Italy: Travel/Tourist Information Guide

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It is a country in Southern Europe bordered with France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia in the north. It is acknowledged as the birthplace of Western culture. In addition, it is also home of the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There are high art and monuments everywhere around the country. Italy is also famous worldwide with Italian cuisine, the fashion industry and fashion weeks, different regional cultures, its beautiful coasts, alpine lakes and many more. The nickname of the Bel Paese which means the Beautiful Country is given to Italy. Italian is the official language spoken by the majority of the people but it is very likely to come across with different Italian dialectics during a travel between the regions. In addition, French is spoken in the northwest and German in the northeast. There are also two major islands which are part of this country: Sardinia and Sicily. Although there are hundreds of Italian cities, nine of them are very famous worldwide which are Rome, Bologna, Florence, Genoa, Milan, Naples, Pisa, Turin and Venice. 

Regions

Northwest Italy

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It is the home of the Italian Riviera which holds Portofino and Cinque Terre. In addition, world class cities like the industrial capital of Italy which is Turin, the largest port which is Genoa and the main business area of the country which is Milan are in this region. There are also famous landscapes such as the Lake Como and Lake Maggiore. 

Northeast Italy

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These region has much to offer such as Venice, the gastronomic capital Bologna, the mountains of the Dolomites, the ski-resots like cortina d’Ampezzo and roofscapes like Parma and Verona

Central Italy

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It is the heart of history and art. Rome offers the remainin wonders of the Roman Empire and famous landsmarks. Florence which is Tuscany’s top attraction, whereas cities like Siena, Pisa and Luca. 

Southern Italy

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Naples, the ruins of Pompeii, the Amalfi Coast and Capri with beaches of Calabria. It is Italy’s less visited region but a great place to explore. 

Sicily

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The island is famous for achaeology, seascape and some of the best Italian cuisine. 

Sardinia

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It is a large island with such a scenery, monuments and beaches. It is usually a holiday destination visited by high budget tourists.

Getting Around

Trains in Italy are frequent but has mixed reliabilty. There are different train types such as high-speed trains, Intercity, regional trains and international trains. The most efficient  and comfortable ones are the high-speed trains. They connect Rome with Turin, Milan, Venice, Bologna, Florence, Naples and other cities. They are also the most expensive transportation type where the Regional trains are the cheapest, slowest and less reliable. There is also an option of Trenitali’s Ticketless which is only available when it is booked online and it is only for high-speed and intercity trains. Another option for transportation would be by car where in Northern and Central Italy, there is a well-developed system of motorways. On the other hand, in the South, it is a bit worse. For the ones who want to travel by bus, the tickets can be found drom corner shops, bus company offices or automated machines. The tickets cannot be bought from the driver. Daily, weekly, monthly and year-round tickets are available. For tourists, the most convenient way would be to buy daily tickets that will allow to travel.