Italy A Complete One-Stop Resource for Travellers

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“You may have the universe if I may have Italy.”

Giuseppe Verdi

Italy has an inexplainable charm that even Verdi was willing to give up everything for this amazing country. One of world’s best loved destinations, Italy captivates the heart and soul of every traveller in more ways than one. In this article on Italy a complete one-stop resource for travellers aims to bring you a platform where travel experiences are crafted with passion along with details to enable you to discover the most beautiful facets of destinations in Italy.

Italy – plays the music that fills your soul

Italy, an exotic land brimming with history, Roman ruins, best kept secrets, attractions, colours, food, passeggiata and so much more! Above all it’s rolling hills, ancients villas and the captivating sweet aroma of the grapes will fill your heart with music, taking you beyond the ordinary life with a little la dolce vita

People & Culture of Italy

Italy’s romance doesn’t just end there! The heart and soul of Italy are its people, one and all, welcoming you, greeting you with an unspoken sophistication of a nod and smile. Their hospitality goes further, much further when experiencing one of Italy’s dining pleasures where comfort is assured. Italian dining culture is popular around the world and it is so much more than just checked tablecloths, candles and wine.

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Food & the secret of simplicity in Italian ingredients

Italians are known to be lively, and passionate. They are passionate about life’s pleasures, food being the main amongst them. They are also creatures of tradition and habit. When it comes to food, they are happiest when things are done right. Cuisines go beyond   the simplicity of pizza and spaghetti, but simplicity is the underlying “ingredient” of Italian gastronomical delight. Preserving the simple authentic ingredients in Italian cooking through tradition and habit is an art deeply rooted in Italian culture. Recipes are passed down from one generation to the next, preserving these “secret” ingredients.

Geography of Italy

Italy is a peninsula that extends southward from the European continent into the Mediterranean Sea. In addition, there are two large islands, Sicily and Sardinia and many small islands as well. Nicknamed as “Bel Paese” which means beautiful country, Italy has some of the best, varied and beautiful landscapes on earth. With its unique boot-like shape, the Alps stand at the broad top, which are among the world’s most rugged mountains. At its highest points are Monte Rosa which peaks in Switzerland and along Mont Blanc which peaks in France. The west of the Alps overlook a landscape of Alpine lakes and glacier-carved valleys that stretches to the Po River and the Piedmont.

From the central Alps running down the length of Italy is the Apennine Range. The Apennine Range widens near Rome to cover almost the entire width of the Italian peninsula. South of Rome, the Apennines narrow giving way to two wide coastal plains. One of the plains face the Tyrrhenian Sea and the other the Adriatic Sea.

The southern Apennines is home to wilderness and rare species such as wild boars, wolves and bears – unusual in western Europe. There are several active volcanoes here as well. From time to time, Mt Vesuvius throws up ash and steam into the air over Naples. At the bottom of Italy, in the Mediterranean Sea lie the beautiful islands of Sicily and Sardinia.

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Best time to visit Italy

To be honest, any time of the year is the best time to visit Italy although spring (April through to June) and autumn (September to October) is popular for tourism.

Given that Italy has varying landscapes and weather that differs from region to region, along with a society that is deeply rooted in traditions, this beautiful country has something for everyone throughout the year. For a detailed month-by-month guide to weather, festivals and best time to visit Italy, navigate through the image below to the page that has all the information for you.

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Visa to visit Italy

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Italy is located in Europe and is a Member State of European Union/European Economic Area. It is a country with picturesque lakes and coastal towns, hidden cities and Roman ruins – a superb destination for a vacation. If you want to visit Italy solely for recreation purposes, you may need a tourist travel visa. Learn more from this introductory article to tourist travel visa to Italy or you may want to view your options with iVisa, an online platform dedicated to making your application for Visa and travel documents strees free.

Visit Italy

Visiting Italy is your chance to really get to know Italian natural landscape, its centuries of history, food, and through it, Italian people and their culture. Join me, as I explore this rich and famous land, one city at a time. bringing you valuable resources in travel and detailed city guides with tips and choices so you can design your holiday your way, embedding flexibility for your well-being.

The city guides encompasses individual articles for the best of the beaten track and hidden gems which you wouldn’t want to miss.

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  3. You are very welcome. I am pleased to know the article on Italy A complete one-stop resource for travellers helped you. I hope your visit to Italy has been well.

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  5. Absolutely! I can’t wait to fly over the clouds again and watch sunrises from my tiny window 🙂

  6. Haha…I would say, Not! Perhaps six months is ideal. I’m glad you love Italy. France is equally charming with their quintessential countryside. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with us. Much appreciated.

  7. I hope everything gets back to normal so that we can travel again. I hope I could visit these awesome places as they are still under my bucket list.

  8. Blair Villanueva says:

    If I have to choose between France and Italy, I would choose Italy first to visit. I’ve read many books and watch movies about Italy, and it would be such a dream to finally explore it. D you think a month of stay will be enough? Maybe not!

  9. Italy is so very romantic – every corner has a story that will totally enchant you. Hope you will visit one day.

  10. Thank you so so much for your kind comments. Italy is awesome and so glad this article on Italy is a good guide for your first time visit.

  11. Merveille says:

    I love the starting quote of your post! It’s so deep and artful! Italy is a masterpiece to say the least. It feels like it basically has everything. I have never been though. This post is such a wonderful guide to pack up and go to Italy! I will for sure be using this. Thank you for sharing the beauty that Italy is with me.

  12. Thank you so much Sienny, Really appreciate you saving this post for your future reference. When normalcy returns, I hope you will visit Italy

  13. It is indeed. Then again Italy is good for all seasons. Hope you will visit one day.

  14. Thank so much, Mayuri. I appreciate you saving my article for future use. I am also glad to know that you find this article resourceful for your next visit. Indeed, you are absolutely correct – Italy is soo romantic, a country that combines the playfulness of modern architecture with the hallmarks of the Roman era.

  15. You are welcome. I am so happy to know that my article on Italy inspires the drive in you to learn Italian that much quicker – Ahh Italy is so beautiful with so many hidden gems. and you will absolutely love the language, people, food and the architecture along with the high quality products.

  16. Absolutely. Italy is for all seasons and it is uniquely beautiful

  17. You are welcome! I’m so glad my article on Italy brought back happy memories for you.

  18. Ohh so fascinating and I’m sure you know a trick or two of the Italian recipes handed down by your grandmother 🙂 Italy is so beautiful as you may already know and look forward to reading your stories when you visit.

  19. Ahh, excellent! Thank you so much and so nice that you could travel to Italy every year. I’m glad you found my tips to be resourceful for first timers.

  20. Thank you so much, Lyosha. Hope you will visit one day.

  21. Lyosha Varezhkina says:

    Looks so beautiful! Italy is one of my favorite place to be at, it is always a joy

  22. Italy is my favorite country in Europe and I actually visit every year. For first-timers, however, your tips are great!

  23. My great grandparents came to the USA from Italy. I’ve always wanted to visit where my family came from! The food, culture and history look amazing!

  24. The cruise ship I worked with would pass by on these amazing cities and reading this blog also brought me back to memory lane. Agree! this is one of the best places I’ve been! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  25. Italy is one of those places that you can visit any time of the year because every season has its own charm and you can enjoy it in any weather 🙂

  26. Glad to know my article brought back happy memories of your trip. Thank you 🙂

  27. You are absolutely correct – you may need a month or two or longer to explore Italy. There are just so so many hidden gems and pretty places to enjoy. Hope you will get to do so one day soon

  28. Your introduced alone, added to your stunning pics, makes one fall in love with Italy already. I’d been looking to learn Italian once I master my French. I’m even more determined now. Thanks.

  29. Italy is magical! My favorite place is Florence… it has its own character, life and unique style. I find Italy so romantic…Can’t wait to go there again. You’ve shared some great resources that I can use for my next trip to Italy.

  30. I’ve always wanted to see Italy. I hear it’s beautiful during this time of the year.

  31. woow…really enjoyed my read while stay home here, Italy is always in my to travel list & saved this as my travel planning reference. cheers, siennylovesdrawing

  32. I love almost everything about Italy, except men 🤪

  33. thegracefulolive says:

    I cant wait until travel is open again! My husband and I are itching to visit italy for the 1st time

  34. Italy is a beautiful country to explore. I have only been to 1 cities but loved everything about them.

  35. momelite2 says:

    What a fantastic guide! Italy is on my travel bucket list.

  36. Italy is my FAVORITE! This post really brought me back to my trip!

  37. I’ve always wanted to visit Italy, there are so many beautiful “hidden gems” and gorgeous cities to see that I’d want a whole month or two to explore the country.

  38. I am so glad to know that you enjoy my blog. Thank you so much for your visit. Much appreciated.

  39. I’m so glad that you love the article on Italy and I sincerely hope that you will visit the beautiful country at some point. Thank you so much for your visit and for sharing your thoughts with us. I appreciate it very much.

  40. Hi! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I genuinely enjoy reading your blog posts.
    Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that deal with the
    same subjects? Thanks a ton!

  41. mjcusipagcaliguiran says:

    One of the place na pangarao kong mapuntahan-Italy. Such an amazing and beautiful place, not just in history.

  42. Yes, Italy definitely has something magic. This history and precious art everywhere is just mesmerizing. I’m so happy that travelling within Europe is permitted again – and after a short trip to Prague, my next trip goes to Italy, of course. I’ll be brushing up my Italian and visit all those majestic landmarks. Can’t wait!

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