Italy

If you are looking for a romantic get-away spot or looking to experience culture and cuisine at a heightened and extraordinary level, make sure you are on the next flight to Italy. If you are also looking for the country with the most UNESCO world heritage sites, then it is Italy. Considered as the birthplace of Western culture, you only have to turn a corner, and you would see a great monument or an extraordinary sight.

Italy’s capital Rome is one of Europe’s and the world’s most visited famous, influential and beautiful capitals. The country is known for its trendy fashion industry, luxury sports cars and motorcycles, diverse regional cultures and dialects, as well as for its beautiful coast, alpine lakes and mountain ranges (the Alps and Apennines). Perhaps this was why the country was rated as the fifth most visited country in the world, with a total of 50.7 million international arrivals as of 2015.

Italy is the seat of the Roman Catholic Church, in the Vatican. The holy city is considered as the central government of the Roman Catholic Church which is considered a sovereign state headed by the Pope. This is a unique example of a city serving as the capital of two states. As such, the major religion in Italy is Roman Catholicism, as demonstrated by Rome’s over 900 churches. Other minority faiths include the Eastern Orthodox, Evangelicals, Jehovah’s Witness and others. Not surprisingly, Italian is the most popular language spoken by Italians though English too is popular most especially among shopkeepers and tourist operators.

 

Start your tour of Italy by visiting some of the best known cities in the country like Milan, touted as the world’s fashion capital, Naples one of the oldest cities in the world contains an archaeological museum, Bologna, one of the world’s great university cities is filled with history, culture, technology, and food. Florence the Renaissance city known for its architecture and art should be top on your list of places to visit and Venice, known for its history would surely put a picture to all those Shakespearean literature you have read or studied.

 

The Coliseum located in Rome is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Europe. The St Peter’s Basilica is one of the largest and important churches in the world, containing illustrations from artists such as Da Vinci and Michelangelo. Pompeii is Italy’s third and the world’s 48th most visited destination, with over 2.5 million tourists a year. The Italian Alps which contains some of the most beautiful mountains in Europe would make a good backdrop for some pictures you might want to take.

 

Italy is known for its estimated thousands monuments and museum. The Italian Renaissance produced artists such as Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Perodella Francesca and many others who took painting to the next level. The major sport in the country is football. Italy is being considered as the birthplace of opera in the world.

Italian cuisine

The Italian cuisine is one of the most famous and diversified in the world. With delicacies such as Pizza, Spaghetti, Pasta, Cheese and many others, the country have quite a taste for tasty foods and desserts. The exquisite choice of wine is a taste any tourist should savour, thanks to Barolo, Brunello who are renowned winemakers in the world.

 

Visit historic sites like The Mount Etna, The Dicivillas in Tuscany and The Dolomites which are all sights to behold. There is so much to do in Italy, from simply roaming the streets and squares, to the Renaissance or visiting the opera. One can always see the Western Alps; visit the numerous museums to explore history or simple cycle around the city. The experience in Italy is simply exhilarating.

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Tourism website: Discover Italy

Time zone: UTC/GMT +02:00

Currency: EUR – Euro

Official language: Italian

UNESCO World Heritage sites: 51

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