Population: 60 million
Size: 301,277 square kilometres
Language: Italian – Ciao!
National holiday : 2nd June, Republic Day (commemorating the 1946 declaration of the republic)
You can go skiing in the north in the winter and enjoy the sun on your skin on the southern coastsin the summer. The best time to travel to the South Tirol and Rome is between May and October. But beware: it can get really hot there in the summer!
Tax fraud is a big problem in Italy. That is why for many years now there has been a law in place that you have to get a receipt (if in doubt ask for one! The Italian word is “Scontrino”) for everything you buy, from an ice cream to a designer coat. You have to keep hold of it at least within a 100 m radius of the shop otherwise you run the risk of having to pay a fine if the finance police stop you!