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.
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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."
The Trentino Dolomites
The Dolomites are a section of the Alps. They are located for the most part in the province of Belluno, the rest in the provinces of Bolzano-Bozen and Trento (all in north-eastern Italy). Conventionally they extend from the River Adige in the west to the Piave Valley in the east. The northern and southern borders are defined by the Puster Valley and the Sugana Valley (Val Sugana).
Portofino is a small Italian fishing village, comune and tourist resort located in the province of Genoa on the Italian Riviera. The town is crowded round its small harbour, is closely associated with Paraggi Beach, which is a few minutes up the coast. Other nearby beaches include Camogli, Chiavari, Lavagna, and Sestri Levante.
Venice is a city in northern Italy known both for tourism and for industry, and is the capital of the region Veneto, with a population of about 272,000. Together with Padua, the city is included in the Padua-Venice Metropolitan Area (population 1,600,000). The name is derived from the ancient tribe of Veneti that inhabited the region in Roman times. The city historically was the capital of an independent city-state.
The Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast is a stretch of coastline on the southern coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula in the Province of Salerno in Southern Italy. The Amalfi Coast is a popular tourist destination for the region and Italy as a whole, attracting thousands of tourists annually. During the 10th–11th centuries, the Duchy of Amalfi existed on the territory of the Amalfi Coast, centered in the town of Amalfi, until it was sacked by the Republic of Pisa in 1137.
The Uffizi Gallery in Florence
The Uffizi Gallery, is one of the oldest and most famous art museums of the Western world. It is housed in the Palazzo degli Uffizi, a palazzo in Florence, Italy.
Pompeii is a partly buried Roman town-city near modern Naples in the Italian region of Campania, in the territory of the comune of Pompei. Along with Herculaneum, its sister city, Pompeii was destroyed and completely buried during a long catastrophic eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius spanning two days in 79 AD.
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."