2008 News Archive - Holidays - Italy named top destination for Americans
19 01 2007
American holidaymakers have chosen Italy as their top international travel destination for the fourth year in succession.
According to the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), 50 per cent of respondents to its survey named Italy as their favourite destination and 30 per cent chose Rome as their top city.
Italy's capital city, Rome is also the country's largest conurbation and it remains one of Europe's most fascinating places. As the epicentre of the Roman Empire and Roman civilization, Italy's capital city is packed full of incredible history and there are few places in Europe that have as much to offer the inquisitive tourist.
Rome is also a bustling metropolis with an outstanding reputation for shopping, fashion and modern culture.
Often obscured by Italy's reputation for the arts and its numerous high-profile cities is the fact that the country also boasts some of Europe's most sensational beaches.
From Castiglion della Pescaia in Tuscany to Tropea in Calabria and the many charming coves of Liguria, Italy's beaches are almost uniformly picturesque and bathing conditions are generally excellent.
Italy also benefits from an outstanding climate that sees summer temperatures reach 30 degrees centigrade in many areas.