It is generally acknowledged that Italy is one of the most beautiful and interesting countries on earth.
Visiting Italy, from Venice in the north to Sicily in the south, you will find that the wonderful contrasts of scenery, food, lifestyle and culture are totally absorbing. Italy has more Unesco World Heritage Sites to visit than any other country in the world and its great cities: Rome, Venice and Florence, have been the favourite destinations of tourists for centuries.
In addition to these treasures, visiting Italy can offer some of the best skiing, hiking, swimming, scuba diving and sailing to be found anywhere on the planet.
Aside from all of that, there is nothing better than people watching with a cup of coffee in the piazza, or enjoying a glass of wine over a long, lingering, Mediterranean lunch in the sunshine.
So, what should the first-time visitor to Italy aim to see? Here is a selection of favourite locations when visiting Italy:
The unique Grande Canal in Venice
The rolling, cypress covered hills of Tuscany
The ancient and enduring beauty of Rome
The sunny, holiday romance of Capri and Amalfi
The white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters of Sardinia
The exotic, baroque beauty of Sicily
The locations listed in our 'Must See Guide' below, will provide some great memories of your trip to Italy - click on an image to find out more information about each location and don't forget to visit our 'Useful Phrases' page, where you can find the essential 'tourist' vocabulary for holidays in Italy. There are a number of Italian Language Schools, also listed below, which provide cultural elements to their classes, enabling visitors to immerse themselves in the culture of italy while having a holiday and learning the language - "Ottimo!".
The choice of places to visit on a trip to Italy is endless, and although never far away from each other, these sites would take more than a lifetime to fully appreciate. But it's never too late to start - Visit Italy!
Our 'Visiting Italy' pages will provide all the information that a tourist needs to know when visiting Italy. For those looking for flights, there is a list of Italian airports, complete with links to each of their websites.
On the 'Getting around Italy' page, there is a description of transport links around Italy, together with the train and bus timetables.
And finally, there is a list of hotels, agriturismos and bed and breakfasts in various areas of the country.