It’s the land of “La Dolce Vita,” and there are few places as sweet as Italy. Its diverse landscape, artistic treasures and fabulous food make Italy a feast for the soul, offering something for everyone, like a spoonful of good minestrone soup.
There are the mountains and lakes of the Alps and Dolomites in the north; fashionable Milan; enchanting Venice; the hills and towns of Tuscany, with Renaissance classics such as Florence. Mighty Rome is unmissable, with its ancient monuments — the Colosseum, Roman forum and Pantheon — and the high art of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling in the Vatican. Further south there’s the seductive Amalfi coast, intriguing Sicily off the toe of Italy’s “boot,” and Mediterranean-lapped beaches galore.