Italy: Travel Information
Some say Italy has it all. This could be true when one considers what is on offer. It has beautiful scenery ranging from its scenic coastal areas to its colourful mountain ranges. It has a vast wealth of culture, architecture and ancient sites. It has modern cities and metropolises reflecting contemporary Italy. And don’t forget Italy’s gifts to the world with its wonderful cuisine and wines.
Italy is, for the most part, a peninsula situated on the Mediterranean Sea, bordering France, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia in the north. The country, which is boot-shaped, is surrounded by the Ligurian and the Tyrrhenian Seas to the west, the Mediterranean and Ionian Seas to the South and the Adriatic Sea to the East. The landscape is diverse but can be primarily described as mountainous including the Alps and the Apennines mountain ranges which run through the vast majority of its land mass. Two major islands are part of this country: Sardinia, which is the island off the west coast of Italy in the Mediterranean Sea and Sicily, at the southern tip of the boot.
Starting with the eternal city of Rome, one can find a large number of the remaining wonders of the Roman Empire and some of the World's best known archaeological sites. However, Rome also provides all the amenities of an International World class city. Florence, sometimes known as the Cradle of the Renaissance, is Tuscany's top attraction but the nearby hill towns of Siena, Pisa and Lucca of Tuscany have much to offer the visitor. Next door is Umbria, dotted with many picturesque towns such as Perugia, Orvieto, Gubbio and Assisi. Everyone knows the canals of Venice with its romantic charm. A visit here will never disappoint. For “Foodies”, there are the gastronomic delights of Bologna.
In the northern Italian Alps is the impressive mountain range of the Dolomites with its first-class ski resorts such as Bolzano and Cortina d'Ampezzo. In the northern part of the Italy are several delightful and charming cities such as Parma and Verona. They offer not only true Italian character but also history and culture. The South Tyrol and the cosmopolitan city of Trieste offer a uniquely Central European flair. Turin is a World class city and the industrial capital of Italy. The country’s largest port is Genoa on the Mediterranean Sea. Milan is the main business centre but also offers other attractions such as its Cathedral and excellent shopping. Something special to Italy is its beautiful and scenic lakes, all located in the north of the country. Lake Como, Lake Garda, Lake Lugano (shared with Switzerland) and Lake Maggiore (also shared with Switzerland) are the principal ones. Naples is a cosmopolitan bustling city. Close by are the dramatic ruins of Pompeii, the volcanic Mount Vesuvius, the romantic Amalfi Coast and the stunning islands of Capri and Ischia.
Italian food inside of Italy is truly one of the most diverse in the world, and in any region, or even city and village you visit, you will find different specialities. Italian cuisine, contrary to popular belief, is not just based on pasta and tomato. In some parts of Northern Italy, pasta is rarely eatened. Rice, potatoes, lentils, soups and similar meals are very common in some parts of the country. Like the language and culture, food in Italy differs region by region. We cannot ignore Italian wine which is exported all over the World. Names such as Barolo, Brunello and Chianti are very well-known.
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 exploring...book 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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