One country that means so many things to so many different people. A feast for gourmets. An endless, open air catwalk for fashionistas. An art gallery for connoisseurs. A symphony for opera lovers.
The list goes on. Beaches for sun worshippers. Vineyards and vintages for wine connoisseurs. Soft light and extraordinary scenery for photographers and artists. Classical architecture, museums and galleries for the cultured. Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Maseratis, Ducatis and Moto Guzzis for mechanics. Ancient towns and Roman remains for historians. Festivals, events, town squares and tiny villages for anyone and everyone who appreciates the ‘gioia di vivere’ that is Italy.
Talk to Richard French. As one of our Italy experts, he understands ‘joy of life’ Italian-style. He will recommend you immerse yourself in the romance of Venice (and enjoy a few bellinis at Harry’s Bar). He’ll tell you the best time to experience opera live, in Verona’s magnificent Roman amphitheatre. Or, if you’re serious about Puccini he’ll point you in the direction of the lakeside festival of Torre del Lago – close to the maestro’s birthplace – near the walled city of Lucca.
Then there’s the art of Florence, the food of Naples, fashion shopping in Milan, the vibrancy of Turin, Rome with its Vatican City, the architecture of Siena and Pisa…plus the countryside of Tuscany, the lakes of Northern Italy, the islands of Capri, Sicily and Sardinia, the Amalfi coast, the Italian Alps…