Where does one start to talk about Italy? Let's begin with some facts. Italy is a peninsula that is surrounded by the Tyrrhenian Sea on the west and the Adriatic on the east. It has a unique boot shape. There are two mountain ranges in the country, the Alps in the north and the Apennines that run down the middle. The countries that share borders with Italy are France Switzerland Austria and Slovenia.
Italy has an amazing and rich history from the Etruscans to the Greeks and Romans to the warring city and Papal States, to the birth of the Renaissance to the unification of the country in 1861. In the whirlwind of change, Italy is always committed to preserving its 3000 years of history. Perhaps this is why it has the highest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites which total 47.
Italy is a land of art and culture that has inspired artists of all disciplines to create sublime works of art which can be seen in the numerous museums, churches and galleries throughout the country. It is the land of music where great composers from Vivaldi to Verdi to Puccini have created the most memorable music and opera. The music of Naples is loved by all for its odes to love.
Italy is natural beauty. The variety of landscapes from the soft rolling hills of Tuscany to the rugged mountains and the impressive cliffs and bays of its Riviera with its turquoise waters, make Italy a delight to see and a photographers dream.
Italy's culture of eating well makes it a most popular destination for food and wine lovers.
You can travel Italy from north to south and find such a variety of sumptuous food and wonderful wines. The Italian cuisine is centered on using the finest local ingredients lovingly prepared by warm hearted people who look at food as part of their cultural tradition that brings family and friends together. .
Italy is people. People that have shared a long and varied past who have suffered and rejoiced who look forward to the future without forgetting the importance of tradition. Italy is about people who are not afraid of smiling or extending a welcome to a stranger.
Italy is all this and so much more. But you will see that once you visit it even just once. You will come up with your own feelings and stories from the wonderful experiences you will surely have.
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