Visit Italy

Italy

Overview

Italy (official name “La Repubblica Italiana”), is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world. Tourists flock to the country’s many historic sites, places of outstanding natural beauty and the designer shops of Milan. But when most of us think of Italy we immediately think of the country’s legendary cuisine. Can you imagine a world devoid of pasta and pizza?
 

Sites to See

Where do you begin? Italy is a large country. If you were to go from the North to its Southern-most tip you would travel a distance of 1,200 km! It would be a worthwhile journey though, as the various regions all have a distinctly different identity.

 

Wherever you go in Italy, you are never far away from the sea. The country is surrounded by the Mediterranean. The southernmost point of Italy is the island of Lampedusa, which is in fact closer to Tunisia in North Africa than to the Italian mainland.

 

Inside Italy there are also two independent countries. Inside the city of Rome lies Vatican City, which is governed by the Holy See. In the North there’s also the Most Serene Republic of San Marino, which has retained independence since its foundation in 301.

 

But, as we said, there’s so much to see in Italy. While we can’t tell you about all the places we love, make sure to visit at least the following cities:

Rome

Italy’s capital city once controlled the Ancient World. The Roman Empire has definitely left its marks here.

 

Visit the Forum, the Coliseum, the Pantheon, and later additions to the city, such as magnificent religious places like the Lateran Palace, Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, and, of course, St. Peter’s, the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel inside the Papal Conclaves.

 

Then cross the Tiber and unwind on the Piazza Navona and the Spanish steps, adore the Piazza del Popolo and make a wish at the Trevi Fountain (immortalized in the film la Dolce Vita).

 

If you’re more into brutal 20th century architecture, then visit E.U.R., a district built in the fascist 30s.

 

One of our all-time favorite places in Rome, however, is also a Papal church, named the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls, because of its beautiful monastery cloister.

Venice

The lagoon city full of mystique, melancholy and dreamy beauty. While you’re here, take a gondola from the Lido to St. Mark’s Piazetta and the Doge’s Palace, for a truly unique experience.

Florence

Capital of beautiful Tuscany and birthplace of the Renaissance movement, you’re sure to enjoy exploring the historic city center (a UNESCO World Heritage site).

Naples

3,000 year old metropolis where you can sample what is possibly the best food in the whole of Italy.

 

Casinos in Italy

Italy doesn't have many casinos, but since the country legalized online gambling in 2007, there has been quite an upsurge in the land-based casino market as well.

 

The biggest casino is definitely the Casino de la Vallée, in the beautiful Alpine Valley of Aosta (North of Milan and Turin). This venue has nearly 400 slots machines and two massive halls for a variety of card and table games.

 

The Casino Municipale di Campione d’Italia, in the Lombardy tax enclave on Lake Lugano, opened its doors in 2007. This amazing building has nine floors as well as underground parking facilities spread out over three levels. The atmosphere is one of sophisticated fun.

 

But the most glamorous casino is, of course, the legendary Casino Municipale di Sanremo on the Riviera. Formerly called the "Kursaal", the Casino of Sanremo was built in 1905 and has been a magnet for many famous actors, musicians, kings and tycoons ever since.
 

Upcoming Events Across Europe

  • Rhine in Flames, Germany

    Germany’s most famous waterway gets lit up by fireworks displays every Saturday night in May. The illuminating spectacle takes place all along various points on the Rhine River each weekend. Each town along the river celebrates with events and festivals which include music, dancing, and great food. There’s no better way to brighten up your weekend German getaway.

  • Cannes Film Festival, France

    The Super Bowl of cinema, the Cannes Film Festival is arguably Europe’s biggest event of the calendar year. Tens of thousands flock to the French Riviera to catch a glimpse of some of the world’s top actors walking the red carpet steps. Glitz and glamour rule the day as films of all genres take center stage from May 11–22.

  • Chelsea Flower Show, England

    Put on by the Royal Horticultural Society from May 24–28, be prepared to be greeted by 11 acres of the UK's finest flowers, gardens, and nursery exhibits. You’ll surely develop a passion for plants as you stroll through the vibrant, blooming event grounds.