any other country offers so many
varied tourist attractions like Italy. Dreamlike beautiful landscapes
with mountains and sandy beaches, a fascinating cultural heritage,
architectural masterpieces from the antique up to the present, living
history in mediaeval cities, a famous cuisine and good wine, and
also fashion designs and much more, draw, with magical powers, millions
of visitors to this beautiful country every year.
Since ancient times Italy has been a centre of European culture
and even today the erstwhile heart of the Roman Empire, the “Eternal
City” Rome, as the country’s capital and seat of
the Vatican plays an outstanding role in intellectual, cultural
and religious life.
Numerous sights and places worth seeing in Italy are listed as
UNESCO World Heritage, including the historic centres of Rome,
Florence, Mantua and
Some km south of Genoa you'll find one of the most enchanting
regions in northern Italy -
Cinque Terre; a 12 km long area
with 5 villages along the Ligurian Riviera of exceptional natural
and cultural charm and beauty .
One of the most beautiful regions of Italy is Tuscany
with its picturesque landscape and fascinating mediaeval town centres
such as in its capital Florence, in Siena and
In the north it is bounded by the Appenines, several mountain ranges
of which reach 2000 m. Most popular landscapes are the Maremma in
the south, the Chianti region between Florence and Sienna and also
the Etruscan Riviera. Pines, cypresses, olive trees and vineyards
give the hilly landscape its very special charm.
Another very special experience is a visit to the ancient city
of Ponpeii in the Gulf of Naples which sank under lava ash
when Vesuvius errupted in 79 AD. Vesuvius today is 1281 meters high
and can be climbed.
Particularly appealing is the area around Lake Garda,
a subtropical enclave in the north of Italy, embedded in the southern
foothills of the Alps. Around the lake there are marvellous holiday
resorts which nestle against mountains that rise sharply up to 2000
m beyond the waterside. All this, as well as the mild climate with
subtropical vegetation and the grandiose panorama make Lake Garda
one of the most popular holiday destinations.
Very interesting also is a trip to the marble quarries of
Carrara in the Apuan Alps. There you can watch the mining of
the “white gold” which Michaelangelo made world famous
by his works. At the narrow serpentine access roads there are numerous
workshops where you can bargain for valuable works.