ITALY

Capital City: The historical city of Rome, the official capital of Italy is one of the most famous cities in the world
Official language: Italian
Currency: The official currency is the Euro (€)
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Welcome to Italy!

Imagine gorgeous beaches, postcard perfect landscapes, ancient ruins and sublime cuisine; this is Italy. This boot shaped peninsula packs a lot into its boarders, unsurprisingly home to the largest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites in the world, and has often been preferred to as one big living museum. As one of the globe’s most popular tourist destinations, this incredible country only became a unified state in 1861 and ever since Italians feel an immense loyalty and love for their country which manifest in its landscapes, art, cuisine and in daily life. Italy is a country famous for many things most notably its fine food, fine wine and for its elegance in music, culture, art and fashion. Its monuments include some of the most iconic pieces of architecture in the world such as the grand Colosseum in Rome, its capital city, the leaning tower of Pisa and St Peter’s Basilica the centre of the Roman Catholic faith. Wherever you go in Italy there will be fascinating places visit and things to do. In the north there are glorious alpine lakes, soaring snow-capped mountains, ancient cities and the glories of Venice. In the central region there’s Italy’s capital, Rome, the Renaissance city of Florence and magnificent countryside of Tuscany. In the south are ancient ruins in Pompeii, stunning coastal towns, glorious beaches and Sicily famous for its gigantic volcanic and traditional cuisine. With so many sights it is no wonder it is often nicknamed the Bel Paese (beautiful country).

Must see places in Italy

Rome Italy

Rome

The historical city of Rome, the official capital of Italy is one of the most famous cities in the world and it is easy to see why! Often called “The Eternal City” Rome’s history dates back over two and half thousand years, since its founding in 753 BC. This imperial city once sat at the heart of the Roman Empire, home to famous Julius Caesar and the iconic Colosseum, an attraction that still hauls in tourists by the millions each year. It is without a doubt the best city in Italy and one that can not be missed.

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Venice Italy

Venice

More like a stage than a city, Venice’s winding canals, piazzas and lagoons have been attracting visitors for centuries. Venice is unlike any other city in the world, consisting of 117 bodies of land connected by more than 400 bridges crisscrossing over its 150 canals. As you delve into this Venetian labyrinth you’ll discover its impressive collection of churches and gothic palaces, lively squares and contemporary museums.

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Florence Italy

Florence and Tuscany Region

Famous for its history, art and its iconic landscapes, Tuscany is one of the most visited regions in Italy and one of the most treasured. Its cities, Florence - arguably the finest example of a Renaissance city, Siena and Pisa, together with smaller towns and medieval villages like Lucca and San Gimignano, house some of the world’s finest architectural and artistic treasures.

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Verona Italy

Verona

Immortalized in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Verona is undoubtedly one of the most romantic cities in Italy and the perfect destination for a city break. With its wealth of Roman sites and narrow streets of pink-hued medieval buildings, Verona is an easy-going city with more sights than other city in Veneto except of course Venice itself.

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Puglia Italy

Puglia

Located in the heel of Italy between the Adriatic and Ionian Seas, this beautiful awe-inspiring region is steeped in history and some of the most unspoiled landscapes in all of Italy.
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The Amalfi Coast, Italy

Naples and The Amalfi Coast

The real beginnings of Southern Italy start in the beautiful region of Campania, arguably the most culturally rich region in all of Italy. Known as the “happy land”, this stunning part of the country is home to the beautiful and dramatic Amalfi Coast

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Italian Lakes

Italian Lakes

The beautiful lakes in northern Italy have been attracting visitors to their shores for hundreds of years. Many a poet and writer have fallen under the spell of the lakes, an area full of romance and charm. Its five major lakes make up the Italian Lake district from west to east

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Milan, Italy

Milan

Located in Lombardy in northwest Italy, this fashionable, elegant city is like no other in Italy. It is a city of contradictions, where modern innovation and the latest fashion trends blend seamlessly with the city’s well established cultural traditions and classic styles.
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San Marino Italy

San Marino

Founded in 301 A.D San Marino is the fifth smallest state in the world and arguably one the most intriguing. This tiny microstate is completely surrounded by Italy, situated on the north-eastern side of the Italian Peninsula, measuring just over 61km² with an estimated population of only 30,000

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Bologna, Italy

Bologna

Home to one of Europe’s oldest universities, Bologna is a vibrant, thriving city famous for its rich cuisine and for its politics. Certainly one of the best looking cities in Italy, Bologna’s centre is a jumble of old brick palaces, porticoed streets and arcades.
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Sicily Italy

Sicily

This charming island has long a crucible of Mediterranean culture, and the island today is a fascinating mix of extremes and contrasts and a magnification of all things Italian.

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Sardinia Italy

Sardinia

Home to some of the Mediterranean’s most seductive and exclusive beaches, Sardinia is a beach lover’s heaven and the perfect location for an Italian break without the hustle and bustle of the mainland.

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Top Experiences in Italy

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  • Walk in Caesars footsteps in Rome

  • Take a gondola ride in Venice

  • See the opera in Verona’s grand amphitheatre

  • Gaze at Leonardo di Vinci’s masterpiece The Last Supper in Milan

  • Taste a delicious traditional Bolognaise in Bologna

  • See the famous Shroud of Turin in Turin

  • Hunt down all the Statues of David in Florence

  • Climb to the top of The Leaning Tower of Pisa in Pisa

  • Eat a mouth-watering pizza in Naples
  • Visit a typical trullo house in the UNESCO protected town of Alberobello in Puglia
  • Dare to drive down the Italian Riviera
  • Enjoy a boat ride on one of the Italian Lakes
  • Visit the historic town and cathedral of Palermo, Sicily
  • Wander the historic streets and gaze across the stunning bay in the hillside town of Taormina
  • Relax on a white sandy beach in Sardinia

Pick the time right!

Tourists travel to Italy from May to September

Almost any time of the year can be a good time to visit Italy. In the winter months you can enjoy skiing in the beautiful picturesque Alps or visit some of the biggest cities to avoid long queues and bargain airfares. The most famous cities will be busy during the summer months, so travel in the spring or autumn can be more enjoyable. Hotel prices will be more reasonable than in the summer months and you’ll benefit from a cooler climate, as the summer months can get extremely hot. Italy also hosts its main events and carnivals outside the summer months including Venice’s colourful Carnival & Film Festival and Verona’s opera season hosted annually in June.

Did you know?

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The thermometer was an Italian invention

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The average Italian consumes half a pound of bread per day.
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The Vatican City is the only nation in the world that is able to lock their gates at night.
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In Northern Italy last names end in an “I” while those in the south end in an “o”

Travel Tips

Italy’s best festivals and events

Carnevale
Venice Carnevale is the most famous festival in Italy and one of the most exciting and most famous in the world. The event draws thousands of visitors to Venice every year and is typically celebrated over a two week period before Easter. This most magical of cities fills with a mass of masked visitors from all over the world every year. Most flock to Piazza San Marco in their thousands waiting to catch a glimpse of professional poseurs in ornate and exorbitant costumes dancing and reenacting this surreal traditional.

Verona’s Opera Season
Very few opera stages have as a dramatic setting as Verona’s own ancient Roman amphitheatre. From June to September Verona plays host to the annual opera festival, attracting thousands of visitors to watch some of the most famous opera’s performed in this open sky arena that is said to have amazing acoustics. Every season they put on Aïda as they have since 1913, as well as other famous Italian operas such as Carmen and Madame Butterfly.

People
Italians are extremely friendly, warm and welcoming people who love to talk and socialize with friends and family. You will often find groups of Italian’s sitting out in the street or socializing in the piazzas. Meal times are an important part of the day for Italians, as it is an opportunity to do enjoy the traditions of Italian cuisine while talking amongst friends and family. In Italy conversation is an art form, so don’t be afraid to try your Italian out in a local café or restaurant. You can greet people with “Ciao”, “Buongiorno” if it’s the morning or “Buonasera” if it’s the evening.

Italian society is very family orientated and is one of the most important aspects of Italian life. Italian’s love family ties and they all respect the traditions and responsibilities that come with having a family. Elders, parents, children, and extended relatives often gather together to enjoy a home-cooked meal in the evening and for special occasions such as birthdays, weddings and various religious functions. The extended family also plays an important role in Italian life with many young families reliant on help from the grandparents to help with the children, especially when both parents are out at work all day. You will often see large family gatherings at restaurants or on holiday together, or even simply socializing in the town’s piazza’s in the evenings.

Italian Cuisine

Italian cuisine is one of the most famous in the world, and is considered one of the most fundamental parts of the country’s culture. Three of the most famous foods in the word originated from Italy, Pizza, Pasta and Gelato (Ice Cream). Pizza came from Naples, and both pasta & gelato came from Sicily, all of which are internationally recognised, making Italy one of the greatest food nations in the world. Italy is also very famous for its wine, producing more than any other country in the world. Some of the most famous wines include Barolo, Chianti and Soaves.

Fashion

Many of the world’s most famous fashion brands come from Italy. Among the best known and most exclusive brands include Armani, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace and Gucci. The majority of these best known designers are based in Milan, the fashion capital of the world, where most have their flagship shops, housing their latest fashion collections. Italy’s fashion industry is one of the most important manufacturing sectors, accounting for 62.5 billion euros in their economy

Art & Architecture

Italy is also world famous for its iconic art and architecture, which has influenced many countries around the world. You can find a whole range of architectural styles in Italy including Greek, Byzantine, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque. All ancient buildings in the whole of Italy are related to one of these styles, including the most famous Colosseum, St Mark’s Basilica, The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Milan’s Duomo and St Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

Many of the world’s most famous artists were also Italian. Among the most well-known are Raphael, Bernini, Botticelli and Michelangelo famous for The Statue of David and the ceiling of the exquisite Sistine Chapel which took approximately four years to complete. Leonardo di Vinci perhaps the most famous artist is best known for his painting of The Last Supper located in the Convent of Santa Maria della Grazie in Milan and infamous “Mona Lisa” which is now placed in the Louvre in Paris France.

Public Transport

Almost all public transport services in Italy require you to purchase a ticket before your board your train, bus or tram. Unfortunately most bus stops or tram stops do not have a ticket machine so you will have to walk to the nearest metro station or find the nearest newspaper stand (edicola) or a tobacco shop (tabaccaio) to purchase your ticket. Once on the bus/tram, make sure you validate the ticket – put it into a machine that will print the date/time used on the ticket (so it can’t be re-used). Save yourself a fine!

Galleries and Museums

When visiting famous museums or galleries where a long wait is expected such as The Vatican Museum in Rome, try to arrive as early as possible to avoid a long queues or visit during lunch hours, typically 13:00 & 14:00. Also it is a good idea to check the website before hand, some galleries or museums offer discounted entrance if booked online in advance, you’ll also be able to find out their opening times so you don’t turn up and find it has closed for lunch.

Cash & Credit Cards

Cash is king in Italy, most places do not accept card payments for a bill under €10 and credit cards are not widely accepted although it is improving in the larger cities. It is also advisable to carry small change with you to pay for your coffees, handing over a €20 note for your €1 espresso will be frowned upon.

Markets

Large basilicas and churches such as Saint Peters in Rome, the Duomo in Florence, and Saint Marks in Venice have a strict dress code in place. No bare shoulders, midriffs or knees should be exposed so dress appropriately when entering churches. Some churches just require having your shoulders covered so if you are visiting in the summer carry a light scarf or sarong to wrap around you.

Churches & Places of Worship

Large basilicas and churches such as Saint Peters in Rome, the Duomo in Florence, and Saint Marks in Venice have a strict dress code in place. No bare shoulders, midriffs or knees should be exposed so dress appropriately when entering churches. Some churches just require having your shoulders covered so if you are visiting in the summer carry a light scarf or sarong to wrap around you.

Peperoni means peppers

Ever ordered a pizza only to be surprised at the table? Don’t get confused between the vegetable and the salami. In Italy peperoni means sweet peppers, so if you want American pepperoni; order a pizza with salami picanti (spicy salami).

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