Do we really need to profile a destination such as Italy? Along the length and breadth of this extraordinary peninsula are constant reminders of its massive influence in the history and civilisation of Europe and indeed the rest of the world. First-time travellers soon become uneasily aware that for every familiar treasure they see in the celebrated cities such as Rome, Venice and Florence there are hundreds more waiting for them in the lesser-known regions. In Italy, the past lies about higgledy-piggledy, layer upon layer at every turn, co-existing with contemporary, everyday life. The overall result for both first-time and repeat travellers is an intriguing all’italiana journey through time and space.