Famous throughout the world for its breathtaking mountain ranges Italy plays host to the Italian Alps, the Apennines which form the spine of the country and the Dolomites in the north east. There are points of crossover between the three mountain ranges, the Apennines touching the Ligurian Alps in the north west being one example while the Dolomites also form part of the Southern Limestone Alps.
The Italian Alps cover the northern regions of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Valle d'Aosta, Piedmont, Trentino Alto-Adige, Lombardy, the Veneto and highlights of which include the famous Matterhorn and Monte Bianco.(Mont Blanc)
The Apennines are commonly considered as the "Spine of Italy" for obvious reasons stretch some 750 miles from the Ligurian Alps in the north west down to Reggio Calabria, close to Sicily.
The Dolomites cover the north eastern regions of Veneto and Trentino Alto-Adige. With some of the country's most spectacular scenery, the Dolomites can be visited all year around.