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Italy Overview

Italy Overview

Italy is one of the most visited countries in Europe. Pisa, Rome, Venice and Florence are the most famous Italy destinations. Everyone who travels to Italy will enjoy learning more about this fascinating country. It enjoys a unique geographical and historical position - jutting into the Mediterranean, the history of Italy inevitably includes the history of Phoenecians, Greeks, Saracens, Cartheginians, Romans and Byzantines. Italy is one of the most visited tourist countries. There are famous places like Venice, Florence, Siena, Milan, Naples, The Amalfi coast, Capri, the Lakes Region, Sicily, Sardinia, the Alps and of course Rome. Italy Tourist Destinations surely leave you spellbound with their amazing variety and it is not surprising that millions of visitors arrive here every year from destinations across the globe. The most famous tourist attractions in Italy includes architectural masterpieces, museums and art galleries and not to forget the cities which are an experience in itself .
Italy is famous for many other things like fashion trends, delectable cuisines and finest of wines. The pastas and pizzas have attained worldwide popularity. But what attracts tourists from all over the world is the presence of tourist attractions in almost every region of Italy.

Capital
Rome

Currency

The Euro (EUR) is the official currency, which is divided into 100 cents. Euro banknote denominations are 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, and 500. Coin denominations are 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent and 1 and 2 euro.

Geography
     
The geographical features of Italy are varied; the south-western corner of the country is enveloped by Tyrrhenian Sea, while Adriatic Sea takes care of its north-eastern parts. The south-eastern Ionian Sea and the Ligurian Sea located in north-west Italy encircle the country from al possible sides and act as a shield of safety for Italy.

Festivals

Italy is a country which celebrates some unique festivals and events. There are literally hundreds of festivals across Italy each and every year! Many are medieval and cultural festivals whose origins extend back hundreds and even thousands of years, while some are of a more recent invention. Italy Revealed has put together specialized individual and group programs for many of these festivals. Christmas is an important festival of Italy. It is celebrated with great pomp and show.

Language

Italian is the official language of Italy, and 93% of population are native Italian speakers. Around 50% of population speak a regional dialect as mother tongue. Many dialects are mutually unintelligible and thus considered by linguists as separate languages, but are not officially recognised. The largest group of non-Italian speakers are those who speak Sardinian, a Romance language, which retains many pre-Latin words. Some of the other languages spoken in pockets are German, French and Slovene.

Economy

Italy's economy is a diversified industrial economy. The Economy in Italy is multifarious in nature with almost the same total and per capita yield as Great Britain or France. Economy in Italy in the southern regions is little less developed compared to the industrial north, owing to the extensive agricultural activities carried out by a section of the country's population. This is an area which is responsible for unemployment of more than 20 percent.

In years, the Economy in Italy has prospered to the extent that it is capable of importing maximum raw materials as well as 75 percent of the energy requisites of the country. It works extensively to encourage employment, support labor flexibility, restructure their costly pension systems, thereby handling well, the economy of Italy on an unofficial level. It is largest producer of rice, fruits and vegetable in Europe and ranks second in the world for exporting wine. The luxury goods industry is an important sector.

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