• Capital: Rome
  • Form of government: Republic
  • Area: 301,340 km2
  • Religion: Catholics
  • Phone number: +39
  • Language: Italian
  • Time difference: -1
  • Population: 60,317,116 (2020)
  • Currency: Euro (Eur)

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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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View of Rome from Castel Sant'Angelo, Italy.

Rome (Capital)


The eternal city of Rome is one of the most significant metropolitan areas in Europe. It pampers visitors with gastronomy, a rich cultural heritage and picturesque views from the seven hills guarding the city. The city has appr. 2,8 million people, and the whole metropolitan area has over 4 million residents. It lies in the Lazio region of central Italy, on the Tiber river.

View of Colosseum in Rome and morning sun, Italy, Europe.


Address: Piazza del Colosseo, 1, 00184 Roma RM, Italy


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.

Cathedral of St Peters. St. Peter's Basilica, Vaticano, Italy, Rome

St. Peter’s Basilica (UNESCO 1984)

Address: Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City


The Vatican City, one of the most sacred places in Christendom, attests to a great history and a formidable spiritual venture. A unique collection of artistic and architectural masterpieces lie within the boundaries of this small state. At its centre is St Peter’s Basilica, with its double colonnade and a circular piazza in front and bordered by palaces and gardens. The basilica, erected over the tomb of St Peter the Apostle, is the largest religious building in the world, the fruit of the combined genius of Bramante, Raphael, Michelangelo, Bernini and Maderno.

Duomo at sunrise, Milan, Europe.

Duomo Di Milano

Address: del Duomo, 20122 Milano MI, Italy


The Duomo, a symbol of Milan in the world, is one of the largest cathedrals in Italy and Europe. Patrimony of Milanese people and humanity, over the centuries it has been expressing, with its magnificence, the devotion of humanity toward the Divine, involving future generations in an endless commitment. The Milan Cathedral, besides being an artistic monument, is a privileged place of prayer, deeply linked to the memory and teachings of the Bishops who succeeded on St. Ambrose’s chair, and to the history of the millions of worshippers who, every year, gather in this place to celebrate the Sacred Mysteries. The Cathedral is the Mother Church of the Diocese, having a symbolic role of exemplarity both in the life of the city worship and in relation with the Diocese activity.

Beautiful view of traditional Gondola on famous Canal Grande with Rialto Bridge at sunset in Venice, Italy with retro vintage Instagram style filter and lens flare effect.

Grand Canal


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 water buses 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.

Sunset view of Leaning Tower of Pisa and Cathedral, Tuscany, Italy

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Address: Piazza del Duomo, 56126 Pisa PI, Italy


This remarkable bell tower 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.

View of Varenna village on lake Como. Lombardy, Italy.

Lake Como


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 ancient 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 Abbey in Colico, Basilica di Sant’Abbondio in Como and the Orrido waterfront in Bellano. There is also a ferry between the hamlets.

Fountain di Trevi, Rome, Italy.

Trevi Fountain

Address: Piazza di Trevi, 00187 Roma RM, Italy


Certainly the most famous and photographed fountain in Rome, legend has it that whoever throws a coin into the pond will return to Rome.

Rome, Italy - July 20, 2018: The vault and dome over the Sistine chapel of the Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica

Sistine Chapel

Address: 00120 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.

Spanish Steps at morning, Rome, Italy

Piazza Di Spagna

Address: Piazza di Spagna, 00187 Rome RM, Italy


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.

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Image of Grand Canal in Venice, with Santa Maria della Salute Basilica in the background.



Venice is an extraordinary city of bridges and canals, and well known for its beautiful architecture. The city lies in the marshy Venetian Lagoon, stretching along the shoreline in northeastern Italy. It is the administrative center of the Veneto region and it houses appr. 265,000 residents. With a network of 177 canals and 409 bridges, the city, built on a lagoon and an archipelago of 117 islands, is uniquely labyrinthine and the largest car-free urban area in Europe.

Panorama of Positano town, Amalfi Coast, Italy



Naples, a city in southern Italy, sits on the Bay of Naples. Nearby is Mount Vesuvius, the still-active volcano that destroyed nearby Roman town Pompeii. Dating to the 2nd millennium B.C., Naples has centuries of important art and architecture. The city’s cathedral, the Duomo di San Gennaro, is filled with frescoes. Other major landmarks include the lavish Royal Palace and Castel Nuovo, a 13th-century castle.

Top cityscape view on the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore church and old town in Florence



Florence is the Renaissance capital of Italy and the center of Tuscany, located in the northern part of the country. The city has appr. 380,000 residents.

Florence was established in 80 BCE by the Roman Empire as a settlement for veteran soldiers. The city was economically and culturally one of the most important cities in Europe and the world from the 14th to 16th centuries, and it was the birthplace of the continental Renaissance. Florence is known for its churches and stunning architecture, featuring Neo-Classical and Baroque hues among the Renaissance entirety.