Italy Tourism

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UNESCO sites

Visit the country with the most UNESCO world heritage sites and the birthplace of Western culture!

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Church Santa Maria

Church Santa Maria  Video Review
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Basilica Di Santa Maria Maggiore

Kavita Sehgal
2nd Dec 17

Church excellent Architecture

Church excellent Architecture  Video Review
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Saint Peter's Basilica

Ashish Sehgal
3rd Dec 17

Good Place

Good Place  Video Review
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Castel Sant'Angelo

Ashish Sehgal
3rd Dec 17

Nice Place

Nice Place  Video Review
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Basilica Di Santa Maria Maggiore

Ashish Sehgal
2nd Dec 17

Nice Place

Nice Place  Video Review
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Santa Croce Museum

Ashish Sehgal
30th Nov 17

Best structure in Rome

Best structure in Rome  Video Review
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The Colosseum

Chandrakant Dhutadmal
10th Oct 17

Beautiful place to visit

Beautiful place to visit  Video Review
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Saint Peter's Basilica

Kavita Sehgal
2nd Dec 17

Good place for history lovers

Good place for history lovers  Video Review
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The Colosseum

Kavita Sehgal
1st Dec 17

First place to visit in Rome

First place to visit in Rome  Video Review
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The Colosseum

Ashish Sehgal
1st Dec 17

Nice Palace

Nice Palace  Video Review
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Pitti Palace

Ashish Sehgal
1st Dec 17

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Reasons to go to Italy

1Why should only the young stars have all the fun?
Why should only the young stars have all the fun?

Rishi and Neetu Kapoor were chilling in Italy. They definitely know how to set an example as to how you should enjoy your life after your 60s. They are currently having a time of their lives in Florence and looking rather adorable together.

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2La Dolce Vita: Italy
La Dolce Vita: Italy

Italy is synonymous with pasta and wine, however when you are in Italy, taste the La Luna Rosa, packed with interesting malty flavours of bitter amarena cherries or the Quarta Ruma that is brewed with local peaches. Also savor the echoing briny taste of Perle ai Porci, an oyster stout brewed with oysters. How interesting is that?


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3A week in the picturesque Cinque Terre, Italy
A week in the picturesque Cinque Terre, Italy

For the romantic at heart, a week in Cinque Terre is too short. The charming coastline that is perfection, the pastel coloured houses and picturesque cafes will make you feel like it's valentine’s day, every day.  

HolidayIQ traveller Kanwar Singh says "It's the perfect destination for holidaymakers. From sightseeing to food to beach everything seems amazing about Italy. You just need to explore"

Best time to visit: Mid May-Mid September
How to reach: Affordable flights are available from London to Pisa, Genoa and Florence. 

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4Tuscany, Italy
Tuscany, Italy

Tuscany stretches from the Apennine mountains in the east to the Tyrrhenian Sea in the west of Central Italy.

How to get there: The region is a 275 km train ride through the very picturesque countryside of Italy. 
Best time to visit: Got to the vineyards here between September to October. 

It’s landscape, artistic and cultural heritage along with iconic cities like Florence, make this an important and exciting part of Europe. This region is a cocktail of nature’s manifestations - from the coast that alternates long and sandy beaches, like the Versilia beach, to steep rocky cliffs and undulating fertile hinterland, making this a picturesque place to travel when thirsty for wine.  

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5Southern When someone mentions 'fishy smell', back off respectfully
Southern  When someone mentions 'fishy smell', back off respectfully

Always know that when someone in Southern Italy is telling you that they are getting a fishy smell, it most obviously means, "I find you untrustworthy." In such a scenario don't push anything. It's best to get out of that situation with peace and subtlety

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Binu yohannann

Binu yohannann

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Rome

Italy's capital Rome is a sprawling cosmopolitan city with nearly 3000 years of globally influential art architecture and culture on display. A heady mix of haunting ruins, awe inspiring art and vibrant street life and indeed very romantic ...

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Great Place to Visit

I have been to Italy twice. Both the time I had got memories to cherish. It is a wonderful coutry with great people. If you are a foodie, Italy is the country you want yourself to be. You don't want to miss on pizza, pasta, spaghetti, espresso, cappuccino, tiramisu etc. If you like to travel and see the historical places then you have to visit Italy. You would be surprised to know that Italy has the maximum world heritage sites in the world. I travelled mostly the central and northern Italy including Rome, Milan, Florence, Venice and Vatican City. Next time, I will love to visit the southern Italy which I have heard is more beautiful. You have numerous places to visit like leaning tower of Pisa, colosseum, Pantheon, Ponte in Florence, Florence Cathedral, Murano, Burano and other Venice islands etc Your knowing Italian language can really help you to have fun in Italy. You are well received if you speak Italian. Many people don't know English and at times it become difficult to ask things if you don't know Italian. Knowing some basic Italian is highly recommended. Having said that, if you are travelling historical places you can always have Italian guide who can interprate in English Italy is also known for Fashion. At the end of the year there are discounts where you can end up getting good deals. In Italy buses are being used to travel for small distances, else trains. You can also hire cab. Out of the famous Italian Cities, Rome is the busiest city. It is very crowded. If you like water, Venice is the place to visit. I particularly liked Florence city. It is a small city but has a lot of history. My experience has been fantastic. I would love to visit Italia again!

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Italy Overview

Officially known as the Italian Republic, Italy is a popular tourist destination located in south-central Europe. Sprawling over an area of around 3,01,338 sq km, the boot-shaped country comprises the Italian peninsula along with the two largest islands, Sicily and Sardinia. It also contains the island of Elba that is the largest in the Tuscan Archipelago.  

Italy shares its borders in the north with countries like France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. The northern side of Italy is protected by the Alps, whereas the Apennine Mountains form the peninsular backbone. Mont Blanc (4,810 metres), the highest peak in Italy lies in the Alps.

The longest river of Italy, Po, flows between two mountain ranges to form the Po Valley at the basin. Some of the other rivers that flow through the country are Piave, Adige, Reno, Arno, Tiber and Volturno. Sub Alpine Lake Garda forms the largest lake of the country and lies in the north, along with Lake Maggiore and Lake Como. Italy is also home to the largest active volcano of Europe, Etna.  

It is believed that life in Italy dates back to the Palaeolithic period which is around 2, 00,000 years old. The Greeks migrated to the land during the 8th and 7th century BC. The Roman culture was also founded in the 8th century.

The merger ended in 395 AD and the empire divided into the Western Roman Empire and the Eastern Roman Empire. Under the influence of the Goths, the Western Roman Empire dissolved and formed small independent kingdoms and feuding cities in the Italian peninsula.

The Byzantine Emperor Justinian defeated the Ostrogoths and conquered Italy in the 6th century. During this time, Italy’s Maritime Republics -- Venice, Genoa, Pisa and Amalfi were the gateways of trade between Europe and the East. The 15th and 16th century in Italy were marked by the Renaissance.

The Italian Renaissance started spreading its roots in Florence and spread over till Rome. Renaissance was the time when art and culture was at its boom in Italy. In 1348, one third of the population was killed and the Black Death pandemic occurred in Italy. After this, the phase of Humanism and Renaissance occurred and Italy again became the centre of Western civilisation.

From 1494 to 1559, Italian Wars marked the beginning of foreign domination in Italy. Italy remained in peace under the rule of Habsburg Spain (1559 to 1713) and Habsburg Austria (1713 to 1796).

Again in the 14th century, Black Death haunted Italy and continued till the 17th century. The French Empire invaded northern Italy during the Napoleonic Wars, whereas southern Italy was administered by Joachim Murat.

In the late 18th century, Italian unification occurred, when the Italian kingdom was formed, encompassing the entire Italian Peninsula. The kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia that ruled northern Italy declared a war against the Austrian Empire and the Second Italian War of Independence took place.

Emerging as winners of the war with the help of Napoleon III, the Austrian Empire liberated Lombardy-Venetia and declared Turin as the capital. However, the capital was moved to Florence in 1865.

On conquering Albania, Italy entered World War II in 1940 from the side of the Axis powers. In July 1943, Italy was invaded by the Allies that resulted in the collapse of the Fascist regime as well as Mussolini.

Italy surrendered in 1943 after which it remained a battlefield for the rest of the war. After a referendum held on June 2, 1946, Italy became a republic and Rome was declared as its capital.   

Inhabited by around 60.4 million people, Italy is the sixth most populous country in Europe. Italian is the official language of the country, which is spoken by 55 million people throughout the country. Roman Catholicism is followed by 87.8% of the population.

Along with French and British fashion, Italian fashion is also regarded as one of the most important in the world. Major Italian brands like Prada, Versace, Valentino, Armani and Dolce & Gabbana are some of the most prestigious fashion brands across the world.

Italy is the fourth highest tourism earner in the world. With several world renowned tourist attractions like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Colosseum and Ruins at Pompeii, Italy is the fifth most visited country in the world. The best time to visit Italy is from April to June and September to October, when the weather is favourable.

Photos of Italy

Italy

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Gaurav Verma

Best romantic city ever!
Italy

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Gaurav Verma

Best romantic city ever!
Italy

Photo by

Gaurav Verma

Best romantic city ever!

Getting to Italy

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Transit time: 11 hrs from major cities

Cost ₹ 27,000 per person

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