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Italy is a large country in Southern Europe. It is home to the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites - art and monuments are everywhere around the country. It is also famous worldwide for its cuisine, its fashion, the luxury sports cars and motorcycles, as well as for its beautiful coasts, lakes and mountains (the Alps and Appennines).
The climate of the costal regions is a typical Mediterranean climate with mild winters and generally hot and dry summers. Italy and the large islands of Sicily and Sardinia have very changeable weather in autumn, winter, and spring in marked contrast to the settled sunny weather of summer.
Bologna is a historical city, the main city in Emilia-Romagna (a region in northern Italy) famous for its cuisine (la cucina Bolognese), and for its architectural palette of reds, oranges, and yellows, hence the name of Bologna la rossa (Bologna the red), as well as its twentieth-century history as a communist stronghold in Italy.
The city has grown more and more popular with tourists, who see it as an excellent destination for a one-day-stopover on their trip-route, expecially between Venice and Florence.
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Florence (Italian: Firenze) is the capital of the region of Tuscany in Italy, with a population of some 400,000. It is a fantastically beautiful city, a cultural, artistic and architectural gem.
Florence was very much the epicentre of the Italian Renaissance and remains one of the world's top attractions for lovers of art. Florence is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Located in the heart of Tuscany, a stunning province of hills and mountains, the Renaissance capital of the world, with famous sons like Leonardo, Dante, Machiavelli and Michelangelo, is a sight not to be missed.
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Naples is the capital of the Campania region and the Province of Naples. The city has a population of about 1 million. It is located halfway between the volcano, Vesuvius and a separate volcanic area, the Campi Flegrei, all part of the Campanian volcanic arc.
Naples is rich in historical, artistic and cultural traditions and gastronomy. Neapolitan ('o napulitano) is the colourful, rich dialect that has been a trademark of southern Italy ever since the period of the Kingdom of Naples and the Two Sicilies. This history, coupled with its size, has given Naples the unofficial status of being the Capital of the Southern Italy.
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Rome, the Eternal City, is the capital of Italy and of the Lazio (Latium) region: it is the famed city of the Seven Hills, La Dolce Vita, the Vatican City and Three Coins in the Fountain... Its Historic Centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The population of the metropolitan area is 3.3 million.
Situated on the River Tiber, between the Apennine Mountains and the Tyrrhenian Sea, the Eternal City was once the administrative center of the mighty Roman Empire, governing a vast region that stretched all the way from Britain to Mesopotamia. Today it remains the seat of the Italian government and home to numerous ministerial offices.
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Venice, Italy (Venezia in Italian) is still one of the most interesting and lovely places in the world. This sanctuary on a lagoon is virtually the same as it was five hundred years ago, which adds to the fascinating character. Venice has certainly begun to decay since its heyday and is heavily touristed (there are slightly more tourists than residents)-- but the romantic charm remains.
Venice is made of different parts. The most famous is the island of Venice where the main monuments are located, than there are several islands sourronding the main one and lastly there is Mestre another town (but still part of Venice) which is linked to Venice by a 5 kilometers bridge. In Mestre live more than 220.000 inhabitants, in Venice less than 60.000
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