The country of Italy is situated in Southern Europe and is a long peninsula, with the Tyrrhenian Sea to the west and the Ionian Sea to the south and the Adriatic Sea to the east. Italian islands include Sardinia and Sicily.
There is a wealth of accommodation in Italy to suit all travellers including budget lodging, travel lodges, bed and breakfast and luxury hotels. Places to visit in Italy include numerous historic sites, museums, landmarks, monuments, breathtaking scenery and quality shopping.
The historic city of Rome is over 2,700 years old and is steeped in history. Other important cities in Italy include Bologna – a beautiful city with many points of interest; Florence – the regional capital and full of culture, history, a spectacular medieval cathedral (Duomo) and countless alluring Tuscany villas; Milan – one of the most stylish cities in Italy; Naples – the capital city of Campania, is rich in history and close to Pompeii and Herculaneum; Pisa – home to the world-famous leaning tower; and the historic city of Venice – founded over 1,500 years ago on 117 islands and famous for its canals and bridges and offering a wealth of places of interest for the traveler.
Those flying into Italy may like to take advantage of the various car rental agencies at the major airports. When driving in Italy, do remember to always drive of the right-hand side of the road, overtaking on the left. Large cities such as Rome and Milan are often congested in the city centre, and so when driving in busy destinations, it is sensible to drive outside of peak commuting hours where possible.
Most holidaymakers visiting the country opt for Italy travel insurance, since it gives them peace of mind for any unexpected travel-related eventualities, such as lost luggage, illness and any unfortunate accidents.
Capital city: Rome
Area: 116,420 square miles / 301,400 square km
Country population: 60,000,000
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Country dialing code: 39
Religion: mainly Catholic
Electricity: 220 volts AC, flat two or three pin plugs are used