Italy by Damien Simonis

By Damien Simonis

Ninth Edition

For specialist recommendation, inspirational assistance and intriguing itineraries, Lonely Planet is your crucial Italy spouse. no matter if you need to hunt for tarts in Umbria, stroll old roads in Rome or just respect important paintings and structure, this ninth variation exhibits you ways to unearth the superior experiences.

Lonely Planet courses are written by means of specialists who get to the guts of each vacation spot they stopover at. This totally up to date version is jam-packed with actual, useful and sincere suggestion, designed to provide you the knowledge you want to utilize your trip.

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Full-Color structure, meals and actions chapters

User-friendly glossaries offer you a Who's Who of artists, emporers and saints

Top pointers on sustainable commute offerings and some of the best agriturismi (farmstays)

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0 kilometres 0 miles 200 100 Olive trees are planted in long, straight lines across large swaths of Andalusia, especially in the province of Jaén. Spain is the world’s leading producer of olive oil. The almond, orange and olive create the three most characteristic landscapes of rural Spain but several other trees provide important crops. Wine corks are made from the bark of the cork oak. Tropical species, such as avocado and cherimoya, a delicious creamy fruit little known outside Spain, have been introduced to the so-called Costa Tropical of Andalusia (see p487); and bananas are a major crop of the Canary Islands.

Those in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Cádiz are among the best.  48 I N T R O D U C I N G S PA I N The Climate of Spain MADRID Spain’s large landmass, with its extensive high plateaus and mountain ranges, and the influences of the Mediterranean and Atlantic produce a wide range of climatic variation, especially in winter. The north is wettest year round, the eastern and southern coasts and the islands have mild winters, while winter temperatures in the interior are often below freezing. Summers everywhere are hot, except in upland areas.

Spain’s largest lottery prize, “the Fat One”, is drawn. Noche Buena (24 Dec) is a family Christmas Eve, followed by Midnight Mass. Santos Inocentes (28 Dec), Spain’s version of April Fools’ Day, when people play tricks. Noche Vieja (31 Dec). New Year’s Eve is most celebrated in Madrid’s Puerta del Sol. January Día de los Tres Reyes (6 Jan). On the eve of the Epiphany, the Three Kings parade through town, throwing sweets to the children. La Tamborrada (19–20 Jan), San Sebastián. Drumming en masse in traditional costume.

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