Get Inspired / Europe / Italy I Dream of Italy Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Europe / Italy I Dream of Italy story by: Inspire Magazine From dramatic scenery and quaint local towns to gelato, pizza and never ending strings of fettuccine; Italy will have you drooling in no time. No matter which way you turn, Italy is awash with activities and adventures worthy of any traveller’s bucket list. Fall head over Italianstyled heels for the magnificent hill top towns, the gorgeous rolling countryside and the ancient monuments in this delightful place. One big bucket list Lake Como, Maggiore and Lugano sit in the north, surrounded by rugged mountains and terracottacoloured villages – and perfect for a secluded romantic getaway or scenic hiking experience. Further south, not too far from Naples, is the Amalfi Coast. Indescribably beautiful, the region is a bright watercolour painting come to life, where centuries-old homes and storefronts cling to steep cliffs, all competing for the best view of the sparkling blue, endless ocean. Rome, Venice and Florence almost need no introduction for their international allure, while smaller hillside towns such as Montalcino and Perugia offer all the culture and flair of the bigger cities without the hustle and bustle. The UNESCO World Heritage site, Cinque Terre may be short on sandy shores, but it’s long on gravitydefying villages built right into the rocky cliff sides, mixing charming pops of architectural colour with the ruggedly beautiful coastline that Italy does so well. Between Verona’s architecture, Pompeii’s history – and Rome’s gelato – spending as much time as possible bunny hopping around this fascinating nation ticking off all the sights will not be time wasted. Self-drive, take a tour, jump on a bike or see it all through the window of a comfortable train, it’s not so much about how you get there, just that you get there! Tastebuds on tour No country does farmhouse fare quite like Italy, and the nation’s flavours are as distinctive as they are divine. Breathe in the aromas of freshly baked breads drizzled with local olive oil, taste tomatoes like you’ve never encountered before and discover why pappardelle pasta is named after the Italian word for 'gobble up'. Take to Umbria for the truffles, and demolish mouth-watering pizza in Campania. Continue your foodie tour to Abruzzo for polenta so perfect you’ll be taking the recipe home. Buon appetito! Get ready to follow your sense of adventure through this indelible nation and let Italy’s food, wine, attractions and oceans, spirit you away to a place that you will not want to leave. Eat your heart out! ANTIPASTI Fresh pesto dip Olives & prosciutto Bruschetta PRIMO Truffle risotto Caprese salad SECONDO Cacciucco fish stew Pappardelle with wild boar ragu Veal marsala DOLCE Gelati Limoncello Tiramisu VINO Passito di Pantelleria dessert wine Chianti red wine Sciacchetra Are you dreaming of Italy? Give us a call on 0800 838 747, visit houseoftravel.co.nz or come instore today. > Click here for Italy Inspire deals Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? 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