Abundant in history, culture, fine weather, great food, sun-drenched beaches and alpine summits, few countries can boast the variety of splendour found in Italy. Even when you remove Venice, Verona and Rome from the list of places to see you’re still spoilt for choice. Here are five regions for you to explore on your next trip…
An astonishingly scenic region where the water from the glaciated pools reflects the shapely alpine summits beyond. None are more wonderful than Lake Como, with its gorgeous lakefront villages. Don’t miss Bellagio – a beautiful town with some seriously stunning villas overlooking the lake. To experience the area as a whole, take a cycling holiday around Lake Como, taking in the breathtaking scenery at a slower pace, stopping off at beautiful Italian restaurants along the way.
Lake Garda is the country’s largest lake and is popular for watersports. And this region is also home to the city of Milan – a large metropolitan city with stylish streets and an astonishing cathedral.
San Miniato is the place to hunt and eat the famous Tuber magnatum pico (white truffle), while Chianti attracts lovers of red wine. Everyone knows what Pisa is famous for, but it also has a vibrant bar and cafe scene thanks to its historic and prestigious university.
A region that conjures images of wonderful ocean, charming coastal towns and the odd lively volcano. The Amalfi Coast has vertical cliffs dropping into the sea, with homes, villages and towns clinging to impossibly steep slopes. The likes of Sorrento is teeming with little squares, alleyways and arches. And the island of Capri offers sunshine and relaxation by day, and something a bit more lively when the sun goes down.
Italy is a place of endless quality and beauty. And whether it’s scenery, architecture, food, music, art, or even football that takes your fancy, this country won’t disappoint.