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Italy, Once in a Life Time Experience

December 11, 2014

Italy Rome-Colosseum

Motto: all roads lead to Rome…

Italy, bel paese, or Italy the beautiful country is yet another gem located in Southern Europe, just like Greece and again, just like Greece, it spawned a civilization that changed and influenced the history of humanity . I am referring obviously to the Roman Empire.

“There was a dream that was Rome…you could only whisper it…” this line from the movie “Gladiator” is more actual than ever. Because Rome was and still is one of the most exquisite cities in the world.

Italy is the fifth largest country in Europe and the world’s 8’th largest economy. The Roman empire flourished for centuries on the territory of modern-day Italy and the Romans left quite a few things to brag about in terms of culture and architecture.

The French people (rightfully) blow their horn  about Paris, as being one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but Italy is not only about Rome. Italy’s crown of pearls includes awesome cities like Venice, Florence, Napoli, Milano, Palermo, Torino and so on and so forth.

Italy is a highly developed country with a strong industry and a numerous population (61 million inhabitants). Italy spawned the Roman empire, the Renaissance and played a vital role in contributing to humanity’s cultural heritage.

Just think about it : Michelangelo, (Sistine Chapel, David), Dante, Titian, Leonardo Da Vinci (The Last Supper), Botticelli( Primavera, Birth of Venus), Andrea Palladio, Vivaldi, Verdi, Enrico Fermi, Enzo Ferrari, the list goes on and on. There are a few places in the world where art, science and life intermingle like in Italy. Every little aspect of daily life in Bella Italia is filled with beauty, , flair and impeccable style and taste.

So, summing it up, Italy is a great country with a huge historical and cultural heritage, located in the Italian Peninsula in Southern Europe. Bordered by the Mediterranean sea, Italy also has 2 islands : Sicily and Sardinia.

There’s an unique atmosphere in each and every one of Italy’s 20 regions. Why? Well, because each and every one of these regions actually feels like an independent country.  Every region has its own architecture, traditions and even its own dialect.

Italy is more than geography and impeccable architecture or beautiful landscapes. Bel Paese refers to art, fashion, beauty, all mixed together, creating a magical atmosphere and making for THE place to visit for every tourist from every corner of this lonely planet. I am getting lyrical, I know, but I love Italy, it’s one of my favorite destinations.

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If you decide to visit Italy, you’ll be rewarded with an unforgettable (and pleasant) experience, because every place on this beautiful land has something to offer. You’ll be transported way back, in ancient times and places, but in the same time you’ll recognize the great technological achievements of our day and age.

Italy will reward you with awesome touristic destinations, like Florence (the definition of art and fashion), Rome (the eternal city, the capital) or Venice, the most romantic city in the world, built on water. Oh, I almost forgot about Verona, a magnificent city and host to the love story from Romeo and Juliet; or Milan, the fashion capital of the world…

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What to see in Italy ? Well, where to begin from? Think about the Leaning Tower of Pisa, located in Piazza dei Miracoli, maybe the most known symbol of Italy.

Or Rome, the country’s capital and also the main city in the ancient Roman empire, offering lots of attractions for tourists and art lovers.

Venice in Italy-Night view tourism destinations

Venice is one of the most romantic cities in the world, located north of the capital and built on a lagoon. One of its trademarks is that there are no paved roads in Venice hence you will not find a single car or bus there. You’ll have to walk or to rent a gondola, a local rowing boat. Also, in Venice you can visit a world renowned cathedral, Basilica di San Marco, the Grand Canal (Via gondola of course) or Lido, harboring Casino di Venezia, one of the oldest casinos from the old world (Europe) and, who knows, maybe in the whole wide world. You can also visit cities like Genoa (for its maritime history), Bologna,  Palermo (baroque architecture), Trieste (the best coffee in the world),Naples (for its Mediterranean charm) or Turin (Savoy Places), those kinds of places travel dreams are made of and I am not exaggerating a bit.

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Rome, The Eternal City

Being the capital of the country and the largest city in Italy, Rome is a place filled with art, history and great food! There’s no  better way for understanding the concept of  “la vitta bella” than living the life of the ordinary Italian paisan, enjoying a wood fired pizza or dining al fresco in a  piazza, drinking Espresso and admiring  the beautiful architecture. Because Rome hosts and conserves some of the Western world’s finest pieces of art/architecture. Just to mention a few : the Vatican Museums, Catacombs of San Callisto (ancient Christian catacombs), the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, Villa dei Quintili (home of the emperor Commodus from the movie Gladiator), the Coliseum (the largest amphitheatre of the Roman empire), Ostia Antica (the ancient port of Rome),  San Clemente, Via Appia Antica(all roads lead to Rome, isn’t it?), the Pantheon, Castel Sant Angelo, the Trevi Fountain…there are so many places to visit in Rome, I can hardly do them justice.

Italian Cuisine

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Italian foods and wines are as famous as Italy’s artists and historical assets and maybe the most popular in the world, don’t you think? Let’s take a look : Chianti, Barolo, Amarone (wines) or Mozarella, Pizza and Pasta, all these combine the health benefits of the well-known Mediterranean diet with traditional Italian food. Italian cuisine is extremely varied and it depends on the region, each with its own traditions and specialties. Italians use olive oil extensively, potatoes, fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, pork, sausages and many types of cheeses.

Pasta is common in Northern Italy, also risotto and polenta, seafood, fish, nuts and olives. In the Emilia Romagna region, you will find prosciutto, cotechino(sausages), salami, parmigiano, truffles and bolognese sauce (tomato based).

In the southern Italy, you’ll enjoy ricotta cheese, zucchini, eggplants, tuna, sardines, anchovies, tuna, garlic, artichokes, peppers and so on and so forth.

Italian cuisine is well known for its pasta, in different shapes and sizes, including fusili, lasagne, spaghetti, penne, maccheroni or linguine.

 Visa requirements for Italy

 Italy is a member of the European Union and it signed the Schengen treaty, hence if you’re an EU citizen, you’ll not require a passport, just an ID. For USA/Canadian tourists, a passport is required (no Visa though).

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