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Cities Italy
Country information country code: IT
continent: Europe
capital: Rome
languages: Italian

EU membership: yes
NATO membership: yes

GSM: 900/1800/3G
GPS: 42 50 N, 12 50 E
electricity: 230V/50Hz

European Union Euro: EUR
1EUR = 1.2656 USD

phone code: +39-6

Travel advices and warnings Italy
Festivals Italy is full of reasons to celebrate and Italians surely know how to party, throughout the year in the country you’ll find a lot of events, carnivals and especial occasions including the national holidays, all of them to consider in the itinerary of your trip. Many tourists travel to Italy and get there in the middle of a festival or celebration, because they are unique around the world, and whether you get a hangover or the night of your life you’ll have a great time and feel that everything was worth it.
Arhitecture Italian architecture has a wide and diverse number of styles which have evolved through the political, cultural and economical changes from ancient times. and now amazes people from every corner of the world, places such as The Tower of Pisa, The Coliseum, The Circus and more are part of the architecture of the country once considered as the capital of culture.
Eating If you go to Italy one of the first things that you might think of is food, Italy is well-known for its famous cuisine, the pasta, the cheese, the sauces, etc. Some investigators say that Italian food has some influences from Asia, Africa and Greece; important factors in Italian cuisine are the different weathers of the country and the quantity and quality of products that Italy has. Also, Italy has some amazing wines, pure wines, good wines, excellent wines. Italy, together with other wine producers in the world, has some of the best and most renowned wines all over the world.
Transport Italy offers tourists many options for transportation around the country. Once in Italy you don’t have to worry about this if you planned in advance the way to get around.

Italy is well-connected due to its transportation system; here you’ll find a lot of useful information and tips to travel around Italy by train, bus, car, plane, ferry and even bicycle; you must analyze all the options and choose the best for your trip, consider the size of your destination and the time that you’ll spend in the country; maybe you’ll prefer a fast means of transport, but you must be careful with your budget; Our main advice for you is: do not waste your precious vacation time.
Culture Assisi: Is a popular destination in Umbria, the Green heart of Italy; Assisi was the place of birth of Saint Francis (San Francesco), who is the patron saint of Italy. Galleria dell'Accademia: It’s one of the most important museums around the world; this place features the famous Michelangelo´s sculpture: The David, and a wonderful collection of paintings and other invaluable sculLeaning Tower of Pisa: The Leaning Tower of Pisa is considered an icon of Italy and Europe; it’s a stunning building because it seems to defy gravity with a lean of 5. 5 degrees. The leaning Tower of Pisa is a mandatory stop during a trip to Pisa, Italy; until 2004 people couldn’t climb the tower for safety reasons but now you can climb the 294 steps of the spiral staircase; this highlight is not famous only for leaning, it’s also famous for its design and Romanesque architecture applied, It was built to be the bell tower of the Cathedral and Cemetery. ptures organized in 24 rooms. Palazzo Te: The Palazzo Te is an impressive building under the mannerist style; its construction (1524-1534) was commissioned to a pupil of the famous Raphael. The building has magnificent rooms with a great collection of Mesopotamian art and mannerism productions of artists from ancient times.
Costs The Italian cost of living is maybe one of the most important topics presented within this travel guide, especially if you are planning your trip and your budget is limited because the cost of living in Italy has recently increased. Italy is not a cheap country, and it has a high cost of living due to the taxes; but prices in public transportation are reasonable especially in train service. If you go shopping maybe you’ll find high prices for luxurious and quality products and if you wonder about food costs, they depend on your diet and the place you want to eat at.
Language The Italian language is the official language in Italy, although there are Italian regions where people speak other languages like Germanic, Slavic, Greek, and Albanian languages. Italian language is also one of the official languages in Switzerland and San Marino. This language is a Romance language, which derives from common Latin. Since its inception Italian has evolved. Italian isn’t very complicated or difficult; it’s very similar to Spanish.

Rome, Italy

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From wikipedia about Italy

Italy, officially the Italian Republic (Repubblica italianaIn Italy, other languages have been officially recognised as legitimate autochthonous (regional) languages under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. In each of these, Italy's official name is as follows: Ripòbblica Itaglièna; Republiche Taliane; Republica taliana; Repùblega Taliana; Repubbreca italiana; Repùblica Italian-a; Repubrica Italiana; Ripùbblica di Tàlia; Republica Tałiana), is a unitary parliamentary republic in south-central Europe. To the north it borders France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia along the Alps. To the south it consists of the entirety of the Italian Peninsula, Sicily, Sardinia—the two largest islands in the Mediterranean Sea—and many other smaller islands. The independent states of San Marino and the Vatican City are enclaves within Italy, whilst Campione d'Italia is an Italian exclave in Switzerland. The territory of Italy covers some and is influenced by a temperate seasonal climate. With 60. 6 million inhabitants, it is the fifth most populous country in Europe, and the 23rd most populous in the world.

Rome, the capital of Italy, was for centuries the political centre of Western civilisation as the capital of the Roman Empire. After its decline, Italy endured numerous invasions by foreign peoples, from Germanic tribes such as the Lombards and Ostrogoths, to the Byzantines and later, the Normans, among others. Centuries later, Italy became the birthplace of the Renaissance,
. an immensely fruitful intellectual movement that would prove to be integral in shaping the subsequent course of European thought.

Through much of its post-Roman history, Italy was fragmented into numerous kingdoms and city-states (such as the Kingdom of Sardinia, the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies and the Duchy of Milan), but was unified in 1861, following a tumultuous period in history known as "Il Risorgimento " ("The Resurgence"). In the late 19th century, through World War I, and to World War II, Italy possessed a colonial empire, which extended its rule to Libya, Eritrea, Somalia, Ethiopia, Albania, the Dodecanese and a concession in Tianjin, China.

Modern Italy is a democratic republic. It has been ranked the world's twenty-third most-developed country.

Italy plays a prominent role in European and global military, cultural and diplomatic affairs. The country's European political, social and economic influence make it a major regional power. M. De Leonardis, Il Mediterraneo nella politica estera italiana del secondo dopoguerra, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2003, p. 17 The country has a high public education level and is a highly globalised nation.
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