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‘The creator made Italy from designs by Michelangelo’ – Mark Twain

Italy is style all the way. It’s shaped like a boot and no ordinary boot this! Italy's fashions are enduring, its cars snazzy, its cathedrals calm, its landscape awesome, its piazzas packed and its pizzas…lip smacking-phenomenal!

For the visitor, Italy is a feast for the senses. You can’t go through Italia without a heightened consciousness of beauty. Whether in the glorious hues of the Tuscan landscape, in the seamless amalgamation of the riches of the past, the reality of the present and the hopes of the future, or in the majesty of the Alps, Italy is all one elegant casket of flavourful stuff. You may choose to do the popular circuit of Rome, Florence and Venice where there are more than enough museums, churches, piazzas and gondolas on canals to keep you happy. Or you may choose instead to strike out into the countryside where the pleasures derived from the scenery and the passionate people are enormous.

At any rate, on any trip, Italy promises lots and delivers more.

The Italians sure drink a lot of coffee and eat pasta - 600 cups of coffee and 25 kgs of pasta per person per year!

Italy has many firsts to its name—they first invented ice cream, thermometer, typewriter and eyeglasses.

There are more grandparents than grandchildren around in Italy - the birth rate in Italy is one of the lowest in the world.

With almost 40 million tourists every year, Italy has the most hotel rooms in Europe!

You will see the symbol SPQR on many ancient buildings which stands for the ‘Senate and the People of Rome.’

Italy has more volcanoes out of which three are active and experience maximum earthquakes than any other European country.

You will find more masterpieces of art per square mile in the country than any other country in the world.

Italy is home to some of the greatest fashion houses like Dolce & Gabbana, Georgio Armani, Gucci, Roberto Cavalli, Ferragamo Salvatore, Gianni Versace, Valentino Garavani any many more.

Did you know Italy is the world’s largest Kiwi producing country in the world?

Italy was home to famous explorers like Christopher Colombus and Marco Polo.

Most famous plays of the William Shakespeare were set in Italy like Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Othello, The Winter’s Tale and The Two Gentleman of Verona.

In fact the word Trivia itself has been derived from the Italian/Latin word Trivium, meaning intersection of three roads or some unimportant place.

If you are travelling to Pisa at the end of March, make sure to change the year on your calendar. The Pisans seem to be one step ahead of us. Interestingly the New Year is celebrated twice in Pisa – one on the 1st of January and other on the 25th of March, which makes them a year ahead of the rest of the world. For example when it is March 25, 2013 for us, starting March 26th the city will already be in 2014. The tradition traces back to the age of the Roman Empire when the Ancient Romans used to inaugurate the New Year on their calendar, whose first dates correspond to the initial days of March.

Did you know that the Leaning Tower of Pisa started leaning shortly after its construction began in 1173.

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