Roman ruins and world-famous works of art, winding canals and flourishing vineyards, fashion hubs and idyllic lakes: Italy wears so many different hats it’s impossible not to fall in love with at least one. This is the birthplace of Christopher Columbus and the great Roman Empire. It is the home of the biggest colosseum on earth, Chianti wine and the largest number of UNESCO cultural heritage sites on the planet. Come here to wander time-honoured old towns or to ride a boat along the lakes, for the mountain panoramas or the hearty cuisine. Just don’t be surprised if you never want to leave.