Italy in numbers:
94 MILLION TOURISTS PER YEAR
33 000+ HOTELS
55 UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES
60 MILLION POPULATION
“Better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times.”
The Amalfi Coast is a popular holiday destination, with sheer cliffs and a rugged shoreline dotted with small beaches and pastel-colored fishing villages. It is declared one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites for its undisputed beauty and the uniqueness of its natural landscape.
Did you know?
1. Italy has the oldest population in Europe
The median age of Italians is 46.3 years. Only Japan is in front of Italy in terms of an ageing population (46.9 years).
2. Italy has 3 active volcanoes.
Only Italy and Iceland have active volcanoes in Europe. In Italy, active volcanoes are: Vesuvius, Stromboli and Etna.
3. The smallest country in the world is in Italy
The Vatican City, located in Rome, is the smallest country in the world. It is roughly 1/8 the size of New York’s Central Park.
4. There is a free wine fountain in Italy
In the Abruzzo region, there is an actual free wine fountain that operates 24hours. It is a local winery creation and a must-visit place for wine lovers.
5. Italians did not invent pasta
Although the Italians are leading in Europe when it comes to pasta consumption, they didn’t invent it. Pasta actually came into the Italy in the 13th century through Arab merchants.
6. Tourists throw 3000 € every day into the Trevi fountain
Thousands of tourists in Rome are coming to beautiful Trevi fountain where they throw coins for luck. At the end of every day, around 3000 euros of change are thrown which is around 1.4 millions euros per year. The money from fountain is donated to charity and to those in need.
Sirmione is one of the most popular “sights” in Lake Garda, with thousands of visitors flooding each day to view this picturesque town.
It is both a luxury summer resort with beautiful parks and walking trails, and a place with a rich history.
The main attraction is definitely The Scaligero Castle which was built in the 13th century.
The former maritime town of Positano is famous for its beautiful location on the Amalfi Coast.
The town is mainly made up of alleys and stairs that meander along the slopes down to the sea.
The view of the sea, and the lush vegetation of lemon and orange trees, make Positano one of the most popular places in Italy.
San Gimignano is a small medieval hill town in Tuscany.
It is surrounded by 13 towers that remained of the 72 towers of the fourteenth century when almost every family built a tower to show its economic power.
This little town is known for its local products like saffron, its white wine called Vernaccia di San Gimignano and the Golden ham.
If you wonder what is the Palio in Siena, and why is it so special, check out this article and find out everything about this famous event.
If you don’t like to spend much on food at your vacation, or just want to save a bit, check out these 5 cheap eats in Positano.
If you want to eat well for reasonable prices, check out these 5 best restaurants in Menaggio on Lake Como and enjoy every meal you order.
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