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Italy

Italy

Smack bang in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea is Italy which is home to many of our much-loved foods.

It is a country of absolute wonder and has over 4,722miles of stunning coastline!  It is also home to many famous landmarks & artists!

Experience Leonardo de Vinci, the leaning tower of Pisa or the Colosseum, also you can pay a visit to Pompeii, Venice or Milan Cathedral.

Italy is located on a major fault line therefore has many natural landmarks such as 3 active volcanoes Mount Etna, Mount Vesuvius and Stromboli.

Italy is not often chosen as a popular destination for family holidays yet it is full of magnificent beaches!  There are also a wealth of valuable and highly interesting educational sites to be explored.

Fascinating for people of all ages, you will really fall in love with all this country has to offer.

A visit to the well-known ancient Roman city Pompeii combines both history and Geography, in one of the deadliest volcanic eruptions ever known.

In 79AD Mount Vesuvius roared alive and blasted volcanic ash 22 miles into the air which fell up to 16 feet deep across the city!

Ash and pumice as hot as 704 degrees Celsius (1300F) then raced down the mountain at more than 100 miles an hour destroying everything in its path and completely burying the city!

It wasn’t until 1748 when a group of explorers uncovered the buried city thus realising the very ash that killed the people of Pompeii also preserved it leaving the city exactly as it had been left 2000 years before!

This miraculous discovery has played a massive part in teaching us about how the Romans once lived.

loaves of bread, skeletons, artifacts of the houses and the actual houses can all be seen.  Even jars of preserves were found!  The excavation of Pompeii is still ongoing to this day.

Historians, Architects, Volcanologists, nature lovers, beach lovers and many more flock to Italy to experience everything that it has to offer and you won’t be disappointed.   The country has something for everyone!

Currency

Italy currency euros

Italy is part of the European Union (EU) and so the local currency is Euros.  Bank cards can be used at ATM’s throughout Italy but please be aware that they may charge extra for their usage.

Always double check with your bank before you travel.  If you still don’t feel comfortable carrying cash on you and your bank does charge for the usage of your card abroad then a better option may be to use traveller’s cheques and prepaid travel cards.

These are all widely accepted throughout Italy and can be purchased before you travel.

Weather Italy

ITALY WEATHER

Although Italy isn’t a very large country it still experiences a range of different weather from north to south throughout the year.

Especially in higher up areas throughout the winter.  In the north during winter temperatures can drop to below freezing and reach up to around 28oc in the height of summer.

At the other end in the south, it can get to as low as 11oc in the winter and up to 29 in the summer.

Late spring and early autumn are also pleasant times to go but take a jacket for the evenings as the air temperature can drop a little.

Language

Italian Language Italy

The official language of Italy is Italian, for a small country, however, there is an abundance of regional languages that also co-exist alongside Italian due to the history of the country.

These are Sardinian, Friulian, Cimbrian, Italkian, Ladin, Ligurian, Lombard, Neapolitan-Calabrese, Emiliano- Romagnolo, Venetian, Sicilian and Mocheno.

Other minority languages include German, Slovene, Molise Croatian, Italiot Greek,

 

Cuisine

Italian Food

The Italian Cuisine is probably one of the most well-known in the world!  Many Italian dishes have already won the hearts of millions and are cooked regularly as family favorites.

Cuisine is mainly based on wheat products such as bread and pasta and tends to use around two to four main ingredients.  Chefs tend to rely on the quality of the ingredients rather than the amount.

Some popular Italian dishes are Carbonara, Pesto, Linguini, Lasagne, Gnocchi and pizza!

Although we have all tasted pizza no one cooks it better than the Italians and you really haven’t tasted real pizza until you have been to Italy!  It is really like no other! Cooked in a real wood fired stone pizza oven the pizza literally melts in your mouth!

 

Coasts of Italy

Sorrento

Overlooking the bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius this popular holiday destination has beautiful and extraordinary scenery!

It is full of bright colour from the sea cliffs, oranges and lemon groves. And is the perfect place for hiking, fishing and diving.

Popular resorts in the Sorrento area are: Naples, Pompei, Ercolano, Ischia, Capri, Positano, Amalfi, Ravello

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Tuscany

Tuscany Italy

Tuscany in central Italy is a luscious and picturesque sea of green, Rocky Mountains and beautiful white sand beaches.

The area played a massive part in the countries culture and although Italian has a close connection to Latin, Tuscany is the birthplace of where the modern Italian spoken today originated from.

There is a wealth of sites to see in this area including countryside wine tasting tours, the famous leaning tower of Pisa and Florence Cathedral.

There are many great resorts in the Tuscany area including Cecina, Cortona, Pistoia, San Vincenzo, Tirrenia, Castagneto Carducci, Forte Dei Marmi.

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Lake Garda

Lake Garda Italy

Fancy a change from the usual beach holiday?  The largest lake in Italy is a holiday hotspot is truly paradise, surrounded by morainic mountains that come right up to the lake’s edge.

It is hard to find a more picturesque place.  The lake is situated midway between Milan and Venice and its crystal clear fresh blue water.

It is perfect for activities such as swimming, fishing and water sports.

Popular resorts around Lake Garda are Bardolino, Limone, Malcesine, Riva, Garda, Gardone Riviera, and Sirmione.

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Venetian Riviera – Venice

Venice Italy

This exquisite city that seems miraculously built on water attracts millions of tourists every summer and it is no wonder why this beautiful and unique city is a beauty to see.

You can travel by bus, train, car, boat or water taxi, however, travelling by boat or water taxi is more Venetian and gives you a fuller experience of the area.

Traveling by boat will also get you to a more central location and probably closer to your hotel.

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