The long booted leg of Italy stretches out into the Mediterranean Sea, tapping the island of Sicily with its toe. This slender peninsula is brimming with beautiful scenery, gastronomic delights, world-class art and architecture, glorious music, timeless literature and ancient history. Its splendid cultural heritage is the result of a complex past, where centuries of conflict between states, nations and world powers have shaped the land and its people as different rulers have come and gone.
Epicentre of the Roman Empire and birthplace of the Renaissance, this European virtuoso groans under the weight of its cultural cachet: it’s here that you’ll stand in the presence of Michelangelo’s David and Sistine Chapel frescoes, Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and Primavera and da Vinci’s The Last Supper. In fact, Italy has more Unesco World Heritage cultural sites than any other country on Earth. Should you walk in the footsteps of ancient Romans in Pompeii, revel in Ravenna’s glittering Byzantine treasures or get breathless over Giotto’s revolutionary frescoes in Padua? It’s a cultural conundrum as thrilling as it is overwhelming.
In few places do art and life intermingle so effortlessly. This may be the land of Dante, Titian and Verdi, but it’s also the home of Prada, Massimo Bottura and Renzo Piano. Beauty, style and flair furnish every aspect of daily life, from those immaculately knotted ties and seamless espressos to the flirtatious smiles of striking strangers. The root of Italian psychology is a dedication to living life well, and effortless as it may seem, driving that dedication is a reverence for the finer things. So slow down, style up and indulge in a little vita all’italiana (life, Italian style).
It might look like a boot, but food-obsessed Italy feels more like a decadently stuffed Christmas stocking. From delicate tagliatelle al ragù (pasta ribbons in a meat-based sauce) to velvety cannoli (crisp pastry shells filled with sweet ricotta), every bite can feel like a revelation. The secret: superlative ingredients and finely tuned know-how. And while Italy’s culinary soul might prefer simplicity, it’s equally ingenious and sophisticated. Expect some of the world’s top fine-dining destinations, from San Pellegrino ‘World’s Best 50’ hot spots to Michelin-starred musts. So whether you’re on a degustation odyssey in Modena, truffle hunting in Piedmont or swilling powerhouse reds in the Valpolicella wine region, prepare to loosen that belt.
No trip to Rome should go without a visit to the Colosseum, a grand oval amphitheater that dates right back to 70 AD. Once used as a stage for theatrical performances, the Colosseum is now somewhat of an open-air museum, and a visit allows the chance to brush up on Roman history and to admire the ancient architecture.
The freestanding bell tower of Pisa, known globally as the Leaning Tower of Pisa, is an iconic Italian landmark that shouldn’t be missed. With medieval architecture, a Romanesque style, and a design so funky it’ll have you tilting your head, the Torre Pendente (which took over 200 years to build) lives up to its name.
Milan Cathedral, known locally as the Duomo di Milano, is a spectacular gothic cathedral located in the heart of Milan. As one of the cities most iconic attractions, a visit here is an absolute must to admire the building’s pure grandeur and incredible architecture. Get ready to be blown away by a structure that took six centuries to complete!
Currency Italian lira
Flight time from Kuala Lumpur 12h 34m
Official languages Italian and English
Time difference + 6 hours
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