Italy

Italy, a European country with a long Mediterranean coastline, has left a powerful mark on Western culture and cuisine. Its capital, Rome, is home to the Vatican as well as landmark art and ancient ruins. Other major cities include Florence, with Renaissance masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s "David" and Brunelleschi's Duomo; Venice, the city of canals; and Milan, Italy’s fashion capital.

 

Italy is located in Southern Europe. Official language is Italian. Italy uses the metric system (kilograms, centimeters, °C). Time zone is UTC+01:00 with daylight saving time. Italy uses 230V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type C, Type F and Type L.

Climate

The climate of Italy is highly diverse, and could be far from the stereotypical Mediterranean climate. Most of Italy has hot, dry summers, with July being the hottest month of the year. Winters are cold and damp in the North, and milder in the South. Conditions on peninsular coastal areas can be very different from the interior's higher ground and valleys, particularly during the winter months when the higher altitudes tend to be cold, wet, and often snowy. The Alps have a mountain climate, with cool summers and very cold winters

Regions

Northwest Italy (PiedmontLiguriaLombardy and Aosta Valley)Home of the Italian Riviera, including Portofino and the Cinque Terre. The Alps, world class cities like the industrial capital of Italy (Turin), its largest port (Genoa), the main business hub of the country (Milan), share the region's visitors with beautiful landscapes like the Lake Como and Lake Maggiore area, and

Northeast Italy (Emilia-RomagnaFriuli-Venezia GiuliaTrentino-Alto Adige and Veneto)From the canals of Venice to the gastronomic capital Bologna, from impressive mountains such as the Dolomites and first-class ski resorts like Cortina d'Ampezzo to the delightful roofscapes of Parma and Verona these regions offer much to see and do. South Tyrol and the cosmopolitan city of Trieste offer a uniquely Central European flair.

Central Italy (LazioMarcheTuscanyAbruzzo and Umbria)Breathes history and art. Rome boasts the remaining wonders of the Roman Empire and some of the world's best known landmarks, combined with a vibrant, big-city feel. Florence, cradle of the Renaissance, is Tuscany's top attraction, whereas the magnificent countryside and nearby cities like SienaPisa and Lucca have much to offer to those looking for the country's rich history and heritage. Umbria is dotted with many picturesque cities such as PerugiaOrvietoGubbio and Assisi

Southern Italy (ApuliaBasilicataCalabriaCampania and Molise)Bustling Naples, the dramatic ruins of Pompeii, the romantic Amalfi Coast and Capri, laidback Apulia and stunning unspoilt beaches of Calabria, as well as up-and-coming agritourism help making Italy's less visited region a great place to explore.

Sicily The beautiful island famous for archaeology, seascape and some of the best cuisine the Italian kitchen has to offer.

Sardinia Large island some 250 km west of the Italian coastline. Beautiful scenery, megalithic monuments, lovely seas and beaches: a major holiday destination for high budget tourists.

  • population:
    60.8 million (2015)
  • DIAL CODE:
    +39
  • currency:
    Euro (symbol: €), code EUR
  • cost of living:
    $$$
  • Tipping:
    Not expected, but can leave extra tip
  • crime rate:
    Moderate crime rate
  • BEST TIME TO VISIT:
    The best months for traveling in Italy are from April to June and mid-September to October.
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One day in Milan

Milan is the second-most populous city in Italy and the capital of Lombardy. The population of the city is around 1.3 million while its urban area comprises an estimated 5 million people. Milan has the third largest economy among EU cities and the largest among European non-capital cities. Milan is the main industrial, commercial, and financial centre of Italy and a leading global city.

One day in Verona

I don't remember the exact date when I fell in love with Italy forever. Maybe when I was 11 and first saw the silly romantic comedy "Only you" with Robert Downey Jr., and it was not only because of him that I chose this for my favourite film (for at least one entire month haha), but because of the fabulous background provided by Italy. Soon I forgot about the film, but not about the country, the more I know it, the more I love it.