Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was the country of this mesmerizing capital. Across a span of more than 3,000 years, the history of Italy began with the Etruscans, carried on with the Romans and was revived by the European artists and architects, composers, and philosophers during the Renaissance era. Perched on a peninsula in the Mediterranean in the shape of a boot, Italy not only boasts the most UNESCO Heritage Sites in the world, but also charming cities, magnificent coastlines, scrumptious cuisines, and generous hospitality. It encapsulates the world of finest art, legendary architecture, trendsetting fashion, and flavorful cuisines – undeniably living up to the moniker “Bel Paese”, which means “a beautiful country” in Italian.
Trace the footprints of the Medici Family and the artistic maestros such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo in Florence, the capital of Renaissance. Get lost in a maze of canals and alleys, run into grandeur palazzos and historical cafes out of the blue in the island city of Venice. Explore the astonishing layers of history and heritages in the hustle and bustle of the capital city Rome. The list goes on and the only way to experience “la dolce vita” is through an authentic journey through this charismatic country.
Italy’s best months are April – June, and September – October, when the temperature is comfortable – spring sees the countryside come alive while fall experiences the easing of the summer heat with fewer visitors, although do expect crowds in this popular country! It’s best to avoid August when the Italian go for their summer holidays, and the weather can get uncomfortably hot. Some hotels at the beaches, lakes and countryside close in winter during the tourist “off-season” for refurbishment, it’s better to keep to the cities then.