Italy, located in the Southern Europe is a culturally rich and sophisticated city that has perfected the art of living life well and effortlessly. This is a country that has witnessed the rise of the once mighty Roman empire, the Papal kingdoms, regional kingdoms like Venice, Genoa, Milan, etc. Italy has truly perfected the art of stylish living with an emphasis on style, design and comfort are predominant factors in its fashion, quality leather products, automobiles, jewellery, food and wine and its travel industry.Italy also has the highest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world. Perhaps, no other country in the world can match Italy’s vast collection of art and culture and its rich treasures.
Food has and always will be prominent in Italy. Italian Cuisine, despite having regional variations and heavily focused of locally available produces, is the country’s greatest cultural gift to the world. Italy is a playground of artists, musicians, writers, designers and its best reflected in the country’s day to day life. The country’s varied geography makes it an exciting destination as well. The Northern Alps, Tuscan countryside, Italian Riviera, volcanic islands and grottos of the south, have one thing in common – a rich history, culture and a zest for style.
Rome is the country’s capital and is one of the most visited cities of Europe. Rome is also the home to the Vatican City, the smallest sovereign country in the world with its own law and order, banking system and government. Milan is the country’s economic powerhouse of Italy and a major fashion capital in the world. Milan is also home to some of the best fashion brands, Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous works and Renaissance era churches and museums. Florence is the Tuscan capital and renowned for several renowned works of the Italian Renaissance era, some of the best art and culture museums in the world and wonderful cathedrals and churches. Venice is the ultimate romantic destinations of canals, gondolas, charming sunsets and historic palaces, squares and art galleries. Then there is Naples, Genoa, Amalfi Coast, Turin, Bologna, Sorrento, Padua, Modena, Capri, Catania to add to the list among others.
There is plenty of direct and multi-stops flights to Italy from Indian cities of Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Kolkata. Alitalia is the official national airline of Italy and has regular flights to Indian cities. Apart from Alitalia, several international airlines like Air India, British Airways, Air France, KLM, Emirates, Etihad, etc. offers flights to Italian cities of Rome, Venice, Milan, etc. from Indian cities.
Indian citizens Italy tourist visa. Italy is a member of the Schengen Agreement and accepts Schengen Visa as well. The visa must be applied at least 90 days in advance of your travel date. A valid passport for at least 3 months in required along with passport size photographs on white background. Confirmed round trip airfares, hotel booking vouchers and travel itinerary are also required for submission along with a duly signed and filled form. Generally, it takes around 15 to 30 days to process the visa excluding the weekends and national holidays. Italy Visa fee is approximately around 60 Euros and is non-refundable.
Italy is a beautiful country that demands attention and a slower pace of exploration rather than rushing from cities to cities and regions to regions. 7 days are ideal to visit the Italian cities of Rome, Venice and Milan combined. However, you can take 3-day tours of Italian cities separately as well. 15 days are sufficient to experience the very best of Italy and savour its cultural treasures from north to south.
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