Relaxing Vacation in Italy

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The life vacation

Everyone well knows Italy due to its exquisite foods and its amazing wines. Many recognize the Leaning Tower of Pisa or the crowded Venice canals. But few have actually experienced the wonders of its coasts and landmarks.

Currency and Exchange Rate

Italy uses the European Euro. 1 U.S dollar is equal to .7194 euros. You can exchange the dollar for a Euro at any European airport. The currency of the Euro replaced the old Lira in 2002. The Euro comes in bills of 5, 10, 20, 100, 200, 500, and in coins of 1, 2, 5, 20, and 50.

The Government

Italy has a democratic government, meaning its president is voted by the citizens. Very like the United States of America, it has 3 branches of government. Italy is part of the European Union, meaning it works as a collaborative government with the 27 members in the EU. Its national anthem is II Canto Degli Italiani, a cheerful short verse without words.

Italian Language and Gestures

People from Italy, or Italians, speak their own Latin-based language; Italian (Italiano). Many of the younger people know English as a second language, while alot of the older people speak German (Deutsche) or French (Francais). In Italy people use many hand gestures as they talk, such as raising their hand above their head to exaggerate a point or smacking their head to show someones bad choices. Some words or phrases every traveler should know are: where is the restroom? (Dove e' il bagno?), May I have a/ some/the...? (Posso avere/ un/ il...?), and Where is the nearest inn? (Dove si trova l'hotel piu' vicino?)

Interesting facts over Italy

Italy is the large, boot shaped country with two major islands on the southern part of Europe. It has large wine and cheese industries, among the largest of the world. Some Italians rent apartments permanently rather than saving to buy a real house. Italy houses many adventures, such as the relaxing islands of Sicily, the gondolas of the soothing Venice, and the Upper City of Bergamo which are all worth a visit.Watching Formula 1 or playing soccer, their most recognized sport, would be a fantastic exercise, while eating Italian cuisine, such as pasta, polenta or osso buco would be a seizing getaway. No matter where in Italy you are, there is always a wonderful thing to see: from the Villa Necchi Campiglio in Milan, to the ancient Pompeii day trip. Stay in Italy to see the annual celebration of their local guardian saint, or spectate an Italian Christmas, New Years, and Epiphany.

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