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Car Hire Italy - Italy in Brief

Italy is a country that has it all, it is a modern industrialised nation, but it is also a Mediteranean country with a southern European sensibility. Agricultural land covers much of the country,alot of which, especially in the south, is still held under almost feudal conditions. In towns and villages all over the country lofe grinds to a halt in the middle of the day for a siesta, and is strongly family orinented, with an emphasis on the traditions and rituals of the Catholic Church.

There's plenty of variety in Italy from the many Roman ruins to renaissance art, tiny medieval towns to sking in the Alps, the canals of Venice and the many beautiful churces that are littered around the country.

Above all, Italy provokes a reaction. Its people are volatile, rarely indifferent. If there's is a single charcateristic it's to embrace life to the full: in the hundreds of local festivals taking place across the country on any given day, to celebrate a saint or the local harvest; in the importance placed on good food; in the obsession with clothes and image; and above all in the daily domestic ritual of the collective evening stroll or passeggiata.

Italians often feel more loyalty to their region than to the nation as a whole. This can be attributed to the fact that Italy only became a unified state in 1861. This is evident in the different cuisines, dialects, landscapes and often different standards of living. There is also of course the country's huge cultural legacy: Tuscany alone has more classified monuments than any other country in the world; there are considerable remnants of the Roman Empire all over the country, most notably of course in Rome itself.

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