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List of Itineraries For Italy

As Published In The Karen Brown Guide.

Total Number of Itineraries in this list: 8



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Exploring the Wonders of Sicily
Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean, is a wondrous destination. This triangular hunk of land jutting out from the tip of Italy’s toe became the crossroads of the ancient world. Nowhere in your travels can you discover a more diverse archaeological treasure-trove. Stone-Age tools and figures carved in the Grotta di Addaura at Monte Pellegrino indicate people were living in Sicily during the Paleolithic Age. About 1270 B.C. the island was invaded by a Mediterranean tribe called Siculians, but they were not the only settlers: excavations show the arrival of tribes from Asia. Beginning in the 10th century B.C., pioneering Phoenicians took a fancy to this fertile land, followed later by their descendants, the Carthaginians. However, the true dawn of Sicily’s reign of glory began with the colonization by the Greeks whose enormous influence permeates Sicily today. However, the rich fabric of Sicily’s heritage does not end with the Greek influence: later the Romans invaded, then the Normans, then the Spanish, and on and on. This resulting melting pot of cultures makes Sicily an absolute MUST for those who delight in the romance of archaeology. The true magic of Sicily is that most of the ruins are so natural in their setting. Frequently you discover you are alone—the only tourist walking through a field of wildflowers to gaze in awe at an exquisite temple.
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Haunting Beauty of Umbria

Tuscany is so popular that travelers forget to visit Umbria, snuggled just "next door." Although similar in many ways to Tuscany, Umbria has its own haunting beauty and the advantage of fewer tourists. This is a region steeped in history and imbued with romantic charm. Here you find a beguiling landscape - a blend of rolling hills, craggy forests, rushing rivers, lush valleys, chestnut groves, and hillsides laced with vineyards.

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Highlights of Southern Italy

Having visited the justifiably famous trio of Rome, Florence, and Venice, many tourists think that they have seen Italy. What a mistake: southern Italy has fascinating archaeological sites, gorgeous coastlines, medieval walled villages, beautiful sand beaches, marvelous hilltowns, and some of the most unusual sights in Italy. Many visitors who venture south from Rome are amazed to discover that the Emerald Grotto on the Amalfi Coast rivals the Blue Grotto of Capri and that the Greek ruins of Paestum outshine many found in Greece, and they are haunted by the mysterious town of Alberobello.

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Italian Highlights by Train, Boat or Car

If you delight in the freedom of following a whim to explore a back road, this itinerary can easily be duplicated by car. However, the thought of Italian expressways sometimes intimidates even the bravest breed of tourist, so we have given you the formula to see the highlights of Italy either way—by public transportation or by car. An aversion to driving does not mean that your only alternative is the confining structure of a package tour. Italy can be seen splendidly by train and boat. Please be aware however that if you choose to travel this way, you must travel lightly—when burdened by heavy suitcases, the charm of public transportation quickly diminishes!

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Mountain & Lake Adventures

For the traveler who wants to combine the magic of seeing some of the world's most splendid mountains with the joy of visiting Italy's scenic northern lakes, this itinerary is ideal. Contrasts will heighten the impact of visual delights as you meander through lovely mountain passes. This itinerary can stand alone. However, it is also perfect for the traveler arriving in or departing from neighboring countries. We show detours for the tourist who will be leaving or entering from Austria, Switzerland, or France. All too often the tourist thinks he has finished Italy when his tour ends in Venice, and he rushes north into Austria or Switzerland. What a waste—a very picturesque region still remains.

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Romantic Tuscany

Nothing can surpass the exquisite beauty of the countryside of Tuscany—it is breathtaking. If you meander into the hilltowns any time of the year, all your senses are rewarded with the splendors that this enchanting area of Italy has to offer. Almost every hillock is crowned with a picture-perfect walled town; fields are brilliant with vibrant red poppies; vineyards in all their glory and promise lace the fields; olive trees dress the hillsides in a frock of dusky gray-green; pine forests unexpectedly appear to highlight the landscape.

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Rome to Milan via the Riviera

This itinerary traces the western coast of Italy as far as Genoa before heading north for the final stretch to Milan. To break the journey, the first stop is Orbetello, a picturesque peninsula-like island joined to the coast by three spits of land. The next destination is Cinque Terre—a string of five tiny fishing villages along the coast that have not yet fallen prey to a great influx of tourists. Then it's on to Portofino—one of the Italy's most treasured jewels—before the final destination of Milan.

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Undiscovered Sabine Hills

Tuscany is so popular that travelers forget to visit Umbria, snuggled just "next door." Although similar in many ways to Tuscany, Umbria has its own haunting beauty and the advantage of fewer tourists. This is a region steeped in history and imbued with romantic charm. Here you find a beguiling landscape - a blend of rolling hills, craggy forests, rushing rivers, lush valleys, chestnut groves, and hillsides laced with vineyards.

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