Italy

A European boot-shaped country with a long Mediterranean coastline. The country is known for its history, as well as its international contribution to gastronomy, fashion and culture.

Capital City

Rome

Currency

Euro

Total population:

59.5 million (2020)

Language(s) spoke:

Italian

Cultural dos:

Dress smartly and look good. Italians take pride in how they look.

Cultural don’ts

Don’t be in a hurry to eat early. Supper can be served from as late as 8pm, which is when most restaurants open.

Continent:

Europe

Three foods you need to try in this country:

  • Fresh pasta with fresh ingredients,
  • Italian Pizza,
  • Rissotto (rice cooked with vegetables, meat and cheese),

Bonus

  • Gelato ice cream,
  • Prosecco (not a food but worthy of a notable mention)

What the country is known for :

  • The Colosseum,
  • The Pantheon,
  • Leaning Tower of Pisa,
  • Sports cars (Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini),
  • High fashion brands (Gucci, Prada, Giorgio Armani, Versace),
  • Italian coffee/espressos,
  • Tuscan vineyards (and its wine),
  • Italian Renaissance artists (Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael)

More About Italy

Rome, Venice, Florence and Milan are lovely Italian cities that are flocked with several visitors each year. However, if you’re feeling adventurous and wish to break from the city life, take a trip to the Amalfi Coast. Located outside of Naples and next to the Mediterranean Sea, this coast is lined with colourful homes, Italian architecture and is famous for the Italian lemon flavoured liqueur limoncello. Another stunning site is The Dolomites (also known as the Italian Alps) in northern Italy. On the backdrop of plush green hills, the breathtaking sharp and jagged mountain tops stand covered in snow. Skiing is a favourite activity in the winter and hiking and horseback riding are more favourable during summer. Lastly, five small towns on the northern coast form the Cinque Terre. Full of steep terraces, ocean views and many seafood dishes, this is definitely one for the books.

English

Italian

Hello

Ciao

Goodbye

Arriverderci

Please

Per favore

Thank you

Grazie

How much?

Quanto?

Do you speak English?

Lei parla Inglese?

Where is the toilet?

Dov’ee la toilette?

May I please have some water?

Posso avere un po’ d’acqua per favour?

I would like some food please

Vorrei del cibo, per favore

Where can I get a taxi?

Dove posso prendere un taxi?

Places visited

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NEWS & UPDATES

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