Italy, officially the Italian Republic, is a large country in Southern Europe. Together with Greece, it is acknowledged as the birthplace of Western culture, once the core of the mighty Roman Empire.
Popular destinations: Rome, Venice and Milan
Central Italy contains several distinctive regions that have played a formidable role not only in Italian history, but in world history, as the centres of the Etruscan and Roman civilizations and of the Holy See of the Catholic Church.
Popular destinations: Rome, Florence and Siena
Southern Italy, sometimes known as the Mezzogiorno, is arguably as much a state of mind and a culture as a location, but for the purposes of this guide, it starts south of the boundaries of the Molise and Campania regions.
Popular destinations: Naples, Ravello and Capri