Italy has long been one of Europe's most popular countries, welcoming over 55 million tourists a year. It's far from a one-trip-and-you're-done destination however; Italy's highly regional nature means there's always more to discover, from the beautiful islands of Sardinia and Sicily to the foodie treasures of Puglia in harvest season.

With so much diversity, deciding where to go can be difficult, often leaving travellers heading back to tried and tested spots. We created this one-minute video guide to Italy so you can get an overview of the country at a glance to help you plan your trip.

The magnificent ruins of ancient Rome never fail to satisfy, whether you're seeing them for the first time or the tenth while the coastline reveals secret beaches and the northern reaches, snow-covered peaks. It's no exaggeration to say the allure of this boot-shaped nation has proven itself timeless.

Remember, even in the country's most popular destinations, you need only detour down a small city backstreet, or stop briefly in a tiny village, to discover the Italy of legend – and isn't that what makes it so appealing?

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