We get to the country children pizza! It's very hot here in September. One has the impression that people sing at instead of talking, and very strong!

Saturday, September 27, 2014, is the French-Italian border. It left the country by sea on 13 October.

Where is the Italy?

Its flag:


General data:

  • Population: 770 60,000 inhabitants.
  • Capital: Rome.
  • Official language: the Italian.
  • Scheme: parliamentary democracy.
  • Area: 302 000 km² with 2 CIS landlocked, the Vatican City and San Marino.
  • Currency : the Euro (€)
  • Lag: None.
  • A few sITES EChere (registered in the world heritage of Unesco):

-In Veneto: the city of Verona

-In Tuscany: the historic centre of Florence (recorded in 1982); historic centre of Siena (1990); the piazza del Duomo in Pisa (1997): three cities that we visited!

-In Campania: the historic centre of Naples; the archaeological areas of Pompei, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata.

-In Apulia: Castel del Monte

This was noted, we...

-There is a fountains very easily, on the seats or in the gardens of games for children. No need to use the filter water in Italy!

-There is a sorting bins everywhere, in all cities and villages. Always consider what trash use: paper, glass, plastic,... They each have their color.

-There is a lot of scooters or motorbikes everywhere; and if the Italians do not always speak hyper well English, they don't hesitate to show us where to go driving on a scooter.

Some prices : Coffee: € 1.50 - 1 L gasoline: 1.60 to €1.80!

-The words of bases used us every day: "Ciao" (Hi, or) - "mille grazie" (thanks a lot) – "per favore" (is it you please)

-Overall, it's still a country close to the France!


The Italy is in Europe and in the European Union. So at the border, that was very simple: no passport to show or paper to do. It resembled a tollgate and there were just a few police officers who were watching.

Thomas, happy to be in Italy

Thomas, happy to be in Italy

Go, little reminders of geo...

The Italy is easily recognizable on the map of Europe by its boot shape. She has more in its territory 2 Islands: Sardinia and Sicily.

The country has borders with: France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia and Croatia. It hangs on the European continent with the Alps. The Italian boot plunges further into the Mediterranean. This stretching from West to East made Italy an intermediate country between Europe and the Middle East on the one hand, Europe and Africa, on the other.


Can be in Northern Italy (there where you pass) almost year-round. On the spot, two types of climate:

  • Climate Continental Inland, with temperatures higher than ours in the summer, but lowest also in winter;
  • Mediterranean climate on the sides.


The kitchen is very marked regionally, more than in France: each region has its recipes, its specialities. Some examples of traditional dishes of the Italy:

Pizza: She was born in Naples and was the staple food of the dockers. There are nearly 200 varieties of preparations. Although the Kingdom of pizza is located south of the boot, the northern regions turn to him not back so far. The restaurant is light in principle their wood-burning oven for pizza in the evening.

Pasta (Pasta): Dry pasta, fresh pasta: the border between the South and the North of the Italy lies. The North is deemed in the manufacture of fresh egg pasta made from soft wheat flour, and South in the manufacture of dry pasta made from durum wheat semolina.

Risotto: Traditionally cooked in the Italian Piedmont, Lombardy, Emilia Romagna, in Veneto and Friuli risotto occupies a place apart. The risotto is based on an Italian rice, i.e. a round rice, who hails from the East. To the origin of any risotto, there's a broth that is traditionally prepared the day before. It may be based on meat, offal, fish or vegetables. The best known is the Risotto alla milanese (prepared with saffron).

Dolci (Dessert): The Italians do not eat lot of sweets after a meal. They prefer home-made, or so eat them in the afternoon. We find the Torta della nonna, the homemade cake, often very good. or even the typical tiramisucake made from mascarpone (heavy cream) and soaked biscuits coffee and marsala, all sprinkled with cocoa. And especially when we speak of Dolci, one may not forget the ice)gelati), if known; or the frullatofruit puree elongated milk and crushed ice.


  • Painting, sculpture and architecture

Since antiquity, the Italy is one of the major homes Western art and architecture. Italian art has its roots in Greek and Etruscan cultures. The Roman Catholic Church influence on artistic production all Italian is considerable.

The Quattrocento (Renaissance) The Italy is famous in the arts for its production in the Renaissance (La Renaissance: period of great cultural changes in Europe in the 15th and 16th centuries). Depth of field, perspective, naturalistic view of the world... the Italian painters have upset the rules of the art in the 15th century. The city of Florence, has its peak at this time. Many artists become famous: Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci or Michelangelo.

  • Cinema

Italian cinema also known reputation, and it is mainly after World War II. Italian films of this period are known all over the world: the films of realismshot with non-professional actors, which show the reality of the Italy then. The two great masters of this movement are Roberto Rossellini (Paisa, Rome open city) and Vittorio de Sica (The bicycle thief).

From the 1950s to 70, the 7th Italian Art knows its golden age, with filmmakers with styles as different as universe Luchino Visconti (The Cheetah, Death in Venice), Federico Fellini (La Strada, Amarcord) and Michelangelo Antonioni (L'avventura, La Notte). It is also the great era of Italian comedy with great actors like Alberto Sordi, Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni or Claudia Cardinale.

Thanks du routard!