Italy is one of the tourist destinations par excellence
Thanks to the masters who have succeeded one another in history, it is the country considered as an open-air art museum. The historic cities, the villages, the breathtaking landscapes, the authentic food and drinks, the rich culture and traditions, the superb weather, make it unique and inimitable.
There are 54 Unesco world heritage sites, more than any other country in the world. Seven of these are exceptional cultural landscapes: the vineyards of Piedmont, the Amalfi Coast, the Cinque Terre, and the Val d’Orcia. Nature is well protected in 25 national parks and 147 nature reserves. Vines and olive trees grace the landscape across the country.
Most Italian olive oil is produced in the southern regions of Sardinia, Puglia, Calabria, and Sicily. Italy is surrounded by 7,600 km of coastline and many cities of art, such as Rome, Pisa, and Florence. In the first one, next to the remains of the Roman Empire, you can breathe history in every street with Baroque and Renaissance buildings transformed today into luxurious apartments and penthouses.
The city of Pisa, with its airport, is the most visited by British tourists that want to reach Tuscany, the Leaning Tower, known all over the world, finally the Cathedral and the Baptistery. Florence contains splendid buildings such as the Duomo, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistery of S. Giovanni, Palazzo Vecchio, Palazzo Pitti, the Uffizi Gallery and Ponte Vecchio, over the Arno river.
Then, there is Milan, which is considered the economic and financial capital of Italy, the city of fashion, style, and design. Thanks to these elements it is one of the country’s economic powers, has a thriving job market and has a start-up scene focused around Porta Garibaldi. Italy also has high-quality health care, and international schools, in short, it has all the characteristics for a place to transfer the family.
The proximity to Central Europe (and the main airport and three key train stations) makes it easy to travel to and from anywhere. Italy hosts over 30 international airports and most of these are low-cost flights, with airlines such as Ryanair, Easyjet, Blue Air, Vueling, etc…
The Italian landscape is very varied.
In northern Italy, there are 294 ski resorts, mainly in the Alps, and skiing in Italy is less expensive than in other European places. The Alps and the Dolomites have snow-capped peaks and fascinating glaciers that slope down to the fertile valleys.
At the foot of the mountains, there are large and beautiful lakes, such as the notorious Lake Garda and Lake Como. Down in the center of Italy, the mountains are dotted with pretty hilltop villages, and, with a short drive, you are suddenly in the plains that run along the coast. It should be noted that within a single region it is often possible to find plains, hills, mountains as well as a splendid coast.
Italy is also known for its healthy lifestyle.
Sardinia for this aspect is on top of the list and reaches the first position at the international level. It has been called “The” Blue Zone, or the land of longevity, where there is the highest number of centenarians in the world. This is probably due to the sense of community, the Mediterranean diet, the quality of food and wine, the latter defined by the famous poet of the 19th century Gabriele D’Annunzio “nectar of the gods”, and then by the quality of the air and a healthy and peaceful lifestyle of the inhabitants.
Italian food is fresh and simple cuisine that makes the most of what is grown locally. Each region, city, and family has its own special dishes that reflect what is produced in the countryside and the sea near their home. As already mentioned, Italy is well known for its healthy Mediterranean diet, but also for its pizza, pasta, and ice cream. The flavors in a real Italian pizza and gelato look like nothing anywhere else in the world due to those fresh Italian ingredients.
Wine, cheese, and pasta are an important part of any Italian meal. Pasta has almost as many shapes as there are days of the year. Penne, spaghetti, linguine, fusilli, and lasagna, are just some of the countless types. Each region has its own shape of pasta and its own way of serving it. Not to mention the great Italian cheeses: Grana Padano, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Gorgonzola, Ricotta Romano, Pecorino Toscano and Mozzarella di Bufala. Many regions produce wines of the highest quality, some of which are famous around the world. Barolo, Barbaresco, Chianti Classico, Lambrusco, Sangiovese and the sparkling Prosecco to name but a few.
The great weather is the other key to “La Dolce Vita”. In most of the Italian regions, the climate is the Mediterranean, with cool, wet winters and hot, and dry summers. Milder conditions are found on islands such as Sicily and Sardinia, and in general in the coastal areas of the peninsula.
Italy is one of the ideal countries to buy a property that, for various reasons, would allow you to become part of a community, a culture, and a lifestyle that is unique in the world.