In the 1200’s, excited after seeing the birthplace of Jesus Christ, St. Francis of Assisi held a reenactment of the Christmas miracle in a cave outside of Greccio, Italy. With the Pope’s blessing, nativity scenes, both static and live, became a cherished part of the Italian – and worldwide – Christmas celebration. Presepe, or Presepi Viventi, are still set up and reenacted all throughout Italy.

In the heart of Tuscany is the birthplace of the Renaissance: Florence. This ancient city is bustling with beautiful art, interesting architecture and plenty of spots to inspire romance on your holiday.

The weather in Florence is warm and sunny in the summer, and mild and calm in the winter. A light dusting of snow on the top of Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore’s famed cupola, Il Duomo, is a captivating sight.

If you are venturing to Venice in December, a wonderfully festive time, you may get more excitement than you bargained for. Known worldwide for its villas, doges, exquisite blown glass, festivals and, yes, the legendary canals, Venice also has achieved a certain notoriety for its periodic flooding, during events known as acqua alta, or “high water”. As Venice attractions go, the acqua alta occurrences are hard to include on a scheduled tour, since they are subject to the vicissitudes of many factors, including lunar phases, tidal flows and scirocco winds.

Do you want to know some interesting and fun facts about the Leaning Tower of Pisa? Many people around the world are familiar with the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy, which is actually the bell tower of the Pisa Cathedral, but most people don't know why it leans or how it is still standing today. To visit the most famous leaning tower in the world in style, check out the luxury villas in the region.

Do you want to be in the most beautiful postcards you have ever seen from Italy? Here are our suggestions for you! Breathtaking views from allover Italy have been captured by artists, locals and tourists for years. Luxury villas in the vicinity make it possible to explore these views in-depth.