Best Tourist Places to Visit in Italy, Europe
Italy is one of the major countries in Europe located in the southern part of the continent at 43.0000° N 12.0000° E. Italy is the 5th most populous country in Europe with about 59.7 million people. Rome is the capital and largest city and Italian is the official language of Italy, Euro is the currency.
Italy has the 9th largest economy in the globe and 4th largest in the European Union. Italy is one of the member countries of the World Trade Organization, G7, NATO, G8 and G20.
Geography of Italy:
Italy is surrounded by Switzerland, Austria, France and Slovenia in the north and Italian Peninsula and the islands like Sicily and Sardinia in the south. Italy is spread over an area of 301,338 sq. km.
History of Italy:
The name Italy was derived from the term Italia which may be derived from the Latin language. According the archeological evidences, the modern human settlement was found in Italy around 40,000 years ago. Rome was initially founded in 753 BC and has been the capital of the famous Roman Empire for several centuries. An Italian constitutional referendum was held on 2 June 1946.
Connectivity to Italy:
The major international airports in Italy are:
- Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport in Rome
- Milano Malpensa Airport Milan
- Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport in Bologna
- Naples International Airport in Naples
The cities of Italy are connected by train to the cities of France, Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Spain.
Italy has a well developed public bus network, and taxis, rental cars and bikes are widely used in the cities of Italy for local travel other than public buses.
Culture, Food and Shopping in Italy:
Italy is rich in culture and tradition as it is home to the highest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world. Italy is also the birthplace of many internationally renowned composers and singers including Giacomo Puccini and Luciano Pavarotti.
Italian cuisine is famous all around the world and some of the most famous Italian food items include pizza, pasta, gelato and espresso. Clothes, glassware and jewelers are purchasable items in the cities of Italy.
Places to see in Italy:
Leaning Tower of Pisa:
Being an identity of Italy, the Leaning Tower of Pisa or the Tower of Pisa is a self-supporting bell tower of the cathedral of Pisa city in Italy. It measures a length of 56 meters and was opened in 1372.
Covering an area of 370 km², Lake Garda is the largest as well as the most beautiful lake in Italy. It is situated in Northern Italy with a maximum length of 51.9 km and surface elevation of 65 meters.
Opened in 80 AD, situated in the heart of Rome city, the Colosseum or the Flavian Amphitheatre is an elliptical amphitheatre stretching an area of 2 hectares. Vespasian and Titus were the architects of this amazing structure.
List of other places of interest in Italy includes:
- Amalfi Coast
- Lake Como
- Mount Vesuvius
- Mount Etna
- Aquarium of Genoa
- Arena di Verona
- Trevi Fountain
- Roman Forum
- Opus Dei
- Sistine Chapel
- Palio di Siena
- Stelvio Pass
- Shroud of Turin
Best time to visit Italy:
From April to June and September to October is the best time to enjoy holidays in Italy.
Accommodation options in Italy:
Italy is home to thousands of world class hotels with superior facilities and services. It is advised for tourists to book hotel rooms well in advance prior reaching Italy to avoid difficulty in getting hotels during peak season. Here below listed are some of the top hotels in Italy (Rome):
- Portrait Suites
- Albergo del Senato
- Deko Rome
- Villa Spalletti Trivelli
- Palm Gallery Hotel
- Babuino 181
- Barocco Hotel
- Hotel Santa Maria
- Artemide Hotel
- Hotel Manfredi Suite in Rome
- The First Luxury Art Hotel
- Residenza Cellini
- Hotel Golden
- Pensione Barrett
- Hotel Roma Vaticano
- Hotel Diocleziano