Think You’re a Travel Expert? Take this Quiz to Test Your Travel IQ

So you’ve traveled the world, or at least dreamed about it for years, and think you know everything there is to know? Test your travel knowledge below. Answers are on the bottom. But don’t cheat!

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Travel quiz over Italy.

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Here are the answers! 

1.  Venice, Italy, is made up of 117 islands which are formed by 177 canals in a shallow lagoon. The canals serve as the city roads so boats are the main form of transportation.

2. The Galileo Museum in Florence, Italy, houses a tooth, vertebrae, thumb and middle finger that scientists and historians cut from Galileo, a famous renaissance astronomer, during his burial ceremony.

3. Rome, Italy. During the days of the Roman Empire, all the empire’s roads radiated out from the capital city to all the different provinces.

4. Parma, Italy. It was monks in the area around Parma who first started making a distinctive hard cheese during the Middle Ages. The concept of naming foods after their place of origin dates back to the Roman Empire. It was known as caseum paramensis in Latin, and locals shortened this to Pramsàn, in dialect.

5. Pompeii, Italy, was mostly destroyed in 79 AD when Mont Vesuvius erupted covering the town in ash and pumice. The objects that lay beneath the ash, including thousands of human bodies were well preserved and show what life was like for the residents.

6. Verona, Italy, was the home of Shakespeare’s feuding families in his play Romeo and Juliet. The city of romance has more than just star-crossed lovers and balconies. It is also the home of the summer opera festival which is held in an ancient, well-preserved Roman amphitheater, known for its famous acoustics.

7. Pisa, Italy. Construction began in 1173 on the tower of Pisa and took 334 years to finish. The Leaning Tower of Pisa was built on marshy, soft ground causing the tower to start leaning by the time builders got to the third story. The tower is around 56 meters tall, aka one must climb about 296 steps to reach the top, and has a lean of 5.5 degrees (about 15 feet or 4.5 meters). Between 1990 and 2001 the tower was stabilized and the lean was partially fixed. It is thought that with the restoration work done on it, the tower should be stable for the next 300 years.

8. Milan, Italy. World Fairs (also called Expos) are held every five years. This year’s theme is Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life. More than 140 participating countries will showcase their technology for a sustainable future and some of their best dishes. Located in the northern area of the 1.1 million square meters of exhibition area, the Tree of Life stands as a celebration of the theme.

9. Turin, Italy. In 1844, Angelo Moriondo patented his steam driven “instantaneous” coffee beverage making device. Now, this drink is such a tradition that it is not even called by name. It is called un caffè because it’s the default drink. It must be drunk fast – the word espresso is freely translated means a cup of espresso coffee served quickly– and be prepared for the jolt of caffeine because has a higher caffeine content than other coffees.

Let me know how you did!

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