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Italy is a distinctive boot-shaped peninsula extending into the central Mediterranean Sea. Italy is a feast for the senses ... Surrounded by water on three sides, Italy's 5,345 miles of coastline offers everything from quaint fishing villages to trendy resorts on the Italian Riviera. The north is dominated by 2 mountain chains, the Alps and the Apennines, with large lakes like Lake Maggiore and Lake Como in the foothills. Below, the vast Po Valley plain stretches into the distance and the River Po flows into the Adriatic Sea through a magnificent delta.

This Italian region features highly developed industrial cities and cultural masterpieces. Think Florence and the romantic Venice and Verona in the north-east. Capital city Rome "the eternal city" is a chaotic, sensuous, and addictive place. It is an ecletic mix: the religious world centre of Catholic Church, the fabulous ruins of the centre of the Roman Empire, and modern, sophisticated metropolitain hub.

Further south life is rougher round the edges. Naples Bay rounds out any trip to Italy with an antipasto misto of travel thrills - it is the birthplace of pizza, Sophia Loren and the Camorra, Naples' "family" of organized crime. South of Naples is the gateway to the much-drooled-over Amalfi Coast, from the jet-setting island of Capri to stunning Amalfi towns, like ancient Pompeii or even more ancient Paestum. Mount Etna is an active volcano on the east coast of the island of Sicily. In this fascinating country the people truly live the "la vita Italiana".

Regions in Italy

The Aeolian Islands or Lipari Islands in Italian named Isole Eolie, are a volcanic archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea north of Sicily, named after the ... READ MORE

The Aosta Valley is a mountainous autonomous region in north-western Italy. It is bordered by France to the west, Switzerland to the north and the reg... READ MORE

The territory of Puglia (or Apulia, in English) is a long, narrow peninsula, mostly occupied by plains and hills, apart from some lower mountains of t... READ MORE

Basilicata, also known as Lucania, is a region in the south of Italy, known as the instep of Italy, having one short southwestern coastline on the Tyr... READ MORE

Calabria is a narrow peninsula extending into the Mediterranean for three hundred kilometres. It is located at the toe of the "boot" between the Tyrrh... READ MORE

Throughout much of its history Campania has been at the centre of Western Civilisation's most significant entities. The area was colonised by Ancient ... READ MORE

Emilia-Romagna is an administrative region of Northern Italy comprising the two historic regions of Emilia and Romagna. It forms a rough triangle, bou... READ MORE

The capital is Trieste. It has an area of 7,856 km² and about 1.2 million inhabitants. A natural opening to the sea for many Central European cou... READ MORE

Lazio is notable for its history, art, architecture, archaeology, religion and culture. The main traditional sources of income are agriculture, crafts... READ MORE

Liguria is a coastal region of north-western Italy, the third smallest of the Italian regions. Its capital is Genoa. It is a popular region with touri... READ MORE

Lombardy is one of the 20 regions of Italy. The capital is Milan. One-sixth of Italy's population lives in Lombardy and about one fifth of Italy's G... READ MORE

Except for river valleys and the often very narrow coastal strip, the land is hilly. In the nineteenth century, a railway from Bologna to Brindisi lin... READ MORE

It borders Abruzzo to the north-west, Lazio to the west, Campania to the south, Puglia to the south-east and the Adriatic Sea to the north-east. The l... READ MORE

The main local dialect is Piedmontese. Occitan is also spoken by a minority in the so called Occitan Valleys. Franco-Provençal language is also... READ MORE

Sardinia is the second-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea after Sicily. Sardinia is a generally mountainous island with a few coastal plains. The... READ MORE

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, and currently has five million inhabitants, Sicily is rich in its own unique culture, especiall... READ MORE

The Province of Sondrio (It. Provincia di Sondrio) is a province in the Lombardy region of Italy. Its capital is the city of Sondrio. It has an area ... READ MORE

Trentino-Sudtirol or Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirolis is an autonomous region in Northern Italy. It consists of two provinces: Trento and Bolzano-B... READ MORE

Tuscany is known for its landscapes and its artistic legacy. Six Tuscan localities have been UNESCO protected sites: the historical center of Florence... READ MORE

Umbria is a region of Central Italy, bordered by Tuscany to the west, the Marche to the east and Lazio to the south. This region is mostly hilly or mo... READ MORE

Veneto is the eighth largest region in Italy, with a total area of 18,364 km2. It is rough a polygonal of around 210 km in length (from the Austrian b... READ MORE

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