by Tim Jepson
Most tours of Italy take in a Renaissance church or 10, visit piazzas and Michelangelo statues, then add lots of espresso, pasta and wine for a lovely, standard Italian holiday. But Italy has other, less well-known treasures. The countryside is stunningly gorgeous, with scads of glorious mountains, ancient forests, more than 1500 lakes, miles of sandy coastline and some of the best hiking in the world. And Jepson does a remarkable job of providing all the practical information you need to partake and enjoy.