Population: 60 million (2020) (23rd)
Rank in territory: (72nd)
Currency to US$: approx 1.17
Rank in GDP: 28th (495.69 billion)
Electric socket: 230V (50Hz) two prong plug
Italy is a fairly safe country. However, don't fantasise that, just because it's in Europe there will be no crime over there. Remember that Italians pretty much formalised crime with their mafia. Nevertheless, you will be just more susceptible to petty crimes, if you are not careful enough. For instance, don't leave your belongs un-watched, mainly in train stations. Don't leave the key of the cars when parking on car parks if you have luggage in the boot. Preferable carry your wallet and mobiles on the front pocket. And always travel insured!
Italian – You can get by with basic English, but will have difficulties to engage in long conversation, particularly in the south.
Christianism (84%), Agnostic (12%), Islam (3%), others (1%)
As part of Schengen Agreement, all the 26 countries who agreed on Schengen have abolished their borders for free and unrestricted movement of people.
If you are not part of Schengen Agreement, then you must apply for a visa at any Italian consulate.
* Best time to travel to Italy is APRIL to JULY *
Even though you can actually enjoy Italy throughout the year, there are still some particular time you might want to avoid. Let's start with the temperature. As it is located in the northern hemisphere, Italy has it's coldest months in January, February and March; and hottest months are June, July and August. It can get really cold, particularly in the mountains of the north. So, unless you plan for this cold - for instance, they have one of the best ski resorts - you better avoid Autumn and Winter.
|Approximate temperature in Milan in °C|
|Approximate temperature in Naples in °C|
In Italy, there is the Ferragosto, which is when everybody have their holiday at the same time. Ferragosto is celebrated on August 15th, the following two weeks is just chaos in most part of the country - and obviously completely desert in another. So, unless you are an Italian taxpayer, do not take your holidays during this time!
Low season: November to March
Mid season: April to June and September to October
High season: July to August
If you are going for the hot season, don't forget sunscreen, hat, swimming clothes, sandals and so on.
If you are going for the cold season, consider skiing, bring appropriate clothes because it will get really cold.
Italy can pleases many pockets. However, if you are travelling from a quite devalued currency, then it might not seem that cheap.
budget - about €10
average - about €20
luxury - about €50+
budget (pizza, panini) - about €2
average (tourist menu) - about €15
luxury (nice restaurants) - about €35+
metro or buses - around €2
intercity trains/buses - about €15
intercity trains 1st class - about €70
Churches and Chapels
When exiled Cuban poet Pablo Neruda (Philippe Noiret) arrives on a tiny Italian isle, there's so much new mail that Mario (Massimo Troisi), an unemployed, uneducated layabout, is hired as a postman. His job is simply to deliver Neruda's daily mail. Mario soon becomes a student of the poet, learning the art of poetry to woo a local barmaid (Maria Grazia Cucinotta) and tell about the struggles of the working-class villagers. A firm friendship develops, and the postman turns into a changed man.
Eat Pray Love
Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) thought she had everything she wanted in life: a home, a husband and a successful career. Now newly divorced and facing a turning point, she finds that she is confused about what is important to her. Daring to step out of her comfort zone, Liz embarks on a quest of self-discovery that takes her to Italy, India and Bali.
La Dolce Vita
A Federico Fellini's film, the reporter Marcelo Rubini drifts through life in Rome. While Marcello contends with the overdose taken by his girlfriend, Emma, he also pursues heiress Maddalena and movie star Sylvia, embracing a carefree approach to living. Despite his hedonistic attitude, Marcello does have moments of quiet reflection, resulting in an intriguing cinematic character study.
The English Pacient
A tribute to the timeless beauty of Tuscany, this film is set in different locations in the region during World War II. After being seriously injured in a plane crash, Count László Almásy (Ralph Fiennes), is staying in an abandoned cloister where Hana (Juliette Binoche), a young Canadian nurse, a war widow, takes care of him. The man remembers nothing about his past: the only clues to tracking his identity come from the book the mysterious count carries with him. Most of the scenes were filmed in Pienza, in the Val D’Orcia, between the Monastero di Sant’Anna in Camprena, Piazza Pio II and the Castello di Cosona; outdoor scenes were filmed in Ripafratta, in the province of Pisa, on the beach of Forte dei Marmi and Viareggio, where, within the Principe di Piemonte complex, the British consulate was installed.