Italy is situated in Mediterranean Europe and shares its frontiers with France in the north-west, with Switzerland and Austria in the north and Slovenia in the north-east. Italy also shares the sea boundary with Croatia and France.
The Republic of San Marino and Vatican City are two independent countries within the borders of Italy. The total area of 116,303 square miles comprises the peninsula with the Apennines, two islands Sicily and Sardinia and the mountain range of Alps in the north. The vast Po plain stretches at the foot of the Alps, with the longest river in Italy which flows into the Adriatic.
Italy is surrounded by the Adriatic sea, the Ionian sea, the Tyrrhenian sea and finally by the Ligurian sea.
The northern part is famous for its lakes; Maggiore, Como, Iseo and Garda, while the central Italy is distinguished by its hilly landscape with two major rivers; Tevere and Arno.
Further to the south we come to Gargano promontory and the Salentine peninsula. Italy boasts with several archipelagos; the Tremiti Islands in the Adriatic Sea, the Tuscan Archipelago, the Pontine Islands, the Aeolian Islands and the Egadi Islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea.
It is the land of arts, culture, tradition and one of the most popular vacation countries.
Its rich historical heritage and natural beauty, green hills, olive groves, medieval villages...attract tourists from all over the world. Italy is one of the most prosperous countries in Europe and there is place for everyone here, whether it would be relaxing on a beach, walking in fantastic countryside, an active break skiing or watersports, or enjoying art and architecture.