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Country Introduction:

Italy is Europe's iconic land of effortless style, easy living, history, art, magnificent structures and buildings, delicious food, and so much more. Brunelleschi's dome in Florence, the Roman Colosseum, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Gothic Duomo in Milan, and gondola rides in Venice are just a few of the hot spots in Italy. Travel throughout the country and try their delicious pizza, pasta, espresso, gelato, and tiramisu. A common Italian phrase is Ciao bella! (Hi/Bye beautiful!)


Department of State Link:

Physical Geography:

Physical Map of Italy

Culture and People:


  • Italian Profile
  • Italy - Matador Network


  • Italian Language Guide 
  • Italian Words and Phrases

Religion and Beliefs

  • Italian People and Their Beliefs
  • Religion in Italy


  • Italian Food

Demography and Ethnicity

  • Demographics

Institutions (e.g., family, government)

  • The World Factbook: Italian Government
  • Italian Government

Gender and Sexuality

Higher Education

Hazards and Risks:
  • Crime
  • Worldwide Caution
  • Health Risks
  • Food Precautions
  • Vulnerability to Weather
Health and Insurance:
Current Issues:
Cost of Living:
Historical Resources:
  • History
  • History of Nations: Italy
Additional Resources:
Getting Around Italy:
  • Public Transportation Overview in Italy
  • Metro in

Additional Resources:

  • Housing and Living Conditions in Italy
  • Passport Information
  • Introducing Italy
  • General Information about Italy
  • NetGlobers: How to Travel Safely in Italy
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