• The cities - enchanting Venice, fashion capital Milan, romantic Florence
• The country - from Tuscany to wherever they\'re calling the "new Tuscany" (this month, it\'s Puglia)
• Prosciutto, tartufo, bottarga, aceto balsalmico, gelato
Capital City: Rome
Population: 58.1 million
Area: 301,230 sq km
Telephone Calling Code(s): 39
Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz
Currency: Euro €
Passport required. Must be valid for six months after return date of travel. Check with your travel professional or local consulate for entry visa requirements.
When To Go
From April to June and late September to October are the best months for traveling in Italy. Temperatures are usually mild and the crowds aren\'t quite so intense. Starting in mid-June, the summer rush really picks up, and from July to mid-September the country teems with visitors. During August not only does it get uncomfortably hot, muggy and crowded, but the entire country goes on vacation.
What To See
Rome (The Eternal City) - A must see is the newly-renovated Colosseum, St. Peter\'s Basilica, the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, the Borghese Gallery, Piazza Navona and the outdoor market at Campo de\' Fiori. Be sure to make time for designer shopping at the Spanish Steps, and don\'t forget to toss your coin into the Trevi Fountain!
Florence - The Uffizi Galleries are perhaps the world\'s greatest museum of Renaissance art. Michelangelo\'s David, perhaps the most famous sculpture in the world, is at the Accademia. For the true historians, take a walk over to the Ponte Vecchio (the only bridge not bombed by the Germans in WWII).
Venice - There is a long list of sights in this beautiful city by the water that you simply will not want to miss. Our top 5 must see spots include St. Marks Square, The Rialto Bridge, The Doge’s Palace, The Bridge of Sighs and the world famous Grand Canal.