Italian Towns and Villages
Florence Tours - In the romantic region of Tuscany lies the jewel city of the Renaissance, Florence. Surrounded by the Appenine mountain chain it lies in a fertile valley surrounded by the charming Tuscan vineyards and olive groves.
Florence Art and Culture Tours - Admire Botticelli's Renaissance inspired works including The Birth of Venus' and Primavera' while you're guide provides expert commentary via your personal audio headset. Stroll opulent corridors gazing at art and architecture from the Medieval and Modern ages, then debate and compare the masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci with those of Michelangelo.
Florence Day Trips - Famous for a wealth of art, history, striking landscapes and outstanding produce, Tuscany really does have the best of all worlds. With only a day to spare, see the best Tuscany has to offer on this full-day guided coach trip from Florence.
Regions, Towns and Villages of Italy
Abruzzo (13) Regional Capital is L'Aquila - A relatively untouched part of Italy but the "Tuscany Bunch" are starting to find their way there so hurry before it becomes a popular as its northern sister. This part of Italy is fraught with medieval towns and castles.
Towns in Basilicata: Potenza
Calabria (18) Regional capital is Catanzaro - While Liguria is more famous for its coastline, Calabria has some of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean. It also has lovely hotels in the mountains.
Friuli Venezia Giulia (6) Regional Capital is Trieste - Because of its location at the extreme north-east of Italy, Friuli Venezui Guilia, much like Switzerland, has a collection of cultures represented and languages spoken.
Towns in Friuli Venezia Giulia: Trieste
Towns in Lazio: Rome
Milan Tours - Milano is the country's economic engine room, home to Italy's stock market and business centers.
This stylish city is also the world's design capital and rivals Paris as a leading fashion center.
Towns in Marche: Ancona
Molise (14) Regional Capital is Campobasso - With its low population and agrarian lifestyle, Molise allows the visitor to experience an unhurried holiday in Italy.
Sardinia - Sardegna (20) Regional Capital is Cagliari - Sardinia is one of the most popular tourist destinations for Europeans. It boasts beautiful resorts, enchanting beaches and is the second largest island in the Mediterranean.
Toscana - Tuscany (9) Regional Capital is Florence - Tuscany has received some notable attention in recent years as a Mecca for toruism but it is deservedly one of the best destinations in Europe. The beautiful countryside and charming towns have lost little under the assault of the Izod masses.
Trentino Alto Adige - Trentino South Tyrol (4) Regional Capital is Trento - Somewhat more German and Austrian then Italian, this former portion of the Austria-Hungarian Empire is an alpine paradise.
Towns in Trentino Alto Adige: Merano
Umbria (10) Regional Capital is Perugia - Located in the centre of Italy, Unbria consists of rolling hillsides and quaint villages.
Most Popular Destinations in Italy
Tuscany The most visited destination spot in Italy. Here are some of the more travelled areas:
Florenc e: Florence is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance. Perhaps the most wealthy city in Europe during the reign of the powerful Medici family, Florence is home to many well-known works of art.
Chiant i: The classic Italian wine gets its name from this region in Tuscany. Although Chianti is quite good, it has become a victim of its own publicity and now commands a steep price in most places.
Val d'Elsa : Yet another reason to visit Tuscany, this area is known for the production of fine crystal.
Val di Chian a: Again, located in Tuscany, Val di Chiana has one of the best preserved Lombard forts in Italy.
Val d'Orci a: The southern part of Tuscany known for its rolling hills and excellent wines.
Crete Senesi : An agrarian area in Tuscany with lovely lunar landscapes.
Elba : An island off Tuscany made famous as the place where Napoleon was imprisoned. A popular palindrome, "Able was I ere I saw Elba," is attributed to him but this is unlikely. Napoleon hated the English language.
Cecina Valley : A coastal area of Tuscany.
Val di Merse : The area of Tuscany south of Chianti.
Florentine Mountains : Mountains surrounding Florence with surprising pristine hiking areas.
The largest island in the Mediterranean, Sicily has beautiful beaches and a thriving agrarian culture. It is also a centre of art and music.
Everyone has heard of the Venetian canals but Venice was also the launching point for many of the crusades during the middle ages.
Located south of Rome, the Amalfi coastline is peppered with beautiful towns and villages.
Located in the north of Italy, along the Mediterranean, the Italian Riviera is known for mild weather and covers most of the coastline of Liguria.
This alpine lake in Northern Italy is a famous tourist destination with resorts and fine hotels dotted along its coastline.
Comprising the "heel" of Italy and parts north, the Apulia Coast borders the warm waters of the Adriatic. Civilization here goes back to ancient times.
These mountains in northeast Italy were formed from uplifted seabed and are considered some of the most beautiful in the world.
Located on the eastern part of the Italian Riviera, Portofino is a commune, resort and fishing village.
A volcanic island in the Gulf of Naples, Ischia has sweeping vistas and thermal spas.
The westernmost coastline of the Italian Riviera.
The easternmost coastline of the Italian Riviera.
Located in the northern part of Trentino Alto Adige, Merano is known for its spa resorts.
A resort island going back to ancient times, Capri is famous for the Blue Grotto, a spectacular water cave.
This is the Italian Riviera many Italians prefer to go to on holiday. The towns are family friendly (especially Cesenatico) and the Adriatic is warm.