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Italy

Italy is located on the Italian Peninsula in Southern Europe. It shares the borders in the north with France, Austria, Switzerland and Slovenia. Independent states of Vatican City and San Marino are located inside the Italian Peninsula.

Italy is a member of European Union (EU), G8 and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). It is sub-divided into 20 regions. It has a population of approximately 60 million inhabitants. Rome is the capital of Italy and is also its largest city. Other large cities in Italy include Milan, Naples, Turin, Palermo and Genoa. Interesting cities designated as world heritage sites by UNESCO to visit are Pisa, Siena, Florence and Verona in addition to Rome.

The following are two of our favourite tourist attractions in Italy:-

Roman Forum, Rome

The Roman Forum is located just within a stone's throw from the Roman Colloseum between the Palatine Hill and Capitoline Hill in the heart of the city of Rome. It consists of impressive ancient Roman ruins which are quite well preserved. The exact years in which the Roman Forum was constructed is not known. Nevertheless it was used as a city square in the past as well as for justice and faith. Among the ruins which are still standing today are the Temple of Saturn, the Temple of Antoninus and Faustine, the Temple of Castor and Pollux, the Temple of Vesta and the Column of Phocas.

Admission to the Roman Forum is free. The area is quite large and some walking is necessary. There are also plenty of opportunities to take lovely photographs. Take the opportunity to visit Roman Forum when you are in Rome for holidays or for business.

Palazzo Publicco, Siena

The Gothic style Palazzo Pubblico which is also the City Hall of Siena, is home to Museo Civico (the Civic Museum) located at Piazza del Campo 1 in the historic centre of Siena. Palazzo Pubblico was constructed in the 13th century while Museo Civico was founded in 1930.

Museo Civico today is home to some of the finest Sienese and Italian paintings, sculptures and frescoes that can be found in Siena in particular and Italy in general. A well-known painting by Simone Martini known as Allegory of Good and Bad Government is one of the popular art attractions in the museum. The museum attracts millions of tourists annually and is considered as one of the most popular tourist attractions in Siena.

Opening hours are between 10.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. daily during the summer months. Admission fee is approximately 10.00 euros per adult. Don't miss Museo Civico when you visit Siena!

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  • morne's Profile Photo
    Jan 3, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    stunning tips, I especially liked the one about the leather market. Love my leathers.

    • hopang's Profile Photo
      Jan 3, 2013 at 10:04 AM

      Hi Morne, Thanks for your visit to our Italy travel pages. Yes we remember the leather market in Florence. They marked up the price so high and you might end up paying less than half the price. ~ho & pang

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Dec 18, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Ho and Pang, very comprehensive "things to do" section on your Italy page. You have indeed visited the most touristy towns in Italy from Rome and the Vatican to Florence and Pisa. Well done.

    • hopang's Profile Photo
      Dec 19, 2012 at 10:40 AM

      Hi Holger, Thank you very much for visiting our Italy travel pages. We love Italy so much and certainly would love to visit more cities in Italy especially in the south. ~ho & pang

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Dec 15, 2012 at 4:39 AM

    Great tips! You have seen some nice places of Italy. It is a lovely country and I have visited twice, but hope to go back again and again.

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Dec 28, 2012 at 11:02 AM

      Just came back to see the rest of the Things to do tips. Some places I have also been to and others are still on my wish list!

    • hopang's Profile Photo
      Dec 28, 2012 at 1:04 PM

      Hi Malena, Thanks for your visit to the rest of our "Things to Do" travel tips. We have explored mostly northern and central Italy. Many of the cities are certainly beautiful. ~ho & pang

  • Geisha_Girl's Profile Photo
    Jan 23, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Ho & Pang! Hope your New Year is off to a fantastic start. What great Italy Travelogues here! I'll be back in Verona and visiting Montepulciano too!

  • mallyak's Profile Photo
    Jan 19, 2011 at 11:16 PM

    You guys have seen a lot of this lovely country...Your advice is normal..every country has its negatives..paradise exists only in heaven!

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Jan 8, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    nice stuff. happy new year - if a little belated. sb.

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Aug 11, 2010 at 5:59 AM

    Fantastic page! I studied your Verona pages mostly because I plan to make a day trip there next May! Thanks for all the great tips!

  • Lhenne1's Profile Photo
    Jun 10, 2010 at 5:46 AM

    Great tips! I stopped at an AutoGrill on my way to Assisi and they have great grilled sandwiches. I wish we had more of that kind of place in the states! Thanks for sharing the info! :) ~Laura

  • Court94403's Profile Photo
    Jun 6, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    Nice, Nice, Nice! LOVE this page

  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Jun 4, 2010 at 12:39 AM

    Reply to annecynn: Thanks for your comments. Backpack is for convenience! However in areas where there are large crowds, don't carry your backpack behind your back, instead carry in front of you. Please refer to our warnings or dangers tips! ~ho & pang

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