Most countries would struggle to live up to a nickname like the Bel Paese, meaning 'beautiful country', yet Italy does it with ease. Modern life blends effortlessly with ancient history in Rome, which still draws thousands of visitors to its frescoed churches and impressive ruins.
Culture prevails in Florence, and the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance boasts world famous collections of art and architecture. Trendsetting Milan, meanwhile, has made its named as Italy’s fashion capital, with glamorous Via della Spiga the destination of choice for the ultra stylish.
Couples looking for a romantic escape may prefer the gondola-filled canals of charming Venice, while Sardinia's pristine beaches are as popular as ever with the Italian elite looking for a summer break in the sun. Venture further inland for rugged countryside, lakes packed with flamingoes, and vineyards serving their own brands of robust wine.