While united in theory, Italy is truly defined by and adored for its diversity. La Dolce Vita (the sweet life) is what you will experience in Italy. The art is magnificent; the people welcoming; the history is deep; the architecture is awe-inspiring; and the scenery breathtaking.
Combine these with food and wine, which are among Italy's greatest treasures, and Italy is a traveler’s dream come true. Find out about flights to Italy on SAS today.
From Rome to Pompeii — past woven into present
As the birthplace of the Roman Empire, Italy's past is preserved and celebrated as part of everyday life. Italy's capital city of Rome is home to a vast amount of the country's rich history. Here, you can explore the remains of the Roman Empire such as the Coloseum, the Forum, the Pantheon, and Circus Maximus.
Within Rome you'll find the Vatican City – a sovereign city-state governed by the Pope and center of the Roman Catholic Church. Visit the Vatican Library and the Vatican Museums, where some of the world's most important and magnificent art works reside— including Botticelli, Berni and the Sistene Chapel, whose globally-recognized ceiling showcases the extraordinary talents of Michaelangelo.
Taking the roads outside Rome also offers you access to many of Italy's historic and important points of interest. In cities such as Florence, you can view Michaelangelo's David and explore the Uffizi Gallery, filled with treasures from the masters of Renaissance and one of the world's finest art museums.
Excavated cities like Pompeii and Herculaneun, which were buried in ancient times by the wrath and ash of Mount Vesuvius, provide insight into what life was like at the height of the Roman Empire.
Stunning and diverse landscapes
The "many Italys" within one country is reflected in the country’s varied and incredible geography. Visit the enchanting lake regions located between the picturesque backdrop of the Alps and Milan. Float through the vast waterways and canals of Venice, expertly navigated by gondoliers and water taxis.
From the idyllic and romantic Tuscan countryside to the spectacular coastline of the Amalfi Coast, Italy's landscapes change dramatically, and their regional uniqueness provides a truly exceptional travel experience.
Food and wine
A gastronomic adventure, Italian cuisine is as diverse as the 20 regions of Italy. Italians are proud of their cooking traditions. Their cuisines and specialties, like many other aspects of the country, reflect the diverse variety and culture of Italy.
As with food, Italians also have a long love affair with wine, dating back to 800 BC. Today, Italy remains one of the world's largest producers of wine, with Piedmont, Veneto and Tuscany among the country's top wine regions.