Italy, the Italian Republic, is located in South-Central Europe bordering France, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia. Besides the Italian peninsula, Italy also includes the two largest islands in the Mediterranean sea, Sicily and Sardinia. The country is also home to two independent states, San Marino and the Vatican City. The country boasts a temperate climate making year-round travel practical. The country is best known for its capital city of Rome, which is also know as the religious capital of Western civilization.
In 2005, Italy’s quality of life index was ranked in the top 10. Italians enjoy a high standard of living, but that also means that your Italian travels can be quite pricey. Regardless, Italy offers many attractive tourist destinations. Below is a list of our top seven.
Ideal for the active traveler offering extraordinary adventures with the thrill of Alpine scenery. Ideal for those who enjoy water sports, hiking, mountain biking, or even relaxation. An ideal location for a relaxing holiday.
Cinque Terre National Park
The Five Lands, or Cinque Terre, is a rugged portion of the Italian Riviera. It is composed of five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. Tourist and residents alike are attracted to the areas lack of corporate development. Beautiful cliffside terraces overlook the the Mediterranean Sea. Another trait of Cinque Terre is the lack of through automobile traffic. It is inaccessible by from the outside by car. Only paths, trains and boats connect the villages.
Venice is a group of 118 islands separated by amazing canals. The islands are linked by almost 400 bridges. The city is renowned for its unique setting and the beauty of its architecture and artwork. Visitors will enjoy singing gondoliers, the beautiful Piazza San Marco, and Venetian Lagoon. Take long walk along the canals and marvel at the unique Venetian residences. Visitors should be sure to visit Palazzo Ducale and Domus Aurea.