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<p><img src="" class="rightwise" title="colosseum, rome, italy" alt="colosseum, rome, italy" /></p> <p><strong>Capital:</strong> <a href="/contikipedia/articles/rome">Rome</a></p> <p><strong>Currency:</strong> <a href="/contikipedia/articles/the-euro">Euro</a></p> <p><strong>Language:</strong> <a href="/contikipedia/articles/western-european-language-basics">Italian</a>, English occasionally</p> <p><strong>Visas:</strong> <a href="/contikipedia/articles/visas-travelling-to-europe">Travel Visa Information</a></p> <p><a href="/search?scope=tours&amp;terms=italy"><strong>Contiki Tours that travel to Italy &gt;</strong></a></p> <p>Italy (Italian: Italia) conjures dreams of love, romance, beautiful food, people and language. Italy has inspired countless poets, writers and film makers and continues to entice tens of millions of people to visit this diverse country every year.</p> <p>The deep history that is visible in its buildings, art, architecture and people is also a major draw-card along with family ties that stretch back generations drawing Italians from all over the world &#8216;home&#8217;. Even for the uninitiated, the promise of seeing some of the most famous and celebrated sites in the world like the <a href="/contikipedia/articles/pisa">Leaning Tower of Pisa</a>, the Colosseum of <a href="/contikipedia/articles/rome">Rome</a>, St Peters Basilica and the roof of the Sistine Chapel in the <a href="/contikipedia/articles/vatican-city">Vatican</a> the gondolas of <a href="/contikipedia/articles/venice">Venice</a> and the food, art and culture of <a href="/contikipedia/articles/florence">Florence</a> (to name too few) creates a sense of excitement.</p> <p>Simply the idea of &#8216;Italy&#8217; inspires many to travel there to experience it for themselves.</p> <p><img src="" class="rightwise" title="pisa, italy" alt="pisa, italy" /></p> <ul> <li><a href="/contikipedia/articles/manners-and-customs-italy">Manners and Customs</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li><a href="/contikipedia/articles/art-and-culture-italy">Art and Culture</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li><a href="/contikipedia/articles/italian-food-and-drink">Food and Drink</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li><a href="/contikipedia/articles/sports-italy">Sports</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li><a href="/contikipedia/articles/shopping-italy">Shopping</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li><a href="/contikipedia/articles/places-contiki-visits-in-italy">Places Contiki Visits in Italy</a></li> </ul>