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Italy is one of the largest countries in Europe with a beautiful landscape and a long coastline. It possesses the world's largest artistic and cultural patrimony. It is a member of the United Nations and the European Union.
Quick Facts
Location: Southern
Language: Italian
Capital: Rome
Government: Republic
Population: 58.1 million
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Time zone: GMT+1
Phone code: +39
Internet TLD: .it

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Major Cities
Rome 2.5 million
Milan 1.2 million
Naples 1.0 million
Turin 860,000
Palermo 675,000
Genoa 600,000
Bologna 370,000
Florence 360,000
Bari 310,000
Catania 305,000
Venice 270,000
Verona 255,000
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Italy Travel Tips & Articles
Check our latest Italian travel related articles to learn more about vacation resorts, attractions, accommodation, hotels in Italy etc. Read travel guides, city guides, personal travelogues and other Italy related stories.

Italy Travel Articles:
Best Places to Live in Sicily
An Alternative Trip to the South of Italy
The 10 Most Romantic Things To Do In Venice
5 Things We Hate And 5 Things We Love About Italy
International Students in Bologna
Non-Touristic Sorrento
Shopping in Sicily, Italy
10 Places Worth Seeing in Italy
A Guide to the Restaurants of Catania, Sicily
A Guide to the Beaches of Lampedusa, Sicily

Florence Travel Articles:
Florence Travel Guide
Florence Travel Guide - Sights to See
10 Reasons To Visit Florence
Florence - The Gem Of The Italian Renaissance
Florence - The "City of Lilies"
A Florence Accommodation To Remember
Travel To Florence: An Ever-Blooming Retreat
Florence, Italy - Of David and Such
A Tour of Florence Museums
How to Do Florence in 48 Hours

Milan Travel Articles:
Football in Milan
Milan Travel Guide - Sights to See
Milan - The Capital of Northern Italy
Travel To Milan: A World Class City

Naples Travel Articles:
School Trips to Naples and the Surroundings
Naples Travel Guide - Sights to See
Naples Attractions

Rome Travel Articles:
10 Attractions Not to Miss in Rome
10 Interesting Facts about Rome, Italy
Where to Stay in Rome
The Museums of Rome
The Best of Rome in Five Days
Rome's Best Restaurants
Honeymoon in Rome
A Travellers' Guide to the Vatican
Day Trips from Rome: Italian Travel
Getting to Rome, Italy

Siena Travel Articles:
Siena Travel Guide - Sights to See
Siena, Italy - Medieval Life and Horse Racing
Ya Mule! - Backpacking In Siena, Italy
Visiting Siena

Tuscany Travel Articles:
A Guide to Tuscany Food and Drink
Family Travel in Tuscany: Agriturismo Living
Maremma - The Wild West of Tuscany
Tuscany - A Region Of Beauty And History
The Lure Of Lucca, Italy
Why Choose A Farm Holiday In Tuscany?
Vacations in Tuscany
Tuscany Vacation Rentals You Must See
Visiting Chianti
Visiting Tuscany

Venice Travel Articles:
Holidays in Venice, the City on the Water
A Guide to the Bars and Nightlife in Venice, Italy
A Guide to the Venice Carnival in Italy
A Guide to the Churches of Venice, Italy
5 Things You Must Do in Venice, Italy
A Guide to the Museums and Galleries of Venice, Italy
A Guide to Shopping in Venice, Italy
A Guide to Getting to Venice, Italy
Venice Travel Guide - Sights to See
A Romantic Guide To Venice
Italy Travel & Vacation Guide
Besides its history, art and culture, Italy is also famous for its cuisine with fine food and wines. Seaside vacations, skiing in the Alps, admiring the landscapes of Tuscany, riding the canals of Venice or just walking around in Rome, the "eternal city" are just a few things to do.

Italian Tourism
Italy in Wikitravel
Italy in Lonely Planet
Italy Transportation
International airports serve all larger cities including Rome, Milan, Florence, Venice and others. Rail network may not be as advanced as in the neighbouring countries but it is still a fairly good way to get around in Italy. A network of local and international bus lines is also available. Italy has an extensive road and motorway network. To use motorways you must pay tolls as you drive through toll booths. There are regular ferry lines to Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica as well as Greece, Turkey and other Mediterranean destinations.

Airports of Rome (Roma)
Airports of Milan (Milano)
Airport of Naples (Napoli)
Airport of Turin (Torino)
Airport of Palermo
Airport of Genoa (Genova)
Airport of Bologna
Airport of Florence (Firenze)
Airport of Venice (Venezia)
Alitalia - Italian Airlines

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History of Italy
Though once the central province of the ancient Roman Empire, Italy was no more than a geographical term until 1861, when the numerous states on the Italian peninsula and the islands of Sicily and Sardinia united. Italy's alliance with Germany in World War II led to a defeat. The development of economy and democracy resulted in a modern state which is a founding member of the European Union.

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Italy Weather
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