Italy Regions

Collemagion, Abruzzo, Italy photo credit: Bayliss

Although it is one of the smallest regions of Italy, rugged Abruzzo boasts the highest peaks of the Apennine range, the Gran Sasso. In fact, most of the territory is made up of majestic mountains spilling down to the coast of the Adriatic Sea. Unsuitable for agriculture, the region’s economy depends on pastoral activity and […]

Mountain valley and lake, Aosta Valley, Italy photo credit: Irma-48

In the uppermost corner of northwest Italy is Valle d’Aosta, a region made up entirely of mountains, with its Alps bordering France and Switzerland. The capital city, Aosta, derives its name from Ottaviano Augusto who founded the city in 25 AD. It is one of two Italian regions that have been run as completely autonomous […]


Apulia is a delightful surprise with unique scenery barely resembling that which you see in the rest of Italy. Over the centuries it was invaded by Greeks, Arabs, Normans, Swedes, Aragonesi, Spaniards, and Saraceni, all of whom left their mark on the land. There are many castles in Apulia including: Castel del Monte, di Trani, […]

Matera, Bsilicata, Italy photo credit: Mia aim

Basilicata, located at the “instep” of the boot, is another of Italy’s smaller regions that is not often visited by tourists. It reaches the shores of the Gulf of Taranto as well as a small stretch of the Tyrrhenian Sea on the western coast. Matera is no doubt the most interesting city in this region. […]

Italy Calabria-Coastal town-Liviu Florin Albei

One of the most mountainous regions of Italy, Calabria, at the “toe” of the boot, is a peninsula flanked by two seas, the Ionian and the Tyrrhenian. Agriculture remains its mainstay even though the mountains are arid and the terrain subject to landslides. The rugged highlands of Aspromonte and the wooded Sila areas in the […]


The Campania region, hugging the Tyrrhenian coast, is squeezed between its four neighbors: Lazio, Molise, Apulia, and Basilicata. With the country’s third-major city, Naples, as its capital, Campania boasts one of the most famous coastlines in the world: the Amalfi Coast. The restored historic center of Naples (with its Piazza del Plebiscito, Palazzo Reale, Galleria […]

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EMILIA-ROMAGNA: Emilia Romagna covers a large stretch of territory from the Adriatic Sea to almost the opposite side of the country. The bordering regions to the north are Veneto, Lombardy, Piedmont, and Liguria; and to the south, Tuscany and Marches. Italy’s main autostrada runs right through Emilia-Romagna, dividing the flat plains to the north from […]

Devil's Bridge, Cividale, Fruili Venezia Giulia, Italy

In the far northeastern corner of Italy, is the Friuli Venezia Giulia region. Half of its territory is made up of mountains, with the remaining area flatland bordering the Adriatic Sea. Its capital city, at the region’s most easterly point, is Trieste, located on the Slovenian border and home to many shipyards. The highlighs of […]


It is only in the past decade or so that foreigners have begun to explore and appreciate the many historic, artistic, and natural wonders of the Lazio region, home to the nation’s capital city Rome. Highlights of this region include the fascinating world of the Etruscans with more than 30 sites, a comprehensive archaeology museum […]

Camogli beach, Liguria, Italy photo credit: Markus Bernet

Liguria is best known for its Riviera tourism. The Ponente coast, including the flower capital of Italy, San Remo, is a highlight of this region. The gardens of Ventimiglia and the villages of Alassio, Albenga, Cervo, Dolceacqua, and Taggia are also worth visiting. Of course one must also visit the Levante coast which has stolen […]

Bellagio, Lombardy, Italy

The Lombardy region’s capital, Milan, does not steal the limelight from the rest of its territory, which encompasses the beloved lake regions. Still, a shopping expedition down the famed Via Monte Napoleone and a peek at Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last Supper,” plus the Duomo and La Scala are all a must. Regional highlights include the […]

Loreto, Marches, Italy photo credit: Enrico Era

The Marches, stretching along the Adriatic coast, runs close behind Tuscany and Umbria in the way of scenic beauty, history, art, and cultural offerings. It is a prosperous region offering seaside resorts, the Sibillini mountain peaks, bucolic countryside, and Renaissance towns. Urbino, Ascoli Piceno, and Loreto are the most outstanding of the Renaissance towns in […]

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Molise, another of Italy’s forgotten, mostly mountainous regions, is relatively isolated and sparsely populated. Until recently there were very few roads here, with just three main arteries cutting across the entire region. Isernia and Campobasso, the two main cities of Molise, are its highlights. Isernia has been severely damaged over the years by earthquakes and […]


Piedmont is at the foothills of the Alps, which make up almost half of the region – the rest being divided between hillside and plains. Piedmont has a colorful past and today boasts one of Italy’s strongest economies. Turin, the capital city of Italy until 1860 (now the home of Fiat industries) maintains an impressive […]

Italy-Sardinia-Castelsardo-Fabiano Lovato

Until recently, Sardinia was Italy’s forgotten island, the farthest from the mainland with a rocky, arid interior covered with grazing sheep. Its Caribbean-blue waters, hidden coves, and isolated white beaches have attracted the sailing and yachting set who all converge in the summer months on the northern Emerald Coast. The rest of the year the […]

Italy-Sicily-Taormina-Berthold Werner

The culture, traditions, and history of Sicily are intensely rich. Its fertile terrain is just as varied with rugged mountains (including Europe’s highest volcano, Mount Etna), flatland lined with endless citrus groves, spectacular coastlines, and 16 unique islands. The classic tour takes you to Palermo, Segesta’s temple and amphitheatre, medieval Erice, the Greek ruins at […]

Riva del Garda, Trentino Alto Adige, Italy, photo credit: Markus Bernet

Trentino-Alto Adige combines two regions of Italy that have distinctly different flavors and traditions. Trentino is the southern tip of this far northern mountainous region, bordering Veneto’s portion of the Dolomites on one side and Lombardy on the other. Whereas Trentino is Italian in tradition, the upper section of Alto Adige touching Austria is Tyrolian […]

Tuscany, Italy, Clare Brown

Tuscany has become synonymous with Italy. Travelers flock to its famous cities and well-preserved countryside not only to view the breathtaking art found here, but also to be swept away by the magic of its enchanting landscapes. Florence is a highlight with its rich display of Renaissance masterpieces all concentrated within the historical center of […]

Italy-Umbria-landscape, Italy photo credit: Wetner

Enchanting Umbria, bordering Tuscany, is located in the lush heart of Italy. A circular road in the center of the region touches the well-known cities of Perugia, Assisi, Spello, Spoleto, Todi, and Deruta. The two most spectacular towns outside of the loop are Gubbio and Orvieto. Highlights include the town of Perugia, a modern-day town […]


Wealthy Veneto, Italy, boasts a handful of stunning artistic cities; the most beautiful slice of the Dolomites surrounding the popular resort, Cortina; the 18 villas of Andrea Palladio in and around Vicenza; and the eastern half of scenic Lake Garda. Venice with its 120 inlets, 100 canals, and 400 bridges is the highlight of this […]

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