If you want to experience Europe, you need to travel to Italy. No
other country on earth offers the depth, breadth, and scope of Italy.
For lovers of art, history, architecture, or music Italy is
From the Ancient Roman Empire to the Medieval Tuscan fortress
towns and the Venetian Republic, Italy's incredible historical diversity has come together
to produce a country so incredible, so remarkable, so beautiful as to leave the visitor
with an unquenchable desire to return again and again.
The legacy of the Renaissance and its masterpieces of art, music, and
architecture have left such a tangible mark on the Italian soul one can barely help being
swept along in the tide of culture.
If you're a lover of nature, there are majestic mountains, crystal
seas, rolling hills, fertile plains, sweeping cliffs, and magical lagoons, you need to
travel to Italy.
Milan is rivalled only by Paris as the fashion capital of the world
and is shopping at its best.
Rome has been the heart of Italy from the time of the Romans through
today; to walk its streets is to walk in the footsteps of Emperors and Popes.
Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance and its presence
reverberates through the old cobbled streets and beautiful churches.
Venice - the most unique and romantic city in the world, stands
timeless and beautiful in the midst of the Adriatic; a magnificent creation highlighting
man at his most artistic.
Finally the majestic and striking natural beauty of the Amalfi Coast;
a place to relax, soak in the tremendous natural beauty, dine on the world's favourite
cuisine at its finest, and experience that special joy of being that is uniquely Italian.
No matter what you're seeking, it awaits you when you travel Italy
and visit its cities.
When you travel to Italy, it's important to know that despite its
geographical position at the centre of the temperate zone, Italy has rather variable
This is due to the presence of the Mediterranean, whose warm waters
mitigate thermal extremes, and the Alpine arc, which forms a barrier against the cold
Furthermore, when you travel Italy, remember that Italy is subject to
both wet and moderate atmospheric currents from the Atlantic Ocean and dry and cold ones
from Eastern Europe.
The Apennine chain too, confronting the wet winds from the Tyrrhenian,
causes considerable climatic differences between the opposite sides of the peninsula.
The differences in temperature between the winter and summer months
are more marked in the northern regions than in the south and along the coasts.
The mean temperatures for the month of January in the Po Plain
fluctuate around zero, while in the Alpine valleys the thermometer can drop to
below zero and
snow can remain on the ground for many weeks.
In the southern regions, instead, the mean temperatures for January
remain mild, with the exception of the inland mountainous zones.
Mean summer temperatures throughout all Italy rise to 24ºC-25ºC for
July, although slightly lower in the highest regions.
Rainfall distribution also varies considerably, due to the influence
of both mountains and prevailing winds. The highest quantities are registered in the
Alpine arc (over 3,000 mm pa in the Lepontine and Julian Alps) and on the Apennines (over
3,000 mm pa in the Apuan Alps).
The plains, however, including that of the Po, receive scarce
precipitation. Generally it is less than 800-900 mm pa but in the southern regions
(Tavoliere and southern Sicily) it falls below 600 mm pa.
The great internal Alpine valleys and the coastal plains of the
Tyrrhenian (Maremma) and Sardinia also receive little rain.
Altogether, six large climatic regions can be distinguished, mainly
characterised by mountain influence.
So as you can see, when you travel to Italy, there is much to
experience. The culture, history, and beauty of Italy make Italy a top European travel
By Frank Johnson.
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