Argentines themselves are much like what the city shows, too.
They have a deep respect and admiration for the past, yet they are always energetically innovating and looking forward.
If life among the vines appeals then head west from Buenos Aires to the famous wine-growing region of Mendoza in the shadow of the Andes.
One the most bewitching things about Buenos Aires is how the New World and Old World blend so harmoniously.
Grand dame Art Noveau apartment buildings, dating back centuries with the original crown molding preserved, coexist in the “Paris of South America” with contemporary, shiny new skyscrapers, and it all works together.
The city is fast-paced and trendsetting in art, design, and style, but at the same time the cobbler on the corner and the neighborhood’s beloved tailor are toiling away in the same location where they have been for decades.
Argentina is a captivating country that is both Latin American and European in culture and lifestyle, where the new and the old worlds blend harmoniously.
A destination that has welcomed immigrants and expats since the mid-1800s, much of the population in Argentina claims Italian or Spanish heritage or both.
The connections are clear when you walk the streets of Buenos Aires.
Everywhere are pasta and pizza shops, and Spanish is spoken with a noticeable Italian inflection.
However, to know Argentina’s economy is to know one of the world’s biggest dramas.
The country is up and then it is down, with flashes of stability bridging the time between the last rise and next big tumble.