Italy

Flag of Italy

Very diverse country located in the southern Europe in a peninsula and two large islands - Sardinia and Sicily - in the Mediterranean sea (and many other smaller islands). Italy has it all - a beautiful nature, sea, highlands and mountains (Alps), history and culture in towns and one of the foundations of the western European civilization (Roman Empire). Culture lovers can admire almost 50 UNESCO world heritage sites, picturesque towns, splendid churches, statues and other iconic historical monuments. Opera lovers will have to hop to Venice, Milano or Rome and trace Verdi, Puccini and other famous composers and their life.

Nature lovers won`t be deceived either - dip into a clear blue sea water or lake and climb a high mountain all in one day in a few kilometers distance. Spend your day in bustling towns or retreat to a quiet and remote village or even monastery hidden among the olive trees or vineyards. Freshen up with strong italian coffee or ice cream or treat yourself to a very tasty food from fresh and high quality ingredients. It is a country worth to return several times and explore not at one go, but slowly and systematically from region to region, town to town. The diversity is amazing and exploring through wine and food will bring you yet another experience on how to savour life. And soon you may get to the feeling that life is beautiful (Dolce vita!)

Useful information

Where it is? country in southern Europe at the coast of the Mediterranean sea, located mainly on a peninsula in the shape of the high heeled shoe, member of the European Union
Country name (EN) Italy
Capital Rome
Area 301 338 km2 (116 346 sq mi)
Population 60,6 mil (as of 2010)
Pop. density 201.2/km2 (521.2/sq mi)
Languages to use Italian, German (northern Italy), French (northern Italy), but English is quite broadly spoken too
Religion mostly catholic
Climate seasonal (4 seasons change), south of the country is Mediterranean climate
Time zone UTC+1 (CET and CEST - day light saving time in summer)
source Wikipedia

K+P AWAY specials

Length of the day up to 15 hours in June down to 9 hours in December
Electric power+plugs Italy uses 220 volts alternating at a 50 cycles per second (50 Hz), with round-prong European-style plugs that fit into recessed wall sockets /points.
Drives on the right
Internet TLD .it
Calling code +39
Visited by K+P many times (2004, 2007, 2008, 2011)
Places visited Venice, Tuscany and Rome
Why to go? history, nature, music and language, food, people, design and fashion!

Visited places

Click on the places below and find where we have travelled to including many photographs.