Italy is a country known for both its beauty and its history. Here, the city of Palermo is seen from Piana degli Albanesi, Sicily, which is the most important of five Albanian settlements in Sicily. Piana degli Albanesi has about 6,000 Arberereshe residents, who are decedents of Albanians who immigrated to Sicily during the 15th century. The residents still keep their traditions and speak Arberes, which will soon be taught in schools.
A view of the Almafi Coast is seen in the Peninsula of Sorrento, Italy. The Almafi Coast is a popular tourist attraction because of its distinctive cliffside villages.
Gabbiano vineyards grow along the Tuscan hills in Chianti, Italy. In the Chianti region between Florence and Siena, nearly 17,000 acres (7000 hectares) are planted with grape vineyards, making this the center of Italy's wine industry. The Chianti region has been producing wines for several thousand years.
The Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy, is a Medieval bridge that spans the Arno River. It is one of Italy's most famous bridges.
The Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio in Milan, Italy, is more than 1,700 years old. It is the burial place of St. Ambrose, the bishop who founded the church.
The Palazzo dei Priori in Arezzo, Italy, was built during the Middle Ages. In more recent times, it was home to Asia Argento and Michele Civetta's wedding in 2008.
The clock tower rises above the dome of Santa Maria Assunta in the historical town of Belluno, Italy. Belluno is a small town in northern Italy.
The Colosseum, or Flavian Amphitheater, is one of the most famous landmarks in Rome, Italy. Construction on the Colosseum started in the year 70.
The snow-covered volcano Mt. Vesuvius seen from the center of Naples, Italy. Vesuvius is most famous for destroying the city of Pompeii in the year 79.
A Franciscan friar walks in front the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy. Assisi is best known as the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan order, and one of the most popular Catholic saints in history.
Another view of the Basilica of St. Francis gives a sense of the its scale. The 800th anniversary of "The Rule," the legislative writings of St. Francis, took place in 2009.
The sun streams into St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. St. Peter's Basilica is one of the world's largest churches, and it was consecrated in the year 329.
Visitors rest on the terrace of Villa Medici overlooking St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, Italy. The Villa Medici is an architectural complex with gardens that are contiguous with the larger Borghese gardens, on the Pincian Hill in the northeast corner of Rome.
An immense colonnade rings St. Peter's Square. The square lies outside St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.
The sun sets behind the Vittorio Emanuele II monument in Rome, Italy. Vittorio Emanuele II is best known as the king who unified Italy.