Italy is one of the most culturally rich countries on earth. As the cradle if not of civilisation, then at least of organisation under the Romans (though you would not know that, travelling there now!), its rich history continued under the reign of the Popes, and in the spectacular flowering of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. It is also a country of superb food and wine, great music, and wonderful landscape. Benvenuto bello!
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Enjoy an open air opera performance of Turandot at the famous Roman arena in Verona combined with a wonderful touring itinerary taking in some of northern Italy's finest cities.
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Get a taste for the Tuscan way of life cycling though rich fields dotted with art and architectural treasures by day and eating and drinking well by night.
For a cultural holiday in Italy, a two or even three centre trip involving the great cultural centres of Rome, Florence and Venice.
Make your music festival tickets into a proper break, by swapping the local locale and heading for one of Europe's Best Music Festivals instead.
Is there a dearth of ancient architecture where you live? Is it all modern efficiency and straight lines, without a hint of beauty, respect, and awe? (perhaps you live in Denver). If so, I beg you to consider Italy for your next vacation...
Pisa and Florence, the starting and finishing points of this cycling trip are two of Tuscany's most famous names, lauded for their art and architecture; but in between this route winds though smaller, though no less beautiful or historic villages.
The landscape of southern Tuscany varies from steep valleys and volcanic slopes dotted with spa towns to forests, lush vineyards and olive groves along the wide river banks. Seeing it by bike ensures you see as much as possible.
There are numerous cycling routes through Tuscany, from day trips round flat valley regions, to more strenuous rides amongst Chiant's hills, to long distance trips stopping, and dealing with the traffic, in major city centres from Todi to Siena.
A hiking tour visiting a few of Italy's best known sights leaves plenty of scope to see the lesser known areas between them: Start in the Dolomites on the Via Ferrata, relax at Lake Como, visit the Shroud and more in Turin, then walk Via Garibaldi.