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Italy - tourist guide for holidays

Italy is a country which is worth your visit. It is full of natural wonders and historical monuments so you can surely spend here a nice time. Italy is a country you can visit on your own - or you can choose one of organized trips with a travel agency as well.


Italy - the best places to see

Italy If you compare Italy with other countries of the world, you will see it is rather small country. Nevertheless there is a lot of interesting places. We have chosen a few of them.
  • Rome (capital city which is thousands years old. See the Colosseum + Forum Romanum + Vatican city)
  • Venice(city on sea)
  • Florence (Maria del Fiore dome + Degli Uffizi gallery + Ponte Vecchio)
  • Dolomites mountains
  • Verona (city of Romeo and Juliet + Basilica San Zeno)
  • Naples + Vesuvio volcano + Pompeii
  • historical city Trento
  • picturesque island Capri
  • Pisa (leaning tower)
  • vulcan Aeonian Islands (Lipari)
  • Amalfi coast

Italy - useful information

~ Roman Catholic: 90 %
~ Muslim: 2 %
~ unspecified: 8 %
Religion - Italy
Italy: flagCapital: Rome
Area: 301,230 km2
Number of inhabitants: 61,017,000
Currency: euro, EUR, €
Language: Italian
Time zone: GMT+1 (GMT = London)
International telephone dial code: +39
Mobile phones system: GSM 900/1800
System of measurement: metric
Common languages: german in tourist places
Serious travel risk: none
Voltage in electric network: 230 V
Electric plug:
Electric plug - Italy

Italy - Travellers Forum

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  Cheap flights
When going to Europe there are cheap flights from Prague to Bergamo. It's worth trying. For about 15 US Dollars you get from the heart of Europe to a nice old city near italian lakes, where you can trek, walk and eat :).
  Amalfi coast vs. Sperlonga
Amalfi coast may be great but it is a long way from Roma. We tried Sperlonga (something between 60 and 90 minutes from Roma by train and taxi). It is an ancient Roman resort and it is quite nice. Some beaches, shops, old (but small) city with steep streets and great ice cream. If you have excessive
Nepodceňujte jezera na severu Itálie. Wizzair létá levně k Milánu, odtud, z Bargama, se dá vlakem snadno dostat k jezeru Como, Iseo a dalším. Docela doporučuji všem, kdo rádi chodí po kopcích.
Plošina u Seiser-Alm obklopená horami je rozhodně místo, které v Dolomitech můžu doporučit. Kousek od Brixenu, lanovky, výhledy, skvělá kuchyně... V létě výborné výlety, v zimě zjevně dokonalé běžkování.
  Piazza Navona a frulato
Při poslední návštěvě Říma jsem na doporučení známého zašel na jídlo u náměstí Navona (Piaza Navona) - a výběr je tu slušný (a ceny, kupodivu, na Itálii relativně přijatelné). Jestli máte rádi Frulato (ovocný koktejl z čerstvého ovoce, mléka apod.), pak je Piaza Navona opravdu dobrá volba - poblíž (
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Italy - the map and typical itinerary

Italy - map
Itinerary 1: Verona (city of Romeo and Juliet + Basilica San Zeno) + historical city Trento + Dolomites mountains - trekking - days: 3, Venice(city on sea) - days: 1, Florence (Maria del Fiore dome + Degli Uffizi gallery + Ponte Vecchio) - days: 1, Pisa (leaning tower) - days: 1, Verona (city of Romeo and Juliet + Basilica San Zeno) - days: 1
Itinerary 2: Rome (capital city which is thousands years old - Colosseum + Forum Romanum + Vatican city) - days: 2, Naples + Vesuvio volcano + Pompeii - day trip - picturesque island Capri - days: 3, Amalfi coast - relaxation at sea - days: 3, Rome (capital city which is thousands years old - Colosseum + Forum Romanum + Vatican city)
Itinerary 3: Verona (city of Romeo and Juliet + Basilica San Zeno) + Pisa (leaning tower) + Florence (Maria del Fiore dome + Degli Uffizi gallery + Ponte Vecchio) - days: 2, Rome (capital city which is thousands years old - Colosseum + Forum Romanum + Vatican city) - days: 2, Naples + Vesuvio volcano + Pompeii + volcanic Aeonian Islands (Lipari) - walks - relaxation at sea - days: 4
Itinerary 4: any combination of the previous itineraries

Prices of rooms and meals

Prices symbolItaly is quite an expensive country for tourists. In some seasons and in some areas you can make holidays for a very reasonable price, but generally speaking you should not expect pleasant prices everytime and everywhere. On the contrary - for lower prices you will often get very low quality.
  • Cheap accommodation: $30
  • Medium accommodation: $80
  • Expensive accommodation: $250
  • Cheap meal: $5
  • Medium meal: $12
  • Expensive meal: $45
The prices are per 1 person (and 1 meal or 1 night) and are in US Dollars.
It is often possible to buy cheap meal on streets or in fast-food restaurants. Medium priced meal is usually available in standard restaurants, expensive meal in expensive restaurants. We do not include extreme prices of accommodation and food (for example luxurious apartments in high quality hotels). (Prices are usually very different in different places and in different seasons. In the main season may be in touristic destinations the cheapest rooms unavailable.)

Italy on the Internet

Are you looking for more information? On the Internet there are a lot of information. Here are some advices: Italy may have different names in different languages. For example Itálie, Italien, L'Italie, Italia. Use these names in search engines. It is good idea to precisely specify what are you looking for. If you need information about a place, use the name in a search engine. You may use other names of the place as well. If you need - for example - an information about history of the place, add the word history to the search engine.

What Others say

Italy (Italian: Italia), officially the Italian Republic, (Italian: Repubblica Italiana), is located on the Italian Peninsula in Southern Europe, and on the two largest islands in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily and Sardinia. Italy shares its northern Alpine boundary with France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. The independent states of San Marino and the Vatican City are enclaves within the Italian Peninsula, while Campione d'Italia is an Italian exclave in Switzerland. Italy has been the home of many European cultures, such as the Etruscans and the Romans, and later was the birthplace of the movement of the Renaissance, that began in Tuscany and spread all over Europe. Italy's capital Rome was for centuries the center of Western civilization, and is the seat of the Catholic Church. Today, Italy is a democratic republic and a developed country with the 20th highest GDP per capita, the 8th-highest Quality-of-life index, and the 20th-highest Human Development Index rating in the world. It is a founding member of what is now the European Union (having signed the Treaty of Rome in 1957), and also a member of the G8 (having the world's 7th largest nominal GDP), NATO, OECD, the Council of Europe, the Western European Union, the Central European Initiative, and a Schengen state. On January 1, 2007 Italy began a two year term as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.

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 was 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 illegal immigration, organized crime, corruption, high unemployment, sluggish economic growth, and the low incomes and technical standards of southern Italy compared with the prosperous north.
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