This Italian island is home to Baroque architecture, wines grown on the slopes of Mount Etna, endless pastries and superb pastas.
The tradition of pre-dinner drinks served with snacks has morphed into a nightly phenomenon of complimentary lavish buffet spreads.
With stunning Renaissance art and architecture on constant view, there is a sense of elegance and permanence that helps root all who live here.
These towering peaks in northern Italy hide a magical world of fairytales and legends – and could have been Tolkien’s blueprint for Middle Earth.
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