Italy is home to the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world. High art and monuments are to be found everywhere around the country. Its great cities of art, like Rome, Venice and Florence are world famous and have been attracting visitors for centuries. Besides its art treasures Italy also features beautiful coasts, alpine lakes and mountains. No wonder it is often nicknamed the Bell Pease (beautiful country).
With more than 47.7 million tourists a year (2014), Italy is the one of the highest tourist center, People have visited Italy for centuries, yet the first to visit the peninsula for touristic reasons were aristocrats during the Grand Tour, beginning in the late 17th century, and flourishing in the 18th century.
Northwest Italy Regions: Peidmont, Liguria, Lombardi, and Valle d’Aosta
Home of the Italian Riviera, including Portofino, and of Cinque Terre. There are many historic cities in this part of Italy such as Turin, the manufacturing capital of Italy, Milan, the business and fashion capital of the country, Bergamo, with its medieval city-center and the important port of Genoa which share the region's visitors with beautiful landscapes like the Lake Garda and the Lake Como.
North East Italy Regions: Emilia-Romagna, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Terentino-Alto Adige/Sudtirol and Veneto
This part of Italy also boasts several important tourist attractions, such as the canal-filled city of Venice, the cities of Verona, Vicenza, Padua, Trento, Bolzano, Ferrara, Piacenza, Parma, Ravenna and Trieste. There are also several mountain ranges such as the Dolomites, the Carnic and Julian Alps and first-class ski resorts like Cortina d’Ampezzo and Madonna di Campiglio. These four regions offer much to see and do. The area has a unique cuisine, including wines and dishes such as Prosecco and Triamisu in Veneto and Cotechino, Ragu and Parma ham in Emilia Romagna, San Daniele ham and D.O.C. wines in Valpolicella, Lake Garda, Valdobbiadene, Terentino and Friuli-Venezia Giulia.
Central Italy Regions: Lazio, Abruzzo, Marche, Tuscany, Marche, and Umbria
This area is possibly the most visited in Italy and contains many popular attractions. Rome boasts the remaining wonders of the Roman Empire and some of the world's best known landmarks such as the Colosseum Florence, regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, is Tuscany’s most visited city, whereas nearby cities like Siena, Pisa, and Lucca also have rich cultural heritages. Umbrian’s population is small but it has many important cities such as Perugia and Assisi. The natural parks of Abruzzo, the greenest region in Europe, include the Abruzzo National Park, the National park of Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga the Maiella National Park and Sirente-Velino Regional Park, which attract thousands of visitors due to more than 30 protected Nature Reserves and the presence of 75% of all Europe’s Living Species.
Southern Italy Regions: Apulia, Basilicata, Calabria, Campania and Molise.
Naples is the most visited city in the area, and the ruins of Pompeii are the most visited sights. Other important tourist destinations include the Amalfi Coast and Ravello, Apulia, which includes the historic town of Lecce and villages composed of trulli, and the beaches and sights of Calabria, as well as up-and-coming agritourism make this less visited region become increasingly popular.
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Apart from Rome, Milan, Venice and Florence are the top destinations for tourism in Italy. Other major tourist locations include Turin, Naples, Padua, Bologna, Perugia, Genoa, Sicily, Sardinia, Salento, and Cinque Terre. Two factors in each of these locations are history and geography. The Roman Empire, middle ages, and renaissance have left many cultural artifacts for the Italian tourist industry to use. Many northern cities are also able to use the Alps as an attraction for Winter sports, while coastal southern cities have the Mediterranean Sea to draw tourists looking for sun.
Italy is home to forty nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites, more than any other country, including many entire cities such as Verona, Siena, Vicenza, Ferrara, San Gimignano, Urbino, Matera, Pompeii, Noto and Siracusa. Ravenna hosts an unprecedented eight different internationally recognized sites.