In Italy, The West Country is generally called, with one of those lucky metonymies, "Cornwall", from the name of the peninsula at its western spur. The area is not uniform and each county presents its own individual characteristics. In the villages in Somerset one can still find the same rural English atmosphere as in Jane Austenís novels. The English call the southern coast of Devon "the English Riviera" because of its sweet landscape and the almost Mediterranean climate.
The small bays of Cornwall guarded by huge cliffs, are the perfect scenery for dramatic stories of love and death. But the West Country is also art in its higher expression, like the Exeter and Wells cathedrals. It has been an incessant source of literary inspiration, from the Breton cycle to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Dafne du Maurier. It is, especially today, an example of cultural and environmental patrimony to preserve.