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Country name:
Italy ( Italia) or Italian Republic ( Repubblica Italiana)
Location: A country of southern europe. It lies south of
the Alps. It is bounded on the north by France, Switzerland, Austria and Yugoslavia; on the east by the Adriatic Sea; on the south by the Ionian Sea; and on the west by the Tyrrhenian and Ligurian seas.
Capital: Rome
Largest Islands:
Sicily ( Sicilia) and Sardinia ( Sardegna)
Largest Cities: Rome, Milan, Naples, Turin, Genoa, Palermo, Bologna, Florence, Catania, Venice, Bari, Trieste, Messina, Verona, Padua, Taranto, Cagliari, Brescia, Parma.
Coastline: 7,600 km
Nationality: Italian
Ethnic groups: Italian (includes small clusters of
German-, French-, and Slovene-Italians in the north and Albanian-Italians and Greek-Italians in the south)
Religions: Roman Catholic, Protestant and Jewish communities and a growing Muslim community.
Map of Italy  by Tourizm Maps © 2006


Popular places:
Pompeii It was destroyed in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the year 79 AD. When the volcano exploded, the entire city was covered in layers of ash and other volcanic matter.
It was not rediscovered for 1,600 years......Click





Vatican City that lies within Rome, is an in - dependent state ruled by the Roman Catholic pope
who has absolute legislative, executive and judicial power....Click









The Cities of Tuscany
Florence is perhaps one of the most famous cities in the area known as Tuscany. The Uffizi museum after all is home to such masterpieces as “The Birth of Venus.” Originally built to house the Tuscan administrative offices, the top floor now houses masterpieces by Botticelli, Michelangelo,and Caravaggio. Each visitor to Florence must also stop in and gaze at Michelangelo’s “David,” on display at the oldest art academy, the Galleria dell’Accademia. The Ponte Vecchio is a landmark that literally translated means “old bridge.” It was built in the 1300s and has withstood floods and wars in order to continue to hawk some of
the world’s most wonderful 18 and 24k gold products and leather goods.
Chianti is known for its wines which are famous around the world. Tourists to Tuscany can enjoy the world’s finest wines
while enjoying the picturesque countryside.
Siena, also located in the Chianti region houses a gothic cathedral and paintings by medieval masters, Duccio and Simone Martini. The Renaissance and Etruscan history are evident in each landmark of the region.
Piza is best known for the Leaning Tower whose construction began in the 12th century, but starting sinking into the ground
after only 3 stories were completed. It stood this way for 90 years and was finally completed by the son of Andreo Pisano, Tommano Simone and Giovanni de Simone almost 200 years after it was started.

     
Images: From left to right. Swiss guard, Rome, Venice

And don't miss these sights:
Venice
It is the most beautiful city in the world. From the Grand Canal to the Piazza San Marco. From the Palazzo Ducale to the
Basilic di San Marco. Venice consists of six main areas - Cannaregio, Castello, Dorsoduro, San Croce, San Marco and San Polo.The Grand Canal is Venice's glorious main street and only three bridges cross itl - the Ponte degli Scalzi, the Ponte di
Rialto and the Ponte dell Academia. Learn more about Venice
The Roman Colosseum
The Roman Forum
The Italian Alps
Naples
Sorrento
Lake Como
Lake Garda
And think Rome:
In Rome you will find the Vatican, Coliseum, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Church of Saint Agnese, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and a guy name Allassandro. Just making sure you’re paying attention. Indeed, Rome is filthy with historically significant attractions. It seems you can’t turn around without bumping into something an Emperor built, captured or destroyed.