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Climate and Weather

Summer would be best time to plan a trip to Italy.

Springs (62-74°F) are hot because the winds from the Sahara flow across the Mediterranean Sea and all the way up towards the Alps. This covers up Italy and makes it hot. Summers (82-88°F) are is usually dry with rainstorms that happen once in a while. Falls (63-83°F) in Italy are nice and cool because this is when the air from the Sahara retracts from Italy. Then, cool and moist air that is from the Atlantic Ocean flows eastward and it covers up the country. Winters (54-56°F) are cold and snowy in the highest regions of the country, Alps and Apennines. Days are usually warm in areas that are bordered by the Mediterranean Sea.

Northern Italy - 30 or more inches of rain per year, just enough to raise crops

Southern Italy - 15 inches of rain per year, very dry


Italian is mainly the first language of most of Italy. Only a few communities use different languages as their first language. In Trentino-Alto Adige, a mountainous region in northern Italy, German is the people's first language. Parts of northwestern Italy have French as its first language. Some communities in southern Italy speak Greek and sometimes Albanian. In the northern part of Venetia, Slovenian and Ladin are spoken. Slovenian is a Slavic language. Ladin is a language that is close to the Romansh of the Swiss.

One holiday that is celebrated is the Epiphany. This is a Christian festival that Christians celebrate on January 6. In Eastern churches, Epiphany celebrates the baptism of Jesus. People in Western churches celebrate by reading Biblical text that describe the various appearances of Jesus.

Most of the Italian population is Roman Catholic. But there are also other small religious groups such as:

  • the Jews
  • the Muslims
  • the Protestants

Current Info

  • Currency - Euros
  • Euro --> USD - Rounded up to $1.13
  • Republic headed by a president
  • President - Sergio Mattarella
  • Prime Minister - Matteo Renzi
  • Switched to agriculture economy after WWII though it still has bits of mining and manufacturing
  • 40+% of Italy is farmed
  • Most farms are small
  • Grapes and olives are one of Italy's most valuable crops
  • Wine and olive oil are major exports

Cheese Pizza

  • 1/4 cup dry yeast
  • 1 cup of lukewarm water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup tomato puree
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1 tablespoon chopped basil
  • 4 ounces mozzarella cheese

How to Make:

  1. In a plastic bowl combine yeast, water and sugar
  2. Stir and leave alone for 15 minutes
  3. Put in 1 cup flour and the salt and stir
  4. Get a kneading board and dump mixture into it
  5. Knead until soft and elastic but not sticky
  6. Form dough into a ball
  7. Get another bowl and pour in the olive oil and spread it
  8. Coat the ball of dough with oil and leave it in there for 40 minutes with a damp towel on top
  9. Punch down dough and knead for 2 minutes
  10. Spread dough onto pan
  11. For the sauce, in another bowl, put in pureed tomatoes, tomato paste, minced garlic, and basil
  12. Spread the sauce onto the pizza dough
  13. Top it off with mozzarella cheese
  14. Bake at 500°F for 11-13 minutes


  • Day 1 - Fly to Venice, Italy and go to the Hotel Al Ponte Antico - $4122.41

Hotel Al Ponte Antico

  1. Non - Smoking
  2. With View
  3. Heating
  4. Free Wi-fi Internet
  5. Satellite TV
  6. Radio
  7. Stereo System
  8. Mini-bar
  9. Safe
  10. Air Conditioning
  11. Free cradle
  • Day 2 - Walk along the Grand Canal and maybe take a water taxi - $44.99
  • Day 3 - Go to the Piazza San Marco and go inside St. Mark's Basilica
  • Day 4 - Go to Doge's Palace and take a tour of the duke's rooms, prison, and armory
  • Day 5 - Visit the Rialto Bridge and maybe buy a selfie stick to take pictures to send them to the people you hate - $40.00
  • Day 6 - It's the last day at the hotel so you chillax at the room and order room service and watch Keeping Up With the Kardashians - $50.00
  • Day 7 - Fly back to Chicago and brag to your friends - $3410

GRAND TOTAL...$7670.40

Works Cited

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Hotel Al Ponte Antico. N.p., 2015. Web. 27 Apr. 2015. <>.

Raitt, Jill. “Epiphany.” World Book. N.p.: n.p., n.d. World Book Student. Web. 28 Apr. 2015. <>.

Siano, Priscila. “The Leaning Tower of Pisa.” Tour Italy Now. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Apr. 2015. <>.

Smith, Janet. “Basic Cheese Pizza.” Food. N.p., 2015. Web. 29 Apr. 2015. <>.