Italy is famous for its passion and its incredible beauty. But it is so much more than just this; it is also chaotic, colourful, noisy, full of history and rich in art.
Besides its well-known, big cities like Rome or Pisa, Italy also offers stunning landscapes – from the sunny beaches of Sicily and Sardinia to the snowy Dolomites – the whole country is full of a certain flair that you simply have to discover yourself.
Italians are generally seen as charming, stylish and uninhibited and you could say all of that is true in some way. For a lot of people in Italy, maintaining la bella figura (face) is the most important thing.
At the same time, Italians can be quite traditional; family ties for example still play an enormous role in the country’s culture. Three generations living together under one roof is quite common. Italians love football – the major teams are Juventus Turin and AC Milan. Motor Sports is also really big, the Italian Grand Prix held at Monza and the San Marino grand Prix at Imola are real mass spectacles.
Regarding food, it is not only pesto, pizza and Bolognese sauce that Italy is famous for. There is a wide range of regional specialities you might discover during your stay. Make sure you have some wine- Italy produces some great wines like Barolo or Chianti. Also, try Peroni, the national beer.
We currently have detailed rail travel city guides for the following places in Italy
As one of the most prominent art centers of the world and the birthplace of the Renaissance movement, no other city appreciates beauty as Florence doe...read the guide
Venice is swarming with tourists, the canals are polluted, many of the buildings are slowly crumbing and to top it all off, the city is sinking! Howev...read the guide
Situated on the River Tiber in the Lazio region, Rome or the ‘Eternal City’, is the seat of Italy’s government. The sheer amount of history envelops y...read the guide
Genoa (Genova) is the capital of the Province of Genoa and the whole region of Liguria. Genoa is a hugely important city in the development of the Ita...read the guide
Terni is often referred to as the "Manchester of Italy" as in the second half of the 19th century, it was one of the important centres of Italy's indu...read the guide
Viareggio is situated in northern Tuscany. It sits on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea and is a popular seaside destination and the largest urban centr...read the guide
Ivrea is a small town in north western Italy. It's surrounded by stunning lakes including Nero and San Michele.
Places worth a visit if you're in ...read the guide