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Classic country tourism is developed, Italy is extremely popular around the world. The ancient beautiful cities with their unique art treasures and monuments, the favorable climate and the luxurious nature of the country brought it widespread fame. You can find a vacation for everyone, especially having the opportunity to rent a villa in any of Italy’ regions. The beautiful variety of landscapes, the vast beaches, the numerous cultural monuments of this country has always fascinated the tourists.
Nature and geography
Italy is located in the central Mediterranean and occupies the peninsula, the island of Sicily , Sardinia and several small islands. Italy borders with France , Switzerland , Austria , Slovenia , situated in the heart of the country's state of San Marino and Rome - the Vatican city-state. This is mainly a mountainous country: the Apennines mountains stretch the entire peninsula and the southern slopes of the Alps in the north. In their mountainous ridges of the land border is of 1,200 km long. In Italy there are two active volcanoes (Vesuvius, Etna) and frequent earthquakes. The capital of Italy is Rome.
Climate in Italy
The climate of Italy is Mediterranean. The average January temperature ranges from 0 to 12 C, in July from 20-28 C. In the Alps the climate is changing from moderate foothills to cold on the tops. In the mountains, the snow stays for several months, on the top it lies constantly, there are frequent heavy snowfalls.
Tourism in Italy
The capital of Italy is Rome. While in Rome, hardly anyone refuses to visit the Vatican - the smallest but the richest country in the world. The main attraction of the Vatican is St. Peter's Basilica - the largest and the most important Roman Catholic cathedral in the world. Florence is the capital of Tuscany, it is not inferior to Rome in wealth and grandeur of its monuments. Here were born, lived and worked such ingenious Florentines like Dante Alligheri, Michelangelo, Buonarroti, Botichcheli, Rafael. It shone splendid Medici. These names will always attract tourists from all over the world. In Tuscany there is magnificent Pisa with its Square of Miracles, Siena, Lucca. Venice is the most romantic city in the world. It is built on a hundred islands connected by 400 bridges. The glory of Milan are Duomo steeples of the cathedral, a masterpiece of European Gothic, and La Skala Opera house. The pearl of the South of Italy is Naples . It has incorporated a variety of languages and cultures and it created its own unique style of Naples. Having been in the south, you cannot miss the opportunity to visit Pompeii an ancient city, which in '78 was filled with ashes of Vesuvius erupting. In addition to all architectural attractions, Italy is famous as the place for a perfect holiday at the sea or in the mountains. The most famous seaside resorts are in Tuscany , Rimini , Venice Lido, Lido di Jesolo , Caorle , Cervia, Pesaro , Lignano . A very popular holiday can be in the Tyrrhenian Sea coast. The most famous ski resorts in Italy are Courmayeur , Kronplats, Val Gardena , Sestriere, Pinzolo, Val di Sole, Madonna di Campiglio , Fiemme , Passo Tonale, Val di Fassa , Anda, Cortina d' Ampezzo , Cervinia, Passo Stelvio. There are many trails on the plains and alpine skiing, the ski resorts are equipped with cable cars and modern lifts, work training centers snowboarding.
The Italian cuisine has a great diversity of products and ingredients: They use vegetables, seafood, beef, lean pork, poultry, fruits and berries, cheese, beans, peas and rice. National dishes of the Italians are pasta dishes all of which are called "pasta" . Pasta is very common spaghetti, the kind of long vermicelli and kaneloni, large hollow pasta that is stuffed with ground meat, mixed with finely chopped mushrooms, chopped herbs, eggs and other additives, and baked in the oven. Also popular is lasagna (puff casserole of pasta dough, interlayered with minced meat or vegetables, drenched béchamel sauce and cheese) and ravioli with various fillings (small dumplings of pasta dough, served with tomato or cream sauce with grated cheese). The first dishes include the "paste" with aromatic sauces. One of the most popular soups is the minestrone, served with green sauce Italian "pesto" (basil, olive oil and pine nuts). Parmesan cheese ripens in cellars for at least two years and as a result of dry, it easily crumbles. It can be stored for months without losing its quality. The Italians are ardent supporters of various vegetables and spices, including lettuce, artichokes, tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini. Vegetables can also serve as an independent dish, and garnish with meat and fish dishes. Speaking of Italian food we have to mention the Italian dish of rice - risotto, pilaf is a bit like that doing with all sorts of fillings. Italians cook tasty ice-cream, cakes Milan grapes and fruit cake with almond, almond cakes, mousses. Dessert usually ends up with a coffee. Wine in Italy is the national drink, along with other dishes a jug of wine is always on the table, because they are great lovers of wine.
Holidays and public holidays: 1 January (New Year), January 6, Easter Monday (day after Easter), Easter Sunday (this day the Pope blesses the crowd gathered in the square before the cathedral of St. Peter), April 25 (Day of Liberation from Fascism ), May 1 (Labor Day), June 2 (Day proclamation of the republic, there is a military parade in Rome), August 15 (Assumption (ferragosto)), 1 November (All Saints' Day, Memorial Day and to honor their ancestors), November 5, December 8 (Immaculate Conception), 25 (Christmas Day, the most beloved and festive holiday, there is usually at home with family and friends), Dec. 26 (St. Stephen's Day). In addition, each town and village celebrates its saint, Rome - Peter, Milan - Ambrose, Turin - John, etc. In July and August, many companies stop working and close for the holidays. At Christmas and New Year, they also may not work. Shops operate from 8.00 to 13.00 and from 15.30 to 20.00. On Mondays and Sundays all shops are closed. On Saturday most of the shops are open till noon. In Italy, when paying for goods or services the law requires the buyer to the gift shop, restaurant a tax receipt ("ricevuta fiscale"). Without this certificate the client shall not be entitled to leave the institution. If a patrol finds a violation of Financial Guard, the customer will be fined for aiding and abetting the illegal tax evasion. Distributed system of seasonal discounts, especially in winter and spring. Italy is famous not only for its attractions, but the centers for the production of high quality clothing, leather goods, porcelain, crystal, luxury goods and fashion goods. In big cities, prices in the central streets are generally quite high, but as the distance from the center of the same goods are cheaper. As a gift worth buying the product from the famous Venetian glass ("Murano"), Venetian masks, lace from the island of Burano and many other expensive and not very detail, reminiscent of a pleasant journey to Italy. Italians are expansive, warm, very sociable, in general, open and hospitable.
Urban bus transport system is relatively cheap, but because of traffic traveling by bus is not too convenient. Most towns offer one-day travel card. There are also trams. Tickets for the bus and tram are valid for two trips within 90 minutes. As a mark the composter is determined by the beginning of the ticket. Major Italian cities have subway (Metropolitana).They are convenient to use when traveling long distances. Tickets are sold in vending machines at each station. It should be noted that the railways and the bus lines are private. The city can be, and 3 independent trucking service. By purchasing a ticket, you can go 90 minutes anywhere, but only by buses of the company. Taxis are quite expensive, but without them, sometimes not enough. It is advisable to use only official taxis with payment at the counter. To get a car lease can be an indispensable condition, with a credit card and an international driver's license.