Italy is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and Italian culture is one of the most imitated at international level: pizza is the perfect example! Eating is a “sacred” social activity, and dinner can last several hours. Therefore, it is customary to take one's time in restaurants: nobody will put pressure on you.
This country is the continental part of Southern Europe, and only became Italy as we know it today in 1871. Before, there were autonomous regions. This is one of the reasons why many Italians still identify with their native region first, and eventually feel “Italian”. This allegiance is passed down through the generations.
Italy is a peninsula in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, including Sicily and Sardinia. It comprises 2 cities that are actually independent States:
- The Vatican
It is the smallest independent State in the world. It lies completely within the borders of Rome.
- San Marino
It is located at the border with the Emilia-Romagna and Marche regions.
The country consists of 20 regions, each one with its own culinary identity and its own traditions. For example, pizza comes from Naples, although you can eat it everywhere now.
You should definitely visit what embodied the glory of Rome: the spectacular Colosseum, the 2000-year-old Pantheon, the ruins of the Palatine palace, the Vatican Museums, Piazza di Spagna. Moreover, come and throw a coin into Trevi fountain.
But Italy is also Florence and Toscana, with their arts and wine. It is also unique and charming Venice, as well as appealing Naples and amazing Pompeii.