ABOUT ITALYItaly (Italian: ''Italia'') is a large country in Southern Europe. Together with Greece, it is acknowledged as the birthplace of Western culture. Not surprisingly, it is also home to the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world. High art and monuments are to be found everywhere around the country. It is also famous worldwide for its delicious cuisine, its trendy fashions, luxury sports cars and motorcycles, diverse regional cultures and dialects, as well as for its many beautiful coasts, alpine lakes and mountains (the Alps and Apennines). No wonder it is often nicknamed the ''Bel paese'' (beautiful country).
The gondola is a traditional, flat-bottomed Venetian rowing boat, well suited to the conditions of the Venetian Lagoon. For centuries gondolas were once the chief means of transportation and most common watercraft within Venice. In modern times the iconic boats still have a role in public transport in the city, serving as traghetti (ferries) over the Grand Canal. They are also used in special regattas (rowing races) held amongst gondoliers.
Festivals and Events
Trevi Fountain (Fontana Di Trevi)
In the maze of narrow, meandering streets, Rome hides a sparkling jewel held to be a triumphant example of Baroque finesse and the natural artistry of water- one of the world's most stunning fountains and a work of art in one. Trevi is not just a cold piece of marble. The play of light, shade and wind makes it move in a mesmerizing rhythm that the hypnotized public yields to subconsciously, and even if a tight agenda draws them away for a while, they go to all lengths to see the astounding spring once again."
The Battle of the Oranges in Ivrea
Dressed up as middle ages kings' guards, a group of men ride in a horsedrawn carriage and pelt 'foot soldiers' with oranges as thousands of people gather to re-enact the battle when the townsfolk of the Piedmontese town of Ivrea near Turin overthrew an evil king. In a strange twist, instead of swords and crossbows, these days the weapons of choice are oranges."
Leaning Tower Of Pisa (La Torre Di Pisa)
It's not an optical illusion, nor have the architects imagined it so crooked. No sooner had the tower reached the the third storey than the construction started sinking into the ground due to a poorly laif foundation and the leaning first became obvious. Today is keeps sinking at the regular rate of about 1mm a year, and even the weightiest of minds are not able to say with certainty what the future will bring for this Italian curiosity and an undisputable masterpiece of architecture."
Gondolas in Venice
Gondolas in Venice are perhaps the most recognizable of all the features of Venice along with the canals and bridges themselves. Gondolas were the primary means of transportation through the waterways of Venice for centuries."
A National Park and Unesco World Heritage site, allegedly the cleanest area of Italy and a mesmerizing jewel in the Ligurian crown - the Cinque terre (5 lands) escape any description. The five adorable villages precariously nested on the rugged cliffs of the Italian Riviera - Monterosso, Vernazza, Manarola, Corniglia, and Riomaggiore - sprawl along the scenic portion of the azure coast between Levanto and La Spezia."