Sun drenched patios covered in vines, houses with terracotta roofs next to row-upon-row of sunflowers all following the direction of the sun – when you think of Italy it is Tuscany that comes to mind. But this is just one small region of a captivating country, which hosts glorious ancient cities spilling over with antiquities, ancient ruins, statues, museums and fountains.
At a glance
Capital : Rome
Time Zone GMT +1
Language : Italian
Currency : Euro
Dialling code : +39
Must See’s and Must Do’s
Be inspired by the scenic Cinque Terre, Bring out the binoculars and go wildlife watching, Coo at culture on the canals of Venice, Dare to visit Europe’s most active volcano, Delve into Ravenna’s wealth of UNESCO sites, Discover the delights of Padua, Explore the glorious Greek sites of Sicily, Explore the religious riches of Vatican City, Hike, climb and ski picture-perfect peaks, Learn about geometry at the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Live a life of luxury among the Italian Lakes, Look for love in Verona, Look under the carpet at Siena cathedral, Revel in the beauty of Florence, Sail around spectacular Sardinia, Take to the coast for watersports, Tour the ancient heart of Rome, Tour the Tuscan wine cellars
The ice cream cone is an Italian invention.
The average Italian consumes 25 kilograms of pasta a year.
Italy has more famous fashion designers than any other country. 38.
Many of Shakespeare’s plays were set in Italy, including Romeo and Juliet from Verona.
In Italy, old people “adopt” students, who can’t afford rent, to their homes in exchange for company and a little help around the house.
In Italy, people wear red underwear on New Year’s Day as a symbol of good luck for the upcoming year.
There’s a crypt in Rome that is mainly constructed from the skeletal remains of 4000 monks.
Paparazzi means “Buzzing Mosquitoes” in Italian.
Best time to Visit
Low Season (Nov–Mar)
Prices up to 30% less than in high season. Many sights and hotels remain closed in coastal and mountainous areas. A good period for cultural events in large cities.
Shoulder (Apr–Jun & Sep–Oct)
Good deals on accommodation, especially in the south. Spring is best for festivals, flowers and local produce. Autumn provides warm weather and the grape harvest.
High Season (Jul–Aug)
Queues at big sights and on the road, especially in August. Prices also rocket for Christmas, New Year and Easter. Late December to March is high season in the Alps and Dolomites.
Money and Costs
Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. While using ATM’s look for the ‘Bancomat’ sign for machines with multilingual interfaces. ATM withdrawals within Vatican City have been temporarily banned.
1 AED =0.23 €
Carnevale in Venice (January/February)
Saint Peter and Paul’s Day (June)
Rome Marathon (April)
Milan Fashion Week (February/March) Formula 1
Italian Grand Prix (September)
Harvest festivals in most villages (September)
Italy tourist visa is not required for citizens of United Arab Emirates for a stay up to 90 days.
Italian Embassy in Abu Dhabi
Villa 438 / 439, Al Manaseer Area, 26th Street, Tel : (+971) 2 443 5622, Website : www. ambabudhabi.esteri.it
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