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La Dolce Vita – Best of all worlds: Hearty Food, History, and Art. However you define the sweet life, Italy satiates the appetite. Feed your passion for authentic cuisine, which varies by region, and feast your eyes on Roman ruins and art by masters Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci in museums around the country. Even the landscape – from the Amalfi Coast to the dramatic Dolomites, postcard perfect Tuscan hills, Venetian canals, and mirror-like Lake Garda and Lake Como – conspires to suit all tastes.
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When it’s time for a break from Italy’s art museums, Roman ruins, and churches, sunseekers flock to the Amalfi Coast, a collection of small towns and villages, including the hilltop town of Positano, Amalfi and Ravello – each with it’s own unique character and appeal. From the quintessential village of Positano, to the fragrant hilltop gardens of Ravello. Here, you’ll find sandy beaches, the scent of lemon hangs in the air, and pastel fishing villages cling to hillsides, strung along a rugged coastline of limestone cliffs and spectacular views. The Amalfi is a feast for the eyes.
Whether you’ve been to Venezia two or 20 times, there’s always something new to discover, in the romance capital of the world. Getting lost in the city’s labyrinthine network of islands, bridges, cobblestone alleys, and canals – is half the fun! Spend the afternoon wandering from palace to piazza, exploring the small art museums, shopping the stalls that line the streets, visiting the lively fish market, or drift along the canals by gondola at night. You may also enjoy seeing a Verdi or Puccini masterwork at the newly restored Teatro La Fenice, the city’s famous 1836 opera house. It’s no surprise that Venice is always at the top of everyone’s travel bucket list. If you’re planning a trip to this Italian city, here are a few of our favorite romantic places to stay.
NORTHERN ITALY: MILAN & LAKE COMO
Lake Como’s appeal is a timeless one. Located in the north of Italy, near Milan, this natural paradise has been a popular destination since the time of the ancient Romans. More recently, it’s made headlines as George Clooney and Amal’s famous hideaway. Lake Como travel means exploring medieval remnants in stone villages like Bellagio and Varenna; it also means a look at opulent villas on lakeside estates, rolling vineyards, olive trees, wisteria vines and Alpine peaks are the cherry on top.
“Once known as the Pale Mountains, the dramatic dolomite rock formations crowning the top of Italy seem to erupt skyward from the region’s verdant alpine meadows”. The Dolomites is one of the most beautiful – and under the radar – places in Italy to book your next vacation to.
The Colosseum. The Forum. The Senate. Rome is the Eternal City, with unmatched history, culture – and food. Visit the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, and the manicured Villa Borghese park overlooking the city. Admire Michelangelo’s work at the Sistine Chapel and the spectacular St. Peter’s Basilica. You’ll never tire of this lively, chaotic, beautiful city.
PUGLIA – THE HEEL OF THE BOOT
Puglia, a southern region forming the heel of Italy’s “boot,” is known for its whitewashed hill towns, centuries-old farmland and hundreds of kilometers of Mediterranean coastline. Capital Bari is a vibrant port and university town, while Lecce is known as “Florence of the South” for its baroque architecture. Alberobello and the Itria Valley are home to “trulli,” stone huts with distinctive conical roofs.
TUSCANY AND FLORENCE
It could be said that no other province has had more impact on Italian—and European— culture than Tuscany. With its wine-soaked villages, art-rich cities, swathes of olive groves and truffle fields, and modern-fashion powerhouses (Gucci and Ferragamo, to name a few), Tuscany epitomizes la vera Italia. Travel to Tuscany to walk in the footsteps of history, and let Bespoke Travel Design show you the way.
A few years ago, Umbria was known, if at all, as Tuscany’s less alluring sister. Not any more: these days Italy’s “green heart” is every bit as celebrated as its more famous neighbour. The reasons are simple: the region has all Tuscany’s attributes – and a few more. Umbria is also a region where the food, wine, art, culture and architecture are the equal of any in Italy. Norcia, with its truffles, hams and cheeses, for example, is a gastronomic centre par excellence. It’s hard to put your finger on what sets Umbria apart – some quality to the light, a haze to the hills, a certain gentleness to landscape – but once you’ve visited you’ll understand, and wonder how this varied and beautiful region ever languished in its neighbour’s shadow.
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