Italy

Italy Overview

Located in southern Europe Italy is known for its rich cultural heritage and natural beauty. Its cities have spectacular churches and large central plazas. The countryside has warm, sandy beaches; high, glacier-topped mountain peaks and rolling hills covered with green fields and vineyards.

All roads may lead to Rome, but Italy is laced with many other places worthy of a visit. The north, characterised by its industrious nature, has super-stylish Milan, laid back Turin, and Bologna to explore.

One thing certain to grab your attention whilst travelling in Italy is the architecture and it’s particularly spectacular in the waterfront palaces of Venice, the renaissance piazzas of Florence, the magnificently teetering hillcrest villages of Umbria, and the ancient towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

CLIMATE

Italy is often called “Sunny Italy,” but this description is only partly true. Spring and summer, are generally sunny, but winter tends to be rainy and cloudy. The summer climate of much of Italy is dry, with occasional rainstorms. Winters are cold and snowy on the upper slopes of the Alps and the Apennines. The climate does not vary greatly between the north and the south, except in winter. Northern Italy is protected from intense cold by the Alps.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

CAPITAL: Rome
POPULATION: 58 million
LANGUAGE: Italian
CURRENCY: Euro
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 220V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a two pin plug is required.
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +39
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC +1 (+2 in summer) (Central European Time)