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 of the country are listed as UNESCO World Heritage,
including the historic centres of Rome, Venice, Verona, Florence, Mantua
and Genoa etc.
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 San Gimignano.
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
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
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.