Italy

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Italy, commanding a long Mediterranean coastline, has left a powerful mark on Western culture and cuisine. Its capital, Rome, is home to the Vatican as well as landmark art and ancient ruins. Other major cities include Florence, with Renaissance treasures such as Michelangelo?s David" and its leather and paper artisans; Venice




"Italy (Italian: Italia [iˈtaːlja] (listen)), officially the Italian Republic (Italian: Repubblica Italiana [reˈpubblika itaˈljaːna]), is a country consisting of a peninsula delimited by the Alps and surrounded by several islands. Italy is located in south-central Europe, and is considered part of western Europe. A unitary parliamentary republic with Rome as its capital, the country covers a total area of 301,340 km2 (116,350 sq mi) and shares land borders with France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, and the enclaved microstates of Vatican City and San Marino. Italy has a territorial enclave in Switzerland (Campione) and a maritime exclave in Tunisian waters (Lampedusa). With around 60 million inhabitants, Italy is the third-most populous member state of the European Union.

Due to its central geographic location in Southern Europe and the Mediterranean, Italy has historically been home to myriad peoples and cultures. In addition to the various ancient peoples dispersed throughout what is now modern-day Italy, the most predominant being the Indo-European Italic peoples who gave the peninsula its name, beginning from the classical era, Phoenicians and Carthaginians founded colonies mostly in insular Italy, Greeks established settlements in the so-called Magna Graecia of Southern Italy, while Etruscans and Celts inhabited central and northern Italy respectively. An Italic tribe known as the Latins formed the Roman Kingdom in the 8th century BC, which eventually became a republic with a government of the Senate and the People. The Roman Republic initially conquered and assimilated its neighbours on the Italian peninsula, eventually expanding and conquering parts of Europe, North Africa and Asia. By the first century BC, the Roman Empire emerged as the dominant power in the Mediterranean Basin and became a leading cultural, political and religious centre, inaugurating the Pax Romana, a period of more than 200 years during which Italy's law, technology, economy, art, and literature developed. Italy remained the homeland of the Romans and the metropole of the empire, whose legacy can also be observed in the global distribution of culture, governments, Christianity and the Latin script.

During the Early Middle Ages, Italy endured the fall of the Western Roman Empire and barbarian invasions, but by the 11th century numerous rival city-states and maritime republics, mainly in the northern and central regions of Italy, rose to great prosperity through trade, commerce and banking, laying the groundwork for modern capitalism. These mostly independent statelets served as Europe's main trading hubs with Asia and the Near East, often enjoying a greater degree of democracy than the larger feudal monarchies that were consolidating throughout Europe; however, part of central Italy was under the control of the theocratic Papal States, while Southern Italy remained largely feudal until the 19th century, partially as a result of a succession of Byzantine, Arab, Norman, Angevin, Aragonese and other foreign conquests of the region. The Renaissance began in Italy and spread to the rest of Europe, bringing a renewed interest in humanism, science, exploration and art. Italian culture flourished, producing famous scholars, artists and polymaths. During the Middle Ages, Italian explorers discovered new routes to the Far East and the New World, helping to usher in the European Age of Discovery. Nevertheless, Italy's commercial and political power significantly waned with the opening of trade routes that bypassed the Mediterranean. Centuries of foreign meddling and conquest and the rivalry and infighting between the Italian city-states, such as the Italian Wars of the 15th and 16th centuries, left Italy politically fragmented, and it was further conquered and divided among multiple foreign European powers over the centuries.

By the mid-19th century, rising Italian nationalism and calls for independence from foreign control led to a period of revolutionary political upheaval. After centuries of foreign domination and political division, Italy was almost entirely unified in 1861, establishing the Kingdom of Italy as a great power. From the late 19th century to the early 20th century, Italy rapidly industrialised, mainly in the north, and acquired a colonial empire, while the south remained largely impoverished and excluded from industrialisation, fuelling a large and influential diaspora. Despite being one of the four main allied powers in World War I, Italy entered a period of economic crisis and social turmoil, leading to the rise of the Italian fascist dictatorship in 1922. Participation in World War II on the Axis side ended in military defeat, economic destruction and the Italian Civil War. Following the liberation of Italy and the rise of the Italian Resistance, the country abolished their monarchy, established a democratic Republic, enjoyed a prolonged economic boom, and became a highly developed country.Today, Italy is considered to be one of the world's most culturally and economically advanced countries, with the world's eighth-largest economy by nominal GDP (third in the European Union), sixth-largest national wealth and third-largest central bank gold reserve. It ranks very highly in life expectancy, quality of life, healthcare, and education. The country plays a prominent role in regional and global economic, military, cultural and diplomatic affairs; it is both a regional power and a great power, and is ranked the world's eighth most-powerful military. Italy is a founding and leading member of the European Union and a member of numerous international institutions, including the United Nations, NATO, the OECD, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the World Trade Organization, the Group of Seven, the G20, the Union for the Mediterranean, the Council of Europe, Uniting for Consensus, the Schengen Area and many more. The country has long been a global centre of art, music, literature, philosophy, science and technology, and fashion, and has greatly influenced and contributed to diverse fields including cinema, cuisine, sports, jurisprudence, banking and business. As a reflection of its cultural wealth, Italy is home to the world's largest number of World Heritage Sites (55), and is the fifth-most visited country." Wikipedia






Latest Reviews

Stromboli
4.4

A spectacular active volcano spewing steam and rocks on one side, with a small town built on a unique lava rock coastline. Lots of golf carts and mopeds buzzing around but no cars. Sat on anchor at night and watched the eruptions.

Ponza Island
4.6

Beautiful white cliff coastline with a busy little bay full of anchored yachts in turquoise waters served by an ice cream boat.

La Maddalena
3.4

Had an awful experience. While heading to Corsica the chop got too much and so we turned back and took shelter in Magdelena. The slim lines in the harbour were all pulled taught and we caught one in the prop while manoeuvring up to the pontoon. The cross wind didn’t help. Not a single person on the pontoon to help and a following wet and dark night didn’t boost moral any. Will revisit one day but not a great first impression.

Cagliari
4.3

Cycled round to the shallow lagoon to see the pink flamingos stomping and flying around but only stayed In the marina one night before setting north on the high seas again.

Naples / Napoli
4.7

We moored up at the marina in the evening and spent the next day exploring the city including a tour of Herculaneum.

Portoferraio
4.9

We moored up in the busy capital for a few days and hired a car to explore the southern region and stopped at Villa San Martino and Porto Azzuro.

Alghero
4.9

We explored the medieval city fondly known as 'Barceloneta' and then went to the Nuraghe Palmavera tower which had a dome shaped ceiling that dates back to 1100 years BC. A very interesting and pretty region of Italy.

Palermo
3.6

We moored up to find the marina full of plastic bottles and later explored the city including the catacombs. We enjoyed the food and atmosphere.

Porticello
4.4

We took a taxi from Palemero to this great little town and loved exploring it.





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Top Marinas, Harbours and Anchorages

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Ventimiligia Marina
1 . Ventimiligia Marina
2.5

Bordighera Marina
2 . Bordighera Marina
2.5

Baie Verde Marina
3 . Baie Verde Marina
2.5

Capo Pino Harbour
4 . Capo Pino Harbour
2.5

San Remo Marina
5 . San Remo Marina
2.5

Arma Di Taggia Harbour
6 . Arma Di Taggia Harbour
2.5

Degli Aregai Marina
7 . Degli Aregai Marina
2.5

San Lorenzo Al Mare Marina
8 . San Lorenzo Al Mare Marina
2.5

San Lorenzo Harbour
9 . San Lorenzo Harbour
2.5

Fishing harbour.

Porto Maurizio Marina
10 . Porto Maurizio Marina
2.5

Oneglia Harbour
11 . Oneglia Harbour
2.5

Diano Marina Harbour
12 . Diano Marina Harbour
2.5

San Bartolomeo Al Mare Harbour
13 . San Bartolomeo Al Mare Harbour
2.5

Andora Marina
14 . Andora Marina
2.5

Alassio Marina
15 . Alassio Marina
2.5

Gallinara Island Harbour
16 . Gallinara Island Harbour
2.5

Loano Marina
17 . Loano Marina
2.5

Finale Ligure Marina
18 . Finale Ligure Marina
2.5

Savona Marina
19 . Savona Marina
2.5

Varazze Marina
20 . Varazze Marina
2.5

Arenzano Marina
21 . Arenzano Marina
2.5

Genoa Old Harbour Marina
22 . Genoa Old Harbour Marina
2.5

Genoa Molo Vecchio Marina
23 . Genoa Molo Vecchio Marina
2.5

Abruzzi Harbour
24 . Abruzzi Harbour
2.5

Sestri Ponente Marina
25 . Sestri Ponente Marina
2.5

Genova Aeroporto Harbour
26 . Genova Aeroporto Harbour
2.5

Fiera di Genova Marina
27 . Fiera di Genova Marina
2.5

Camogli Harbour
28 . Camogli Harbour
2.5

Carlo Riva Marina
29 . Carlo Riva Marina
2.5

Chiavari Marina
30 . Chiavari Marina
2.5

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Top Towns

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Alghero
1 . Alghero
(Sardinia Island )
3.7

A stunning large town on the north-western coast of Sardinia with a backdrop of rolling hills. Home to a large marina that leads south to the old town and north to a popular white sandy beach and c...

Portoferraio
2 . Portoferraio
(Elba Island )
3.7

Portoferraio is a busy capital on the northern coast of Elba Island and known for Napeoleon's exile. The city is built around the inner bank of a wide bay and hosts a harbour and quayside to the no...

Naples / Napoli
3 . Naples / Napoli
3.6

Naples is a large city to the west of Mount Vesuvius on the west coast of Italy. It is home to a large harbour and port for day trips to nearby islands and towns.

Sorrento
4 . Sorrento
3.5

Sorrento is a large north facing coastal town built along the cliff edges of the peninsula overlooking Mount Vesuvius.

Stromboli
5 . Stromboli
(Isola Stromboli )
3.5

A small popular town on the eastern tip of Stromboli island.

Porticello
6 . Porticello
(Sicily Island )
3.4

A eastern facing town on the northern coast of Sicily near inland Bagheria and Palmero.

Cagliari
7 . Cagliari
(Sardinia Island )
3.4

The capital historic city of Sardinia on the southern coast of the island in a large south-eastern facing bay with lagoons to the east and west. The city is home to a commercial port and ferry term...

Palermo
8 . Palermo
(Sicily Island )
3.0

An historic and popular capital city of Sicily on the north-western coast of the island. Set on flat land surrounded by towering mountains it is a stunning sight. Home to a large commercial port wi...

La Maddalena
9 . La Maddalena
(Sardinia Island )
3.0

A small town south of Cagliari on the southern coast of Sardinia.

Leuca
10 . Leuca
2.5

This large town on the south-eastern rocky tip of Italy's Salento Peninsula and home to a large marina protected by a long break-water under the tall white lighthouse tower.

Otranto
11 . Otranto
2.5

Otranto is a busy town on the south-eastern tip of Italy, often used as a stop towards Corfu..

Capri
12 . Capri
(Capri Island )
2.5

Capri is a very popular tourist island town that sits across the saddle of the island between the two marinas. The steep access is eased by the funicular from Marina Grande.

Positano
13 . Positano
2.5

Positano is a beautiful hillside town close to Sorrento. It has a series of small bays but no marina or harbour.

Vico Equense
14 . Vico Equense
2.5

Vico Equense has a few coastal buildings but is mostly set back from the coast a short distance up the road from Sorrento and offers a marina and a harbour.

Castellammare di Stabia
15 . Castellammare di Stabia
2.5

At the most inner southern point of the bay of Naples and home to two marinas behind a long breakwater.

Ventimiglia
16 . Ventimiglia
2.5

A small city on the north-western coast if Italy at the mouth of the river Roya close to the French border.

Ospedaletti
17 . Ospedaletti
2.5

A hill-side town on the north-western coast of Italy

San Remo
18 . San Remo
2.5

An hillside city also known as Sanremo and the 'city of flowers' found on the north-western coast of Italy. Home to a wide sandy beach between the old and new marinas.

Riva Ligure
19 . Riva Ligure
2.5

A small town on the north-western coast of Italy with a tiny habour for local boats.

San Lorenzo al Mare
20 . San Lorenzo al Mare
2.5

A small town on the north-western coast of Italy.

Imperia
21 . Imperia
2.5

A popular small city at the mouth of the river Impero on the north-western coast of Italy now merged with Port Maurizio home to a large marina.

Diano Marina
22 . Diano Marina
2.5

A large town on the north-western coast of Italy with a long sandy beach and orange trees on the city streets. The promenade is conjoined with San Bartolomeo al Mare.

Andora
23 . Andora
2.5

A popular town located on the north-western coast of Italy at the mouth of river Merula in the valley of two hills that form Capes. The long sandy beach runs around the cove up to the busy large ma...

Alassio
24 . Alassio
2.5

A popular town in a long sweeping sandy cove at the foot of the mountains in north-western Italy. A marina is tucked in around the eastern cape.

Albenga
25 . Albenga
2.5

A popular historical small city on the north-western coast of Italy on the mouth of the river Centa.

Loano
26 . Loano
2.5

A town located in a valley on the north-western coast of Italy.

Finale Ligure
27 . Finale Ligure
2.5

A busy hillside town on the north-western coast of Italy lined with a long white sandy beach. The town extends up into the hillside where two castles can be found.

Noli
28 . Noli
2.5

A popular small pretty town with a long white sandy beach lined with restaurants on a trews lined promenade.

Spotorno
29 . Spotorno
2.5

A popular town in a tree lined sandy beach cove under the mountainous backdrop.

Vado Ligure
30 . Vado Ligure
2.5

An industrial town on the north-western coast of Italy with a large commercial port and ferry terminal to Bastia, Ile Rousse and Calvi.

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