Italy is why we exist. Imagine life without the Renaissance ever happening. Imagine life without Pizza. Imagine life without Ferrari or Gucci. Imagine no Romeo or Juliet or The Merchant of Venice. Imagine no Pope and The Vatican. Imagine no Italy!!
Rome is where it all begins, for most. A city up to its forehead with history, art, architecture and culture. With fountains and squares. And tourist hordes, the lines and crowds. A city that you must go to in Italy, yet a city that so many want to only tick off the list.
Milan and the Lombardy region in the north, on the other hand, are easier on the system. Milan, a world capital of fashion, has much to see besides being an easy gateway into the Italian Lake region, the Dolomites and on to Venice.
Venice is delightful, and highly recommended, until you are just tired of the water. Or not.
Florence and the surrounding Tuscany region is the Italy of your imagination. Laid back, rolling hills, Renaissance art, fashion, culture. Michelangelo. Churches and Wine. Pizza and Seafood. Coastal villages and long drives. All spread out over a region that allows you to be. You can navigate what you want. When you want. At your pace.
For those intent on a deep dive, Sicily can be a holiday in itself. A diverse region born out of many influences and the home of The GodFather!
There are many ways to embrace Italy. Pick yours. It is certain to embrace you back.