Embrace Italy's La Dolce Vita

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Italy welcomed 47.7 million international visitors in 2013, and no wonder: Italy offers something for everyone. Whether you're looking for the ancient or the modern, famous art or yet-to-be-discovered gems, urban vitality or natural landscapes, crowds or solitude, you can find it here.

One of the charms of visiting Italy is that your best moments may be unplanned. You might duck away from the crowds onto a twisting side street and come face to face with a spectacular ruin. Or detour off the main road on a whim, and discover the best espresso you've ever tasted in a town you've never heard of. Still, some "must-sees" are worth trying to work into your trip. Here are a few suggestions.