Le Strade Nuove and the System of the Palazzi dei Rolli date from the late 16th and early 17th centuries when the Republic of Genoa was a powerful and wealthy naval force.
A look at life and adventure near Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe
Driving along ancient roads that wind among rolling hills, past sloping vineyards and twisted olive trees, you arrive at one of Italy’s most enchanting cities: Florence – a paradise of food and wine, art and fashion, set in the Tuscan hills.
You could spend an entire week exploring the Vatican Museums, which contain a staggering 1,400 rooms and 65,000 paintings. Seeing everything in one visit is impossible, but these masterpieces are truly unmissable.
It’s no surprise the city of Verona has been dubbed Piccola Roma (little Rome) because it really does resemble a miniature version of Italy’s capital.
Abruzzo: the green heart of Europe
At just over 1 km long and 0.85 km wide, the Vatican City State may be the smallest country in the world, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in architecture, landscaping and art. This is best displayed in the larger-than-life basilica, magnificent gardens, world-famous frescoes and countless masterpieces accumulated over the centuries. With the Pope’s declaration of an upcoming Holy Year, 2016 is the time to make that pilgrimage and witness the Vatican’s beauty in person. And while you’re there, don’t miss out on the Jubilee celebrations!