Italy is divided into 20 regions, each and every one with its own unique cultural heritage, culinary tradition and most often, its own independent language (also known as a dialect). Tourists travelling from region to region will notice the different points in history showcased by each location, such as Florence uncovering the Renaissance period, Latium the Roman Empire, Veneto the Middle Ages and Sicily the Greek period.
Piedmont is surrounded on three sides by the Alps, with the highest peaks and largest glaciers in Italy. Yet, nature is only one of the many attractions: from Turin (Italy’s first capital) and its history, remarkable cultural heritage and slow food, to other cities such as Cuneo, Novara and Alessandria. Next up are the intriguing Medieval castles - like the imposing fortress at Ivrea - and prized works of architecture - the famous Residences of the Royal House of Savoy and the Sacri Monti (Sacred Mountains). Discoveries and surprises are in store for visitors to the region, including a wide range of food and wine.
Aosta Valley is the smallest region in Italy. Here we can find the highest peaks in the Alps: Cervino, Monte Rosa, Gran Paradiso and the king of them all, Mont Blanc, which at 15,781 feet is the highest mountain in Europe, the roof of the old Continent. Famous all over Europe and the destination for anyone who loves skiing, trekking, snowboarding and ice skating. This region offers amazing natural attractions, but other cultural and traditional treasures also abound such as medieval castles.
The mountains, the plains and grand lakes of Lombardy form the perfect backdrop for discovering the territory. Mantua, once ruled by the powerful Gonzaga family, and Sabbioneta, the defining “ideal city” of the Italian Renaissance. Still in Milan, a major architectural masterpiece is the renowned Teatro alla Scala. The imposing Duomo (Cathedral) is absolutely extraordinary.
Trentino - Alto Adige
Trentino-Alto Adige is situated in the very north of Italy bordering Austria and Switzerland and is best known for the beauty of its peaks. This setting encloses an extraordinary variety of landscapes such as magnificent snow-capped mountaintops and woods. This region is the keeper of incredible artistic treasures, monuments and architectural works that combine Gothic from Austria with that of the Italian Renaissance.
The typical scenery of Veneto’s coast is the Venetian lagoon, and, right on this very lagoon stands perhaps the most unique city in the entire world - Venice. Veneto expresses an extraordinary variety in its scenery: from the Dolomites to the eastern shore of Lake Garda and Peschiera del Garda, Torri del Benaco and other tourist destinations. Verona’s historic centre, a unique blend of the Renaissance, Medieval and Roman architectonic styles. Padua is the city of culture par excellence, while Vicenza is characterised by the classical style of architect Andrea Palladio and has been granted UNESCO status.
Friuli - Venezia Giulia
The region overlooks the Adriatic Sea and is surrounded by high mountains, enclosing many different landscapes. Trieste conceals innumerable beauties - old cafés, neoclassical buildings along the Grand Canal and other monuments revealing the fascination of this central European city and its glorious past. Another unmissable destination is cosmopolitan Gorizia, with its Medieval castle that recalls centuries of history. Udine is no less charming, with its ancient castle and the precious works of Giambattista Tiepolo. Finally, Pordenone with its ancient buildings and the corso, lined by typical long arcades is well worth a visit.
The region features impressive mountains and lovely rolling hills, coloured by the green Mediterranean turf and overlooking the Ligurian Sea. Genoa, a multi-faceted city that combines the ancient with the modern, the past with the present, colours with shadows. Cinque Terre, in addition to Porto Venere and the islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto are other UNESCO Sites in Liguria. Those who visit these places will hardly forget the charm and atmosphere here.
Emilia - Romagna
The diversity between the mountains and sea offers visitors to Emilia Romagna breathtaking views, This is the land of Verdi’s novels and Giovanni Pascoli’s poetry, as well as Fellini’s unmistakable cinema. The list of places to choose from is endless. The provinces of the region are Bologna (the region’s capital), Ferrara, Forli-Cesena, Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Ravenna, Reggio Emilia, and Rimini.
Its landscape, artistic heritage and stand-out cities make Tuscany an unquestioned protagonist of international tourism. In this region, the most typical sceneries of the region are those that merge the beauty of nature with the millenary work of man. The charm of Florence is evident along the Arno River, on the picturesque Ponte Vecchio, and in the workshops of artisans that liven up the lanes of the old town. Other extraordinary destinations include Siena - with its Medieval town centre, Pisa - famous for its leaning tower, Lucca - with its city walls and San Gimignano - the city of towers, just to mention a few.
Surprising and wonderful in its diversity, this region of Central Italy, with its winding yet symmetrical form, shows off its multi-faceted beauty through cliffs and caves that overlook unforgettable beaches, hills that are steeped in history, and rich traditions and cultures, all set against a backdrop of mountains The Marches protects its natural environment through its National and Regional nature reserves, the oases of the WWF reserves, and the Monti Sibillini and Monti della Laga National Park are peerless in their scenery and trekking offerings.
This is the cradle of western civilization and Christian culture, of lakes and legends, of thermal spas and history, of ancient roads and verdant hills. This region has different yet complementary features, unblemished sceneries and spectacular horizons among the towns. Visitors can enjoy incredibly beautiful views such as the view from Villa Borghese in Rome, the Italian capital.
Everchanging, untouched landscapes in the green of winding valleys make Umbria a region that will never fail to amaze. It includes Lake Trasimeno, central Italy’s largest lake. The area still has the remains of Etruscan settlements. The charm of Umbria derives from its fusion of art, nature, peace and calm; the inspirations behind its various localities that comprise Renaissance masterpieces and small Medieval towns embedded in the hills.
Nature, history, art, age-old traditions and good food are the treasures of this still largely undiscovered region. Many nature reserves protect the vegetable and animal species representative of this area. The region comprises the provinces of Campobasso and Isernia. The coast boasts sandy beaches surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation, year after year. Discover the thousand years of history behind this region and its culture by visiting its archaeological sites, abbeys, small towns and countless castles.
Abruzzo is located in central Italy and stretches from the heart of the Apennines to the Adriatic Sea, on mostly mountainous and wild terrain. The route that spans from the Gran Sasso down to the sea crosses territories that are rich in history, traditions and art that never ceases to surprise visitors. Thanks to its varied landscape, Abruzzo offers a number of different vacation categories, all exciting and surprising. The most artistically important town in the region is L’Aquila, located on the mountainside of the Gran Sasso, characterized by a priceless artistic heritage, from the magnificent Basilica di San Bernardino to the Sixteenth-Century castle.
This region is suspended among nature, history, tradition, tastes and spirituality. Apulia spreads lengthwise along the sea - marvellous beaches from the sandy Torre dell’Orso and Porto Cesario, to the rocky, boulder-encrusted Riviera of Otranto and Santa Maria di Leuca. The region is famous for the Trulli houses of Alberobello as well as the splendour of Lecce and baroque Bari.
The mild climate, the beauty of the coasts, the richness of its art and history, and the love for food make Campania the fascinating territory that it is. This region is made even more charming by the flourishing Mediterranean vegetation that alternates with its small, charming towns that narrate the history and traditions of Campania and make any stay here unforgettable. Who can forget Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento and the towns of the Amalfi Coast?
Calabria is at the toe of the boot, the extreme south of Italy. The warm climate, the beautiful colours of the sea, rocky coasts that alternate with sandy beaches, a nature that is wild and mysterious, the strong and genuine flavours of local food and the vestiges of its ancient origins make Calabria a unique place that vacationers can enjoy in both winter and summer. The National Parks, which cover most of inland Calabria, are a thrill for nature lovers. Those who prefer basking in the warm rays of the sun and dive into a crystal-clear sea can choose from the many charming localities along the long Tyrrhenian and Ionian coasts.
One does not stumble across this region accidentally but chooses to visit it in search of a new experience, plunging into places where silence, colours, scents and flavours remove visitors from the frenzy and stress of modern life and offer unique sensations. The woods and forests that cover the mountains are dotted with small and charming villages, some even at an altitude of 1000 mt, where pure air, genuine flavours and the beauties of nature are combined with history satisfying every curiosity. Matera’s Paleolithic settlements, the “Sassi" are inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List, along with Matera’s numerous rupestrian churches.
A voyage over an emerald sea, past characteristic coves and beaches of snow-white sand … this is Sardinia, an island that strikes its visitors with natural contrasts, the lights and colours of a region that boasts old traditions and wild and pure nature. An example is the Emerald Coast with Porto Cervo set as its gemstone and uniting the history and culture of ancient traditions with a joyful and colourful nightlife.
It is one of the pearls of Southern Italy and can be discovered, understood and experienced through a series of itineraries dedicated to areas of interest ranging from nature to history and traditions. The power of the sea allows for the opportunity to experience the crystal-clear waters of the coasts of San Vito lo Capo, Mondello, Cefalù, Marina di Ragusa, Taormina, the Aeolian Islands, Pantelleria, Lampedusa, and Ustica, just some of the many places where one can practice sports all year-round.