Europe, Italy

Italy is a land of great beauty and rich heritage, with more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other country in the world.

How They Dazzle Us

Italy is a country that needs no introduction. It evokes images of high fashion, delicious food, ancient ruins and the works of famous Italian painters Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. It is a land of great beauty and rich heritage, with more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other country in the world.

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Why We Love Them

The family is at the centre of Italian society. Young people often live at home until they are in their thirties even if they have a job and leave home when they marry. When parents retire they often go to live with their children. Romance is also synonymous with Italy, with about 3000 Euros worth of change thrown into the Trevi Fountain each day. The money, offered by those seeking love, is then collected and donated to charity.

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Their Sustainable Superpower

For centuries Italians and their ancestors have hunted wild animals, cultivated land and grazed livestock. As a result, forests that once covered large areas of the country are gone. There are still a few remote places where the wilderness is largely untouched. The lower slopes of Italy’s Alps remain covered with thick forests, and above these woodlands are meadows where specially adapted wildflowers bloom. Italy is home to the Etruscan shrew, the smallest land mammal in the world. Sadly human activity and habitat loss has put much of Italy’s animals under threat. To help protect them the government has created National Parks such as Abruzzo National Park – the only place in the world where the critically endangered Marsican brown bear can be found.

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Best Time to Visit

The peak tourist season runs from early June to early August, though the main tourist cities in Italy are fairly crowded all year round. The most moderate temperatures can be enjoyed from April to May and September to October.

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Unique Foods

Pizza was invented in Naples in the mid-1800s and the use of pasta in Italian cuisine can be traced back as far as the 4th century BC. It is the fourth most visited country in the world, with many tourists making the trip as a gastronomical pilgrimage. No surprise then, what with great food, goes great wine and Italy is the world's largest exporter of wine.

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Visa Details

Please consult the closest embassy or consulate of Italy

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