When thinking about Italy, the sea, refined art, cultural metropolises and the gentle rolling hills of Toscana may come to your mind - but did you know that Italy is one of the most mountainous countries all over Europe?
The Apennines stretch all across the peninsula and connect Italy’s north with the south. The most typical and traditional mountain regions are Aosta, South Tyrol and Trentino (pic) - three regions where the cultures of Central Europe gently mingle with the Italian and Celtic Alpine cultures.
Not to forget the mountains of Lombardy and Piedmont, hosts of the 2006 Olympic Winter Games. Cortina d’Ampezzo in Veneto and the less-known mountain regions of Friuli-Venezia-Giulia mark the eastern Italian Alps. From ice-age glaciers to crystal-clear lakes, colourful wine-growing areas and close to the Mediterranean Sea - so far stretch the stunning Italian Alps.