'Sunshine, wine and smart design' :
What would it be like to wake in the
heart of the Roman Empire, lunch in a sumptuous sixteenth-century
Renaissance villa, and go to bed in the capital of twenty-first century
designer chic? Visit Italy, taking in Rome, Florence and Milan, and the
experience is yours.
But that's not all. Italy combines art history and contemporary fashion
with stunning natural landscapes: the turquoise waters of the Costa
Smerelda offer one of Europe's most beautiful stretches of sand, sea and
sunshine, while the snow-covered slopes of the Dolomite mountains are a
haven for winter sports enthusiasts.
Besides the renowned cities of Venice, Genoa and Naples (each with its
own unique identity - Italy was only unified in 1870), there are
romantic medieval hill towns, such as San Gimignano in Tuscany, and
unspoilt fishing villages, like the unforgettable Positano on the Amalfi
coast. Visit vineyards and cellars to taste the very best regional
wines: The Veneto, famed for the sparkling white prosecco, and Tuscany,
home of the highly acclaimed robust red, Brunello di Montalcino. And to
really get away from it all, take a boat to the islands of Sicily or
Sardinia to experience rural hospitality in the blissful Mediterranean.
Italy: still so much more to discover.