Italy is a country that is to be savored one experience at a time.
Italy is a small but incredibly diverse country. In a country that is about the size of the states of Florida and Georgia you can experience it all: the stunning coastlines of the Amalfi Coast and the Italian Riviera, not to mention Puglia; the majestic Dolomites; tiny hilltowns perched precariously atop cliffsides; bustling cities such as Rome, Milan, and Turin. One thing that unites Italy is its beauty. No matter where you are, from the seaside to the mountainside, sprawling city to tiny village, the colors, sounds, smells and sights of Italy are beyond compare.
Italy is life. Italy is beauty. Italy is passion. Italy is love. It is preparing homemade pasta under the watchful eye of an Italian mamma. Sipping prosecco in a piazza as the sun sets. Indulging in a cappuccino after a morning run through the Tuscan countryside. Exploring the most exquisite leather shops for that signature piece to take home as a memento of a trip that will never be forgotten.
Italy is la dolce vita.
"You may have the universe if I may have Italy."
While Italy, as a nation, is about 100 years younger than the United States of America, the fascinating history of the peninsula goes back centuries and even millennia. From the Etruscans to the Roman Empire, the Dark Ages to the enlightened Renaissance, each time period has left its indelible mark. Even more intriguing is how the history of each region varies one from the other. The different foreign occupations and influences have defined the Italian regions with a unique character, history, and culture. It is why you can truly never get enough of this magnificent country.
art & culture
"God made Italy with designs by Michelangelo."
- Mark Twain
60% of the world's art treasures are located in Italy. That is a huge concentration for a country that is about the size of Arizona. The art is in part what brings over 40 million visitors to the bel paese every year. But in Italy, art is more than just works created by the masters of the Renaissance. There is art around every corner: in the architecture, both ancient and modern; in the workshops of the local artisans who fight every day to keep traditions alive; in the sense of aesthetic from shop windows to hotel design; and even in the food and wine.
Art is Italy and Italy is art.