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!
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.
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
|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)|
|Time Zone||UTC +1|