Rome is the 4th most popular travel destination for American Tourists according to the annual Travel Trends Survey of 2008. The Italian capital is the first long distance destinations for Americans right after the short and medium range Caribbean cruises, Cancun and the Mayan coast in Mexico. Rome is far ahead of London, which is the second European city on the list, and has the 8th place of combined short-and longer range trips. The growing interest in Italy is also demonstrated by other cities in the top twenty with Venice in clear recovery at the sixteenth and up seven places, and Florence, fourteenth, having climbed one spot. In addition, Mediterranean cruises, which will also bring traffic to Italian destinations, are in fifth place. There is a growing interest in smaller towns of historical interest as well like Verona, Parma and the Tuscan hill towns.. for further go to