Holding travellers spellbound for the last 200 years or more, Italy continues to attract, always near the top of the most visited countries in the world.

And, Italy pretty much serves up anything and everything you could look for in a holiday. If it’s history and ancient ruins you want to see, the Romans (and everyone since) have left bountiful sights to explore around the country, most notably the open-air Roman museum that is Rome, but also further afield. Or, there’s the astonishing collection of art and the architecture, from ancient times right through to the Renaissance & Baroque eras, where the main centres of Rome, Florence & Milan (plus many other smaller centres) are worthy of a standalone holiday in their own right. And, then there's Venice, the incredible canal city that serves up all of the art, architecture and history like the rest of the country, but with a unique twist that sets it apart from the others.

Outside of just pure art and architecture, there's the culture, sights and food of Tuscany, the stunning vertigo-inducing clifftop towns of the Cinque Terra, the ruins of Pompeii, or the beautiful mountain and lake landscapes of Italy's northern regions..

It's also fair to say that you could just devote all your energies to devouring every gastronomic delight that Italy puts on the table – pasta, pizza, desserts, gelato and fine wine collections.

With a climate perfectly suited to exploring, easy access & transport, and a whole host of places in the Italian countryside to get off the beaten track, Italy is always waiting for the next batch of ‘invaders’ to arrive.

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