There are so many reasons that tourists flock to Italy each year. The country of more than 60-million people is located in southern Europe and is a peninsula that resembles the shape of a boot. Including Sicily and Sardinia, it’s 301,340 sq km and borders Holy See (Vatican City) and San Marino as well as Austria, France, Slovenia, and Switzerland. It also borders the Adriatic Sea, Ligurian Sea, Tyrrhenian Sea, Mediterranean Sea, and Ionian Sea. Italy beautifully combines the old with the new, is proud of their culture and their strong family ties, and has scenery that takes your breath away.

During your visit, make an effort to learn more about Italy’s history. Reviewing the list of the dozens of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the country is an excellent place to start. With so many historical places to visit across Italy, including the Colosseum, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Pompeii, The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, St. Mark’s Basilica, and Vatican City – and that’s just for starters – the birthplace of the Renaissance provides a history lesson everywhere you turn. Walk as many museums as you can, admire the architecture, and really get to know how Italy’s history has shaped the fabulous country it is. While you’re at it, dine on incredible dishes, and don’t forget to try the coffee. Any fan of the beverage is sure to find joy in learning more about the country’s coffee culture.

Take time to appreciate all the gorgeous fashion around you whether it’s in small boutiques, big name stores, an outlet, or it’s just a fabulous outfit on someone in the crowd. Make it a point to do a little shopping if you can; it’s a full experience that’s worth having. Never underestimate the country’s contributions to fashion, especially when you consider that brands such as Valentino, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Giorgio Armani, and Prada are straight out of Italy.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the Amalfi Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that offers an incredible picturesque landscape. It’s every bit worth the visit. Love wine? While you’re exploring Italy, consider taking a wine tour. From Rome to Florence to Venice, taking the tour is a great way to try new wines, experience gorgeous scenery, meet new people, and have delicious food. With 20 major Italian wine regions, you certainly won’t be short of wine adventures.

Italians truly strive to make the most out of every moment, and if you’re visiting the country, make a promise to do the same as well. Eat the pasta, try dishes you’ve never had before, go out dancing, treat yourself to an exquisite pair of shoes, have gelato, sit outdoors and enjoy a delicious cup of coffee, and overall just focus on embracing all that you’re experiencing. It’s a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture and really get to know what it’s all about. Make it a trip to always remember.

Our OROGOLD Store in Italy is located in the quaint, lively town of Bologna. Be sure to visit us for an afternoon of relaxation and extravagant skin-pampering.

Piazza Galvani, 1, 40124 Bologna, Italy

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