When it comes to Italy it’s the one country that I’ve been lucky enough to see the most of – and I’m not even remotely close to being done with this beautiful country.
Where does one start?
History. I’ve been to Rome twice and both times archeologist were digging around some new ancient discovery.
Architecture. It doesn’t matter if its a big major city or a small town/village. They all have a beautiful cathedral and a story.
Food. I don’t even know where to start when it comes to food. But whether you are in a restaurant or lucky enough to be in someone’s Nonna’s (Grandmother’s) kitchen, that family feel surrounding food is its own delicious experience.
The art renaissance, leaning towers, canals, Tuscany, fashion and animated hand movements while talking like a conductor with an orchestra. I love this country!
- Migrations of Indo-European peoples into Italy began around 2000 B.C.
- Overthrown by the Romans in the 3rd century B.C.,
- The cultural center of the Western Civilization
Rome is the largest and the capital of Italy, as well as the capital of the Lazio region.
What in Rome In 2 Days
The Vatican is an independent state located within the city of Rome and is the only country within a city.
Italian cuisine is probably one of the most popular foods in the world – pasta, pizza (born in Naples), prosciutto, lasagne, gelato, cannoli (my favourite from Sicily – Syracuse & Catania) oh and limoncello – good, good stuff.
Electricity in Italy conforms to the European standard of 220V to 230V, with a frequency of 50Hz. Wall outlets typically accommodate plugs with two or three round pins (the latter grounded, the former not).
Rome, Milan, Naples and Turin, have a pretty large Metro system with smaller metros in Genoa and Catania. Cities and towns have an efficient urban and suburban bus system which is generally limited on Sundays and holidays. You can catch taxi’s outside most train and bus stations.
You must be over 18, to drive, trams and trains have right of way and interestingly, in towns and villages, the horn may be sounded only in the event of an emergency.
Stopover or Layover Destination
Italy is a great stopover destination for Istanbul, Moscow, London, St. Petersburg, Berlin, Kyiv, Paris and a host of other major European cities.
Italy is a very popular tourist destination and with that comes pickpocketing. Keep your valuables in a safe place, keep things out of your back pocket, keep all your money in different places. Also, be wary of scammers who like to take advantage of tourists and rip them off.
Lastly, with regards to terrorism, since both of Italy’s neighbours (France and Belgium) have experienced it you will notice increased security (men and women with machine guns) – especially around major attractions.