Italy

Outside of the Naples/Campania region, Italy offers 20 distinct regions (regione) with wide range of travel options—some are even close enough for a day trip (such as Rome).  Here is information about some of these regions:

Lazio/Rome

Lazio, just north of Naples, includes the Gaeta US Navy Base and the eternal city of Rome.  See the Lazio page or the Rome page for more information.

Umbria

The "green heart of Italy" contains hundreds of picturesque hill towns, including Orvieto and Assisi.  Also home to Perugia, site of the famous Chocolate Festival.

Tuscany

Home to ancient cities such as Florence, Siena, and Pisa, Tuscany is full of medieval and renaissance history and art.  Also home to beautiful hill towns and the famous wine producing regions of Chianti and Montalcino (Brunello).

Abruzzo, Molise, and Le Marche

These three regions constitute most of the Adriatic (Eastern) Italian coast.  Abruzzo, a mountanous region just northeast of Lazio, contains the charming city of L'Aquila (which was hit by an earthquake and hosted the G8 in 2009) and the beautiful Gran Sasso National Park (the highest point in Italy outside of the Alps).  Molise has similar scenery and climate to Abruzzo and is the site of the San Vincenzo Abbey service project.

Liguria

Home to the ancient port town of Genoa (Genova in Italian, birthplace of Christopher Columbus), this region has beautiful beaches, pesto sauce, and the famous five towns of the Cinque Terre.

Veneto

Veneto is famous the sinking canal city of Venice, along with various other towns such as Verona (the setting for Romeo and Juliet) and Padua (home of Giotto frescoes, St. Anthony of Padua, and setting for The Taming of the Shrew).

Emilia-Romagna

Anchored by the universitiy town of Bologna, this region is a draw for food lovers, as it produces balsalmic vinegar (in Modena), parmegiano regiano cheese (in Parma), and of course bolgona (actually prosciutto).  Also surrounds the tiny mountaintop nation of San Marino.

Puglia, Calabria, and Basilicata

These three regions form the heel, toe, and instep, respectively, of Italy's "boot."  While historically poor, they are rich in culture, food, and sights...and are often much warmer (metaphorically and physically) than the north.  Relatively untraveled by non-Italians, here you can find excellent wines, beautiful beaches, and cultural wonders.

Sicily

Home to US Navy Base Sigonella, this island features spicy cuisine, ancient ruins, and an active volcano (Mount Etna).

Lombardy

Home to Milan (Milano), Italy's most important business center, as well as beautiful countryside including the Lake District.

Trentino & Alto Adige/Südtirol and Dolomites

A mostly German-speaking area that hardly feels like Italy, although most people speak fluent (if accented) Italian and you can still find great gelato. Gorgeous hiking in the Dolomite mountain range.