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Italy Leaves its Mark

Italy is mainly mountainous, except for the Po plain in the north, and runs from the Alps to the central Mediterranean Sea. It includes the islands of Sicily, Sardinia, Elba and about 70 other smaller ones. There are two small independent states within peninsular Italy: the Vatican City in Rome, and the Republic of San Marino. Italy has a two-chamber parliament, consisting of the Senate (Senato della Repubblica) or upper house and the Chamber of Deputies (Camera dei Deputati). Elections take place every five years. The country main economic sectors are tourism, fashion, engineering, chemicals, motor vehicles and food. Italy northern regions are per capita amongst the richest in Europe. thought, philosophy and art via figures like Machiavelli, Dante, Leonardo da Vinci and Galileo.

The list of famous Italian artists is long and includes Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Tintoretto and Caravaggio. The country has also produced opera composers such as Verdi and Puccini and film-maker Federico Fellini. Italian cuisine is one of the most refined and varied in Europe, from the piquant flavours of Naples and Calabria to the pesto dishes of Liguria and the cheese and risotto dishes of the Italian Alps The centre of the vast Roman Empire which left a huge archaeological, cultural and literary heritage, the Italian peninsula saw the birth of medieval humanism and the Renaissance. This further helped to shape European political.

Countries
Italy
Things to do
  • Colosseum
  • Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
  • Pantheon
  • Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Roman Forum
  • Trevi Fountain
  • St Mark’s Square
  • Uffizi Gallery
  • Five Islands
  • Piazza Navona
  • Doge’s Palace
  • St Mark’s Basilica
  • Milan Cathedral
  • Amalfi Coast
  • Lake Como
  • Old Bridge
  • Rialto Bridge
  • Lake Grada
  • Grand Canal
  • Palazzo Vecchio
  • Burano
  • Sant’Angelo Castel
  • Bridge of Sighs
  • Pitti Palace
  • Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery
  • Blue Grotto
  • Accademy’s Gallery
  • Palatine Hill
  • Murano
  • St Mark’s Campanile
  • Basilica of Santa Croce inFlorence
  • Cathedral Square
  • Campo de ‘Fiori’
  • Pompeii Archaeological Park
  • St Peter’s Basilica
  • San Marco Square
  • Torcello
  • Venice Plaza
  • Santa Maria delle Grazie
  • Naples National Museum· Venetian Lagoon
  • Vatican Museum
  • Pisa Cathedral
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Saint Peters Square
Cuisine
  • Italians are the masters of creating simple dishes that sing with flavour
  • Regional, seasonal and as fresh as possible, Italy’s cuisine is hearty, satisfying and made with heart
  • Inspired by the kitchens of the nonna, Italy’s food is authentic and surprising – pizza and pasta are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the diverse array of unforgettable food you’ll find on this adventure that travels from Venice to Rome via San Gimignano and Bologna
Costs
  • Meal prices in Italy can vary, the average cost of food in Italy is €33 - 35 per day
  • Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Italy is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices
  • The cost of a taxi ride in Italy is significantly more than public transportation. On average, €19 - 23 per person, per day, on local transportation in Italy
Visa
  • There is a generic list of documents that you need to submit to the embassy, irrespective of which kind of Italian visa you are applying for. The list includes the following documents:
  • Correct application form duly filled out
  • Valid passport
  • Passport-sized photographs
  • Travel insurance with a minimum coverage of EUR 30,000
  • Round-trip flight reservations or a complete travel itinerary
  • Hotel reservation or proof of accommodation
  • Letter of no objection from employer
  • Bank statements from the previous 3 months
Season to Visit
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • September
  • October

Typical Duration to Visit
  • 06-10 days

Known For
  • Masterpieces
  • Fabulous Food
  • Medieval Hills Towns
  • Wine Tasting
  • Villas and Palaces
  • Markets
  • Islands and Beaches
  • Gardens
  • Shopping
Areas to Visit
  • Rome
  • Florence
  • Venice
  • Milan
  • Tuscany
  • Amalfi Coast

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