Prior to its unification in 1861, Italy was a land comprised of 20 independent regions. It's not surprising, then, that the country with the most UNESCO world heritage sites in the world seems to change within the distance of only a few kilometers! Its rich and varied history stems from the Roman Empire’s decadent culture and incredible architectural contributions. Today, Italy is alive with a paradoxical harmony of past and present, a marriage of old and new that creates one of the most exquisite and peculiar forms of beauty.
MacKenzie Merriam - Florence, Italy 3-Week, 2011 (Dallas, TX)