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Italy Italian Italia is a large country in Southern Europe. It is home to the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites - art and monuments are everywhere around the country. It is also famous worldwide for its cuisine, its fashion, the luxury sports cars and motorcycles, as well as for its beautiful coasts, lakes and mountains (the Alps and Appennines
North - The North of Italy is the country's most populated and developed portion. Cities like Turin, Milan, Bologna, Verona and Venice share the region's visitors with beautiful landscapes like the Lake Como area, impressive mountains such as the Dolomites and the Italian Alps and first-class ski resorts like Cortina d'Ampezzo and others.
- Northwest - Piedmont (Piemonte), Liguria (home of the Italian Riviera and Cinque Terre), Lombardy (Lombardia),Valle d'Aosta
- Northeast - Emilia-Romagna, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Trentino-Alto Adige, Veneto
Central Italy breathes history and art. Rome boasts the remaining wonders of the Roman Empire and some of the world's best known landmarks such as the Colosseum. Florence, cradle of the Renaissance, is Tuscany's top attraction, whereas nearby cities like Siena, Pisa and Lucca have much to offer to those looking for the country's rich history and cultural heritage.
Southern Italy - Bustling Naples, the dramatic ruins of Pompeii, the romantic Amalfi Coast and laidback Apulia, as well as up-and-coming agritourism help making Italy's less visited region a great place to explore.
Italian islands - Sardinia (Sardegna) and Sicily (Sicilia), the large island located to the south of the Italian peninsula (the "ball" to Italy's "boot") also Capri, Ischia, Elba, Procida, Aeolian Islands, Aegadian Islands, Tremiti and Pantelleria
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Of the hundreds of Italian cities, here are nine of its most famous:
- Rome - (Roma): the capital, both of Italy and of the ancient Roman Empire; center of the Roman Catholic Church (the Vatican).
- Bologna - A major trade fair city.
- Florence - (Firenze): History, art, architecture. Uffizi gallery, David of Michelangelo Buonarroti.
- Genoa - (Genova) a vibrant and historical port city, birth place of Columbus.
- Milan - (Milano) - shares with Paris the title of fashion capital of the world and is the main financial and business center in the country.
- Naples - (Napoli) with its famous gulf and Vesuvius volcano, including Herculaneum and Pompeii.
- Pisa - home of the famous Leaning Tower.
- Turin - (Torino) was the host of the 2006 Winter Olympic Games, is an important city of technology and industry and so there are many events that worth a visit.
- Venice - (Venezia): History, art. Saint Mark's Square. The city is built on a lagoon, filled with canals, with no roads for cars. Very poetic and romantic.
- Calabria and its pearl Praja a Mare - the italian best kept secret
- Capri and Ischia - the famed islands in the Bay of Naples
- Cinque Terre - five tiny, scenic, towns strung along the steep vineyard-laced coast of Liguria
- Elba - the largest island of the Tuscan Archipelago, and the third largest island in Italy after Sicily and Sardinia
- Vatican City - the independent city-state and seat of the Pope, head of the Roman Catholic Church
- Lago di Garda - A beautiful lake in Northern Italy
- Italian Alps, including The Dolomites - Some of the most beautiful mountains there are