All the hype aside, Italy is a very special place. Few countries have as much noteworthy history and tradition. The Dolomite mountains are unequalled in beauty (this is coming from a dude who grew up among mountains), Tuscany is a dream for cyclists and winos, and Florence is the absolute staple for lovers of Renaissance art and architecture. Oh, and the food! A bad meal has never been served in Italy. These people know how to live.