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Italy Travel Guide

by our Italy expert Paul Baderman
 
Paul BadermanRome's Appian Way, down which the Roman legionaries marched, begins in the Imperial Forum. In the Forum is a massive temple door, green patina’d with age, that a visitor can touch, knowing that 2,000 years ago, priests and citizens pushed against this very surface. That sums up one aspect of the Eternal City – history you can see and touch. The glory of St Peter’s is another, the quirky alleys and courtyards of gourmet paradise Trastevere, yet another.

The length of Italy as a whole contains many such contrasting delights. Venice, with its “streets full of water” is touristy, historic, and reveals a painter’s eye view at every corner. Florence is for the art lover, Naples and Sorrento for the incurably romantic, Milan for the modernist. Vesuvius shows a civilisation ‘frozen’ in lava and Sicily’s Etna can still erupt today. While for tranquility and nature at its kindest and loveliest, the spectacular lakes, Como, Garda, Maggiore, Lugano, are unrivalled.

Italy Facts

National Flag: Italian Flag
Language(s): Italian
Currency: Euro
Capital city: Rome
Total Area: 301,318 km2
Population: 59,619,290
Dialling Code: +39
Time Zone: GMT + 1
Tourism Website:
http://www.italia.it


FCO Travel Advice for Italy

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Italy Travel News

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Rome Weather Forecast

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Light Rain and Isolated Clouds Light Rain and Isolated Clouds 15°C
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