Italy

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Travel Info

Travel info

Tourism

Tourism is one of Italy's fastest growing and most profitable industrial sectors, with an estimated revenue of $42.7 billion.

Visas

EU nationals and citizens do not require a visa.

Citizens of Australia, the USA, Canada, NewZealand, Japan and Israel and others do not need visas to visit Italy as tourists for up to three months.

For more information visit www.esteri.it

Major cities

 Rome, Milan, Namples, Turin, Palermo, Venice

Top tourist attractions

  • Colosseum in Rome
  • Pompeii
  • Vatican city
  • Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • The Grand Canal in Venice
  • Santa Maria del Fiore
  • Piazza del Campo
  • Lake Como
  • Manarola (Cinque Terre)
  • Towers of San Gimignano

Activities

People mainly come to Italy for its rich art, cuisine, history, fashionand culture, its beautiful coastline and beaches, its mountains, and priceless ancient monuments, especially those from the Greek civilizationand Roman civilization.

Surface

Mountain ranges higher than 2,300 ft (702 m) occupy more than one-third of Italy. There are two mountain systems: the scenic Alps, parts of which lie within the neighbouring countries of France, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia; and the Apennines, which form the spine of the entire peninsula and of the island of Sicily. A third mountain system exists on the two large islands to the west, Italian Sardinia and French Corsica.

Climate

Between the north and south there can be a considerable difference in temperature, above all during the winter: in some winter days it can be −2 °C (28.4 °F) and snowing in Milan, while it is 8 °C (46.4 °F) in Rome and 20 °C (68.0 °F) in Palermo. Temperature differences are less extreme in the summer.

Taxes

Standard Rate 21% (since 17 Sept 2011). Reduced Rates 10%, 4%.

Public holidays

  • 1 January – New Year's Day
  • 6 January – Epiphany
  • 17 March - National Day
  • Easter Sunday
  • Easter Monday
  • 25 April – Liberation Day
  • 1 May – International Labour Day
  • 2 June – Anniversary of the Republic
  • 15 August – Ferragostoor Assumption of Mary
  • 1 November – All Saints' Day
  • 8 December – Feast of the Immaculate Conception
  • 25 December – Christmas Day
  • 26 December – Saint Stephen

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Source: www.wikipedia.org