Known for its captivating natural beauty, rich cultural history and venerable food and wine scene, Italy welcomes millions of tourists every year. And no trip to this fascinating country would be complete without a visit to at least one of its magnificent cities.
From the bustling streets of Naples, to the ancient ruins of Rome, from the art and architectural treasures of Florence to the understated elegance of Turin, Italy’s cities are bound by a common charm that makes each one of them a compelling destination for the visitor.
With more than 30,000 hotels, the world’s fifth most visited country offers tourists a seemingly infinite array of accommodation. Whether you’re looking for a boutique hotel in the heart of the city, a secluded monastery in the mountains or a guesthouse stay on one of the country’s famous vineyards, you will not be disappointed. Standards across all star ratings are generally very reliable, and whilst a stay here is never cheap, suitable, stylish accommodation can often be found at a reasonable price. At the other end of the spectrum, Italy boasts some of Europe’s finest luxury hotels with stunning, bespoke interiors, spectacular views and refined hospitality.
Food and wine are primary passions here and Italians are rightly proud of their rich culinary heritage. It will come as no surprise to learn that Italy has more foods with protected designation of origin than any other European country, including Parmigiano Reggiano, Proscuitto di Parma and the country’s 400+ DOCG and DOC wines. Whilst the cuisine of each region reflects its distinct culture, sustainably sourced, seasonal ingredients and informal dining traditions centred on family and friends are common threads across the entire country. From celebrated street food in Palermo to top-tier dining in Milan, from local trattoria to Michelin star restaurant, Italy’s diverse culinary landscape offers something to suit every taste and budget.
And of course, no Italian table would be complete without wine! It’s true that wherever and whatever you choose to eat in Italy, from a pre-dinner snack on a rooftop terrace in Verona, to a family meal at a Roman pizzeria, the nation’s favourite drink - in its vast and varied forms - is omnipresent. So if you’re looking for a taste of La Dolce Vita, whether that’s a truffle risotto paired with a rich, full-bodied Barolo, a seafood salad served with a bright and lively Franciacorta, or a Pecorino Romano appetizer washed down with a powerful Brunello di Montalcino, Italy’s world famous food and wine scene will doubtless deliver.
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