Country: Italy

Population: 58,147,733

Capital: Rome

Time Zone: UTC+1

Currency Name: Euro (EUR)

Government Type: Parliamentary Republic

Languages: Italian (official), German (parts of Trentino-Alto Adige region are predominantly German speaking), French (small French-speaking minority in Valle d\'Aosta region), Slovene (Slovene-speaking minority in the Trieste-Gorizia area)

Ethnic Breakdown: Italian (includes small clusters of German-, French-, and Slovene-Italians in the north and Albanian-Italians and Greek-Italians in the south)

Religion: Roman Catholic 90% (approximately; about one-third regularly attend services), other 10% (includes mature Protestant and Jewish communities and a growing Muslim immigrant community)

Major Cities: Rome, Milan, Florence, Venice

Phone Country Code: 39

Health Concerns:

Official Tourism Website: http://www.italia.it/wps/portal/en

High Travel Season: late April - early October

Voltage: 230 V - 50 Hz

Electrical Plug Type: c, f, l

Major Holidays: January 1 (New Year\'s Day), January 6 (Epiphany), Easter, April 25 (Liberation Day), May 1 (Labor Day), June 2 (Anniversary of the Republic), August 15 (Ferragosto), November 1 (All Saints Day), December 8 (Immaculate Conception), December 25 (Christmas Day), December 26 (St. Stephen\'s Day)

Misc Fact / Good to Know: Mount Vesuvius is one of the few active volcanoes in Europe and it is famous for destroying the town of Pompeii in the year 79 AD.