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Italy : Michelin's recommendations

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'The problem with Italy is that it’s too beautiful,' remarked Pierre-Auguste Renoir. 'Why paint when you can get so much pleasure out of just looking?' And yet, rarely has any country produced so many artists and masterpieces! From the high Apennines, the balcony of the Mediterranean plunging down to the sea, you can’t help being struck by the contrasting beauty of this land bathed by an intense light and four inland seas over its nearly 7,500 km -long coastline.
This boot-shaped peninsula is crisscrossed by roads with antique names: Appia, Aurelia, Emilia and Flaminia. It’s up to you to find out if the old saying is true about them all leading to Rome! The incomparable Eternal City will take you on a journey through time from ancient Rome to Fellini’s Dolce Vita, including the treasures of the Renaissance and Baroque eras, with amazing archaeological and aesthetic discoveries on every street corner.
Dining is another exciting side of the Bel paese to explore: every region has its secret technique for raising pizza to the level of a gastronomic dish. Caffè stretto, lungo, macchiato, latte: Italy’s most famous drink comes in as many shades as the palette of a painter like Veronese.
The many celebrations held throughout the year may help you to choose a destination, from the Venice Carnival in late winter to the edifying processions during Holy Week in Sicily. But, as the writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez remarked facetiously, don’t forget that in Italy 'even God goes on holiday in August'!

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Italy : Must-see towns and regions

  • Capri

    The island’s main town is dotted with bright white houses, tiny theatrical squares and narrow streets and covered passageways which give it a real Moorish atmosphere. Crowds of visitors window-shop in...

  • Florence

    The home of Dante (father of the Italian language), the city of the Medici (patrons of the arts and literature) and a melting pot of humanist art, Florence occupies a magnificent setting best viewed f...

  • Milan

    The capital of Lombardy is the second most important city in Italy in terms of its population, political influence and cultural and artistic role, and the country’s most important economic, industrial...

  • Pompei

    Destroyed in AD 79 by the terrible eruption of Vesuvius (at the same time as Herculaneum and Stabiae), Pompeii remained buried under a thick layer of ash until the 18C. As a result of this disaster, t...

  • Rome

    Whatever you may seek there, Rome makes you feel good. The Vatican for the pilgrim. Forums where Cicero, Caesar and Augustus are brought back to life. Baroque churches, where Bernini and Borromnini co...

  • Venice

    Venice is a city impossible to describe coldly because beyond some notorious monuments, glamorous landscapes, it is fundamentally a state of mind. It is a city in which one should know how to get lost...

  • Courmayeur

    This pleasant resort in the Aosta valley is popular with mountaineers and skiers and makes a good base for excursions into the surrounding mountains. Take the cable car across the Mont Blanc range or ...

  • Rimini

    Once a destination for the rich and famous, Rimini is now an internationally renowned and popular seaside resort. It also has an illustrious past, as witnessed by many of the monuments in the historic...

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