Every city and region of Italy has an original characteristic and an unequaled charm.
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Gulf of Poets
Beyond Genoa's claustrophobic eastern sprawl, this narrow strip of coast between the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean and the ruggedly mountainous Ligurian hinterland is home to some of Italy's most elite resorts, including jet-set favourite Portofino and the gently faded Santa Margherita.
Anything but off the beaten track, this glittering stretch of coast is hugely popular, but retains pockets of extreme natural beauty and profound authenticity.
Set amid some of the most dramatic coastal scenery on the planet, these five ingeniously constructed fishing villages can bolster the most jaded of spirits.A Unesco World Heritage Site since 1997, Cinque Terre isn't the undiscovered Eden it once was but, frankly, who cares? Sinuous paths traverse seemingly impregnable cliffsides, while a 19th-century railway line cut through a series of coastal tunnels ferries the footsore from village to village. Thankfully cars were banned over a decade ago.
Jagged-edge coasts, enormous cliffs that go on for miles, enchanting, characteristic sea villages: each one is different from the other, yet each one is a reflection of the setting that is the Italian Riviera (also known as the Ligurian Riviera). The Riviera is subdivided into the Riviera di Ponente (Coast of the Setting Sun) and the Riviera di Levante (Coast of the Rising Sun).
Curving west from Genoa to the French border, the Ponente stretch of the Ligurian coast is more down-to-earth than the flashy Rivieria di Levante. As a result, it shelters some relatively well-priced escape hatches, particularly along the stretch of coast from Noli to Finale Ligure.
The French Riviera is the Cote d'Azur in French. Most of it is within the Alpes Maritimes department which covers 4299 sq km but the western edges fall within the Var department. Both departments are included within the Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur (PACA) region. On French Riviera Traveller, I follow the common practice of considering as the French Riviera the entire coastline running from Monaco to St Tropez although some consider that it ends with Theole-sur-Mer.
Over a million people reside along the French Riviera including many foreigners (Italian and British) and French people with second residences. Nice is the administrative capital of the department and its largest city.
From the Etruscans to the Romans to the Renaissance, Tuscany is possibly the greatest repository of art in the world, from extraordinary paintings and sculpture to frescoes and architectural masterpieces.
Visitors to Tuscany come for many reasons. Many come in search of fine art, others to explore the extraordinary countryside. Gourmets and wine buffs descend on Tuscany to enjoy the simple yet wonderful cuisine and wine. Walkers enjoy the mountain paths, cyclists the rolling hills, summer vacationers the sea coast and islands. Students come to learn the beautiful Italian language and culture.
The vineyard landscapes of Langhe-Roero and Monferrato in Piedmont consist of a selection of five distinct winegrowing areas and a castle, whose names evoke profound and ancient expertise in the relationship between man and his environment. They reflect a slowly developed association between a diverse range of soils, grape varieties that are often native, and suitable winemaking processes.
Puglia stretches along the east coast of the country giving it distinct characteristics with some of the more picturesque landscapes, while also being full of vibrant culture and unique flavours. From fish to pasta to wine, this region has copious amounts of world famous producers and products. If you're thinking about a wedding in Puglia, you have plenty of options to choose from. From authentic Masserias (beautiful ranch getaways) to characteristics and famous Trulli and chic seaside structures, the options are endless.
Venice is a city located in the North-East of Italy, famous all over the world for being a floating city of unique beauty. This is a city of water where there are no streets and no cars, only canals. All the buildings are surrounded by water and the only means of transportation available are boats or gondolas. Venice stretches across 117 small islands, while the city is divided into six areas or sestieri. Winters are cool and summers are very warm but this does not affect the beauty of this unique city where any of the 365 days in a year is simply perfect for a romantic wedding.
Known as Italy’s best kept secret, the Amalfi Coast gives unprecedented views from any location – offering absolutely equal scenic backdrops to both luxury and budget brides alike. So if you are looking into a venue for your destination wedding in Italy, you better list this down as one of your options. This magical place is more than just first impressions. It doesn’t amaze people only as they approach the coastline, but it offers more surprises as they embark from the vehicle to start their journey in the Amalfi Coast’s hotels, castles, churches, museums, and other attractions.