The Italian Republic (Italian: Repubblica Italiana) or Italy (Italia), is a country located in Southern Europe, that comprises the Po River valley, the Italian Peninsula and the two largest islands in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily and Sardinia. It is also called by Italians lo Stivale ("the Boot,") or la Penisola. Travel to this gorgeous country of majestic mountains, placid lakes, splendid cities and wonderful walled villages then why not take the opportunity to also visit the idyllic islands.
Italy shares its northern alpine boundary with France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. The independent countries of San Marino and the Vatican City are enclaves within Italian territory, while Campione d'Italia is an Italian exclave in Switzerland. Italy was home to many well-known and influential European cultures, including the Etruscans, Greeks, and the Romans. Its capital Rome has been a historically important world city, especially as the core of ancient Rome and the Roman Catholic Church.
When you are departing from Greece with Ferry Travels, we suggest you to book a ferry to Italy ‘s romantic city of Venice where you can take a tour of the city in a gondola, walk the narrow streets admiring some stunning architecture. Also you may want to enjoy a cappuccino on the Piazza San Marco.
For more than 3,000 years, Italy experienced migrations and invasions from Germanic, Celtic, Frankish, Lombard, Byzantine Greek, Saracen, Norman, and Angevin peoples during the Middle Ages, followed by the Italian Renaissance period, in which the Italian Wars took place and various city-states were noted for their cultural achievements. Italy divided into many independent states and often experienced foreign domination before Italian unification took place, creating Italy as an independent nation-state for the first time in its history.
The Italian climate is uniquely diverse and can be far from the stereotype of a "land of sun.", depending on the region. The north of Italy (Turin, Milan, and Bologna) has a true continental climate, while below Florence it becomes more and more Mediterranean. The coastal regions, where most of the large towns are located, have a typical Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot and generally dry summers. The length and intensity of the summer dry season increases southwards.
Its capital city, Rome is buzzing with life as well as offering the peace and quiet of the ancient ruins of Roman Forum or the Colosseum. Florence is waiting for you with the impressive Uffizi Gallery with masterpieces dating back several centuries. Today, Italy is a highly-developed country with the 7th-highest GDP and the 17th-highest Human Development Index rating. It is a member of the G8 and a founding member of what is now the European Union, having signed the Treaty of Rome in 1957.
Italy consists predominantly of a large peninsula (the Italian Peninsula) with a distinctive boot shape that extends into the Mediterranean Sea, where together with its two main islands - Sicily and Sardinia - it creates distinct bodies of water, such as the Adriatic Sea to the north-east, the Ionian Sea to the south-east, the Tyrrhenian Sea to the south-west and finally the Ligurian Sea to the north-west.
But Italy has more to offer than its historic cities. With Ferry Travels you can book a ferry to Italy ’s islands of Sardinia, Elba or Sicily. Elba, the pearl of the Tuscan Archipelago, gives the sensation of so much in so little as in the small spaces of the island we travel over tourist attractions and natural landscapes of big contrast. The Apennine Mountains form the backbone of this peninsula, leading north-west to where they join the Alps, the mountain range that then forms an arc enclosing Italy from the north. Here is also found a large alluvial plain, the Po-Venetian plain, drained by the Po River and its many tributaries flowing down from the Alps (Dora Baltea, Sesia, Ticino, Adda, Oglio, Mincio) and Apennines (Tanaro, Trebbia, Taro, Secchia, Panaro). Other well-known or importants rivers include the Tiber, Adige, Arno, Piave, Reno, Volturno, Tagliamento, Liri-Garigliano and Isonzo.
After crossing the Channel with Ferry Travels, you may feel that you need a ferry to Italy from there. With a wonderful climate year round Italy is a perfect destination for a holiday whether you are an art lover or a gourmand. In the north of Italy, you may want to visit Milan which is a hotspot for fashion lovers; also we invite you to enjoy your espresso in one of the many modern bars across the city.
Italy is more typically associated with two famous volcanoes: the currently dormant Vesuvius near Naples and the very active Etna on Sicily. On Sicily you can enjoy the breathtaking views of the active volcano of Etna and feel the heat from the ashes by talking a walk on the volcano. As well, you can enjoy its highest point, Mont Blanc.
Ferry crossings to Italy are also available to book from Slovenia, Croatia, Greece and Albania, so visit Ferry Travels and start planning your holiday to Italy.