Men may dominate the history books but women find their place in nearly every facet of Italian museums, architecture and culture. It’s a popular tourist spot for people all over the world but there is much to find for those looking to explore a different side of history.

“Italy was created as a gift to women,” says Susan Van Allen, a travel journalist and expert on Italy. “Though the pleasures of the Bel Paese appeal to both sexes, women are especially drawn to its treasures—from art that glorifies feminine curves to its fabulous fashion, food, and spas.”

Van Allen has just released a new book, ““50 Places in Rome, Florence, and Venice Every Woman Should Go,” that details some of the top spots that appeal to a more feminine sensibility. These attractions are not to be missed-- whether its exploring historic Italian fashions, or reveling in female-centric art.