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Travel to Italy

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Vacation Rentals Bed and Breakfast Home Exchange Homestay
Abruzzo Abruzzo Abruzzo Abruzzo
Basilicata Basilicata Basilicata Basilicata
Calabria Calabria Calabria Calabria
Campania Campania Campania Campania
Emilia-Romagna Emilia-Romagna Emilia-Romagna Emilia-Romagna
Friuli-Venezia Giulia Friuli-Venezia Giulia Friuli-Venezia Giulia Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Lazio Lazio Lazio Lazio
Liguria Liguria Liguria Liguria
Lombardy Lombardy Lombardy Lombardy
Marche Marche Marche Marche
Molise Molise Molise Molise
Piemonte Piemonte Piemonte Piemonte
Puglia Puglia Puglia Puglia
Sardegna Sardegna Sardegna Sardegna
Sicily Sicily Sicily Sicily
Trentino-Alto Adige Trentino-Alto Adige Trentino-Alto Adige Trentino-Alto Adige
Tuscany Tuscany Tuscany Tuscany
Umbria Umbria Umbria Umbria
Valle d'Aosta Valle d'Aosta Valle d'Aosta Valle d'Aosta
Veneto Veneto Veneto Veneto

Last Minute Tips Before you Travel to Italy

  • Time Zone: GMT/UTC +1 (+2 in summer) (Central European Time)
  • Electricity: 220V, 50 Hz (bring an adapter/transformer for your hair drier, laptop, cellular phone etc.)
  • Currency: Euro (Euro)
  • Country Dialing Code: 39

Must See - Properties on UNESCO World Heritage List

  • Rock Drawings in Valcamonica (Lombardy Region)
  • Historic Centre of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See in that City Enjoying Extraterritorial Rights and San Paolo Fuori le Mura (Lazio region)
  • Church and Dominican Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie with "
  • Historic Centre of Florence (Tuscany region)
  • Venice and its Lagoon (Veneto region)
  • Piazza del Duomo, Pisa (Tuscany region)
  • Historic Centre of San Gimignano (Tuscany region)
  • I Sassi di Matera (Basilicate region)
  • City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto (Veneto Region)
  • Historic Centre of Siena (Tuscany region)
  • Historic Centre of Naples (Campania region)
  • Crespi d'Adda (Lombardy Region)
  • Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta (Emilia-Romagna region)
  • The Trulli of Alberobell (Puglia Region)
  • Early Christian Monuments of Ravenna (Emilia-Romagna region)
  • Historic Centre of the City of Pienza (Tuscany region)
  • 18th-Century Royal Palace at Caserta, with the Park, the Aqueduct of Vanvitelli, and the San Leucio Complex (Campania region)
  • Botanical Garden (Orto Botanico), Padua (Veneto Region)
  • Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands (Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto) (Liguria region)
  • Cathedral, Torre Civica and Piazza Grande, Modena (Emilia-Romagna region)
  • Archaeological Areas of Pompei, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata
  • Costiera Amalfitana
  • Archaeological Area of Agrigento
  • Villa Romana del Casale
  • Su Nuraxi di Barumini
  • Archaeological Area and the Patriarchal Basilica of Aquileia
  • Historic Centre of Urbino
  • Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park with the Archeological sites of Paestum and Velia, and the Certosa di Padula
  • Villa Adriana
  • City of Verona
  • Assisi, the Basilica of San Francesco and Other Franciscan Sites
  • Villa d'Este, Tivoli
  • Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto (South-eastern Sicily)
  • Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy
  • Val d'Orcia
  • Etruscan Necropolises of Cerveteri and Tarquinia

      Southern Europe, a peninsula extending into the central Mediterranean Sea, northeast of Tunisia


      61,261,254 (July 2012 est.)

      Italian Regions:
      16 regions (regioni, singular - regione) and 4 autonomous regions* (regioni autonome, singular - regione autonoma); Abruzzo, Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Emilia-Romagna, Friuli-Venezia Giulia*, Lazio, Liguria, Lombardia, Marche, Molise, Piemonte, Puglia, Sardegna*, Sicilia, Toscana, Trentino-Alto Adige*, Umbria, Valle d'Aosta*, Veneto

      Largest cities of Italy
      Rome, Milan, Naples, Turin, Palermo, Genoa, Bologna, Florence, Bari, Catania, Venice, Verona, Messina, Padua, Trieste

      predominantly Mediterranean; Alpine in far north; hot, dry in south

      Ethnic groups
      Italian (includes small clusters of German-, French-, and Slovene-Italians in the north and Albanian-Italians and Greek-Italians in the south)

      Christian 80% (overwhelming Roman Catholic with very small groups of Jehova Witnesses and Protestants), Muslims NEGL (about 700,000 but growing), Atheists and Agnostics 20%

      Italian (official), German (parts of Trentino-Alto Adige region are predominantly German speaking), French (small French-speaking minority in Valle d'Aosta region), Slovene (Slovene-speaking minority in the Trieste-Gorizia area)

      Government type

      Italy became a nation-state in 1861 when the regional states of the peninsula, along with Sardinia and Sicily, were united under King Victor EMMANUEL II. An era of parliamentary government came to a close in the early 1920s when Benito MUSSOLINI established a Fascist dictatorship. His alliance with Nazi Germany led to Italy's defeat in World War II. A democratic republic replaced the monarchy in 1946 and economic revival followed. Italy is a charter member of NATO and the European Economic Community (EEC). It has been at the forefront of European economic and political unification, joining the Economic and Monetary Union in 1999. Persistent problems include sluggish economic growth, low youth and female employment, organized crime, corruption, and economic disparities between southern Italy and the more prosperous north.

      Flag of Italy
      Flag of ItalyDesign inspired by the French flag brought to Italy by Napoleon in 1797; colors are those of Milan (red and white) combined with the green uniform color of the Milanese civic guard note: similar to the flag of Mexico, which is longer, uses darker shades of red and green, and has its coat of arms centered on the white band; Ireland, which is longer and is green (hoist side), white, and orange; also similar to the flag of the Cote d'Ivoire, which has the colors reversed - orange (hoist side), white, and green

      Learn Italian in Italy

      Italian Basic Words
      Hello! - Ciao!
      Hi! - Salve!
      Goodbye - Arrivederci! (formal)
      Goodbye - Ciao! (informal)
      Yes - Sì
      How are you? - Come sta? (formal)
      No - No
      Very good - Molto bene
      Thank you - Grazie
      Thank you very much - Molte grazie
      OK/Good - Va bene
      Good day - Buongiorno
      Good evening - Buonasera
      You're welcome - Prego
      Good night - Buonanotte
      It was nothing - Niente
      Please - Per favore
      Cheers! (toast) - Salute!
      See you later - Ci vediamo!
      Excuse me - Sorry! Scusa!
      Open - Aperto
      See you tomorrow - Ci vediamo domani!
      Closed - Chiuso
      Small - Piccolo
      Big - Grande

      Italy Travel and Accommodation – Your Tips for Travelers

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      Source: Central Intelligence Agency.
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