Italy is rich in history, and with Greece, it is of course, considered the birthplace of Western culture. Rome was the center of Roman life, and the Roman empire used to extend as far north as Scotland. Italy is essentially a large peninsula, and borders France, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia. It is ideal for renting a car and touring up and down the coasts. July is the hottest month of the year, so depending on what sites want to be visited this may be good or bad. Visit Roman ruins, which are everywhere, museums, the Vatican, and beautiful beaches. Like France, Italian cuisine is phenomenal and Italy has a rich and varied cuisine. Italy also loves their football, with their team frequently at or near the top.