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Italy in pictures - Northern Italy
In brief +
From the romantic streets and canals of Venice to bustling Rome, from volcanic Naples to the mysteries of Sicily, Italy has a thousand sides to explore, all of which are impossible to squeeze into one trip alone. Each region has its own distinct customs and traditions, but all come highly recommended, be it for a week's relaxing holiday or a month long quest to discover the country as a whole.
The question is: which region to start with? The ideal itinerary is, of course, to travel the famous 'boot' region by region at one's own pace. However, if in need of inspiration or to narrow down a shortlist, works by Stendhal or Paul Morand provide a literary guide to this diverse country (alternatively, Lonely Planet or Rough Guide offer a slightly more accessible way of finding exactly what you're looking for). With a dolce vita that is apparent throughout the country, you can be sure of finding subtle flavours and remarkable elegance wherever your final destination may be.
The biggest island in the Mediterranean, Sicily uncovers its treasures to its visitors. Greek, Roman, Muslim, Norman and Spanish influences are felt throughout the island in the cuisine, architecture and way of life. Sprinkled in all four corners are the vestiges of these eras which recall Sicily's rich ...
Venice© Joana Kruse / age fotostock
Piemonte© Peter Eckert / age fotostock
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