National Geographic : 1965 Jun
Italy is sipping un caffe in the shade of Giotto's belltower. Sit, watch, explore sunlit Florence for as long as you like over your coffee... for as little as admission to a museum. Your waiter does not rush you. Because there is nothing that tickles him quite so much as the American visitor who takes to this magnificent Italian art of relaxa tion. Take your time climbing that belltower, too. The view once you've hit the top will leave you breathless enough. After Florence? There is the sleek modernity of Milan grown up amidst La Scala and Da Vinci's Last Supper... and there are the hot sun and chilly wines of Naples, the beaches and pines of Rimini, skiing in the Dolomites... discovering the ruins at Herculaneum, and the friendliness of those little pockets of Italy hidden off the Amalfi Drive. Stay in luxurious, sophisticated hotels or those cozy little hotel-pensiones where the Signora speaks just enough English and charges less than $8.00 for room and two hefty meals. There is time to spend, fun to happen here. Ask your travel agent. Or write to the Italian State Tourist Office, Dept. I (E.N.I.T.) nearest you: 626 Fifth Avenue, New York 20, New York; St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco 2, Calif.; 203 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago 1, Ill.; 3 Place Ville Marie, Montreal, P. Q. Italy is for staying and staying and staying.