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Capital: Rome
Time Zone: UTC/GMT +2 Hours
Population: 61,016,804
Languages: Italian, German, French, Slovene
Electricity: 230 V, 50 Hz
Currency: Euro
Climate: Although Italy is predominantly Mediterranean, meaning hot and dry in the south of the country, it has an Alpine climate in the far north with milder, more humid weather.


Located in southern Europe, Italy is a peninsula extending into the Central Mediterranean Sea bordering France to the west, Switzerland and Austria to the north, and Slovenia to the east. The independent states of San Marino and the Vatican City are enclaves within Italy. Italy has a land area of some 301,230 square kilometres (116,304 square miles) and an enviable coastlime of 7,500 kilometres (4,722 miles) including the islands of Sardinia and Sicily. Based on land mass, Italy is the 9th largest country in Europe, behind Poland, but above the UK. However, with a population of 61m, Italy is the 4th largest country in Europe, ahead of Spain (46.7m), but behind the Uk (62.7m). There are 14 volcanoes in Italy, three of which are active: Etna, Stromboli and Vesuvius.

Rome 2,761,477; Milan 1,324,110; Naples 963,357; Turin 907,563; Palermo 655,875; Genoa 607,906; Bologna 380,181; Florence 371,282; Bari 320,475; Catania 293,458; Venice 270,884; Verona 263,964; Messina 242,503; Trieste 205,535; Brescia 193,879; Taranto 191,810; Prato 188,011; Parma 186,690 and Reggio Calabria 186,547.

Italy's gross domestic product (GDP) of US$1.273 trillion makes it the sixth richest country in the world. In terms of income per capita, it occupies 18th place. Despite being a wealthy country, Italy suffers from serious inequality in the distribution of wealth and resources. The contrast between north and south is self-evident, with over 65 percent of impoverished families living in southern regions. However, as a result of Italy's generous welfare system, most do not live in poverty. Italy is a founding member of the European Community, now the European Union (EU), and of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Italy adopted the Euro on the 1st January 1999, although coins and notes weren't available until 1st January 2002.

Italy was the worlds 7th largest exporter in 2009, 59% of which was conducted with other European Union countries. It's largest EU trade partners are, respectively; Germany, France and Spain. In 2010, it was estimated that Italy received 43.6, international visitors, contributing some $38.8 billion, which ranks it as the 5th most visited country in the world and the largest country in the world in terms of tourist income. Another little appreciated fact is that Italy is also the largest producer of wine in the world.

Italy has many famous historical and cultural attractions, with ancient architectural monuments; breathtaking cathedrals and churches with spectacular affresco, sculptures and paintings. Italian museums host the works of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Botticelli and Raffaello, amongst many others. Rome includes the Colosseum, Pantheon, Roman Forum, Vatican City and Palatine Hill. Whilst those visiting Venince may want to see the Grand Canal, Doges Palace, St Marks Square, Colleoni Monument or the Basillica of St. Mark. Not to be outdone, Florence has San Lorenzo, Santa Croce, Palazzo Pitti, Santo Spirio and Ponte Vecchio. In Milan, it is worth visting Sant'Ambrogio, the Caathedral of Santa Maria Nascente and the Brera Picture Gallery. Pisa has the famous Leaning Tower, the National Museum, Campo Santo and Bapistery.

The following regions of Italy are the most popular with visitors: Amalfi Coast (Capri, Sorrento, Salerno); Aosta Valley; Apennines (Abruzzo, Basilicata, Calabria, Molise); Apulia (Bari, Brindisi, Lecce); Campania (Outside Naples, Amalfi); Emilia Romagna, (Ferrara, Parma, Ravenna, Rimini); Friuli; Latium, Lazio (around Rome); Liguria (outside Genova); Lombardy; Marche (Ancona, Ascoli Piceno, Macerata, Pesaro, Urbino); Piedmont (outside Turin); Republic of San Marino; Riviera around Genova; Tuscany; Umbria (Perugia, Assisi, Gubbio, Orvieto, Todi); Upper Adige (South Tirol) and Venetia (outside Venice, Verona, Padua).     

According to the Italian Tourism Official Website, The climate varies considerably from the north to the south of Italy.
In the north of the country (the area between the Alps and the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines) the climate is harsh, with very cold winters and very hot, humid summers. In central Italy the climate is milder, with a smaller difference in temperature between summer and winter and a shorter and less intense cold season than in the north In southern Italy and the islands winters are never particularly harsh, and spring and autumn temperatures are similar to those reached in the summer in other areas of Italy. Nonetheless,whether you are travelling to Milan, Rome or Palermo, you can expect temperatures of up to 30C in the summer months, with the more extreme differentials being in the winter.

Italy has 70 passenger regional, national and international airports, the largest of which are; the Milan: Malpensa Airport (MXP), Milan: Linate Airport (LIN), Naples: Naples Airport (NAP), Rome: Fiumicino Airport (FCO), Turin: Citta Di Torino Airport (TRN), Venice: Marco Polo Airport (VCE), Bologna: Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ), Alghero: Fertilia Airport (AHO), Ancon: Falconara Airport (AOI), Bari: Palese Airport (BRI), Bologna: Luigi Ridolfi Airport (FRL), Toast: Papola Casale Airport (BDS), Cagliari: Elmas Airport (CAG), Catania: Fontanarossa Airport (CTA), Florence: Gal Galilei Airport (PSA), Florence: Peretola Airport (FLR), Genoa: Cristoforo Colombo Airport (GOA), Milan: Orio al Serio (Bergamo) Airport (BGY), Olbia: Costa Smeralda Airport (OLB), Palermo: Punta Raisi Airport (PMO), Pescara: Liberi Airport (PSR), Rome: Ciampino Airport (CIA),

General information:

According to the Ministry of Tourism, 4m British Nationals visit Italy every year accounting for more than 1 in 10 of all tourists. It is recommended that if you need a taxi, you should only travel by officially licensed cars. These will have a taxi sign on the roof. You should also ensure that the meter in the taxi has been reset before commencing your journey. FCO advice is that you should be aware, if travelling on public transport, that tickets must be endorsed in a ticket machine before starting a journey. The machines are typically positioned at the entrance to platforms in railway stations, in the entrance hall at metro stations and on board buses and trams. Officials patrol all means of public transport and will issue an on the spot fine of Euros 50 to 60 if you do not hold an endorsed ticket. Rome, Florence and Venice have recently introduced a tourist tax for non-residents which varies by city.

If you wish to drive in Italy you must have a valid UK driving licence, insurance and vehicle documents. If you are driving a vehicle that does not belong to you then written permission from the registered owner may be required. Private and hire cars are not permitted to enter the historic centre of many Italian cities without an official pass. If your hotel is in the centre of one of the cities concerned, you can purchase a pass from most car hire companies. However, this pass will not be valid for entering the centre of any other city. The boundaries of historic centres are usually marked with the letters ZTL in black on a yellow background.

British Nationals should obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving the UK. The EHIC is not a substitute for medical and travel insurance, but entitles British citizens to emergency medical treatment on the same terms as Italian nationals.

From 16th January, people wishing to drive in Milan city centre (Zone C) will have to pay a congestion charge of 5 per day (Monday Friday only). The ticket will be valid from 7.30am to 7.30pm and covers all accesses made on the same day. Since July 2007 on-the-spot fines' for minor traffic offences have been in operation. These can range between 150 - 250.

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