Located in the south-central Europe, Italy is a country like no other. The country boast incredible history and culture, with landmarks on every corner, incredible museums, beautiful natural scenery and one of the best cuisines I have tried in my life. Let’s uncover what makes Italy unique and the reasons to visit it.
Why Visit Italy
HISTORY & ART
Italy is home to more than half of the European cultural heritage. In antiquity, Italy was the homeland of the Romans and the metropole of the Roman Empire, a civilization that shaped the western world. The country was also home to a long list of famous artists, architects and inventors, the main centre of artistic developments throughout the Renaissance.
Italy is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. There is a contrast between its snow-capped peaks, its reefs and cliffs, the vineyards and the emerald waters of its coastline. It also has volcans!
We all know italian food, but I promise you there is nothing like trying in on its homeland. The country is filled with gastronomic delights, from high end to small family owned restaurants, all of them will offer mouth watering flavors you won’t forget. Let’s not forget Italian wines as well!
CITIES & LANDMARKS
Italy has some of the most culturally interesting and picturesque cities there are, with landmarks and ruins everywhere. Starting with cultural metropolis like Rome, Florence and Venice to picturesque villages like Capri and Positano, offering something for everybody.
What to expect
The official and most widely spoken language across the country is Italian. However, around 29 percent of the population speaks English, specially in big cities or touristic places. It will come in handy to learn a few words in Italian.
In Italy the standard voltage is 220 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. That’s the standard voltage in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa; If you are traveling from the US you will need an adaptor.
As part of the European Union, Euro is the official currency in Italy. 1 USD equals 0.92 euros (as of 2020). Foreign currencies are only accepted in touristic places. You can still exchange any other currency in any bank or withdraw the money directly from the ATM. Credit cards are widely accepted as well.
Italy has a seasonal climate, with hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters. The best time to visit would be in spring (from March to May) or autumn (from September to November) when temperatures are not extreme.
Italy is safe overall. Violent crime is rare. As in any other destination, you are encouraged to take security precautions to avoid any possible problems like scamming, petty crime and pickpocketing, especially in the big cities. Tourists are not likely to have any incidents involving anything more than petty crime.
Nationals of the following countries do not need a visa to enter Italy for a maximum period of 90 days in any 180-day period:
Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Holy See, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Macao, Macedonia, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Taiwan, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, USA, Uruguay and Vanuatu.
Citizens from all other countries (except, of course, european citizens) need to request a visa in advance through the embassy.
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