Canaletto painting come to life. Nowhere else you can experience such architectural harmony on such a grand scale. Centuries old buildings, bridges, piazzas, palaces, chapels, churches and many other architectural structures form together as a collection of artwork. Probably, more than anything else, Italy is an open air
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Ethnic groups: Italian (includes small clusters of German-, French-, and Slovene-Italians in the north and Albanian-Italians and Greek-Italians in the south)
Religions: predominately Roman Catholic with mature Protestant and Jewish communities and a growing Muslim immigrant community
Languages: Italian (official), German (parts of Trentino-Alto Adige region are predominantly German speaking), French (small French-speaking minority in Valle d'Aosta region), Slovene (Slovene-speaking minority in the Trieste-Gorizia area)
Although Italy is known for its inimitable style, delicious food, and incredible wines, it’s also known for its boisterous spirit. Italians are warm, talkative, and expressive. They live with gusto! From the Dolomiti Mountains to Agrigento, and from bustling, cosmopolitan Rome to the canals of Venice, you will find an enthusiastic welcome, a treasure trove of artistic riches, and incomparable beauty. History buffs will delights in Italy’s diverse ethnic background, shaped by Etruscan, Greek, and Roman colonization. Wherever you may travel and in whatever season, Italy will enchant you with its gastronomic delicacies, art and music, and incredible landscapes and architecture.
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Area: Land boundaries:
total: 301,230 sq km total: 1,932.2 km
land: 294,020 sq km border countries: Austria 430 km,
water: 7,210 sq km France 488 km, Holy See (Vatican City) 3.2 km,
note: includes Sardinia and Sicily San Marino 39 km, Slovenia 232 km, Switzerland 740 km