From ancient treasures and artistic gems to remote hilltop monasteries, sandy beaches and volcanic lakes, Lazio is one of Italy’s great surprise packages. Its epic capital needs no introduction. Rome has been mesmerising travellers for millennia and still today it casts a powerful spell.
The Italian Lakes
Formed at the end of the last ice age, and a popular holiday spot since Roman times, the Italian Lakes have an enduring, beguiling beauty. Why I Love the Italian Lakes By Paula Hardy, Writer From cutting-edge textiles to high-tech olive presses and a sidewalk scene that makes Fashion Week seem entirely redundant, Milan and the lakes are both thrilling and fun.
Sardinia captivates with its wild hinterland, out-of-this-world beaches and endearing eccentricities. Here coastal drives thrill, prehistory puzzles and four million sheep rule the roads. Outdoor Adventures Whether you go slow or fast, choose coast or country, Sardinia is one of Europe’s last great island adventures.
Imagine the audacity of building a city of marble palaces on a lagoon – and that was only the start. Epic Grandeur Never was a thoroughfare so aptly named as the Grand Canal, reflecting the glories of Venetian architecture lining its banks. At the end of Venice’s signature waterway, the Palazzo Ducale and Basilica di San Marco add double exclamation points.
Milan is Italy’s city of the future, a fast-paced metropolis where creativity is big business, looking good is compulsory and after-work drinks are an art form. Why I Love Milan By Paula Hardy, Writer From cutting-edge design showcases to creative dining and a sidewalk scene that makes Fashion Week seem entirely redundant, Milan is both thrilling and fun.
Puglia, Basilicata & Calabria
The Italian boot’s heel (Puglia), instep (Basilicata) and toe (Calabria) are where the 'Mezzogiorno' (southern Italy) shows all its throbbing intensity. Long stereotyped as the poorer, more passionate cousins of Italy's sophisticated northerners, these regions are finally being appreciated for their true richness.
Sweeping north from the Apennines to the fertile Po valley, Emilia-Romagna boasts some of Italy’s most hospitable people, some of its most productive land, some of its fastest vehicles (Ferrari, Ducati, Maserati and Lamborghini call Emilia-Romagna home) and most soul-satisfying food.