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Welcome to Italy

 

 

Information & Facts

Attraction Overview

Italy is a country of contrasts. The hustle and bustle of cities like Venice and Rome contrast with the calm and tranquil countryside. The imposing mountains contrast with the serene lakes and the busy coastal areas contrast with the little bit of paradise that you find a bit further inland where you can spend a day alone with your thoughts without interruption. Despite the contrasts, the common denominators all over the country are the fabulous cuisine, friendly people and the innate beauty of the landscape be it city or hamlet, coast or mountain range.
It is difficult to know where to start when recommending things to do in Italy because the country is so iconic and it would be a shame to miss anything at all. It is important that when you choose JiveHippo for your holiday in Italy, you put some time into researching all the country has to offer so that your holiday can be tailored to what you want to see and do. Here are just a few recommendations.
You could take a two week holiday to the spectacular, historic, cultural and romantic city of Rome and fill every day from dawn until long after dusk but still fail to see everything it has to offer. A visit to the Vatican, the Trevi Fountain, Colosseum and Pantheon are all essential. The Vatican will easily take up a whole day when you include Saint Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel as well as looking around the other museums and buildings. Another slightly off the radar recommendation has to be a visit to the Catacombs of Rome, ancient underground burial sites.
The mountains of Italy are famous for their beauty and infamous for their inherent danger to climbers and the challenges posed to hikers and walkers. Monto Bianco (Mont Blanc) is set on the border between Italy and France in the Alps. It is the highest mountain in the European Union and just one of many spectacular mountains that can be viewed or even scaled within Italy. The famous Mount Etna is another iconic mountain, and an active volcano at that. It is not only the tallest volcano in Europe, but one of the most active volcanoes in the world, since it is almost constantly active.
If the mountain ranges sound a little bit too exhausting for a holiday, the relaxing lakes may be more appealing. The Italian lakes are frequented by A-list celebrities and millionaires alike, but they are not by any means the preserve of the rich and famous, with affordable accommodation widely available. The most popular lake is Lake Como, where the weather is temperate and ideal for a visit at any time of the year. It is surrounded by upmarket villas and resorts and it is possible to take stunning scenic boat trips on the lake. Conveniently located between Milan and Switzerland, Lake Como is a great addition to any itinerary.
The Italian coastline can be all things to all people. It offers dramatic cliffs, long, golden sandy beaches and tiny, isolated coves. It has busy, popular and vibrant areas with a nightlife to match, but it also has quiet, untouched areas and beautiful coastal walks. The Amalfi Coast is perhaps Italy's most popular area of coastline, stretching for around 30 miles along the south of the Sorrentine Peninsula. Its cliffs bordered by lemon groves drop off into the clear blue sea, which merges seamlessly into the perfect, cloudless sky. It is well known as both a romantic destination and a jet-setter's paradise with the wealthy and the well to do heading here for their summer break. 

Climate

The climate understandably varies greatly from the north to the south of the country. The north has a harsh climate with very cold winters and very hot, humid summers. In the centre of the country, there is less variation in temperature between winter and summer, with a relatively temperate climate all year round. The south of the country is warm all year round, with spring and autumn temperatures similar to those reached in summer elsewhere in the country. 

Getting Around

All the major cities in Italy have a very good transport system which include bus and underground networks.

Both small and large towns and cities have an efficient urban and suburban bus system. If you want to travel on a Sunday or a bank holiday then the services will limited.

You will be able to purchase tickets for both the bus and train services before you board.

Taxis are available all over the towns and cities. Depending on your destination depends on how much you want to pay.

Health

Italy accept the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Before leaving the UK you should try and get one of these cards. They entitle you to be able to get state medical treatment while you are visiting.

If you do not have a EHIC then you must be able to show your travel insurance and have accessible funds to be able to cover any costs of any treatment that you may need.

Language

Italian is a romantic language both in its origins and its execution. It is difficult not to be captivated by a native speaker, even if you can't understand a word they are saying! In most of the touristy areas, many people speak English as a second language, although if you plan to travel extensively or visit the more remote parts of the country, it is well worth learning enough of Italian to get by. The friendly locals will appreciate your effort. 

Money

The local currency is the euro, making it an ideal place to visit as part of a tour around Europe as well as a holiday destination in its own right.

Safety

Italy´s crime levels are low, they do however have i high level of petty crime, such as pickpockets and bag snatching.

Take care with your belongings in crowded and tourists areas as well as the public transport stations.

If you are hiring a car while visiting Italy, be sure to take out any valuables when leaving the vehicle, as there have been reports of cars being broken in to. Hire cars have been targeted by thieves mainly in the main cities of Italy.

Time

Italy is under the Central European Time Zone (UTC+01:00)

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This hotel is conveniently close to the Vatican museums, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's basilica and the Castel S. Angelo. The residence enjoys a practical location that may easily be reached. It is a short walk to the Metro line A Ottaviano / S.Pietro,..
This alluring hotel is located near the Flaminio and Olimpico stadiums, the Foro Italico, and the Auditorium. There is a tram stop just 150 metres away and provides connection with Flaminio Metro Station and Piazza del Popolo. This hotel offers complimentary..
The Best Western Hotel I Triangoli is in a quiet residential area, approximately 24 kilometers southwest of the historical center of Rome, with easy access to the main highways and motorways. Easily reached from Fiumicino 'Leonardo da Vinci' and Ciampino..
Complesso L'oasi Hotel Offers comfortable accommodation in Aranova. The reception is open 24 hours a day and business and concierge services are available. Guests can relax by the onsite swimming pool. Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout the..
Unique and fabulous! Unique for its style, fabulous for its history and excellent for its value-for-money accommodation. Oh, and let's not overlook the excellent location - only 10 minutes' walk to the Colosseum and only 3 metro stops to the main railway..
Alba Hotel Torre Maura Is A 3 Star Category Hotel Near To The University Of Rome – Tor Vergata And To The Cinema Studios Of Cinecittà, In The East Quadrant Of Rome. The Hotel Can Be Reached By Car In 10 Mins From Ciampino And In 25..
Property Location With a stay at Hotel Grifo, you'll be centrally located in Rome, steps from Church of Santa Maria dei Monti and minutes from Roman Forum. This family-friendly hotel is close to Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica.Rooms Stay..
The New Hotel Trinità dei Monti is a few steps away from the Spanish steps and Spagna square.||It is a recently renewed facility to meet with hospitality, comfort and modernity. It is hosted inside a beautiful 19th century building. Its distinctive trait..
This hotel is situated in a magnificent private park, just a few minutes from Saint Peter's and the Vatican. The hotel's main building houses an elegant lobby lounge, a restaurant and a conference area, all of them created with the aim of making guests'..
The Hotel Has Been Completely Renovated And Consists Of A 3 Storey Main Building And A Neighbouring Building With A Total Of 205 Rooms, Of Which 20 Are Singles And 185 Are Doubles. The Facilities Include A Lobby With A 24-Hour Reception,..
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