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If you are considering taking a vacation to Italy, planning the trip is half the fun. If you are like me and prefer to schedule your day-to-day activities in advance, there are wonderful resources available. As you are planning your trip, you can easily find information to help you select the type of vacation you want. Make sure you allow yourself enough vacation time to see as much of Italy as possible.

How to Plan
You first need to decide on the mode of transportation to Italy. If traveling from the United States, you only have a few options. If you choose to fly to Italy, there are great deals you can find on the Internet during all seasons of the year. If you have the flexibility, many airlines offer last minute flight deals that can cut the cost in half.

Another means of transportation are cruise lines. If you are traveling with children, research cruise lines that cater to them. Also, make sure they have organized children's programs led by an experienced staff. The last thing you want is to take your child on a ship that is geared towards adults. It will be no fun for you or your the child.

While planning your trip, you may want to consider brushing up on Italian. Pick up a book or tape that teaches valuable phrases such as, "Where are the restrooms?" and "I would like to order the pasta." It's a good idea to keep a resource book with you at all times. Have fun with it and don't be afraid to ask for help. You will find the Italian people are friendly, warm and pleasant.

Italy's Demographics
Italy is quite diverse in terms of politics, culture and economics, yet homogenized in terms of religion and linguistics. According to a 2005 census, Italy has 58,462,375 residents. Of that total, 28,419,070 are male and 29,683,963 are female. Italy's population happens to be quite dense, with approximately 196 people per square foot, making Italy the fifth highest in population density.

If you are unsure which city or area to visit, you may want to take into account the city's population. For example, if you decide to visit breathtaking Rome, it is the most populated city in Italy. Although there is a population of approximately 6.5 to 7 million people, there are only 2,459,776 residences in the area. Another area you may want to consider are smaller metropolitan areas such as Florence, with approximately 1.3 million people or Bologna with 600,000.

Resource Help
The more facts you gather about Italy, the easier your planning process will be. You will need to decide on how you will travel from one area of Italy to the next. Understand your surroundings and the means of transportation that each city provides before going out for the day, so you can simply sit back and enjoy the scenery.

By the time you have done your research, booked your trip and mapped out what you want to do during your stay, you still have one thing to do. What do you wear? On average, the coolest month of the year in Rome is January, with an average high temperature of 55°F and average low of 38°F. The warmest month is July, with an average high temperature of 83°F and an average low of 64°F. Make sure you dress for the weather. Italy's highest amount of precipitation is during the month of November. If you are planning your trip in November, take a raincoat and umbrella!



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