Italy is widely known to be one of most sophisticated destinations in the world. This boot-shape peninsula, extending into the central Mediterranean Sea is a rugged, mountainous country of simply stunning scenery that also includes two independent states (the Vatican City and the Republic of San Marino) and the popular islands of Sardinia and Elba to the west, and Capri, Ischia and Sicily off the southern coast.

Italy has so much to see and do, from skiing in the Alps, the Lake District of the north, the historic and stylish cities of Florence, Milan, Naples, Siena, Turin and Venice, coastal cities and quaint little villages, and of course Rome, and the Holy See. Perhaps no country on this planet has given the world more cultural icons, including architectural styles, paintings, sculptures, operas, tenors, fashions, fine automobiles, and we certainly cannot forget food and world-championship soccer teams. Italy is renowned for its olive oil, pasta, pizza, wine, and of course sunshine, and year-round great weather.

Simply stated, Italy is “la dolce vita” (the sweet life), and many people that travel to this incredible country never want to leave.