Population: 60+/- million
Capital city: Rome, population 2.8 million
Major airports: Ciampino in Rome (CIA), Fiumicino, also in Rome (FCO), Florence (FLO), Palermo, Sicily (PMO), Milan (MXP)
Main tourist draws: Where to begin? Rome, Florence, Naples, Milan, Amalfi Coast, Sicily, Bologna, Cinque Terre, Pompeii, Islands off the coast of Naples, including Capri, and the Aeolian Islands off the coast of Sicily, Tuscan hill towns like Ovieto and Lucca need a mention here too
Exchange rate: 1 euro = 1.14 USD (April 2016) check www.xe.com for more recent rates
Local cuisine: Yes, really, I’m going to suggest some things you may not know about. Sfogliatelle in Naples. Cassatini (cakes that look like breasts) in Sicily, although I had them in Naples and Amalfi Coast as well. Swordfish parmigiana, oh my. Pizza in Naples cannot be ignored here. Best in the world.
Beer: Bira Moretti, Peroni, Ghisa if you like a stout, Le Baladin which I thought was pretty good, but not served everywhere. There are lots of other craft type beers available in Italy as well.