When thinking of Italy many people don't know that it consists of twenty regions which becomes united in 1861. For this reason, each region represents a completely different experience when it comes to language dialects, food or even customs. The landscape of each region is also different varying from the high mountains in the very north, rolling hills of Umbria and Tuscany or beautiful sandy beaches along the Adriatic Sea. We are inviting you to discover the best of each Italian region with us.
Abruzzo is situated in central Italy and streches from the heart of the Apenines to the Adriatic Sea. For history and art lovers the must-see destination is L'Aquilla, situated on the mountanside of the Gran Sasso. The region offers the possibility to practice many sports in contact with nature: hiking, mountain biking, trekking, climbing and horseback riding. Along the coast, you can do many sea sports like sailing, canoeing, fishing and windsurfing thanks to beautiful beaches.
Aosta Valley is the smallest region in Italy situated in the northwest of the country. Here we can find the highest peaks in the Alps: Cervino, Monte Rosa, Gran Paradiso and the highest mountain in Europe - Mont Blanc. This region offers amazing natural attractions, but also cultural treasures. In this region visitors can do skiing, snowboarding, climbing, rafting, canoeing and hiking.
Basilicata is situated just between Calabria and Apulia in the very south of Italy. The forests that cover the mountains are dotted with small and charming villages. During the winter when snow covers the highest peaks you can practice many winter sports here. During the summer, the mountains are great for those who love cycling, climbing or just walking down the forest paths. The most famous city is Matera with its Paleolithic setlements - Sassi.
Calabria is a unique region situated at the toe of the boot in the very south of Italy. This region with its warm climate, the beautiful colours of the sea and a combination of rocky coast and sandy beaches is a great holiday destination throughout the year. Calabria offers many opportunities of relaxation in its hinterland. The national parks covers the most of inland of Calabria.
Campania is one of the regions of Southern italy and stretches along the Tyrrhenian Sea. Stunning Amalfi Coast with its picturesque small towns, the light blue tones of the sea is situated here. Sorrento, Amalfi, Ravello, Vietri sul Mare and Positano are some of the small towns on the coast.
The region's capital is Naples - one of the largest and most captivating cities on the Mediterranean Sea. The waters here boast the islands in the Gulf of Naples, Capri and Ischia.
The region of Emilia Romagna lies between the River Po and the Apennine Mountains in the north of Italy. The region consists of two parts - Emilia with its capital Bologna and Romagna which exit to Adriatic sea with Rimini as its capital. Towns along the sea - Rimini, Riccione and Cattolica are great for summer on the beach.
The city of Bologna is an old university town with numerous historical monuments. This is the place ideal for those who enjoy tasting delicious traditional food such as home-made pasta, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, prosciutto di Parma, mortadella salami etc. Explore Emilia-Romagna!
This region is situated in Italy's northest and borders Slovenia and Austria. It overlooks the Adriatic Sea and is surrounded by high mountains, enclosing man different landscapes. Here you will find the Dolomites with charming sceneries and colours and peaks covered with show. The provinces of the region are Trieste, Gorizia, Pordenone and Udine.
Lazio region is situated on the western Italian coast in Central Italy. The Italian capital, Rome is the central point of this region which is the most visited destination of Italy. As well as Rome itself, the Province of Rome boasts popular tourist destinations like Frascati and Tivoli.
Viterbo, to the north, is a historic town with a beautiful, well-preserved medieval centre. Two airport serving this region are Rome Fiumicino and Rome Ciampino.
Le Marche region lies on the eastern side of central Italy, between the Adriatic sea and the high Apennine mountains. The capital of the region is port of Ancona - one of the largest ports in the Adriatic from where you can take a ferry to Croatia and Greece. The coast south of Ancona is famous for beautiful beaches and is popular destination for tourists. Inland offers great opportunity for farmhouse holidays.
Liguria is in north-western Italy, bordering with France. When someone mentions the Italian Riviera, they talk about Liguria, 186 miles of coast. The most famous is Cinque Terre. It is a string of 5 coastal cities with colourful houses and harbours filled with fishing boats and trattorias offering seafood dishes. The most famous dish from this region is pesto genovese - pasta sauce made of fresh basil, garlic, pine nuts and olive oil. Liguria is also a region of vineyard and olive groves that produce excellent extra-virgin olive oils and superb wines.
One of the Italy's largest regions, Lombardy lies in the north, sharing a border with Switzerland. It stretches form the Alps to the lowlands of the Po Valley. The centre of the region is Milan famous for fashion and design. It is also popular for its historical monuments such as Gothic Duomo di Milano cathedral and the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent- with Leonardo da Vinci's mural "The Last Supper".
Molise is set between the Apennine and the Adriatic Sea in south-central Italy. This region is still undiscovered by tourists. The coast boasts sandy beaches surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation. From the peaks of the Apennines to the coast the beautiful nature of Molise is a perfect place to relax or play sport.
Regional food is based on locally grown produce and sheep farming.
Piedmont is in Italy's northwest and borders Switzerland and France. Piedmont is surrounded on three sides by the Alps, with the highest peaks and largest glaciers in Italy. Its capital is Turin, famous for its Egyptian Museum, one of the largest in the world, the Shroud of Turin (one of the most precious relics in Christianity), the famous Mole Antonellianan and finally the Automobile Museum.
Rich in natural resources and landscapes, Piedmont offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy sport. If you are looking for health and wellness on your holidays, you can choose one of the spas of the region, such as Acqui Terme.
Puglia is the southern region forming the heel of Italy's "boot" and is known for whitewashed hill towns, centuries-old farmland and hundreds of kilometers of Mediterranean coastline. It's capital Bari is a vibrant port and university town, while Lecce is known as "Florence of the south" for its baroque architecture. Alberobello adn the Itria Valley are home to "trulli", stone huts with distinctive conical roofs.
Sardinia is a large island in the Mediterranean to the west of Italy. Sardinia is ideal for several different types of holiday. With three airports (Alghero, Olbia and Cagliari) and ferry connections it is very popular tourist destination. Here you can enjoy on sandy beaches, visit museums in historic towns, dine in great restaurants. You can fly to Alghero to explore the historic town centre and enjoy boat trips. North of Olbia, the exclusive resorts of the Costa Smeralda line one of the island's most beautiful stretches of coastline.
The island of Sicily is completely different that other regions. With its specific position it is a place of beautiful nature and amazing food mostly based of fish and vegetables. The climate of the island is very hot and dry and it is ideal for summer holidays. Sicily is a place of variety of delicious food, especially great desserts such as cannoli.
This northernmost region of Italy is situated near the boarder or Italy with Austria and Switzerland. It attracts visitors who likes winter skiing and summer hiking. There is lots of rivers and lakes to explore. There are many medieval towns and castles and it's a great place to go for Christmas markets.
Picturesque Tuscany is among the most popular destinations for visitors of Italy. Its capital city Florence is a place for culture and history lovers. Amazing countryside is where you can enjoy wine and food tastings while relaxing in one of many holiday villas. One of the best ways of travelling around Tuscany is by car. Find out more about visiting Tuscany!
Umbria is situated in the very centre of Italy and is the only Italian region that doesn't have exit to the sea. It is known the green heart of Italy thanks to its beautiful natural surroundings - olive groves and vineyards on the hills.
If looking for authentic Italy you should visit Umbria and its hill top towns. The capital of Umbria is historical city of Perugia. In Umbria there are many producers of superb olive oil.
Veneto is situated in the northeast of Italy stretching from the Dolomite Mountains to the Adriatic Sea. Everybody knows for Venice, its regional capital, famous for its canals, Gothic architecture and Carnival celebrations.
Venice is a popular destination for cruise ships sailing in the Mediterranean. Besides Venice there is also Verona known as the setting of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
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