The Colosseum in Rome, the charming watery channels of Venice, the Leaning Tower of Pisa… Italy sure has some of the most iconic places for travelers to visit. Are you planning to visit the Apennines soon? Check out our articles about Italy to get some helpful tips (from a local) before you visit.
Basic Information About Italy
Italy is home to 60.4 million people. Around 91.5% of the total population consists of ethnic Italian. The main minority ethnic groups are Albanians, Ukrainians, African and others.
The official language is Italian.
Italy’s official currency is the Euro.
With a territory of 301,340 square kilometers, Italy is the 10th largest country in Europe. Italy is located in the Southern Europe and borders with France, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia to the north.
Italy has a Mediterranean climate with four different seasons. The winters (December – February) normally are mild with temperatures between -4°C to 14°C while the summers are relatively hot with the average temperature ranging between 23°C to 28°C but the more south you go the warmer it gets.
Economy & Budget
Italy is a developed and major advanced country with a mixed economy, it is the third-largest in the Euro zone and the 8th largest in the world. The average monthly income is €1,878, making Italy relatively an expensive country to travel. Backpackers can survive with around $55 per day, while mid-range travelers spend between $90 and $120 per day on average.
Rome is the largest and the capital of Italy, with population of 4.3 million.
Books to read before traveling to Italy
More Italy Travel Tips
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