Estimate population 61,261,260 - Capital: Rome
Historic Italy is a delightful place to visit. Whether you're interested in the ceiling fresco in Ducale Palace, in Mantua, or the cathedral of Orvieto, or the serene harbour of Sorrento, Italy has something to offer for everyone. Italy looks like a long boot-shaped peninsula, which extends southeast from the Alps into the Mediterranean, with the striking islands of Sicily and Sardinia offshore.
Magnificent remains like the Colosseum of Rome is one of the most famous buildings of the ancient Roman Empire, the Pantheon of Rome is another site worth visiting. Those who come to Italy for ancient ruins and historic buildings will not be disappointed.