Without a doubt, Italy remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in Western Europe, particularly as it is the centre of historical Roman-era architecture and Renaissance art, as well as the birthplace of much modern science and exploration. In fact, the country is home to a staggering 51 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the most in the world. Italy borders France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia, and its famous ‘boot’ – where you will find Tuscany and Sicily – extends into the Mediterranean Sea. Italy is well known for its slow pace, stylish flair and incredible cuisine – gelato and pasta remain iconic foods in Italy for both locals and visitors. Visit the Pantheon and Colosseum in Rome, take in the incredible art of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica, travel along the scenic Amalfi Coast and snap a photo at the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa.


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