Italy at a Glance
Beautiful Italy knows how to charm travelers. From the red-roofed mountain towns nestling along its spine to the warm, flower-filled cities closer to the coast you'll find a welcoming landscape and even more welcoming people.
If you enter Italy by train from other parts of Europe, you will travel through little towns nestled in the Alps with vacation homes cozied up to small lakes. The land will gradually become lower in elevation and then will start to roll with the beautiful farm land, vineyards and orchards. Near the coast, houses perch on picturesque cliffs and the bright ocean twinkles below.
If you come to Italy, lie on the beach and get sunburned, explore Florence's old city walls, look at Renaissance art, admire a Humanist sculpture, visit Rome's Colosseum, and stand in line to see the Sistine Chapel. In Venice, try on silk masks, wander through the unmarked streets and marvel at the city's opulence.
Wherever you are in Italy, try the local food. Relish a drizzle of olive oil on a fresh tomato, sample cheeses, try a new gelato flavor every day, eat pasta and delicate fish. Let your senses come alive in Italy and you'll be yearning to return in no time at all.