What do we know about Italy besides pizza, coffee, wine and shopping? The eternal city of Rome, the fashion capital of Milan, the Vatican – that's not all.
Here are 10 natural wonders of one of the most beautiful countries in the world:
1. Braies Lake
Incredible beauty of the purest mountain lake, comfortably located in a hollow at the foot of Mount Croda del Becco at an altitude of 1500 meters. There is silence around, mountains, and only the sky is reflected in the water surface, giving an incredible color to the water.
2. Scala dei Turki
A very beautiful white stepped rock, similar to a giant meringue in the south of Sicily. Translated from Italian, the name means “Turkish stairs” — indeed, the whole rock is covered with “steps” and ledges emerging from the water and going to the very top. In contrast to the white limestone, the water in the sea takes on an incredibly deep color.
3. Gran Paradiso National Park
On an area of 700 m2 in northern Italy is the oldest National Park in the country. Numerous fauna, natural landscape, forests, mountains and lakes are protected in the strictest way, there is silence, beauty, incredible alpine air and pure nature.
4. Blue Grotto
In the north of the island of Capri, there is an opportunity to visit a very beautiful grotto with amazingly colored water, experience an indescribable feeling when visiting this place, the only possible way is by boat from the sea. The passage is very low, but inside is a real fairy tale!
5. Lake Garda
The largest lake in Italy, Lake Garda, is located in the north of the country, an hour and a half bridle from Milan. It has a glacial-tectonic origin, and the water in it changes color depending on the weather. In this prestigious area, in addition to the tourist flow, there are also elite villages with expensive houses.
6. Terme di Saturnia
The thermal springs of Saturnia are natural cascading pools that look like halves of shells. The water is warm throughout the year and admission is free. There are a lot of sanatoriums and health resorts in the area, because the healing properties of thermal waters are very multifunctional.
7. Mount Etna
On the east coast of Sicily is the highest volcano in Europe – Etna. At the top of the volcano there are 4 constantly active craters, the largest of which (at an altitude of 3346 meters) is active even in winter, flashes are visible for many kilometers – an amazing sight.
8. Maddalena Archipelago
In the Strait of Bonifacio between Corsica and Sardinia, there is an archipelago of 7 large and many small islands — Archipelago Maddalena. The archipelago is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The unique nature, the most transparent water of bright blue color, the rocky shores of the islands – a fairy tale in reality.
9. Val d'Orcia
Another UNESCO heritage is the Val d'Orcia in Tuscany, with its plains and towering hills of perfect conical shape. Natural beauty and incredible human labor have created this magnificence for the eyes.
In winter it is the most popular ski resort in Italy, and in summer it is cycling. At any time of the year, this place is a living postcard with beautiful landscapes, ancient mountains, numerous living creatures in dense forests, unity with nature and recuperation.
And, of course, the incredible gastronomic delights of Italy, the atmosphere of beauty and love and many, many other things attract hundreds of thousands of people there.