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Italy, with its enchanting blend of beauty, authenticity, and warmth, offers something for everyone, year-round. In this country characterized by a human touch, where the sea and history intertwine seamlessly, the fusion of landscape, culture, and gastronomy creates an unparalleled, multifaceted experience that is simply captivating. Imagine immersing yourself in the sweetness of Italy for the duration of a trip – returning home with a treasure trove of unforgettable memories.

Florence, Italy
Florence, Italy

Italy's Diverse Landscapes

Italy boasts mythical cities, picturesque villages, iconic monuments, and awe-inspiring natural landscapes.

The diverse scenery across its 20 regions allows you to traverse mountain foothills, vineyard-dotted valleys, sun-kissed beaches, tranquil lakeshores, and charming cobblestone streets. Each region possesses its own geographical nuances, cherished traditions, and culinary delights – a rich heritage fiercely upheld by Italy. This attachment to regional identity is rooted in its relatively recent unification in 1861, following centuries of division among small kingdoms and city-states, and subsequent European dominion during the Renaissance and 18th century.

In the north, indulge in the Alpine vistas, verdant vineyards, and serene lakes of Como and Garda. Explore the rugged beauty of the Cinque Terre villages and the majestic Dolomites. Discover the maritime grandeur of Genoa, the architectural elegance of Turin, the cosmopolitan allure of Milan, the timeless charm of Venice's canals, and the romantic ambiance of Verona. Wander through the historic squares of Padua and marvel at the Basilica of St. Anthony, or venture to the captivating port city of Trieste with its Central European influences.

In central Italy, immerse yourself in the artistic legacy of Tuscany, with its rolling hills and quaint hamlets. Stand in awe before the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the artistic splendor of Florence. Lose yourself in the eternal allure of Rome, where ancient wonders abound at every turn.

To the south, breathe in the pristine air of Abruzzo's national parks, uncover the hidden gems of Molise, savor the bustling streets of Naples, and meander along the stunning Amalfi Coast. Explore the sun-drenched landscapes of Puglia, ascend the hilltop villages of Basilicata, and bask in the beauty of Calabria's crystal-clear waters.

Italy's richness seems boundless, with Sardinia and Sicily offering their own distinctive allure, including the volcanic marvels of the Aeolian Islands and the charming Aegadian Islands.

Fortunately, Italy's compact size enables easy exploration. Cities are well-connected, allowing for efficient travel between destinations. For instance, Genoa is a mere 2-hour train ride from Milan, which is less than 1 hour and 15 minutes from Turin. Many cities serve as ideal bases for day trips to surrounding attractions, such as Bologna's excursions to Ravenna, Ferrara, or Modena, or Florence's jaunts to Siena or Arezzo.

Taormina's Theater
Taormina's Theater

A Tapestry of Culture

Italy beckons with a journey through millennia of history, from the glory of ancient Rome to the cultural renaissance of the Middle Ages and the artistic zenith of the Renaissance.

Marvel at iconic landmarks like the Colosseum, a testament to Rome's imperial grandeur, or the timeless beauty of Taormina's theater and the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. Delve into the medieval majesty of Venice's Basilica of San Marco and Milan's Duomo, or the architectural marvels of San Gimignano's skyline and Turin's Castel del Monte.

Experience the Renaissance's cultural resurgence through Florence's Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral and Rome's St. Peter's Basilica, reflecting the era's artistic and intellectual brilliance.

Italy's artistic legacy spans a multitude of movements, from classicism to futurism, showcased in its myriad museums and galleries. Admire masterpieces like Botticelli's Birth of Venus at Florence's Uffizi Museum or Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling in Vatican City.

Italian Cuisine
Italian Cuisine

A Gourmet's Paradise

Embarking on an Italian adventure wouldn't be complete without indulging in its gastronomic wonders. The flavors that grace your plate are an essential part of the Italian experience, promising to tantalize your taste buds and leave you craving more.

Italian cuisine is a celebration of regional diversity, with each area boasting its own distinct products and specialties, cherished recipes passed down through generations. It's no wonder that Italy stands as a trailblazer in quality production within the European Union, championing PDO, PGI, and TSG designations, alongside a commitment to organic farming. This dedication to culinary excellence is epitomized by the slow food movement, an ethos that reveres seasonal ingredients and resists the homogenization of taste. The spirit of slow food is embodied in agriturismo, where visitors can delve into the agricultural traditions and culinary heritage of the region—a trend that has flourished over the past three decades.

As you peruse menus across Italy, you'll observe a traditional structure that guides the dining experience: antipasto, primo piatto, secondo piatto, formaggi, and dolci. While each course offers a unique culinary journey, feel free to tailor your dining experience to your preferences.

Begin your culinary voyage with a tantalizing array of antipasti, ranging from savory cold cuts to succulent seafood delicacies. Indulge in the quintessential primo piatto, often featuring a tantalizing pasta dish or delectable risotto, showcasing the culinary prowess of the region. And who could resist the allure of pizza—a beloved Italian staple that comes in various shapes and flavors, from the iconic Neapolitan round to the crispy al taglio slices.

Neopolitan Pizza
Neopolitan Pizza

 For the main course, savor the flavors of the sea or land with an array of fish and meat dishes, each offering a symphony of flavors and textures. Complement your meal with a selection of formaggi, featuring renowned cheeses such as Parmigiano Reggiano and creamy burrata, before indulging in a decadent dolce. From classic delights like tiramisù to regional specialties like Sicilian cannoli, Italian desserts promise to satisfy your sweet tooth.

This authentic cuisine serves as a cornerstone of Italy's culinary landscape, influencing chefs worldwide who reinterpret traditional dishes with a contemporary flair, offering gastronomic experiences that are both evocative and rooted in terroir.

An Italian Vineyard near Naples, Italy
An Italian Vineyard near Naples, Italy

Italy's Wine Growing Heritage

In Italy, gastronomy is intricately intertwined with oenology—the art of winemaking—a testament to the country's esteemed position as the world's leading wine producer.

Throughout Italy's diverse regions, a renaissance in winemaking has emerged, characterized by a return to natural practices and a reverence for the land. In the 1990s, a paradigm shift towards natural winemaking took root, eschewing chemicals in favor of a holistic approach to viticulture. This movement birthed the formation of winegrowers' associations, united by a shared commitment to sustainable practices and preserving Italy's vinous heritage.

From the alpine slopes to the sun-drenched plains of Sicily, Italy's wine-growing regions showcase a kaleidoscope of flavors and terroirs. A new generation of winemakers, guided by a profound respect for nature, have revitalized ancient grape varieties and embraced traditional winemaking techniques. This dedication has safeguarded Italy's rich ampelographic legacy, boasting over 500 autochthonous grape varieties.

Thanks to Italy's geographical and climatic diversity, coupled with the passion of its winemakers, the country's vinicultural tapestry remains vibrant and diverse. From Sangiovese to Nebbiolo, Italy's indigenous grapes offer a sensorial journey through its storied wine regions.

Be sure to sample this rich heritage at local enotecas, where Italy's vinicultural legacy is proudly showcased—a testament to the country's enduring love affair with wine. There is no shortage of places on the Raisin menu. 

Experience the art of living the Italian way
Experience the art of living the Italian way

Embracing La Dolce Vita

Italy's charm lies not only in its landscapes and flavors but also in its zest for life – a joyous celebration of the simple pleasures.

Experience the art of living the Italian way, savoring leisurely meals with loved ones, leisurely strolls through cobblestone streets, and leisurely afternoons basking in the sun. Immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of Italian culture, where every moment is infused with warmth, conviviality, and a zest for life.

In Italy, happiness isn't just a state of mind – it's a way of life. So why not indulge in a slice of la dolce vita? Come, experience Italy's magic for yourself, and discover a world where every moment is infused with joy and wonder.

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Traveling regions in Italy feels like home!

We currently have 751 bars, 957 restaurants and 660 wine shops listed in 28 regions in Italy. Natural wine is a key indicator of where to find local, seasonal, organic, quality, and responsible products for all consumers, who want good wine and food without chemicals.

Below are all the regions in Italy with Raisin venues, listed in descending order by number of establishments. We are listing all regions where you have at least 1 venue recommended in our index.

28 regions and 602 cities in Italy WHERE YOU’LL FIND NATURAL WINE & GREAT FOOD:

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