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Italy

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about Italy

Divine art, Renaissance history, fashion, pasta that’s better than – well, you know – even more art. We’re all familiar with Italy’s attractions and allure – and even if there was any doubt, there are multiple shelves at the local bookstore dedicated to tomes regaling the joys of spending a year learning Italian in Tuscany while falling in love to remind us.

From porn stars to political scandal, the Italians don’t believe in doing anything by halves. Moving between north, south and central Italy you’ll encounter everything  from designer-fixated cool cats and effervescent, pseudo-charming Romeos to “eat, eat” nonnas and every type of person in between.

Don’t let the hordes discourage you; Florence, Venice, Lake Como and the Amalfi Coast are all popular because they are worth it. Travelling in the off-season may help, but ‘discovering’ enchanting villages like Chiusa in the Dolomites or the tiny island of San Pietro in Sardinia will make you feel as though you’ve found another country entirely. In summary: tutti bene. It’s all good.

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ROME, ITALY

When we first went to Italy’s capital as teenage backpackers, we stayed in...

When we first went to Italy’s capital as teenage backpackers, we stayed in spare rooms...

VENICE, ITALY

Join a flotilla and cruise through the Venetian Lagoon. You’ll feel all...

Join a flotilla and cruise through the Venetian Lagoon. You’ll feel all class as you...

DOLOMITES, ITALY

Snag a front-row seat to watch the sun set and stars sparkle over the UNESCO...

Snag a front-row seat to watch the sun set and stars sparkle over the UNESCO World...

MATERA, ITALY

Imagine, if you can, people living in caves dug into the side of a ravine...

Imagine, if you can, people living in caves dug into the side of a ravine 7000 years ago....

POSITANO, ITALY

Lord it up above the turquoise waters of the Amalfi Coast and play king of...

Lord it up above the turquoise waters of the Amalfi Coast and play king of your very own...

ALPE DI SIUSI, ITALY

If a snow-change is your answer to the suffocation of the city, then breathe...

If a snow-change is your answer to the suffocation of the city, then breathe in the fresh...

VENICE, ITALY

If you fancy yourself as some kind of international man/ma’am of mystery,...

If you fancy yourself as some kind of international man/ma’am of mystery, this could be...

BIVACCO GERVASUTTI, ITALY

It looks like a discarded piece of space junk marooned beneath the face of...

It looks like a discarded piece of space junk marooned beneath the face of Grandes...