Italy is one of the most manifold countries in Europe. The North is characterized by the Southern Alps and particularly by the UNESCO-world heritage, the Dolomites, with their rugged rocks and high peaks. South Tyrol and Trentino, as well as the Aosta Valley or the Piemont, are very popular areas amongst hikers and mountain bikers.
The regions further inland are defined by softly forested hills and picturesque little towns. Tuscany and Umbria are the geographic and also the culinary centers of the country. They are the perfect spot for those holidaymakers who like to enjoy high standards. The Italian cuisine has much more to offer than just pizza and pasta: fruity red wine from the Chianti-region, Florentine beefsteak or sausage creations and truffle-dishes from the Umbrian city Norcia are only a few of the highlights for connoisseurs. The cultural heart of Italy is the area between Florence and Rome: Etruscans, Romans and the inhabitants of the Middle Ages have left an enormous quantity of cultural goods and historic buildings, as you will find it nowhere else in the world.
The coastal regions of the Thyrrenian Sea, the Adriatic Sea as well as the bigger and smaller Mediterranean islands have large beaches which are perfect for swimming and bathing. The most beautiful coast of Italy certainly is the Amalfi Coast below Naples. Narrow streets lead along steep cliffs and through colorful villages and reveal gorgeous views over the wide open sea.