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The Best

Coming up with a Top 10 hit list for Italy is a

little like trying to find the 10 shiniest gold ingots in Fort Knox. Bearing that in mind, we've gone for 11 of the places, sights and experiences that make Italy so special:

bulletFood, glorious food
bulletMichelangelo's Sistine Chapel frescoes
bulletMedieval & Renaissance Florence
bulletThe Aeolian Islands
bulletThe Amalfi Coast
bulletThe Cinque Terre
bulletAncient ruins in Rome, Pompeii, Paestum and Sicily
bulletVenice during Carnevale (or not)
bulletWalking in the Dolomities
bulletMosaics in Palermo and Monreale

The Worst

It is just possible that the thought of driving headlong down a Po Valley autostrada in dense fog will turn some people on - obviously you should make of the following what you will.

bulletPotenza (ugly & boring)
bulletItalian bureaucracy
bulletBrindisi (ugly & unpleasant)
bulletItalian drivers
bulletAutostrada tolls & petrol (both are expensive)
bulletItalian papagalli (men on the make)
bulletImperious shop assistants
bulletDriving through fog in the Po Valley (Emilia-Romagna)
bulletTourist crowds in the Vatican Museums & the Uffizi (hard to avoid!)
bulletItalian beaches in August (so packed you can't breathe)

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