For many travelers a trip to Europe…whether it’s the first or the tenth time starts in a city in Italy. This is a place that calls you back time and again. After all, this nation is the cradle of European civilization — established by the Roman Empire, carried onward by being the center for the Roman Catholic Church and constantly beckoning with every bite of pizza or pasta we experience. As you explore Italy, you’ll stand face-to-face with some of the world’s most iconic images from this 3,000-year history: the Baroque exuberance of the Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum of Ancient Rome, the medieval Leaning Tower of Pisa, Michelangelo’s David in Florence, or the romantic atmosphere that surrounds the busy canals of Venice. Beyond these famous sights, though, Italy offers one of Europe’s richest culture.
Though Italy is only slightly larger in overall size than the state of Arizona, 80% of the country is either mountainous or hilly… a factor that is part of the appeal. The country abounds in rolling hills adorned with beautiful forests, golden pastures, and small towns containing local wineries or ancient villas and estates from the past that are available to visit and experience. And if the visual beauty of the country side were not enough, Italy has more masterpieces per square mile than any other place in the world. It is not unusual to find an original, priceless work of art residing in a local neighborhood chapel.
While it will be tempting to pack as much activity into each day, one of the best ways to really enjoy Italy is to take some time to let your surroundings envelop you in what is the essence of Italy… enjoying a long, multi course Italian dinner which can take anywhere from one hour to four hours… the Italians do not like to rush through a meal.
It is easy to travel between the cities of Italy, using the high speed train system. One can either travel on the govt. sponsored public system or use the new private train system that began service just a year or so ago. The trains are comfortable and run regularly between cities at speeds that many times allows for a day trip from one city to the next without having to actually check out and into new hotels.
A cruise is another popular way to visit some of the major cities of Italy as popular ports of calls for many Mediterranean cruises are the port cities that provide access to Rome, Florence, Naples, Sorrento, and Venice, and on the Sicily, island off the coast of Italy, Messina, Catania or Palermo.
Westside International has specialists on staff that can assist you with your travel plan to Italy. These agents have spent many years visiting this amazing country, establishing valuable contacts in hotels, tour and transfer companies, so our guests are always put on the VIP list when they arrive. Since we are so well traveled with many trips to Italy personally experienced we know what to expect and pitfalls of travel in Italy that you should avoid. Many times knowing what to avoid is equally as important as what one must be sure to experience during their trip.
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