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Planning a trip to Italy?

Interesting facts and features of this bellissimo travel destination

Renowned for its romantic landscapes and artistic flare, as well as its famous designer brands and mouth-watering cuisine, Italy is a popular travel destination for us Brits. We're not alone in our love of Italian culture as Italy is the fifth most visited country in the world.

As with any travel or holiday destination it's recommended that you arrange travel insurance as near as possible to booking your trip, this could cover you in the event of unforeseen cancellations... for now, we'll explore interesting facts and features about Italy.

Italy facts

Did you know?

Venice Gondoliers

Only 3 to 4 Gondolier licenses are issued in Venice annually. To qualify, applicants must finish extensive training after passing a rigorous exam. There are only 400 licensed Gondolas operating in Venice today.

Venice did not witness its first female gondolier until 2010 - when Giorgia Boscolo became the first woman to pass the strict qualification exam.

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Italy is one of the most over legislated countries on Earth. The country is estimated to have 5 to 12 times more laws than France or Germany.

Active volcanoes

There are three active volcanoes in Italy, Vesuvius, Etna and Stromboli. All three volcanoes are open to the public and visitors can take guided hikes throughout the week.

Although rare to encounter a large eruption, it's worth checking that your travel insurance covers you for delays and cancellations caused by volcanic ash.

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Mount Etna is the largest active volcano in Europe, with the longest record of continuous eruption.

Rome wasn't built in a day!

The city of Rome was founded in 753 BC and the Roman Empire was established.

After numerous rulers, the empire collapsed in 395 AD into multiple states.

The Italy that we know of today wasn't formed until 1861. Rome became the capital city of unified Italy in 1870, taking the title from Florence.

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The University of Rome was founded in 1303, and is one of the oldest universities in the world.

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