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Introducing Italy

Thinking of Rome, first thing that pops up in anyone’s mind would be its richness in art and architecture. Italy is considered as the birthplace of the Roman Empire and the Renaissance and is home to more UNESCO World Heritage cultural sites than any other country in the world. Beside the art treasures Italy also features dramatic coastline, alpine lakes and mountains.  The destination highlights classic art, delicious regional cuisine and some of best fashion in the world. Explore this beautiful destination with Flamingo and enjoy every tiny bit of it.
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Must Know Facts

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Italy is during April to June when it is spring season or between September and October when it is fall season and is less crowded and inexpensive.  Autumn bring people closer to beaches and festivals inviting warmth, spirited ambience, people enjoying wine and chocolates. Sring season maintains the perfect balance between the crisp cold and heat. 

August can be a great time to visit parts of Northern Italy, various beach destinations as the sea waters are warm. Choose not to travel to Central or Southern Italy in August as the weather there is hot and muggy. Winter is less preferred to explore Italy, but offers lowest rates and fewer crowds around Italy unless exploring mountain ski resorts. Christmas markets and carnivals turn the gloomy days between December and February in Italy into exciting, joyful, delicious and light celebrations of local culture. 

Best time for wine tasting tours in Italy is between March and May. The landscape is back to lush greenery in spring displaying rows of thriving vineyards all over the hills, mountain slopes, cliffs, and expansive valleys.
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History & Culture

The historical backdrop of Italy is portrayed by two periods of solidarity—the Roman Empire (CE-476 CE) and the modern democratic republic framed after the end of World War 2 in 1948. Between those two periods may have been a thousand years and a half of division and disturbance, however that interruption saw one of the world's extraordinary blossoming of craftsmanship, the Renaissance (around 1400– 1600 CE).


Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire


Between the 6th to third centuries BCE the Italian city of Rome vanquished Peninsular Italy; throughout the following couple of hundreds of years, this empire spread to rule the Mediterranean and Western Europe. This Roman Empire would proceed to characterize quite a bit of Europe's history, leaving a check in culture and society that outlived the military and political maneuvers of its administration. After the Italian piece of the Roman Empire declined and "fell" in the fifth century (an occasion nobody at the time acknowledged was so critical), Italy was the objective of a few attacks. The previously united locale broke separated into a few smaller bodies, including the Papal States, represented by the Catholic Pope.


The Renaissance and the Kingdom of Italy

 By the eighth and ninth hundreds of years, various amazing and trading focused city-states rose, including Florence, Venice, and Genoa; these were the powers that hatched the Renaissance. These smaller states were the fruitful grounds of the Renaissance, which changed Europe enormously afresh and owed a great deal to the contending states attempting to outspend each other on glorious art and architecture.

Unification and freedom developments all through Italy grew ever more grounded voices in the nineteenth century after Napoleon made the fleeting Kingdom of Italy. A war among Austria and France in 1859 enabled a few little states to converge with Piedmont; a tipping point had been come to and the Kingdom of Italy was framed in 1861, developing by 1870—when the Papal States joined– to cover all of what we currently call Italy.


Mussolini and Modern Italy

The Kingdom of Italy was subverted when Mussolini accepting force as an extremist tyrant, and despite the fact that he was at skeptical of Hitler, Mussolini brought Italy into World War 2 instead of hazard missing out on what he saw as a land grab. That decision caused his destruction. Current Italy is presently a democratic republic and has been since the modern constitution happened in 1948. This pursued a submission in 1946 which casted a ballot to annul the past government by twelve million votes to ten.



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Geography

Italy is located in Southern Europe and is shaped like a boot. It is swaying into the Mediterranean Sea sharing borders with France, Austria, Switzerland and Slovenia in the north which boasts some of the highest peaks in Europe. In central Italy, Tuscany has a diverse landscape full of rolling hills, lush river valleys, small mountain ranges and long coastlines. To the east is the “green heart of Italy”, Umbria which is hilly with broad landscapes, olive groves and pines and a region of gentle mountains, rivers and fertile plains known as Le Marche. 

Going towards the south lies Rome which is Italy’s capital city. Within this region lies Vatican City the world’s smallest country by landmass. The south of this country is very dry in comparison to the north characterized by dry rocky mountains and volcanic surfaces. The islands of Sicily and Sardinia are situated offshore to the southwest and west respectively. 
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Things to Do in Italy

It is one of the best tourist destinations to visit in Rome. This fountain is 20 meters in width and 26 meters in height and the largest fountain in the city. Whether under daylight or warmly light up at night the fountain is never lonely. Interestingly, the name of Trevi derives from Tre Vie; since then fountain was the meeting point of 3 streets. There are some myths of the Trevi Fountain: if you throw one coin it means you will return to Rome. If you throw two coins it means you will fall in love with lovely Italian. And if you throw three coins it means you will surely marry the person you met. Isn’t this super interesting? So, how many coins are you planning to throw? 
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What’s your favorite Italian food? Undoubtedly it is pasta. So aren’t you excited enough to visit the national museum of pasta? Italy is always renowned and popular for its elegant cuisines especially the dishes which are pasta based. This unique museum tells all about how pasta is made; as in how the grains are milled, how pasta dough is made and at last how does it reach at its final form. 
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Gelato is the Italian word for ice cream. It starts out with similar custard base as ice cream but it contains higher proportion of milk and eggs (or no eggs at all). In order to make it smooth it is churned at a lower rate incorporating less air and leaving Gelato denser than the ice cream.  It is all in one a great blend of unique natural ingredients and flavors. Enjoy this delicious mix with love.
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Villa Borghese is a landscape garden in the naturalistic English manner in Rome which contains number of buildings, museums, and attractions. It is the third largest and the most beautiful public parks in Rome after the ones of Villa Doria. It surely serves as a home to interesting architectural elements, sculptures and monuments which are created by famous artists. It is a great blend of nature and Roman art. Visiting this place becomes serves as a well deserved break after strolling around all over the city. 
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The Vetican museum contains masterpieces of paintings, sculptures and other works of art. The anthology of modern spiritual art was added to the Museums in 1973. The history of Museum is Latern palace and includes other things that belonged to the pontifical Military crops. The Museums are generally open to the public every weekend morning and in the early afternoon in summer. 
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The city tour starts from the Spanish steps and ends at castle Sant Angelo overlooking Saint Peter’s square and Saint Peters Dome in the Vatican State. Along the way you will surely see the palaces of empire transformed over the centuries in the Papal properties, discovering the symbol of Pope’s power. During this tour you have a chance to visit the best destinations of the Rome and hence the tour ends at Castel Sant Angelo. 
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The Rialto Bridge is the oldest of the four bridges on both sides of the Grand Canal in Venice Italy. The vibrant buzz of the day time gives way to quieter atmosphere at night. The Rialto Bridge is halfway along the Grand Canal and connects the market district of San Polo with tourist hub of San Maraco. 
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It is the popular destination with local and tourists alike, but depending upon the time of year or the person working behind the counter of service and product can be hit or miss. Tucking into a delicious cone or cup of creamy vanilla, sensual gelato in glorious historic surroundings is one of the Italy’s quintless experiences. Quality gelato is made using only the premium, freshest ingredients. No imitation colors are added to it. 
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Packages & Recommendations

Tour Name
Trip Type
Month/Validity
Included Cities
Price Per Adult

Highlights of Italy

6 Nights / 7 Days
Trip Type
Europe By Rail
Flight Not Included
Month/Validity
  • Apr
  • Aug
  • Dec
  • Feb
  • Feb
  • Jan
  • Jan
  • Jul
  • Jun
  • Mar
  • Mar
  • May
  • Nov
  • Oct
  • Sep
Included Cities
Venice (2N) - Florence (2N) - Rome (2N)
... Venice (2N) - Florence (2N) - Rome (2N)
Price Per Adult
₹ 66,040
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Splendours of Italy - By Van

6 Nights / 7 Days
Trip Type
Private Van Tour
Flight Not Included
Month/Validity
  • Apr
  • Aug
  • Dec
  • Feb
  • Feb
  • Jan
  • Jan
  • Jul
  • Jun
  • Mar
  • Mar
  • May
  • Nov
  • Oct
  • Sep
Included Cities
Milan (1N) - Como (1N) - Venice (1N) - Florence (1N) - Rome (2N)
... Milan (1N) - Como (1N) - Venice (1N) - Florence (1N) - Rome (2N)
Price Per Adult
₹ 111,990
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Emphasis Of Europe

11 Nights / 12 Days
Trip Type
Group Tour
Main Flight Included
Month/Validity
  • Oct
Included Cities
Paris (3N) - Lausanne (1N) - Kriens (2N) - Zurich (1N) - Innsbruck (1N) - Padova (1N) - Fl
... Paris (3N) - Lausanne (1N) - Kriens (2N) - Zurich (1N) - Innsbruck (1N) - Padova (1N) - Florence (1N) - Rome (1N)
Price Per Adult
₹ 242,830
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NCL Cruise Rome

7 Nights / 8 Days
Trip Type
Group Tour
Flight Not Included
Month/Validity
  • Oct
  • Sep
Included Cities
Rome (0N) - Cruise (7N)
... Rome (0N) - Cruise (7N)
Price Per Adult
₹ 64,290
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Elements Of Europe

14 Nights / 15 Days
Trip Type
Group Tour
Main Flight Included
Month/Validity
  • Oct
Included Cities
London (2N) - Brussels (2N) - Paris (2N) - Lausanne (1N) - Kriens (2N) - Zurich (1N) - Inn
... London (2N) - Brussels (2N) - Paris (2N) - Lausanne (1N) - Kriens (2N) - Zurich (1N) - Innsbruck (1N) - Padova (1N) - Florence (1N) - Rome (1N)
Price Per Adult
₹ 268,100
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