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Rent a Car in Italy. Country Guide.

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Italy and car rental

 

 

  • - Official name: Italian republic
  • -  Form of government: republic
  • - Area: 300,000 sq km
  • - Population: 58,600,000 inhabitants
  • - Official language: Italian
  • - Religion: 95% Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox
  • - Capital: Rome
  • - Currency: EUR
  • - Time Zone: GMT +1
  • - Internet domain: .it
  • - Area code: 00 39

 

 

Geographic location

 

Italy is situated in Southern Europe and consists primarily of a boot-shaped peninsula and two large islands in Mediterranean Sea, Sicily and Sardinia. Italy is divided into 20 regions, five of which have special autonomous status: Valle d'Aosta, Trentino - Alto Adige, Sicily, Sardinia, Friuli-Venezia Giulia.

 

Apennine Mountains are located in the center of the peninsula, going east, merging with the Alps, which then form an arc, closing in northern Italy. Here is also a large alluvial lagoon, Venetian Lagoon, crossed by the Po River and its many tributaries which flow from the Alps, Apennines and Dolomites. Other well-known rivers are Tiber, Adige and Arno. Italy's highest point is White Mountain (Monte Bianco) to 4808 m, but Italy is mainly associated with two famous volcanoes: Vesuvius now sleeping in Naples and Etna in Sicily.

 

Neighbors

 

Italy borders with France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia in the north, and is washed by several seas - it is Adriatic Sea in the east, Ionian Sea in the south-east, the Tyrrhenian Sea in the west.

 

Climate

 

Continental, with an average temperature of 1.5 º C in January and 24 ° C in July. The weather is very diverse though. You can drive a car through the mountainous regions in the north and experience some harsh winter weather, while close to the south and Florence you will most likely feel the Mediterranean stereotype with mild winters and hot summers.

 

History of Italy

 

The area has been inhabited since the paleolithic age, but the first known records about civilization come from the time of ancient Greece, which had its colonies in Sicily and on the Italian coast. Ancient Rome started as a small colony, but with the decline of the Greek hegemony in the Mediterranean it grew into one of the most powerful states of all times. The Roman Empire ruled over the large territory for centuries, until the 4th century - then, after many attacks of Eastern tribes and also shifts in religion and unstable administration of a huge territory, the Roman Empire split in two. Western Empire quickly disintegrated and new so called barbaric states arose instead. The Eastern, Byzantine Empire, was then left alone to carry on with Roman legacy.

 

Italy during the middle ages is mainly characterized by its merchant republics; independent cities which served as gateways to the East and its wealth. They were also strongly involved in Crusades. The most importance was gained by Venice and Pisa, followed by Amalfi and Genoa. In the 15th and 16th century, Italy became a center of the movement called humanism, represented by many great artists and public figures of the time, starting a new era called Renaissance. Among all we can name Petrarch, Boccaccio, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael Santi, Boticelli, etc. The only way how they were able to create such an incredible amount of art pieces, was to rent large workshops, where many young assistants actually made the paintings and statues according to miniatures prepared by the master. Italy in the 17th - 19th century was marked by many foreign invasions and especially Napoleonic wars, leaving the territory in fragments and divided. It was only in the revolutionary second half of 19th century, when the whole Italy was united under the rule of the Savoy dynasty. Italy also fought in the first world war, but the war left the economy devastated and opened the door to a revolution and installation of a fascist regime led by Benito Mussolini. Italy was defeated in the second world war, and soon after became a republic. USA helped with reinstating of Italian economy and today Italy is a developed state, member of European Union and NATO.

 

The major cities with car hire offers

 

Rome, Florence, Pisa, Venice, Naples, Milan, Turin, Palermo, Bologna, Genoa.

 

Tourism and tourist attractions

 

Italy is full of culture, history and special sceneries, which makes it one of the favorite destinations for tourists from all over the world. Our car rental is available in every larger town or city, so that you can enjoy your vacation or business trip without worrying about your transportation any more.

 

Rome with our car rental offers is a must see

 

Italian capital is situated on the River Tiber and has a long history, being over the centuries the capital of the Roman Republic, Roman Empire and modern Italy. Rome is a major tourist center. Stunning historical monuments of Romanian, Etruscan, Renaissance and Baroque origin left by the passage of time, have to offer something for everyone. The largest and most important city of Italy, economic and cultural center, is inhabited by over 2.5 million people, joined by millions of tourists who visit it each year. The main tourist attractions are the Colosseum, Trajan's Column, the Pantheon, hundreds of churches and monuments, and of course the magnificent Vatican.

 

- Church of Santa Maria Maggiore

 

Church of Santa Maria Maggiore is one of the four major churches in Rome, built in 352 AD and it is dedicated to St. Mary. Dwelling was built after the Pope Liberius saw in a dream Mother of God, which prompted him to make such a construction.

 

- Castle Sant 'Angelo

 

The building, originally built as a mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian, is a circular fortress, which can be reached by crossing one of the most beautiful bridges in the world: Pont Sant 'Angelo, created by architect Bernini. In the sixth century, it was transformed into a papal fortress, and it is connected by underground passages to the Vatican. There were a few popes who felt the need to use a secret passage in times of danger. Today, there is an interesting museum.

 

- Church of the Gesù in Rome

 

Built between 1554 and 1584, Church of the Gesù is a large church in Rome, the Jesuits' first church. The facade was designed by Giacomo della Porta. The building served over time as a model for many churches built in Baroque style in central Europe.

 

- Colosseum

 

Colosseum remains the most famous and largest arena ever built by the Romans. The construction was initiated by the Emperor Vespasian and finished by Titus eight years later. It was an incredible accomplishment for the Roman builders, because the amphitheater was and still remains a grand sight. Ellipse-shaped, with large axis of 186 m, 150 m small axis, has a perimeter of 520 m and a height of 55 m, providing places for about 50,000 spectators. 

 

- Capitol Hill

 

Capitol Hill was the center of government of ancient Rome and is the geographical center of the city today. The most beautiful view is to be admired at night, when the place is deserted. The main market was designed by Michelangelo in 1583. It also includes three buildings designed by this famous Renaissance artist: Palazzo Nuovo and Palazzo dei Conservatives, which together house the Capitoline Museums, Palazzo and Senatorio.

 

- Fontana di Trevi

 

Splendid monument, Fontana di Trevi, was built by architect Salvi in 1735 and finished in 1762. This fountain is a perfect example of rococo style with dramatic effects - aquatic creatures from marble, dominated by an impressive Oceanus. The water source comes from the Acqua Vergine, named so because, according to legend, a virgin has revealed the source of water to the Roman builders. They say you should throw a penny in the fountain to be sure that you will return to Rome, and everyday thousands of euros are being thrown in the fountain by the endless crowds of tourists.

 

- Pantheon

 

With its absolutely perfect proportions, Pantheon site was considered to be a 'miracle' in Rome. This assessment remains valid until today. This temple is a great example of one of the greatest inventions: the dome. Pantheon's dome remained until the 15th century the biggest building of its kind in the world. Construction is a perfect hemisphere, with a height and diameter equal to each other. A structure of this type was feasible at that time only because of another Roman invention, concrete. Nowadays, Pantheon is used as a catholic church.

 

- Piazza Navonna

 

Piazza Navona is one of the most famous and most beautiful squares of Rome. Great, full of terraces and artists who paint outdoors, Piazza Navona has no less than three fountains. The most remarkable is the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers). Each of the four statues that decorate this well is a river on a different continent: the Nile, Ganges, Danube and Amazon. The other two wells are Fountain of Neptun in the northern corner of the market and Fontana del Moro in the south. During winter, Piazza Navona houses one of the greatest Christmas fairs in Europe.

 

- Vatican 

 

Holy See - The Vatican is probably one of the richest independent states in the world, with impressive collection of precious art treasures offsetting total lack of natural resources. For art lovers, the Vatican is the supreme center, shelters universally known treasures, especially the Sistine Chapel built by Bernini, Michelangelo, Botticelli and Raphael.

 

Naples

 

Naples is the largest city in southern Italy. It is one of the regional capitals and has a population of one million inhabitants, and the metropolitan area gathers together around three million inhabitants. It lies in between Vesuvius and Campi Flegrei volcanic area. Naples was a Greek colony that was called Neapoli (new city) and is famous for its passion for pizza margherita. Naples is a city rich in monuments such as Castel Nuovo, the Arc de Triomphe, the Royal Palace, Palace and National Gallery and many more. The Roman town of Pompeii lies nearby, which was covered with lava during the eruption of the volcano Vesuvius in the year 79 AD.

 

Milan

 

Milan is the capital of the Lombardy region and its urban area is the largest in Italy. Rent a car with our company and enjoy visiting numerous famous churches and architectonic miracles. The Gothic Milan cathedral is the fourth largest cathedral in the whole world. Worth visiting is also Castello Sforzesco, Santa Maria delle Grazie and Teatro alla Scala. 

 

Venice

 

Located in the salt lagoon of the Adriatic Sea, with almost 5 km of land, Venice stretches over more than 100 islands. The main way water is the Grand Canal, which meanders from Piazza San Marco to the edge of town. Alongside the Grand Canal, you can admire some of the most beautiful palaces in Europe, built by rich Venetian merchants. The main attractions of the city are San Marco Square and Basilica, Doges Palace, Bridge of Sighs, Ponte Rialto, and historical downtown neighborhoods: Castello, Cannaregio, San Polo, Santa Croce, Dorsoduro, with countless architectural, artistic and cultural treasures. 

 


 

 

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