With 20 different regions, from Piedmont in the north to the island of Sicily in the south, Italy is a country of people who are passionate about life, history and food. Thanks to the Romans, Italy is home to some of the most incredible historical architectural sites, such as the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and the Roman Forum. The landscape is varied and beautiful. It’s no wonder they call it “Bel Paese”, which translates as “beautiful country”. The Alps in the north join Italy to the rest of Europe, while you’ll find Italy’s three active volcanoes – Vesuvius, near Naples, Etna on the island of Sicily, and Stromboli, near the tip of this boot-shaped country – keeping locals and tourists on their toes. Take a trip on the canals of Venice, relax in the Tuscan wine region, or admire Michelangelo’s work in Florence. Of course, you can’t mention Italy without thinking of their glorious food. Forget the pizza and pasta and try the pork, beef and seafood. 7,600km of coast ensures that there’s plenty for everyone, and the hospitable Italians are more than happy to share it with you.