Italy has attracted travellers since the Romans started an Empire. Italy is known for Fiats and screeching Vespa’s, pizza and spaghetti, Roman ruins, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, fashion, wine and stunning landscapes. When have wandered along the canals of Venice, discovered design-conscious Milan, explored Renaissance-rich Florence and driven through Tuscany or the Italian Lakes District, you can visit the less touristy islands of Sicily and Sardinia. It is impossible not to fall in love with Italy.
Vatican City is the world’s smallest state and is the central authority of the Catholic Church. The Holy See is home to the Pope and a trove of iconic art and architecture. Its Vatican Museums house ancient Roman sculptures such as the famed “Laocoön and His Sons” as well as Renaissance frescoes in the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel, famous for Michelangelo’s ceiling.