Posted 25 November 2006 - 08:41 AM
If you get the opportunity go to Sicily, it has wonderful landscapes, beaches, excellent but cheap food and friendly people. There is the most amazing architecture/history - Roman, Greek, Byzantine, Art Nouveau & Deco - there's one valley where there are five standing temples. There's also Mount Etna.
Surrounding Sicily are numerous small islands where it is like stepping back in time to a much slower and easier pace of life.
On mainland Italy, Rome and Venice are must sees but probably only for a couple of days. The north of Italy tends to be more industrial and has a different culture from the South. The major cities are, like everywhere, more expensive than elsewhere.
Everywhere you go in Italy you will encounter good food and exceptionally friendly people. I hope you have a brilliant time!