Italian Regions

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Explore Italy's 20 regions from north to south

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Italy is a long, narrow country shaped like a boot. Its 20 regions are usually classified as northern, southern, or central. Italy is a diverse country and each region has many interesting places to explore and things to see, from art and historic sites to the natural beauty of its mountains, countryside, and coasts. Each region has its own unique foods and culture, too, making it fun to explore the different Italian regions. Click the links to see the highlights of each region.

Northern Italy:
Emilia-Romagna, known as a top culinary destination, Emilia-Romagna also has great castles and hill towns
Fruili-Venezia Giulia, the northeastern corner of Italy bordering Austria, Slovenia, and the Adriatic Sea
Liguria, a long, narrow region on the northwestern coast that includes Cinque Terre and the Italian Riviera
Lombardy, includes Milan and Lakes Como, Garda, and Maggiore
Piemonte, also called Piedmont, is home to top Italian wines, truffles, beautiful hill towns, and the city of Turin
Trentino Alto-Adige, known as South Tyrol, borders Austria and includes part of Lake Garda, the Dolomite Mountains, and the Alps
Valle d’Aosta, Italy’s smallest region borders Monte Bianco (Mont Blanc) and France and has many castles
Veneto, the region around Venice

Central Italy:

Abruzzo, a mountainous region with traditional villages
Lazio, the region around Rome
Le Marche, a region of rolling hills and charming towns
Tuscany, including Florence, hill towns, Pisa, Lucca, Montepulciano, Orcia Valley, and Chianti Wine country
Umbria, the only region that doesn’t border either the sea or another country, Umbria has many charming hill towns

Southern Italy:
Basilicata, the instep of the boot that borders the Ionian and Tyrrhenian Seas, is known for the cave city of Matera
Calabria, the toe of the boot, has many miles of coastline with beautiful beaches and clean water
Campania, including Pompeii and Naples and the Amalfi Coast
Molise, one of Italy’s least visited regions is a region of small, traditional villages
Puglia, the heel of the boot, has good beaches, interesting towns, and the unique trulli

Island Regions:
Sardinia, beautiful beaches, fresh seafood, and traditional inland villages
Sicily, the Mediterranean’s largest island also has beautiful beaches, Roman and Greek ruins, and Mount Etna volcano


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