Italy I am dreaming of you

Almost every night now
And I find you beautiful
At this time of the year

 
Aldo Kraas “Italy”

Much of the unique quality and appeal of Italy comes from the variety and individuality of Italy’s regions. There are twenty regions in Italy and before Italian Unification in 1861, many of these regions were proudly independent. In many areas that independence can still be felt today. For outsiders, the differing characteristics of certain regions can be obvious.

All of the regions of Italy are very distinctive and often the landscape and way of life changes quite between one region and the next.

There are often differences in appearance between people from different regions.

Regions of Italy

 

Northwest Italy (Piedmont, Liguria, Lombardy and Aosta Valley)
Home of the Italian Riviera, including Portofino and the Cinque Terre. TheAlps, world class cities like the industrial capital of Italy (Turin), its largest port (Genoa), the main business hub of the country (Milan), share the region’s visitors with beautiful landscapes like the Lake Como and Lake Maggiore area, and little known Renaissance treasures like Mantova.

 Northeast Italy (Emilia-Romagna, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Trentino-Alto Adige and Veneto)
From the canals of Venice to the gastronomic capital Bologna, from impressive mountains such as the Dolomites and first-class ski resorts like Cortina d’Ampezzo to the delightful roofscapes of Parma and Verona these regions offer much to see and do. South Tyrol and the cosmopolitan city ofTrieste offer a uniquely Central European flair.
 Central Italy (Lazio, Marche, Tuscany, Abruzzo and Umbria)
Breathes history and art. Rome boasts the remaining wonders of the Roman Empire and some of the world’s best known landmarks, combined with a vibrant, big-city feel. Florence, cradle of the Renaissance, is Tuscany’s top attraction, whereas the magnificent countryside and nearby cities like Siena,Pisa and Lucca have much to offer to those looking for the country’s rich history and heritage. Umbria is dotted with many picturesque cities such as

Perugia, Orvieto, Gubbio and Assisi

 Southern Italy (Apulia, Basilicata, Calabria, Campania and Molise)
Bustling Naples, the dramatic ruins of Pompeii, the romantic Amalfi Coast and Capri, laidback Apulia and stunning unspoilt beaches of Calabria, as well as up-and-coming agritourism help making Italy’s less visited region a great place to explore
 Sicily
The beautiful island famous for archaeology, seascape and some of the best cuisine the Italian kitchen has to offer.
 Sardinia
Large island some 250 km west of the Italian coastline. Beautiful scenery, megalithic monuments, lovely seas and beaches: a major holiday destination for high budget tourists.

 

Picture Credits: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AItalian_provinces_no_regions.svg  [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

But the main thing that makes each Italian region unique is the attitude of the people.

Italians are fiercely loyal to their own region, each believing that theirs is better than any other.

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