ITALY

ITALY

EVERYTHING IT’S CRACKED UP TO BE!

Long legged Italy, a dazzling, mesmerizing, extravaganza of a country, more than 1000 miles from top to toe. Flamboyant, exciting, colourful and encompassing a compendium of cultures.

From the alpine regions in the north, the glacial gargantuan lakes of Lugano, Maggiore, Como and Garda, the soft sumptuous rolling landscape of Tuscany, Rome the eternal city, to the relatively unspoilt, hot arid areas in the south, Italy gives the impression of being several countries rolled into one, which of course is exactly what is was until unification in 1861 when modern Italy was born.

The centre of the Roman Empire for over a thousand years, an empire that spanned much of Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, in fact most of the known world as it was then. Following the fall of the Roman Empire the Italian peninsular was invaded and occupied by various Germanic dynasties and the French until the Italian Renaissance (rebirth) in the middle ages. A period that shaped history and culture not only in Italy but also spreading to most of Europe and eventually the world. A period that left an indelible legacy of invention, a gigantic treasure trove of architectural gems and artistic masterpieces. A period that gave civilisation such prophetic pioneers as Galileo, Da Vincci, Michelangelo and Botticelli.

Today Italy is a modern, vibrant country. A country of romance, incredible scenery, sublime wines and delicious cuisine. The rich legacy of its past and the “Live-life-to-the-fullest” attitude of its present combine to make Italy a must see destination!

There are those who will try to tell you that golf in Italy is a new emerging sport, that Italy is a “best kept secret”, don’t be fooled. Italy’s first golf course opened in Florence in 1889, predictably built by British ex pats. There are now approaching 300 courses in the country, the largest concentration being in the north. An abundance of top quality courses designed by such eminent architects as Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones, Gary Player, Arnold Palmer and Tom Fazio. 

It’s true, that golf, up till now, has failed to grip the imagination of  the football mad Italians but the heroic exploits of Costantino Rocca, the Molinari brothers and Matteo Manaserro will soon change that.

If you have ever dreamed of playing golf amongst ancient landscapes, so steeped in history that you can almost taste it, golf in Italy has got to be on your must do list.

Don’t tell everyone, but golf in Italy is definitely….

EVERYTHING IT’S CRACKED UP TO BE!