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Italy - A Legacy of Culture
Where Romance Lasts Forever
Italy is a cultural experience to be cherished - the country that went from being the center of the Roman Empire to being one of the best-loved tourist destinations and fashion capitals of the world. The romance of the Alps, tempered by the balmy Mediterranean climate, the glorious cuisine, the history of Rome and the breathtaking locales of Milan, Naples, and Turin, - all blend in to create the magic of Italy. From sampling the luscious cheeses and wines to indulging in the sports fever and from being at the heart of haute couture to setting gastronomic feats - Italy is etched firmly on the map of the world.
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Most Visited Cities of Italy
Italy is a heady mix of beauty, art, fashion, technology, history, culture, and comforts. Each city, each region, has its quintessential beauty and cultural legacy, musical influence and culinary delights.
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Rome

The capital city of Italy, Rome, has a history dating back over 2,500 years and is known for its rich cultural legacy.

Venice

The entire city of Venice is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is often referred to as the ‘most beautiful city built by man.

Florence

Florence, the capital of Tuscany, is known for its Renaissance architecture and structural beauty. Also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Milan

Fashion capital of the world, Milan, is the fifth largest urban area in the European Union and known for its rich culture.

Naples

Naples, the third largest city in Italy, is also one of the oldest cities continuously inhabited by settlers.

Pisa

Famous for the "Leaning Tower", the city contains more than 20 historic churches, some palaces and various bridges across the River Arno.

When To Visit Italy
Best Weather:
April, May, September, October
Affordable Prices:
November up to March (due to off season)
Most Crowded:
July and August
Italy Travel Tips
Carry an English-Italian or an English-Spanish dictionary.
Couchsurfing or home-stays with locals is popular as accommodation in Italy is very expensive.
At most restaurants in Italy, guests add a couple of Euros to the bill as coperta - an informal reservation fee.
Italy has 20 wine-growing regions and produces about 2000 varieties of grapes. A good bottle of wine will cost about EUR 3.
Eurostar has an excellent and extensive rail network across Italy. Rail is considered the best way to travel across the country.
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Italian violins are considered to be the best in the world. Some of the world's best luthiers and archetiers are Italian.
Italy is home to premier fashion brands such as Gucci, Armani, Prada, and Valentino.
The Colosseum of Rome is the largest amphitheater built during the Roman Empire. The Colosseum was completed in 80 AD.
Over 400 different types of cheese are produced in Italy. Italian cuisine is known for its liberal use of cheese.
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