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Italy - apartfromtherest - Travel Guide
An Introduction to Italy

The Italian culture, heritage and influence have touched every modern society in the world in one way or another. The Roman Empire dominated Europe and built solid infrastructure that still survives today hundreds of years later. The stunning natural scenery of Tuscany and famous cities such as Rome and Venice with their architectural masterpieces have inspired some of the most famous poets, artists and inventors the world has ever seen. This is the most stylish country in the world, with exquisite cuisine and an illustrious history.




The Coliseum





Places in Italy
The north is considered the most affluent region of the country with the mountainous terrains of the Alps and the Apennines, the beautiful Lakes of Lugano and Como, and cities of Milan, Verona and Venice.

The southern part of Italy is generally poorer in monetary terms, but bordering the Mediterranean Sea is a huge attraction for tourists seeking a sundrenched holiday at holiday destinations that include Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento and Paestum.;


Most people visit Italy for the cultural experience as opposed to a seaside getaway and it’s not difficult to imagine when you think about the historical sites in the capital city of Rome. Around 4 million tourists visit the country each year and to enjoy the cities such as Milan, Rome, Venice, Turin, Naples, Florence and a host of enigmatic fishing towns and villages like Sorrento and Capri. Tourists also flock to the Northern Alpine regions the Dolomites, Piedmont, Po Plain and Val d’Aosta.





The Leaning tower of Pisa





A Sardinian Beach

The nearby Mediterranean Islands of Sardinia and Sicily are major tourist attractions with stunning beach resorts and fishing villages that hark back to a simpler time in Italian history. Sicily is also home to the organized crime family, the Italian Mafia, which still exists among the Island’s borders today.
It is very easy to find a holiday home to suit your needs, and with so many areas to choose from, you will no doubt need to visit more than once!



Skiing on the Italian Alps

When to go to Italy and Weather

The Northern Italian climate is similar to most Northern European countries, and best visited during the spring and summer months of April – September. The southern part of the country is dominated by the Mediterranean temperatures and can be visited all year round, although July and August can be very humid and sometimes uncomfortable.

Getting to Italy and Getting Around

International flights to Italy usually terminate in Rome or Milan, but generally the country owns several international airports. The best method of transport for travelling around the country is by train. The trains are inexpensive and very good quality, but booking tickets two months in advance is advisable because it is cheaper and Italian train stations are famous for the long queues at ticket booths.

Useful Information

In 2002, the Italian currency converted from the Lira to the Euro, so obtaining the right money is very convenient. The cost of holidaying in the country can differ, with large cities such as Rome and Milan proving to be quite expensive. The north has a higher standard of living than the south, but the prices are similar to most affluent European nations. Whether you enjoy the mountainous Alpine ranges in the north, the beachside resorts of the south and Mediterranean or the cultural blessings of the cities of Rome, Milan and Venice, Italy is a must see destination.


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