Italy is the perfect destination for cool city breaks to Rome and Venice, both of which have their own unique identity and architecture. But if you fancy staying longer there is lots to see with wonderful day trips to romantic medieval hill towns, such as San Gimignano in Tuscany, and unspoilt fishing villages, like Positano on the Amalfi coast.
Throughout the country you can find vineyards and cellars dotted all over to taste fine regional wines. Wines are usually named after grape varieties, village or area of origin. The most widespread in Italy is the Chianti group of vineyards in Tuscany which you will find in plentiful supply.
Italians are world famous for their cuisine and you’ll find the friendly trattorie (restauranters) will serve simple but superb dishes. Let's face it there is nothing quite like an the authentic Italian meal. Pasta and pizza play a substantial part in Italian recipes, but there are many regional specialities which you should consider. Tuscany, for example, is noted for its bean dishes and the Po Valley for its rich risottos. Cheeses include mozzarella, gorgonzola and the lesser known pecorino which is a type of hard sheep's cheese.
Rome and Milan come with all the names that you would expect from some of the leading fashion centres. And nobody seems to be missed out with the likes of Versace, Dior, Bvlgari, Gucci and countless small boutique shops which gives Italy it's fashionistas status.