The world’s seventh largest economy, the Republic of Italy, is located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea. It has an area of 301,340km2 and a population of 60,483,973. It has emerged from the Roman Empire, which was one of the greatest European empires to have ever existed.
As a result, today the country is home to many castles and
palaces, and a lot of buildings of various architectural styles, as
Romanesque, Gothic, Mannerist, Baroque, and Neoclassical. Moreover,
it has a coastline of 7,600 km, picturesque lakes, stunning cliffs,
and many green national parks.
With all these natural and man-made wonders, Italy is a huge magnet for tourists. It is estimated that over 50 million tourists visit Italy each year. Tourism is crucial to Italy’s economy, providing more than 60% of country’s national income.
World travellers wishing to enter Italy for short-stays can do so by obtaining a Schengen Visa to Italy.
San Marino and the Vatican City – two European microstates located within Italy – are considered part of the Schengen Area although they did not officially sign the particular documents of the agreement. Besides, no border control is performed for the Schengen countries surrounding them
Fun fact about Italy: Ancient Rome was eight times more densely populated than modern New York!