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Italy Overview


Being one of the founding members of the European Union and also a member of the Council of Europe, the Western European Union, and the Central European Initiative Italy remains the most preferable travel destination in Europe. Italy is really the best choice for travelers planning their travel vacations in South Europe.
The two biggest factors that affect tourism and travel in Italy are history and geography.
The many artifacts left behind by the cultures and cultural movements that had once flourished in the country have been put to good use by the Italian tourist industry.
Art from the Etruscan civilization and the many relics of the Roman Empire, like the Colosseum, still endure today, which are now among the attractions that boost traveling into Italy.
The Renaissance movement, which sprung in the 15th century, bequeathed many works of art and volumes of literature to the 3,000-strong Italian museum network, further fueling travel to Italy's many cities.
Even the Catholic Church had something to contribute to travel into Italy, the Vatican itself housing an opulence of religious artifacts and various works of art.

The varying, beautiful landscape as well has been the honey for the travel bug that keeps the tours into Italy going. Italy's long narrow neck of land is bordered by the Alps on the north and intersected by the Apennines along its length. This topography not only dictates the climates experienced throughout the country, it is also responsible for the outpouring of travel into Italy, which has ranked it in the top five most visited European countries.
The cooler climate in the north enables the surrounding cities to engage in winter sports.
These cities use the Alps to attract winter excursions into Italy for the different winter sports and activities.
Meanwhile, the coastal south sells their sun and sand on the Riviera to draw tourists.
Their huge share of the Mediterranean Sea entices yacht charters and luxury cruises into Italy.
It is also the coastal south that possesses the stereotypical Mediterranean climate of mild winters and warm, dry summers.
The high altitudes and valleys of the interior are not to be outmatched.
They boast of the lush Italian countryside of olive groves and vineyards that boost tours into Italy without fail. Castles, remnants of the middle ages, are usually situated on promontories and hills overlooking valleys around this area.
Italy’s interior is, in fact, home to 41 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Because of their historical and geographical elements, Rome, Venice, and Florence are the three cities most traveled to in Italy.
Rome is a major metropolitan area and the seat of power of the Catholic Church and Italy itself.
In Rome, intermingled with the modern amenities and developments are the many museums, churches and historical sites that make up part of the allure of travel into Italy. Florence is the center of art and the Renaissance movement. Art lovers and historians will travel to Italy to see Michelangelo’s David and immerse themselves into the richness of the cultural legacy of the movement.
The Duomo is also a good tourist spot housing ancient history in its basement and great views of the city from the dome.
Romantic traditionalists usually make a beeline for marshy Venice.
The perennial and famous gondolas are foolproof attractions for travel into Italy.
Instead of streets, Venice has canals 150 crisscrossing the Venetian lagoon on which the city is built.