Italy is such a diverse country with so many different features. You must first decide how long you are going to spend there, and what type of vacation you prefer. The northern Italian lakes and mountains are ideal for hikers, bikers, and photographers, while the Mediterranean coastlines offer beautiful, golden beaches, and the major cities are filled with history, art, and culture.

Most visitors to Italy want to experience a variety of what the county has to offer. For many, a visit to the capital city of Rome is a must with its romantic Trevi Fountain, incredible Pantheon, and two-thousand-year-old Colosseum. An unforgettable experience will be a visit to the Vatican City with St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums.

Art lovers flock to Florence and the Uffizi Gallery with Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and the chance to see Michelangelo’s David. No trip to Tuscany would be complete without a visit to nearby Pisa, famous for its leaning tower.

Venice is considered to be one of the most romantic cities in the world. Here you can explore on your own while crossing bridges and meandering through winding lanes beside small canals or float on a gondola while being serenaded by a traditionally-dressed gondolier.

A short boat ride from Venice’s Punta Sabbione is Lido di Josolo with its 10-mile sandy beach. Each beachside hotel has its own private beach lined with sun loungers and umbrellas. This popular resort is ideal for heliotropes who want a lively beach vacation with history and culture close by.

For a quieter beach vacation head to the Salento Penninsula located on the “heel” of Italy’s “boot” where you will find the principal city of Lecce with Baroque architecture, Gallipoli with its medieval walls and castle and Otranto famous for its whitewashed buildings. Beaches in this area have shallow waters, are suitable for swimming and water sports while the clean, golden sands are ideal for sunbathing and family activities.

One of many spectacular sights in southwestern Italy is the excavated, Roman town of Pompeii situated near Naples. Another must-do is driving or being driven along the Amalfi Coast, which runs from Vietri Sul Mare to the town of Positano and has stunning scenery and coastal views.