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Facts About Italy

Regional Population: 58,103,033

Local Currency: EUR

Latitude: 41.9

Longitude: 12.483333

Italy (Italia) is a large country in Southern Europe. It is home to the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites anywhere—art and monuments abound throughout the country. Italy is also famous worldwide for its cuisine, fashion, wine, luxury sports cars and motorcycles; as well as for its beautiful coasts, lakes and mountains (the Alps and Apennines).

Italy has a number of world-famous cities, among them Rome, Bologna, Florence, Genoa, Milan, Naples, Pisa, Turin, Venice and Verona. All are spectacular in their own right. Other popular destinations around Italy include Tuscany, the islands of Capri and Sicily, Vatican City and the Italian Alps.

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Articles About Italy

10 Ways for Your Kids to Interact With Italy

Keep your kids active, engaged and begging to go back to Italy with these 10 ways for the entire family to experience the country.

Pedal-Powered Vacations

On a biking vacation, the journey really is the destination. Here are tips for planning the best getaways on two wheels.

Florence: Italy’s Renaissance City

Both the birthplace and the showplace of the Italian Renaissance, Florence is a priceless art and architecture sanctuary that appeals to tourists of all ages.

Florence Hotel Alternatives

Small towns outside of Florence offer quiet surroundings, better dining options and a more relaxing atmosphere than staying in Florence proper.

Explore Florence’s Parks and Gardens

Find playgrounds, grottos, a maze, swimming pools, a fort, rowboats and more kid-pleasers in the city’s parks.

Florence: Secrets of the City

Florence’s hidden windows, secret towers and streets that follow ancient Roman walls will keep the kids interested as they tour the Italian Renaissance city.

On the Volcano’s Edge

Looking for an adventure-packed guy getaway escape? Check out these six active volcano locales for a hot time with molten lava.

Language School Learning Vacations

While you play, send your kids away on a confidence-building and interactive learning vacation they’ll love.

Digging History on a Naples Vacation

From Pompeii to Herculaneum, step back in time at the several archaeological sites near the city.

Where to Stay in Naples

From luxury hotels to B&Bs, our expert reviews accommodations by neighborhood.

Beauty Amid the Chaos in Naples, Italy

Naples is a diamond-in-the-rough, offering stunning landscapes, historical monuments and a burgeoning art scene.

On the Edge of a Via Ferrata

Traverse precipitous cliffs and waterfalls on these mountain climbs and treks popular in the Swiss Alps and Dolomites of Italy.

Rome: Catacombs For Kids

Everyone has heard of the catacombs, but these early Christian tombs are only the beginning of Rome’s subterranean world.

Roman Dining: A Child’s Paradise

With pasta, pizza and gelato on the menu, your kids may think Rome is food heaven.

Where the Playgrounds Are in Rome

More than just places for children to play and run off some spare energy, Rome’s parks and gardens offer sights of their own, and a chance to mix with the Romans.

Rome: Italy’s Grand Museum

From the toppled columns of the Forum to Vatican City to the cobblestone streets of Trastevere, Rome has something to appeal to everyone.

Family Deals: From Italy to the Caribbean

Read about our latest weekly deals for family getaways from Disney, Royal Caribbean and Nickelodeon, Beaches Resorts and Great Wolf Lodge.

Cause Abroad, American Girl Experience and Family Deals

Walk for charity, pamper your American Girl, visit Vancouver and bring the whole crew for cheap to Ireland or Mexico.

Top 10 Italian Holiday Checklist

Review these 10 essential tips on what to pack and what to know before you go on your vacation to Italy.

Counting the Lions of Venice

Amuse the kids and teach a little history while looking for Venice's many stone lions.

Unmask the Mask Makers of Venice

Kids of all ages will enjoy visits to shops in San Polo and Dorsoduro to watch craftsmen create elegant Carnival masks.

Venice: Italian Magic on the Adriatic

Bridges, canals and gondolas are icons in Venice, the city on the water, where travelers lose themselves in art, history and romantic streets and squares.

Lose Yourself in the Garden Maze of Villa Pisani

Il Labirinto, The Maze, is only part of the gardens that stretch splendidly behind the grand façade that Villa Pisani turns toward the Brenta Canal.

Roman Holiday

Our second issue takes us from the pristine wilderness of Alaska to the ancient city of Rome.