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Italy tourist information with details about travel to and around the country. Where to stay and what to see is made easier with insider tips and hand-selected Italy links, by dedicated editors and visitors to - The Online Guide to Travel.

Map of Italy

Map of Italy.

The capital of Italy is Rome.

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Italy Flag

Italy Flag

The flag of Italy is three equal vertical bands of green (hoist side), white, and red; inspired by the French flag, brought to Italy by Napoleon in 1797.

Italy - Background Information

Italy became a nation-state in 1861; when the regional states of the peninsula, along with Sardinia and Sicily, were united under King Victor Emmanuel II.

An era of parliamentary government came to a close in the early 1920s when Benito Mussolini established a Fascist dictatorship.

His disastrous alliance with Nazi Germany led to Italy's defeat in World War II.

A democratic republic replaced the monarchy, in 1946, and economic revival followed.

Italy was a charter member of NATO and the European Economic Community (EEC). It has been at the forefront of European economic and political unification, joining the Economic and Monetary Union in 1999.

Persistent problems include illegal immigration, organised crime, corruption, high unemployment, sluggish economic growth, and the low incomes and technical standards of southern Italy compared with the prosperous north.


Southern Europe - a peninsula extending into the central Mediterranean Sea; north-east of Tunisia.

Administrative Divisions

15 regions:
(regioni, singular - regione)

Abruzzo; Basilicata; Calabria; Campania; Emilia-Romagna; Lazio (Latium); Liguria; Lombardia; Marche; Molise; Piemonte (Piedmont); Puglia (Apulia); Toscana (Tuscany); Umbria; Veneto.

5 autonomous regions:
(regioni autonome, singular - regione autonoma)

Friuli-Venezia Giulia; Sardegna (Sardinia); Sicilia (Sicily); Trentino-Alto Adige (Trentino-South Tyrol); Valle d'Aosta (Aosta Valley).


17th March, 1861: Kingdom of Italy proclaimed although Italy was not finally unified until 1870.

National Holiday

Republic Day: 2nd June.

Italy Holiday Rentals:
Where to stay in Italy, if you prefer not to use hotels.

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