With a total of 54 sites, Italy holds the record number of UNESCO World Heritage sites. An inestimable number of treasures spread over the entire territory: no less than a hundred archaeological sites and nearly 3?000 museums! From the Etruscans to ancient Rome and the artistic genius of the Renaissance, visitors can only marvel at the astonishing richness of this glorious past, which for a long time, and still today, has been adorned with a universal influence.Many of the greatest artists are Italian: Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Botticelli, Donatello, Giorgione, Carache, Caravaggio, Canova... all these sculptors, painters and architects directly influenced their time and left behind works of rarely equalled splendour.From a literary point of view, Dante or Machiavelli have produced universal writings, taught and studied all over the world. More recently, learned writers such as Italo Calvino, Dino Buzzati and Umberto Ecco have enthused millions of readers. Elena Ferrante's saga, The Wonderful Friend, has recently been a worldwide success. And on another level, Roberto Saviano became famous for depicting mafia circles in his investigative novel Gomorra. In the empire of the camorra.And how can we not mention the seventh art?? Fellini, Rossellini, De Sica, Pasolini, or, closer to us, Nanni Moretti, Bertollucci and Roberto Benigni... all these masters belong to a long cinematographic tradition. Remember Cinecittà's glorious days when this "?Hollywood on Tibre?" competed with the American ogre.
A generous nature :
Italian man is close to the earth, so he has an unbounded love for Mother Nature. Nearly 10?% of the national territory is under the protection of environmental laws. In total, Italy has no less than 25 national parks, 152 regional parks, 412 regional reserves, 147 national reserves and 53 wetlands.... This is an explicit reflection of this enthusiasm for nature and the efforts undertaken by the State. Green tourism (agritourism or agrotourism), for example, is an original and pleasant way to discover the peninsula. In recent years, there has been a definite interest in this concept, which has developed very widely in Sardinia. The recipe for success? It can be read in the geography of the territory, of a very great diversity: mountains, plains, seashores constitute the different reliefs composing the country.Skiing in the Alps or diving in the Gulf of Naples? All kinds of madness are allowed!
© Dominique Auzias & Jean-Paul Labourdette