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Itís said that if you visit the Trevi fountain in Rome and throw in a coin, youíll return to the city. Toss in a couple of coins and all sorts of wonderful things are supposed to happen to your love life.

 

I canít comment on the Treviís ability to transform romantic fortunes, but I do know that you donít have to fling money into a fountain to ensure you return to Rome.

 

The minute you leave the city, youíll want to go back - and the same goes for so many other places in Italy you might want to think about learning Italian.

 

The roof of the Basilica San Marco in Venice

The roof of the Basilica San Marco in Venice

 

There are few countries in the world that can reward visitors with such a breathtaking and exhilarating feast for the senses. 

 

It is one of the most fascinating and sublime places on earth and offers more unforgettable experiences than you could reasonably hope to cram into a lifetime of visits. So itís best to get an early start.

 

The architecture spans almost 3,000 years, there are over 100,000 monuments of major historical importance and more than 3000 museums.

 

The interior of Santa Maria Maggiore church in Rome

The interior of Santa Maria Maggiore church in Rome

 

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The country is home to the largest number of Unesco world heritage sites and 60% of the worldís art treasures, which hardly seems fair on the rest of the world.

 

Italian food competes with the best global cuisine has to offer, and the wines will keep a smile on the face of even the most discerning wine lover. The only downside to visiting Italy is having to leave it.

 

The currency is the Euro; to find out how many there are to the pound, click here.

 

The Duomo in Milan - nearly 430 years in the making

The Duomo in Milan - nearly 430 years in the making

 

Learning the language - if you'd like to brush up on your Italian, or you'd just like to learn some basic phrases, you might find these sites useful.

 

BBC Languages - multimedia courses for beginners and the more advanced.

 

Fodors - a range of useful phrases with audio and written pronunciation guides.

 

Ielanguages - basic to more advanced Italian with pronunciation guides.

 

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