Italy Brochure (Glog)
And the weather forecast is…just kidding, but read carefully, because nobody wants to be freezing during a great trip to Italy. During the winter in the north it is usually cold and rainy. Near Rome it is usually cool, and the winter is mild in the south. The summers are very hot, sometimes reaching 104 degrees Fahrenheit, or 40 degrees Celsius. Italy’s natural resources are olives, fish, zinc, pyrite, aluminum, mercury, potash, marble, sulfur, natural gas, crude oil reserves, arable land (able to be farmed productively), and coal.
Italian culture is very special to the Italians; they speak Italian (duh). They’re always on the cutting edge of pop culture and fashion. The government type in Italy is a democratic republic with a multiparty system, and is conducted through a parliamentary. The euro exchange rate to an U.S. dollar is 0.80. The most popular religion is Roman Catholic Christianity, and the center of this is Rome or more precisely Vatican City. When two Italians meet each other it is customary to kiss each other on the cheek and greetings are enthusiastic, yet formal. Italians are guided by first impressions, so it is important to show respect when meeting someone new. These etiquette rules are very important because Italians take social customs very seriously.
There are many ways to travel in Italy from motorized scooters to good ol’ cars. Buses, trains, and subways (subways are only in Naples, Rome, Milan, and Turin) are for public use and most houses have a car. Motorized scooters are very popular in Italy, especially to the locals. All goods are transported by sea and there are a total of 132 airports in Italy. You should probably pay attention to this because who wants to get lost on a trip to Italy?
Italy’s food is one of their most important things that they cherish and some families could happily spend three hours late at night eating. In Italy, food is considered an art and Italians take it seriously. Pasta is Italy’s most popular food since they invented it; also Italy is very famous for their pizza and cheese. Gelato (Italian ice or ice cream) is a very popular food in Italy that many love and enjoy during a hot summer day. When you are at Italy you want to know what cultural kinds of food you can have and make the most of your trip food wise for good memories.
It is always good to know the history of the country you are visiting, because it helps you learn more and impress your friends. Rome became a city in 700 B.C. and the Roman Empire was established in 31 B.C. by Augustus Caesar. In 485 A.D. Attila the Hutt and other barbarians took over the Empire. Soon after Italy was held by the popes in the Middle Ages and in 1804 Napoleon Bonaparte became the leader. In Vatican City and Rome are the home of Roman Catholic Christianity and the home of the popes. Later in 1861 Italy became a nation and in 1948 it became a republic after being a fascist country led by Benito Mussolini.
Popular Tourist Sites
If you want to make the most of your trip to Italy then you might want to visit some of these old ruins, cities, mountains, or even just well known land marks. The statue of David was made by Michelangelo and is very old and unique because you can see his muscles and tendons very well. There are also many medieval villages that one could visit if you were interested in the middle ages. The City of Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius can show you the power of the Romans and how their empire was superior over all the others. The Coliseum and the leaning tower of Pisa are great landmarks throughout Italy. The City of Venice is probably Italy’s most amazing place because it is a city on water. The only ways to travel is by walking or on a gondola (a boat) since no cars are allowed in the city. The canals of Venice are very unique to Italy and they are probably a must see there.
Italy’s economy is a very unique kind of market. With agriculture in the south and industries in the north (mostly private owned companies) these are big money makers for Italy. If you wanted to get something unique at Italy it shouldn’t be hard since Italy is unique itself. The popular Lamborghinis that are made in Italy can be seen or bought even with the high prices their very well made cars. Italy is also known for its leather and shoes, but probably the most well-known item in Italy is the Murano glass. These are hand crafted glass items that can’t really be found anywhere else and are very special to Italy. When you go to a trip you always want souvenirs and any of these could be great gifts or will bring back many memories.
There are multiple current events that are happening in Italy that you should probably know about. Francesco Saverio Romano is the new minister of agriculture, despite the fact that he is being probed for mafia crimes. Also, Italy will be in control of the naval forces in the mission to help Libya and there was a big mozzarella recall and many schools had to stop their lunch periods.