Italy Travel Guide

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Let's set the record straight once and for all - they do NOT claim to be the cradle of Western civilization, the trend setters in fashion and the only true European art hub. Call them vain nationalists or egocentric megalomaniacs but acknowledge they have every reason to be so (although in fact they are a surprisingly modest and humble mob). Any attempt to capture the grandeur of Italy is virtually in vain. For it's a country where Shakespeare set his star-crossed lovers, a motherland of artists and scientists that changed the shape of the world, a proud owner of the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites, a boot-like land sequined with glittering lakes and topped off with the white fluff of the majestic Alps.

Start it big. Take an overdose of history in Rome...and stay here for good. You can't help but fall in love with this city- immersed in artistic creation, emblematic of the Imperial past and enchantingly chaotic. If you want more, make sure you've got plenty of time to see what's left. Roam the hills of Tuscany, stopping over in Florence to inhale the Renaissance spirit of its historic center, sip your cappuccino in Naples, sail the endless canals of Venice, stroll through the old harbor in Genoa to understand why Columbus developed his explorer's streak, to finally see The Last Supper , kneel down in Duomo and dance the night through in Milan. Alternatively, ski the slopes of Mont Blanc (if you dare) and bask your frostbitten ends in the dazzling sun of Palermo afterwards.

And all this is just a mediocre account of what you can experience in Italy. Whether you're a tireless sightseer, a laid-back sun lover, a die-hard skier, or a fun-thirsty party goer, you're bound to feel at home here. This is first and foremost down to the stunning diversity of the country itself, but also thanks to its people - passionate, warm, family-oriented and respectful of tradition. When you dine with them, don't wolf down your gnocchi. Take your time, enjoy the conversation and make eating a sharing experience. If you show respect for their ways, they will take you to places that no words can do justice.