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Population: 57.99 million

Time Zone: GMT +1 (+2 in summer)

Driving side: Drivers drive on the right-hand side of the road.

Languages: Italian, French, German, Serbian, Croa

Religion: 84% Roman Catholic
6% Jewish

Emergency #: All Emergencies: 113
Police: 112
Fire: 115
Car Breakdown: 116
Ambulance: 118

Italy Popular Destinations

Rome - The Eternal City is the most famous and most popular destination in Italy. The city has so much to offer, from the arrogance of the Vatican; the to the timeless Forum; and the amazing colosseum. The top attractions consist of temples; residences; basilicas; churches; palazzi; piazzi; parks; museums; and fountains. With so much crammed into the city, it is evident that Rome wasn't built in a day and you won't be able to enjoy what the city offers in a day.

Amalfi Coast - This 50 km long stretch of coast, from Sorrento to Salerno, consists of Europe's most beautiful coastline. The long windy roads that follow the cliffs on the coastline, overlook the most striking blue waters and pass picturesque villages, that remind you of a time gone by. This is one of the top beach resort areas in Europe and is popular with tourists from around the world.

Venice - The Queen of the Adriatic is one of the best known cities in the world, and an icon of everything Italian. Meandering through the maze of canals and lanes, getting lost in history, is one of the city's main pleasures. The heart of the city, the Piazza San Marco, is home to some of the world's most breathtaking sights. Venice is a city everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime.

Milan - This stylish city is the design captal of the world and the home of fashion. Milan is also the economic headquaters of Italy, home to the stock market and business centres. Eventhough it is a modern cosmoplitan city, it's centre is home to some of the most amazing sights, such as the Duomo, a fantastic Gothic confection topped by the Maddonina, Milan's protectress.

Italy Beaches

Marina di Ragusa in Sicily - This is the best beach in southern Sicily and is very busy during the summer months. The beach has a wide range of watersports on offer, and there are many pubs and ice cream bars located near the beach. This is a great place for the whole family to have some fun in the sun.

Costa Rei Beaches in Sardinia - Here you'll find some of the best beaches on the east coast of Sardinia, long stretches of beautiful sandy beaches with a whole host of watersports facilities and restaurants near the beach. Some of the best beaches in Costa Rei are Capo Ferrato Beach; Cala Pira Beach; Costa Rei Beach; and Porto Pirastu Beach.

da Gioia in Capri - Localita Marina Piccola. This is a family run swimming establishment in the bay of Marina Piccola. There is a solarium on the waterfront and an excellent restaurant serving seafood specialities. This is a great place for the whole family, you can relax in the sun or go for a swim in the sea.

Mortelle in sicily - The resort of Mortelle is where you'll find the best beaches of northeast Sicily. This area is filled with many excellent sandy beaches, so you have a wide choice available. The beaches are very popular during the summer months, with locals and tourists. Lido dei Tirreno is the most popeular beach in the area.

Moving Around Italy

Buses are one of the best ways in getting around italy, they are fast and reliable. They travel anywhere throughout Italy, and are able to reach destinations not serviced by trains. Buses are relatively cheap and are therefore an ideal way for the budget traveler to explore the country.

There are some domestic airlines that service the diferent destinations in Italy, the airfare is quite inexpensive and flying is a great way to travel from one destination to another if you're in a hurry.

If you want to explore more of the country and get off the usual roads taken by tourists, renting a car is an excellent option. Roads throughout the country are in good condition and there is an extensive network of freeways, although you have to pay tolls to use some of them.

National festival and holidays

Feast of San Lorenzo (10 August) - Held in Rome, this is the anniversary of the death of San Lorenzo, and the saint's martyrdom is celebrated every year with fireworks and public celebrations near the crypt of Via Tiburtina.

Festa de'Noantri (Starts 3rd Sat of every Jul) - Every year, in Rome, on the Saturday after the Festa del Carmelo, a statue of the Vergine del Carmine is taken from its resting place in the church of Sant'Agata and is paraded through the streets of the Trastevere quarter and taken to San Crisogno, where it stays on display for eight days.

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