Hip Guide to Italy

Hip Guide to Italy
Italy is the boot which sticks out into the Mediterranean Sea from central Europe. Italy has influenced the world for a thousand years as the seat of power for the Catholic Church is in the Vatican, in Rome. Italy is currently undergoing economic crises due to debt like most capitalistic countries, but also holds the third largest stash of gold in the world. Italy is well known for excellent food, fine wine, and fabulous art and architecture. A trip to Italy will be unforgettable.Whether you come for a quick visit or extended tour, you will find a wealth of information about destinations here. The Hip Guide to Italy offers the highlights of the country, and contains many tips for making your stay here more rewarding.The Hip Guide to Italy is your source for hotel reservations, tourist information, events, reviews, shopping and much more. Don’t forget to visit our Italy Photo Gallery! Bookmark this site, and visit whenever you need to find out what’s happening in Italy.THIS SITE IS INTERACTIVE! You can participate by adding your own reviews, comments, stories or event listings. Don’t forget to tell your friends about us!

Italy Map

Explore Italy with this handy interactive map. Double-click to zoom in, and click and drag to move it around. You can change the view from terrain to a street map or a satellite view of the area you are interested in.

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An Alternative Guide to Rome

An Alternative Guide to Rome

As the capital of Italy and former cradle of the Roman Empire, Roma is the exquisite embodiment of La Dolce Vita and a proud culmination of thousands of years of history. No other city has had such a profound impact on Western Civilization.

Rome is home to over 3 million people and UNESCO World Heritage landmarks at every turn. To walk the city blind, sans guidebook, is to stumble on glorious magnum opuses like Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum, monuments of Capitoline Hill and Palatine Hill, Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica.

Beneath the star attractions… Continue reading

Italian Cuisine



Italian food inside of Italy is different than Italian in America or western Europe. Italian food is based upon a few simple ingredients and Italians often have very discriminating tastes that may seem strange to Americans and other visitors. For instance, a sandwich stand might sell 4 different types of ham sandwiches that in each case contain ham, mayonnaise, and cheese. The only thing that may differ between the sandwiches is the type of ham or cheese used in them. Rustichella and panzerotti are two examples of sandwiches well-liked by Italians and tourists alike. Also, Italian sandwiches are… Continue reading

Italy Facts

Capital Rome
Government republic
Currency euro € (EUR)
Area 301,230 sq km
Population 58,133,509 (July 2006 est.)
Language Italian (official); minor German, French and Slovene-speaking communities
Religion predominately Roman Catholic (official) with mature Protestant and Jewish communities and a growing Muslim immigrant community
Electricity 230V/50Hz (European or Italian plug)
Calling Code +39
Internet TLD .it
Time Zone UTC +1

Source: Wikipedia

Getting Around Italy

By train

The Italian rail system has different train types: TBiz, EurostarItalia, Eurostar City Italia, IntercityPlus, Intercity, Espresso, Interregionale and Regionale, Eurostar Italia and TBiz being the classiest. Generally speaking, for a given distance each tier costs twice as much as the one below it. The train cars used by the TBiz and Eurostar Italia services are far newer than those used by the other types, but are not necessarily more comfortable. In fact, the cars used by Intercity trains might be split up into distinct, six-seater compartments, which is really nice when… Continue reading
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