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If you were going to visit only one country in Europe, you wouldn't go wrong with Italy. The unparalleled combination of culture, history, cuisine, art and natural beauty could keep you busy for years and years. Rome’s wealth of ancient ruins and the Vatican City makes it one of the world's most illustrious cities. The art and architecture of Florence is historically important beyond words, and, if you didn't know it truly existed, Venice would seem like a city out of fiction. Venture out of the Rome-Florence-Venice triangle to discover thousands of equally stunning locales. Ski the snow-topped Italian Alps or backpack through the five seaside villages of Cinque Terre. Stay at a luxurious waterfront hotel at Lake Como or in a family-run ... Read more
pensione in Sicily. However, to see the true Italy, spend a day or two in a small town, perhaps in rural Tuscany or Umbria. Sip an espresso at the bar in the morning, meander through ancient ruins and modern museums, and then sit for a three-hour mid-day meal of pasta with shaved truffles or caprese salad and wine.
Many of Italy’s most quintessential experiences, like sipping wine on an outdoor patio or whizzing through narrow streets and over green hills on a moped, are best when the weather is most likely to cooperate. In Italy, this is generally April - June and September - November when the climate is mild and the scenery is at its photogenic best. Winters around the country can be cold and rainy, and summers not only get hot, but also crowded and expensive at the peak of high season. In August, many Italians take their vacation time and head to the beach, which can mean emptier cities but also the closure of many stores and restaurants.
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Be prepared to attract male attention: "cat-calling, whistles, stares, and appreciative remarks are commonplace but typically non-threatening." Major cities like Rome and Florence are safe; Naples and Palermo are less organized and can feel unsafe with "slightly weirder vibes," but just stay alert. "Bring a scarf to cover your shoulders when visiting churches --(though some larger ones provide them) and skip the short shorts on those trips too."
In Italy it's important to 'seek LGBT-friendly places and avoid affection in public'. As a lesbian, 'occasionally people will stare or men will say oh what a waste'. 'Big cities are rather safe and 'Milan (and the North in general)' are 'rather gay friendly.' It's important to 'be careful during the night, especially in the South.' 'Rome is progressive but not completely safe as one may think of a European capital'. If you're in a 'smaller village' be aware that you might encounter 'closed-minded' people.
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Milan, Italy

As an Italian I feel proud of the quality and quantity of tourist attractions my country offer. And ashamed of how often they are poorly managed. Try to make an effort to go outside the Venice,Florence, Rome trail, it will be very rewarding!

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Lanoka Harbor, New Jersey

One of the most beautiful countries in the world, depending on location. The only way I recommend going here is with a valid USA Passport, guided tour and/or cruise.

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Tehran, Iran

Have you heard about the orange festival in Italy? It's a very attractive and interesting festival. This festival is related to the foods and orange color.

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London, UK

Be prepared to attract male attention: "cat-calling, whistles, stares, and appreciative remarks are commonplace but typically non-threatening." Major cities like Rome and Florence are safe; Naples and Palermo are less organized and can feel unsafe with "slightly weirder vibes," but just stay alert. "Bring a scarf to cover your shoulders when visiting churches --(though some larger ones provide them) and skip the short shorts on those trips too."

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Tehran, Iran

This is one of the amazing places in Italy. This place is very beautiful. You need to visit that. It's very luxurious too. Italy is a great place to have adventure and discover amazing places!

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Los Gatos, California, USA

Italy is home to Rome, the Vatican, plus, Venice, an ancient city with winding streets past historic buildings, shops, and restaurants. Fun to ride on a gondola.

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Sant'Anatolia di Narco, Italy

A unique experience! We toured from coast to coast for about 10 days, we ate very well. I wanted to report a site to spend a fun day, www.lancitandem.it, where we booked a skydiving tandem with an instructor, the site has various facilities located throughout the nation.

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Siloam Springs

Going to Italy and I couldn't be more excited!!
Help me get there!! Gofundme.com/beitaly

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I have a love affair with Italy. Okay, everybody has a love affair with Italy, but I *really* have a love affair with it. Aside from learning the language and immersing myself into the customs, I've made a deliberate effort to see as much of this beautiful country as I can. It has the most UNESCO World Heritage sites than any other country in the world, the people are kind and the prices aren't bad. The only downside is that you'll be spoiled by the amazing cuisine, making it near impossible to eat Italian away from il Bel Paese because you just won't find anything as cheap and delicious as you can get here.

Also, the women seem to like me, so there's that too. :)

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Wow where to begin! There is so much to enjoy in this beautiful and historic land. In other countries something 100 or 200 years old is impressive in Italy many of the landmarks are ancient. Also the art and design both modern and antique are incredibly ornate and beautiful. Each city, and there are so many world famous cities to choose from so close together, has it's own unique flavor... literally. So much delicious food! Such a delight!

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