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Country Facts

This is the land of Fiats, Vespas, Leornado Da Vinci and Michelangelo, Gucci, Prada and pizzas. From fashion-conscious Milan to culture-rich Florence, from the fervour of Rome to the winding canals of Venice, this historical country offers up history and cultural in as big dollops as it does the hedonistic pleasures of modern life. Italy has always fascinated visitors as much for its gourmand delights, passionate history and culture and hot-blooded locals as the intrigue of the Mafioso. To get under Italian skin, read Umberto Eco's 'The Name of the Rose', watch, Fellini's classic, 'La Dolce Vita' and listen to the powerful voice of Pavarotti.

  • Capital: Rome
  • Official Languages:Italian
  • Government: Republic
  • Currency: Euro
  • Time Zone: +2:00 GMT (3½ hrs behind India)
  • Telephone Calling Code: 0039

When To Go

Best time to visit: April to June. The average temperature in Italy is 15.8°C. The highest monthly average temperature is 31°C in July and August and the average low temperature is 3°C in January.

What To Do

Italians are known throughout the world for pizza, pasta and tomato sauce and herbs such as oregano, basil, thyme, parsley, rosemary and sage. More than 400 types of cheese are made in Italy, the most well-known being Parmesan, Mozzarella and Asiago.

What to eat and drink
  • Polenta: Cornmeal
  • Pasta e Fagioli: Noodle and bean soup
  • Pizza and pasta dishes
  • Risotto: Rice with herbs and a creamy sauce
  • Baccla: Salted cod
  • Sfogliatella: Pastry filled with ricotta
  • Panetonne: Fruit bread
  • Espresso
  • Chianti: Wine from Tuscany
  • Marsala: Sweet wine
  • Grappa: Grape wine

Wine, cheese, designer wear, Murano glass, Venetian masks, ceramics, jewellery, leather sandals, art and sculpture souvenirs, sauces and herbs, glass frames, hand-painted ceramics, Fiat and Vespa souvenirs.


Escorted Tours

The best and easiest way to see the highlights is on an escorted tour, where all your travel, accommodation and sightseeing arrangements are well taken care of. A knowledgeable local guide brings history and culture to life as you travel in the comfort of your deluxe coach.

A world leader in budget travel, Cosmos combines the benefit of escorted travel with a great price. Ideal for practical, value-minded travelers. Vacations include comfortable hotels, breakfast and some meals, sightseeing with local guides and the services of an expert Tour Director.

Unmatched selection, more included features, quality first class hotels, and vast experience make Globus the obvious choice for travelers who want more. The world leader in quality escorted travel, Globus delivers memorable vacation experiences with knowledgeable Tour Directors and local guides.


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