Travelling around Italy remains one of those epic experiences in life that can never be overrated. In few places do art, fashion, food and la dolce vita (“the good life”) intermingle so effortlessly. In Italy you will see and find pretty sunny islands, glacial lakes, very fiery volcanoes, rolling vineyards and glamorous spectacular landscapes harbouring more than any other country on Earth. Home to many of the world’s greatest works of art, architecture and gastronomy, Italy elates, inspires and moves like no other. It’s a cultural conundrum as thrilling as it is overwhelming.
Italy’s fortes extend beyond its galleries, wardrobes and dining rooms. The country is one of nature’s masterpieces with extraordinary natural diversity matched by few. From the north’s icy Alps and glacial takes to the south’s fiery craters and turqouise grottoes, this is a place for doing as well aas seeing. One day you’re tearing down Courmayeur’s powdery slopes, the next you could be galloping across the marshes of the Maremma, or diving in coral-studded Campanian waters. Not bad for a country not much bigger than Arozina.
It might look like a boot, but food-obsessed Italy feels more like a decadently stuffed Christmas stocking. From delicate tagliatelle al ragù (pasta ribbons in a meat-based sauce) to velvety cannoli (crips pastry shells filled with sweet ricotta), every bite can feel like you are in heaven. The secret: superlative ingredients and finely tuned know-how. And while Italy’s culinary soul might prefer simplicity, it’s equally ingenious and sophisticated. So whether you’re on a degustation odyssey in Modena, truffle hunting in Piedmont or swilling powerhouse reds in the Valpolicella wine region, prepare to loosen that belt.
In few places do art and life intermingle so effortlessly. This may be the land of Dante, Titian and Verdi, but it’s also the home of Prada, Massimo Bottura and Renzo Piano. Beauty, style and flair furnish every aspect of daily life, from those immaculately knotted ties and seamless espressos to the flirtatious smiles of striking strangers.