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Welcome to Italy. Birthplace of western culture and of art. Home to dramatic history and more UNESCO world heritage landmarks than the number of pizza slices you’ll inevitably consume on a trip here. Italy is awash with ancient incredible well-preserved gems on every corner, spectacular food on every sidestreet, exquisite wine in every cellar…
Although Italy is shaped like a boot, it serves up delights like a stuffed Christmas stocking. The history it boasts is incomparable, from walking in the very footsteps of the Romans in Rome, to the immense duomos of Florence, and the stunning cathedrals that mark every major city, arriving in Italy is like jumping headfirst into another century.
When it comes to art, with the likes of Michaelangelo, Raphael and Da Vinci hailing from Italy, not much more needs to be said. Italy doesn’t just shout about its world-class art scene, it’s impossible to get away from it.
The country is littered with masterpieces from the greatest artists and architects in history, and getting lost in a city will result in your jaw-dropping further with each turn as you discover magical fountains, intricate frescoes and delicate archways.
Of course, when it comes to Italy, you can’t forget to mention the food and wine. Simple recipes made with fresh, incredibly high-quality ingredients and a huge helping of love make Italian food stand above the rest of the world, whether that’s classic Neapolitan pizzas, hearty Tuscan stews or velvety Roman pasta dishes. And the wine needs no introduction.
And Italy’s allure stretches even further than its riveting history, its world-class cuisine and its bellissimo art. In fact, Italy’s nature is a masterpiece of its own. One day you could be up in the dramatic, rugged Alps, the next you’re discovering the rolling, misty hills of Umbria, before soaking in the crystal clear waters of the Amalfi coast. All in all, Italy will capture your soul with the slow, pleasurable pace of life, and astound with its beauty.
When it comes to travelling to Italy, the off-season (November-March), is quite possibly the best time to visit the cities. It can be a little chilly, but you dodge the queues and the stifling heat that threatens to overwhelm at times, particularly in August.
On the coast, you might find a few hotels and attractions shut, so the shoulder season (April-June and September-October) can be an excellent time to visit any part of the country. Bask in warm temperatures, enjoy festivals and local holidays, and soak up the addictive Italian lifestyle.
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