian facts
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With some of the world’s most impressive art, architecture, food and scenery, it’s little wonder that Italy tops so many traveller’s bucket lists. From ancient cities and soaring mountains to fine wines and traditional pizza, you could explore this fascinating country for years and still not discover everything. We’ve dug up 15 fun facts about Italy to get you started.
- 4 lakes in Northern Italy that are worth a vacation
Published by TRAVELBOOK.de
When you think of a vacation in Italy, the first thing that comes to mind are the seaside resorts on the Adriatic and the Mediterranean, the beautiful Amalfi coast, the lagoon city of Venice, the lively capital Rome, the many beautiful islands, and of course Tuscany with its charming landscape. It is definitely worth looking further north - in Italy's extensive lake region on the edge of the Alps.
- 30 Travel Tips To Know Before Visiting Italy
Published by Hand-Luggage-Only
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- 101 Important Travel Tips for Italy
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- 38 Famous Landmarks in Italy for Tourists to Visit
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Italy is one of the most beautiful countries you can visit in Europe and the world, providing you with memories to last a lifetime. There are many famous landmarks in Italy that first-time tourists to the country can see. Several of Italy's cities and regions are also top tourist destinations, including well-known locations like Venice, Florence, and Milan.
- Italy Travel Guide
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- Florence Travel Guide
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The birthplace of the Renaissance (and of gelato), Florence is absolutely filled with masterpieces upon masterpieces. From the grand museums of the Uffizi, Accademia, and Bargello to the architectural wonders of the Duomo, Santa Croce, and Santa Maria Novella cathedrals, to the lavish palaces on every cobblestoned corner, Florence is a testament to Italian intellect, taste, and ingenuity. Its mild weather, walkable streets, and year-round attractions make it an ideal destination anytime, though the spring and fall months offer the best mix of good weather and smaller crowds.
- Florence Travel Guide: Tips for Your First Trip to Florence – Italy
Published by Casual Travelist
Few destinations capture the imagination quite like Florence, Italy. Narrow cobblestone streets, intimate cafes and the rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside lend an air of romance while grand palaces and beautiful churches inspire awe. Galileo, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo have all called Florence home and these renaissance masters’ cultural legacy can be seen throughout the city. Florence has a timeless appeal and with so much to see and to planning a trip can be a little overwhelming. Armed with these tips you can find all of the best things to do in Florence and make your trip one to remember.
- Explore Calabria – the Wild Italy
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Blessed with vast areas of wilderness, ancient hilltop villages, and gorgeous coastline, this region at the toe of Italy’s boot is more rustic – but no less captivating – than more popular places up north. Nomad Olivia shares her journey.
- Guide to Visiting Italy
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- The best hiking trails in Italy
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- The largest Aquarium in Europe – Italy
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The Acquario di Genova is a fascinating journey through the largest exhibition of biodiversity and ecosystems in Europe. You will discover 12,000 specimens belonging to 600 animal species and 200 vegetal species, but above all live a unique experience above and below the sea surface, to touch with your hands and to repeat and remember forever.
- The Most Useful Basic Phrases In Italian For Tourists
Published by Strictlyrome.com
How many times did you find yourself in difficult situations while on holiday, just because you couldn’t speak a word of the local language? How many embarrassing scenarios could have been avoided if only you had had a small, yet practical list of useful sentences?
- Best tips for visiting Italy
Published by Myadventuresacrosstheworld.com
If it is your first time in Italy, you will probably feel compelled to see as much as possible, in as little time as possible. You see, Italy is much smaller than many other countries, but it has a formidable concentration of places to visit, things to do, and more. The biggest mistake you could do is pack too much into your itinerary – you’d end up really just seeing the places, rather than actually experiencing them! Remember that less is more, even when it comes to Italy!
- Golf Courses in Italy
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British nationals introduced golf into Italy, establishing the Florence Golf Club, the country's first, in 1889. The club was rechristened Ugolino Golf Club in 1933, at which point a new course was built. The original 1889 course was taken over by Roma Acquasanta, which had been established in 1903. Despite this history, however, golf is not a major sport here; there are some 300 courses, and around 90,000 Italians belong to a club...
- Top 10 places for scuba diving in Italy
Published by Traveltriangle.com
Italy is an exceptionally prominent vacation spot which is often neglected for scuba diving. However, there are many locations that are considered best for those who want to explore its underwater world. Scuba diving in Italy is fast picking up as a popular sport. Fine sandy shorelines, limestone tunnels, enchanting caves, and beautiful gorgonian corals will please every underwater explorer from throughout the world.
- Flamingo Bike tour on Sardinia island
Published by Oddviser.com
The Molentargius natural park in Cagliari is an inhabiting site for pink flamingos. Looking over the park riding a bike is a perfect idea to have an excursion around the Sardinia island.
- Italian Ski Resorts
Published by Skisolutions.com
Italian ski holidays are relaxed, informal, hedonistic, fun - and just a little bit crazy. Of course, the Italians take their skiing seriously, but then they take their lunches, dinners, aperitivi and digestivi just as seriously too. Thus, Italy ski holidays will always be as much about good food and drink, as it is about skiing and snowboarding.
- Dolomites Ski Resorts
Published by Skisolutions.com
The Dolomites ski area in Italy is made up of 1,200km of heavenly landscapes. With powder-covered slopes climbing to 3,000m, enjoy sun, snow and scenery throughout this Italian ski area. A beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site, famed for its sharp peaks, gentle rolling slopes and picturesque panoramas, skiing in the Dolomites is simply awe-inspiring. The Dolomites ski resorts offer everything you could ever need for the ski holiday of a lifetime.