Italy known as “Bel Paese” (beautiful country) holds the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites in the world. It is the fifth most visited country in the international tourism, arrivals with approximately 48.6 million tourists a year (est. 2014). Tourism is one of the fast-growing and profitable industrial sectors of Italy, with estimated revenue of 189.1 billion per year.
Italy has the third largest economy in the eurozone and eight in the world. Creative and innovative business, a large and competitive agricultural sector are the main strengths of Italian economy. It is famous for influential and high-quality automobile, machinery, food, design and fashion industry and also as the world’s largest wine producer.
Home of the Roman Empire and a major center of the Renaissance, culture on the Italian peninsula has flourished through centuries. Italian culture is steeped in arts, architecture, music, food, and family. It welcomes everyone with the priceless historical monuments, traditional cuisine, and age-old natural beauty.
Christian 80% (overwhelming Roman Catholic with very small groups of Jehova Witnesses and Protestants), Muslims NEGL (about 700,000 but growing), Atheists and Agnostics 20%. Most of Italy has hot -dry summers and cold-damp winters while the higher grounds and valleys have a mountain climate, with cool summers and very cold winters.