Known as “Bella Italia” to it citizens, this boot-shaped country is only slightly larger than Arizona, yet its contributions to Europe’s character and heritage are huge. Its vivid history is marked by political rivalry and a complex succession of occupations and governments over time, leaving a legacy of magnificent old cities and architectural masterpieces – from Venice to Florence to Rome. It’s also a gem in Europe’s culture crown, giving us impressive artworks and legendary artists and composers, including Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Verdi and Puccini among them. Partake of Italy’s sensual culture through its unforgettable cuisine and wines. See our Italy Programs.