For well over a decade now Puglia has been the Italian holiday destination to watch.

It’s been dubbed ‘the New Tuscany’ by newspapers and magazines the world over, but it has no real need of such comparsions. The region’s combination of ancient landscapes, warm and welcoming locals, deep-rooted food and wine culture and stunning beaches is unique in mainland Italy.

Street scene in Burano, ItalyCoffee, or the simple act of sitting around a table chatting over a cup of a pure Italian coffee brew, is an integral part of Italian culture just like wine or the famous Mediterranean cuisine.

Coffee is an essential ingredient of almost every Italian social congregation. The rich Italian coffee tradition is well demonstrated by the region's wide assortment of coffee brews such as cappuccino, macchiato, espresso, and lungo among others.

The success of the Italian wine industry is born on the back of their ancestry, which is rooted in over 2,000 years of wine making excellence. The climate found in Italy is deemed to be perfect for the production of wine; from Sardinian wine to the famous Tuscany wine.

There has always been one driving force behind making wine for Italians; to partner their fine cuisine with an enriching taste while not taking away from the food. There are 20 wine regions, each with its own climatic characteristics that fuse with the wines made there.

When someone mentions Lake Como we immediately think of George Clooney: ever since the Hollywood star bought Villa Oleandra he has come to symbolize this wonderful place, probably fulfilling the dreams of many of his colleagues, actors and directors, who have filmed on the shores of the lake and later become habitués of the area.