Gap Years and Backpacking in Italy

Countries  »  Italy

Italy (Italian: Italia) is a large country in Southern Europe. Together with Greece, it is acknowledged as the birthplace of Western culture. Not surprisingly, it is also home to the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world. High art and monuments are to be found everywhere around the country. It is also famous worldwide for its delicious cuisine, its trendy fashions, luxury sports cars and motorcycles, diverse regional cultures and dialects, as well as for its many beautiful coasts, alpine lakes and mountains (the Alps and Apennines). No wonder it is often nicknamed Il Bel Paese (The Beautiful Country).


Two independent mini-states are surrounded entirely by Italy: San Marino and Vatican City. While technically not part of the European Union, both of these states are also part of the Schengen Region and the European Monetary Union, (EMU). Apart from different police uniforms, there is no evident transition from these states and Italy's territory, and the currency is the same. Italian is also the lingua-franca in both city-states.

Map of Italy

Discover Italy: The Itinerary

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Discover London - Venice - Florence - Rome - Tuscany (Chianciano Terme) - Procida - Amalfi Coast - Naples - London on this incredible trip around Italy. 

Starting from just £2,247 the trip includes return flights, a month's train travel, some accommodation, a local living experience and a 7-day sailing trip around the Amalfi Coast. 

Sound good? Just phone Gap Year Travel and quote code 2806676 to find out more.