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About Tourism In Italy

Tourism is one of Italy's major industries, employing some 23,000 people. Italy is the world's fifth most visited county according to the World Tourism Organization, a United Nations agency based in Madrid. Popular destinations for tourism in Italy include Venice, Florence and Rome. This article will look at some popular types of tourism in Italy. Whilst the Mediterranean attracts a lot of tourists from Northern Europe who are attracted by its climate and its beaches, Americans are more likely to head to domestic destinations, to the Caribbean or to Mexico for those purposes. So this article will concentrate on other forms of tourism in Italy. It’s provided by a dealer of Venetian masks who started ecommerce in boat hire.

Rome, the "Eternal City" is the primary destination for historically based tourism in Italy. Once the seat of the world's mightiest empire, Rome's draw as a tourist destination continues to this day. The Coliseum is one of the world's most famous and instantly recognizable landmarks, and is depicted on the Italian version of the 5-cent Euro coin. Built around 71 AD, its original name was the Flavian Amphitheater, named after the Roman Emperor Titus Flavius Vespasianus, who commissioned the building. It was the site of the putal gladiatorial games where men fought to the death for the entertainment of the masses.

Rome also houses the Vatican, which is actually a sovereign state in its own right, the world's smallest, covering a mere 0.17 square miles - the same size as Tiananmen Square in Beijing! Catholics in particular will want to check out the Vatican, being the spiritual center of their faith, but even non-Catholics can enjoy the magnificent art and architecture contained therein.

Italy is also home to a number of ski resorts. Mont Blanc, on the Italian-Swiss border, is Europe's highest mountain and is cold enough for almost year-round skiing. Courmayeur is the ski resort on the Italian side of Mont Blanc and attracts visitors from all over the world, including the US. The resort's website boasts that more languages are spoken there than at the UN.

Cortina, in the Dolomite Mountains, is an up-market Italian ski resort. Unlike Courmayeur, it is more popular with Italians than with overseas visitors, so it is worth visiting if you believe in going where the locals go when traveling. You may still spot the occasional American celepity there Sylvester Stallone, who filmed Cliffhanger in the Dolomites, has been known to pay the occasional return visit to Cortina.

Italy is also famous for its food and wine, and there are travel companies that specialize in tours allowing you to sample various regional dishes and visit some vineyards too. One such is Cellar Tours, which offers tours of Italy that include samplings of wines, cheeses and balsamic vinegars. You also get to visit some of Italy's most beautiful locations, and all trips are individually tailored to your needs. These are high end tours, where you get to stay in luxury hotels and are driven in your own chauffeured Mercedes. Ideal for a romantic getaway, or just for lovers of the finer things in life.

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December 18th, 2011 at 6:06 pm