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Italy: Geography & Maps

  • Gondolas and the Basilica
  • Positano on the Amalfi Coast
  • Naples and Mount Vesuvius
  • Positano
  • The landscape of Tuscany
  • Arno River and the bridges of Florence
  • Cinque Terre

The shape of Italy is famous for resembling a boot that extends into the central Mediterranean Sea.  The peninsula shares land borders with Switzerland, France, Austria and Slovenia.  Within Italy’s borders are two independent states: San Marino and Vatican City.  Including its islands, Italy has a coastline of 7,600 km (4,722.42 mi).  The sea on three sides surrounds it: The Ligurian Sea in the northwest, the Tyrrhenian Sea in the west and southwest, the Ionian Sea to the south and southeast, and the Adriatic Sea in the east.  Italy is home to the two largest islands in the Mediterranean, Sicily and Sardinia.

A very mountainous country, ranges over 700 m (2296.59 ft) cover approximately one-third of Italy.  The most famous ranges include the Alps, the Dolomites and the Apennines.  In the western Alps, you’ll find the highest peak, Mount Viso 3,841 m (12,601.71 ft) which extends into France, and Gran Paradiso 4,061 m (13,323.49 ft), which is the highest mountain fully in Italy. The eastern Alps include the Dolomite range and Mount Marmolada at 3,343 m (10,967.85 ft).  The Apennines run the full length on the peninsula and are home to Gran Sasso d’Italia – the Great Rock of Italy at 2,912 m (9,553.80 ft).

Lakes are another significant element of Italian geography.  In total, there are some 1,500 lakes in the country.  The largest and most important lakes include Lakes Garda, Maggiore, Como, Seo and Lugano.


Italy Vacation Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to Italy. 

Learn about the history and culture of Italy, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Italy's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Italy for yourself. Start your Italy vacation today!


Extend your Stay

Consider an additional stopover to your Italy vacation at one of Goway's other European destinations. You can choose from  a Paris vacation, a London vacation or an Amsterdam vacation. This can be done stopping over en route to or from Italy.



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