• Capital: Rome
  • Form of government: Republic
  • Area: 301,230 km2
  • Religion: Catholics
  • Phone number: +39
  • Language: Italian
  • Time difference: -1

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Roma’s largest airport is Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino, and Milan’s Malpensa. Finnair offers flights from Helsinki to Milan and Rome several days a week. The low-cost airline Ryanair offers flights from Tampere and Lappeenranta to Bergamo in Milan. From Helsinki, Norwegian provides access to Rome’s Fiumicino.

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Italy has good train connections to all neighboring countries. Direct connections can be found e.g. To Paris, Barcelona, Prague and Zagreb.



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  • Travel bulletin from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: A fairly safe tourist destination. Watch out for pickpockets. Demonstrations may occur. You should avoid places where people gather. Read more




Location: Via dei Fori Imperial, Roma

This legendary amphitheater from the Classical Era is one of the most important attractions in all of Italy. It was constructed between 72-80 CE. It is estimated that it could hold between 50,000 to 80,000 spectators, making it the largest amphitheater to ever be built. It is also depicted on the Italian version of the five-cent euro coin. Attractions include a museum dedicated to Eros, located on the upper floor of the outer wall of the amphitheater, and a network of subterranean passageways once used to transport wild animals and gladiators to the arena. An iconic and majestic sight, and a must-see for history enthusiasts.


Venice Canals

Location: Venice

With a network of 177 canals and 409 bridges, the city of Venice, built on a lagoon and an archipelago of 117 islands, is uniquely labyrinthine and the largest car-free urban area in Europe. Transportation within the city is still mainly on water or foot. Traffic with vaporetti waterbuses and water taxes offer visitors an extraordinary chance to feel the Italian urban pulse by the waterway. The city center, Mestre-Carpenedo, is the heart of mainland Venice and has several bus routes and one tramway line. Notable canal attractions are e.g. Ca’ Loredan (City Hall of Venice), Caffè Florian, the Doge’s Palace and Piazza San Marco.

Photo: Flickr – Hernán Piñera

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Lake Como

Location: Lombardy. There are trains to Como, Lecco and Colico from Milan. Milan has an international airport.

With an area of 146 km², Lake Como is the third-largest in Italy and an extremely popular resort thanks to its idyllic beauty. The lake area has been known for its splendid villas since antique times, with a few truly remarkable ones such as Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo and Villa del Balbianello, that has been restored into a museum, in Lenno. Notable sights include the Abbazia di Piona Abby in Colico, Basilica di Sant’Abbondio in Como and the Orrido waterfront in Bellano. There is also a ferry between the hamlets.

Photo: Flickr – Antonis Lamnato


Leaning Tower Of Pisa

Location: Piazza dei Miracoli, PisaHow to get to Pisa

This remarkable belltower made of white marble is famous for its quirky posture. The story of why the building is somewhat tilted spans 199 years. Construction of the tower began in 1173, but due to the soil, the tower began to sink after the construction work had progressed to the second floor in 1178. In 1272 construction resumed. In an effort to compensate for the tilt, the engineers built the upper floors with one side taller than the other. Because of this, the tower is actually curved. After centuries of labor, the bell-chamber was finally added in 1372.

After renovation work in 2008, the tower is again stable and open for tourists.

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Duomo Santa Maria Del Fiore

Location: Piazza del Duomo, Florence

This beautiful Gothic cathedral is the main church of Florence and a real eye-catcher in the skyline of the historic city. Its construction began in 1296 and was completed in 1436. The cathedral complex includes the Baptistery and Giotto’s Campanile. These three buildings are part of the historic center of Florence, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Piazza Di Spagna

Location: Rome

This beautiful square lies at the bottom of the Spanish steps in Rome. The middle of the square houses its main landmark, the Baroque fountain Fontana della Barcaccia. In the right corner of the Spanish Steps there is a house where the English poet John Keats lived until his death in 1821. It currently houses a museum dedicated to him and his friend Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Other attractions in the area are the Trinità dei Monti church, the Column of the Immaculate Conception and the Babington’s tea room, an excellent place for relaxing.

Photo: Flickr – Andrea Puggioni


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Campo De’ Fiori

Location: Parione district, Rome

This rectangular square is well-known as a center of vivid nightlife and a meeting place, due to the proximity of several nightclubs and restaurants. It also holds a famous open-air market, where visitors can find cheap souvenirs, flowers and fresh bread among other things.

A great place to have a glass of wine or a latte macchiato and relax.


The Pincio Gardens

Location: Prati district, Rome.

In the Pincio Gardens a tired visitor can relax and sense the tranquility of the green landscape on the hill. The area also has busts of several famous people lining the pathways. An obelisk lies in the center of the gardens. It is believed to be a copy erected by the Emperor Hadrian as a tribute to his dead favorite friend and lover Antinoüs. The area also features a famous water clock, originally constructed for the Paris Universal Expo in 1867. The balustraded Pincio Terrace offers a divine panoramic view over the city and is a must-see during the sunset.


Sistine Chapel

Location: Vatican City

Situated in the Apostolic Palace in the picturesque papal area of the Vatican City, the Sistine Chapel is an artwork per se and one of the most important religious landmarks in the world.

It has several breathtaking frescos. The most remarkable one is in the ceiling. It was handcrafted by the famous Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo. The altar wall painting, The Last Judgement, is also made by him. If a visitor must choose one religious attraction in Italy, this is it.  Visiting hours



Location: Sassari province, Sardinia. Has an airport. Good bus connections to Cagliari, a more popular flight destination.

This center of northwestern Sardinia is famous for its beautiful beaches and its medieval atmosphere. As a less known sight, it has the nickname ”Little Barcelona”, since Catalan is a co-official language in the city as a remnant of the Spanish regime. It even has Catalan road signs.

Along with the active beach life, Alghero offers sights like the Palazzo Carcassona, the stalactite cave Neptune’s Grotto and the three different architectural styles comprising the Alghero Cathedral.

Photo: Flickr – Michela Simoncini

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