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Italy in Brief

"What is Italy?

Italy is just a piece of the Earth, just open your eyes and admire!"

by Mimi Republic:

Republic of Italy

Repubblica Italiana (in Italian)



301,338 km2



Italy itself is surrounded on three sides by sea. France lies on its northwestern border, Switzerland and Austria to the north and Slovenia to the northeast. There also another two big Island Sardegna and Sicily.



60,782,668  (2013 estimate)





Italian Flag:


The flag of Italy (bandiera d'Italia) is a tricolor featuring three equally sized vertical pales of green, white, and red, with the green at the hoist side. Its current form has been in use since 19 June 1946 and was formally adopted on 1 January 1948.


Capital City:

Roma (or Rome) (41°89′N·12°48′E)


Type of Government:

Parliamentary Republic


Official Currency:

Euro (€) (EUR)


Time Zone:



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There are four season in Italy and variety of climate temperature. Surrounded from almost all parts of the sea formed one rather humidity climate during all the year. In the summer it could be very hot but often it is raining and become more humidity especially the North part of the country. In the spring and autumn could be rather warm but also cold and foggy. In the winter could happen to snow a lot (especially higher parts of the mountain) but also could be rather dry.

The climate has changed a lot last years in Italy and better to check the weather before go to make a trip.


Advice: In any case always bring with you suitable jacket for rain in all the seasons.








Regions of Italy:

Abruzzo, Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Emilia Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Liguria, Lombardia, Marche, Molise, Piemonte, Puglia, Sardegna, Sicilia, Toscana, Trentino Alto Adige, Umbria, Valle d'Aosta, Veneto  (names are written in Italian)


Most Famous Italian Art cities:

Roma, Venezia, Firenze, Verona, Pisa, Padova, Siena, Torino, Genova, Bologna. (names are written in Italian)


Italian National Parks:

 Abruzzo, Lazio, Molise 49 680 ha
 Alta Murgia 68 077 ha
 Appenino Lucano - Val d'Agri - Lagonegrese 68 996 ha
 Appenino Tosco-Emiliano 26 149 ha
 Arcipelago di La Maddalena 15 046 ha
 Arcipelago Toscano 56 776 ha
 Asinara 5 200 ha
 Aspromonte 76 000 ha
 Cilento and Vallo di Diano   181 048 ha
 Cinque Terre 3 860 ha
 Circeo 8 484 ha
 Dolomiti Bellunesi 31 034 ha
 Foreste Casentinesi, Monte Falterona, Campigna   36 426 ha
 Gargano 121 118 ha
 Golfo di Orsei and del Gennargentu 73 935 ha
 Gran Paradiso 71 043 ha
 Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga 148 935 ha
 Majella 74 095 ha
 Monti Sibillini 71 437 ha
 Pollino 192 565 ha
 Sila 73 695 ha
 Stelvio 130 728 ha
 Val Grande 15 000 ha
 Vesuvio 8 482 ha


Best Italian Ski Resorts:

 Ski Resort   Resort Hight (m)  map
 Alagna 1 212    map
 Arabba 1 600    map
 Bardonecchia 1 312    map
 Campiletto 1 440    map
 Canazei 1 460    map
 Cervinia 2 050    map
 Champoluc 1 579    map
 Corvara 1 568    map
 Courmayeur 1 224    map
 Gressoney-la-Trinite 1 644    map
 La Thuile 1 450    map
 Madonna di Campiglio      map
 Passo del Tonale 1 884    map
 Sauze d'Oulx    map
 Selva 1 560    map
 Sestriere 2 035    map
 St Cristina 1 446    map


Best Italian Beaches:


TravelMapItaly Advices:

  • When you visit big cities better go there with a public transport if possible, leave your car in the hotel or surroundings.
  • If it is possible book your ticket online for places you wish to visit before.
  • Take care of your bag no more than in every other place on the world, everywhere it is full with many people!
  • Dot worry so much about young men who tells you "Bella!" (Beautiful) or "Bellissima!" (Incredibly Beautiful), they just trying.
  • Do not forget to enjoy the Typical Italian Food! You will be nicely surprised to discover that it is really very delicious. And any sandwiches, please!