Italy. Think Italy and you can quite easily conjure up images of valiant gladiators thrilling audiences in Rome’s ancient Colosseum. Attire yourself in elegant fashion with names like Gucci, Prada, Armani and Fendi. Become a part of Europe’s earliest civilization where roads that we drive along today were first developed. Revel in the romance of Italy’s famed operas, concert orchestras and theatrical performances. History has become Italy’s middle name, with inspirational marvels that include The Leaning Tower of Pisa, the frozen-in-time city of Pompeii beneath the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, the vibrancy of Naples with its hydrofoils running from Molo Beverello to the islands of Capri, Ischia, Procida, and Sardinia.
Italy boasts the world’s smallest independent city – Vatican City – adjacent to Rome and home to Pope Benedict XVI. Islands surrounding ‘the boot’ shaped mainland of Italy include Sicily, Sardinia, Capri and Elba, Napoleon’s retreat island. Bordering France, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia along the Alps you truly are seated in the center of Europe with easy access to so many intriguing parts of the Continent. Buongiorno Italia………the romance begins!