Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Holiday destination: Italy

When it comes to art, history, music, design, fashion, great food and wine, all roads seem to lead back to Italy. It’s no wonder that it is one of the most-visited countries in the world. It does offer a full, deluxe package of everything a traveler could wish for. If your goal is just to see iconic attractions, your journey would take you from north to south, from the Leaning Tower of Pisa, to the Doge’s Palace in Venice and the Coliseum in Rome. In between you’d be treated to spectacular scenery along the way.

Imagine driving through the countryside with the windows down. Sometimes you’d smell fragrant orange and lemon blossoms. Other times, the scent of freshly baked focaccia would linger in the air. Italy appeals to all the senses. Touch buttery soft Italian-made cashmere sweaters in the shops of Milan. Taste the freshness of homemade, tomato sauce with savoury pasta, hand dried the old-fashioned way. See the deep shades of crimson as you raise a glass of Tuscan red wine to the light. Hear the crystal clear sounds of a Verdi opera reverberate in a centuries-old theatre.

Even if you’ve been to Italy before, it still holds surprises for even repeat visitors. Take a ferry to explore islands like Sicily off the coast, or go north to picturesque peaks of the Italian Alps. Consider a hands-on experience in Italy to really appreciate its wonders. You can spend a day with a wine master, learning the secrets of wine appreciation, or you may tour Roman ruins with an archaeologist and try your hand at uncovering, ancient artifacts. No matter how or where you go, your holiday in Italy promises to thrill with discoveries old and new.

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