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Italy

Italy
  • Capital city: Rome
  • Population: 60,808,000 (est. 2015)
  • Size of country: 301,340 sq km
  • Currency: Euro
  • Power supply: 220/240v
  • Sockets: 2 pin round
  • Language: ItalianTime difference: GMT +1 hr
  • Visas: Visas are not required for UK citizens to travel to Italy
  • Religion: Christian 80% (overwhelming Roman Catholic with very small groups of Jehova Witnesses and Protestants), Muslims NEGL (about 700,000 but growing), Atheists and Agnostics 20%
  • Popular dishes: In the Alpine region traditional Ladin dishes include ‘canederli’ (bread dumplings), barley soup and ‘tutres’ (ricotta cheese, spinach or sauerkraut pancakes). In Sicily pasta and 'peasant' dishes such as Maccu - a traditional bean soup - are commonly eaten. Neopolitan cuisine is characterised by delicious pasta dishes and an abundance of seafood as well as being the home of the modern pizza.
  • Popular drinks: Beer is very popular and the South Tyrol has several good local brews.
  • Did you know: The Ladin flag comprises three horizontal stripes – green, white and blue which represent the grass, snow and sky. The flag was banned by Mussolini during the Second World War as an anti-Italian symbol but was reintroduced once the war ended.
  • FCO advice: FCO travel advice
  • World Travel Guide: World Travel Guide / Italy
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