Summer in Italy: What to Do in Rome, Venice, Florence and Beyond
From sun-bleached terrazzos overlooking the Mediterranean to cobbled piazzas lined with gelato shops, Italy does summer right. Many visitors flock to the country's most notable sights -- the Colosseum in Rome, the Leaning Tower in Pisa, the Duomo in Florence and the Grand Canal in Venice. Others head away from the city, sampling food and wine in the Tuscan countryside, hopping from village to village in the Cinque Terre or paying homage to art in historic churches.
Summer is the best time to tour grand villas and their spectacular gardens; it's also host to slew of Italy's festivals, from horse races like the famous Siena Palio to smaller fetes of flowers, art, religion and music.
Each region has its own flavors, customs and history. Our Italy map will take you around the country, visiting the stories that make each area so special. Each pin highlights an article, photo, video or blog post from fellow travelers in the region. Click through to see AOL Travel, MapQuest, and Gadling posts, and come visit again -- we'll be adding exciting new stories all summer. You'll learn how to tackle Sicily in a day, or watch star chef Rocco DiSpirito share the secrets of Italian cooking in Sorrento. Read about other travelers' adventures in Turin, Pisa, Sardinia and more.
If you're traveling on an Italian vacation this summer we've got you covered. Find out how to get internet while you're here. Learn some Italian, including phrases you'll hope you don't hear. Pick the perfect beach or prepare your stomach for a culinary adventure.