A large regional diversity, a rich cultural heritage with an incountable amount of monuments, cathedrals, churches, ruins, etc., an excellent cuisine, good wines and communicative people (“can even talk with their hands”) are the key characteristics of Italy. The country itself would warrant thousands of pictures, but I must admit that I have only been to a few selected locations so far. A clear must is a visit to Rome and Vatican City. Outside of the tourist trails, you can find excellent restaurants with delicious food. A bit on the pricy side, but working yourself through a full four or five course menu will sustain you for one or two days at least. Besides Rome, there are plenty od cities to be visited, and even the pure landscape and smaller villages have their charm. Down in Sicily, you can see orange and lemon plantations on the volcanic ground and experience an Italy that is very different from the Northern part of the country.
A bit of caution is required when driving with the car as traffic rules are not always respected.