Italy is a country in Southern Europe, bordering France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, San Marino and Vatican City. The last two countries are micro-states surrounded by Italy.

Italy is famous for its rich cultural heritage and history. Together with Greece, this country is considered to be the cradle of Western civilization. Italy has more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other country in the world: 51. Therefore, it is not surprising that Italy belongs to the most visited countries worldwide and is extremely popular among tourists from all over the world.

The most popular destinations in Italy are: Rome – the Eternal City and Venice – the Most Serene City. Besides these two places, there are many other great places visited by millions of tourists, e.g. Cinque Terra in Liguria, the Amalfi Coast, Pisa in Tuscany with its Leaning Tower or Siena, to name just a few.

Due to their popularity many of these places are quite crowded and unfortunately the popularity also influences the prices. But all these crowds come to Italy for a reason, there are definitely many things to see and to photograph. I would say every travel photographer should visit Italy at least once in their lifetime and then decide whether they want to return one day or not. I certainly do.

“You may have the universe if I may have Italy.” - Giuseppe Verdi

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