Much of the Italian patrimony has been admirably preserved by the aristocracy.  Life remains unchanged in homes that were built, decorated and loved by previous generations. Because of the country's age-old divisions into different states, one can enjoy varied and unique venues in each region. Among the many settings that Italy has to offer are: sumptuous Roman palaces, Tuscan and Venetian villas, the masserie of Apulia, contemporary collections in Turin, secret gardens in Naples and baroque ballrooms in Sicily.