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EXPERIENCE IDYLLIC ITALY

Italy is not so much a nation as a masterpiece, undoubtedly a country of contrast and diversity. Magnificent meandering hills with fields of corn and sunflowers, stunning coastlines with awe inspiring mountain backdrops, romantic cities, mystical medieval hill top towns, glorious lakes and wonderful food, wine and hospitality.

There is something special about a country that can exists so comfortably with such contrasts and contradictions. From the southern alps to the southernmost tip of Sicily it is a country awash with breathtaking natural beauty which inspires romance and passion. Italy is a magical land steeped in history and culture that evokes a sense of splendor and style. Come and experience this beautiful part of the world for yourself, you won’t be disappointed.

ITALY COUNTRY PROFILE

Population: 58,742,000
Capital: Rome
Area: 301,333 square kilometers (116,345 square miles)
Language: Italian
Religion: Roman Catholic
Currency: Euro
Local time: Italy is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time
Fight time from the UK: Aprox 2.5 hours
Number of Regions in Italy: 20

GETTING TO ITALY

Flying from the UK: There are many flights to Italy Please check www.skyscanner.net for details of routes from your local airport. The map below is useful in locating the airport for each region of Italy

Internationally: Please check with your Travel Agent.

Driving to Italy: More and more people are choosing to drive to Italy or to put their car on the train. Taking your own car adds flexibility to your holiday. You can avoid stressful airport queues and luggage restrictions as well as enjoy a leisurely drive at a pace that suits your, through some of Europe's most stunning scenery with an overnight stop en-route.

GETTING AROUND ITALY

By bike: Bring your own or let Bridgewater organise the bicycle rental for you – it’s a fantastic way to explore Italy.

By train: The train network in Italy is affordable and most journeys offer fantastic views – great for longer journeys and visiting cities such as Florence to avoid parking and traffic. For fares and timetables see www.trenitalia.it

By taxi: Authorised taxis are white and fitted with a meter, you can normally pick up a taxi from a yellow taxi rank. In some areas we will provide you with a local number.

ITALY WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Italy has a very favorable climate with mild winters and warm dryer summers. If you are not tied to high season holidays, we recommend visiting Tuscany and Umbria, May, June ,September October.
Puglia, southern Italy and Sicily has a longer season and sunshine can usually be enjoyed from March/April until November.

Springtime in Italy: April, May & June are the perfect months to visit. There are fewer tourists so sightseeing is a pleasure. The weather is warm and pleasant, days are long and the scent of jasmine and roses fragrance the air.

Summer in Italy: July & August are the most vibrant months when even the sleepiest village comes alive. Italians generally head for the sea at this time of year. August 15 is a National Holiday.

Autumn in Italy: Autumn is a tranquil season and the ideal time to discover towns and the countryside, mellow with tones of russet and ochre with fields of ripened grapes ready to be harvested. Autumn sun-seekers need to head south of Rome to be assured of warm weather.

Winter in Italy: Winter is usually crisp ,mild, bright and can be a delightfully relaxing time to explore

ITALY...DID YOU KNOW?

  1. Pizza was "invented" in Naples circa 1860s.
  2. Pizza is one of the few words which is understood all over the world.
  3. The longest river in Italy is the Po.
  4. Italy is the fourth most visited country in the world.
  5. The author of “Pinocchio” - Carlo Collodi (1826-1890), was Italian.
  6. Italy has three active volcanoes: Vesuvius, Etna, and Stromboli.
  7. Italy is often called the Bel Paese, which mean beautiful country.
  8. Italy is home to the largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites – more than 40.
  9. Italy’s national flower is the Lily.
  10. The patron saint of Italy is Saint Francis of Assisi.

 MORE USEFUL INFORMATION;

Tourist Information:www.italia.it/en/home.html

Visa & Health:www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy for advice on visas and health

Passport Agency for information on UK passports: www.ukpa.gov.uk

Worldwide Weather Forecasts: www.bbc.co.uk/weather/

Currency Converter:www.xe.com




 
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