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Italy: more than the land of the dolce vita

Italy has fascinated as a travel destination for centuries. Whether Lake Garda, Aeolian Islands, Apulia or Venice: Italy inspires with great nature, picturesque lakes, wonderful beaches and cultural highlights that cannot be surpassed.

Goethe already praised the country for its lemons. The prince of poets knew what he was writing about. After all, the largest lemons thrive on the unique Amalfi Coast. These flavorful giant lemons are used in the production of the famous limoncello on the Gulf of Sorrento.

Romantic Venice, Image: Efired / shutterstock

Those who travel to Italy are looking for sun, joie de vivre and variety. All of this can be found everywhere! The famous Italian cuisine with pizza, pasta, risotto, tiramisu and co. also provides additional culinary delights that children also love!

Unlike in Germany , the weather in Italy is a reliable partner. As soon as you have crossed the Alps, the temperatures rise: pines, cypresses and vines indicate that you are in the south just before Verona . Even in winter, the temperatures hardly go below zero degrees. With early summer luggage, you often travel as early as April, at the latest in May. In Italy, you can enjoy guaranteed bathing pleasure between June and October, depending on where the trip takes you. June is considered the “mese del bebè”, a travel month for babies, which is why not only the beaches in Liguria are populated by large families with small children.

If you come to Italy to swim, you have all the possibilities! From the long sandy beach on the Adriatic Sea with numerous opportunities for water sports and children’s entertainment to the picturesque pebble beach on the mountainous Ligurian coast to the fine sandy idyll in Puglia, there is everything. Italy entices with wonderful accommodations, which offer everything from the restored manor house on the Tuscan hill to the sports hotel on northern Lake Garda to the luxury hotel with a large wellness area.

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Italy, Rome, Colosseum
The Colosseum in Rome, Image: prochasson frederic / shutterstock

For families and groups, there are also individual apartments and holiday homes: Here you can perfectly cater for yourself. In Italy, bars, supermarkets or small “alimentari” are never far away.

This means that the nightlife in Bella Italia is not neglected. When a sun-drenched day comes to an end, many young and old holidaymakers tend to move on to the wilder part of the day. One of the most important travel tips for Italy is to postpone dinner. Because people often eat after 9 p.m., comfortably in an osteria or in one of the nice restaurants. Social gatherings are the focus here, which is why most restaurants do not close before midnight.

Afterwards, the celebrations continue in the surrounding bars, drinking and chatting together. However, drinking to the point of alcohol poisoning is not done in Italy – here enjoyment comes first!

But Italy doesn’t just promise perfect bathing pleasure! Venice, Rome, Florence, Verona: the list of
beautiful city destinations in Italy
that offer ancient culture, baroque churches and unique art from the Renaissance is almost endless. As a fashion city, Milan attracts just as much as with its magnificent cathedral and ultra-modern buildings by famous contemporary architects.

It is also possible to combine a relaxing holiday in nature with sightseeing. If you book yourself at the estate in Tuscany in the middle of picturesque hills, it is not far to Siena and Volterra. For a few days, the north of Italy is also worthwhile. Whether cycling in Valpolicella, surfing on Lake Garda or to the opera festival in Verona: Here you have all the possibilities! The old university city of Bologna, Padua and Mantova are just as worthwhile a visit as the Austrian-looking Trieste.

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But the country also has a lot to offer for athletes, right down to the toe of their boots. In Italy you can dive and discover everything from the old airplane to the statue of Christ on the seabed and lakebed. Sailing enthusiasts sail along the coast and enjoy the marinas in attractive locations. Spring and autumn invite you to extensive hikes, not only on Mount Etna in Sicily. Whether it’s the Pope’s audience, Venice’s Art Biennale or wellness pleasures with culinary highlights: Italy always inspires!

The regions of Italy

Travel information Italy

Capital Rome
Form of government Parliamentary Republic
Parliamentary democracy
Currency Euro (EUR)
Area approx. 301,338 km²
Population approx. 60,497,200 (as of 2017)
Languages Italian
Electricity grid 230 Volt / 50 Hz
Area code +39
Time zone UTC+1 CET
UTC+2 CEST (March to October)