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About Sorrento

UNCW in Italy is located in Sorrento, a charming, walkable city nestled between the mountains and the stunning Mediterranean coast. Students can easily walk to the city center, marinas, beaches, or go hiking in the nearby mountains. Local trains and buses provide convenient opportunities for travel to Naples, the Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, Mt. Vesuvius, Rome, and sites beyond. Ferries also depart Sorrento’s marina several times each day to the stunning islands of Capri, Ischia, and Procida.

About Italy

Italy is a peninsula located in southern Europe and is shaped like a boot. Italy boasts more than 4,700 miles of coastline, as well as mountain ranges and several active volcanoes. The country is just slightly larger than Arizona, with nearly 80% of the country being mountainous or hilly. The capital, Rome, is nearly 3,000 years old and is home to the Sistine Chapel, the Coliseum, the Trevi Fountain and the Dome of St. Peter's Basilica. 

Italy Facts


Il Canto degli Italiani/ The Chant of the Italians

Capital City

Rome, population 4.3 million

Other major cities/towns

Milan, Florence, Venice, Naples, Turin

Official languages



116,347 mi²


60.6 million (2016)

Population density

201 persons per square kilometre

Patron Saint

St. Catherine of Siena, St. Francis of Assisi


Euro €

National Food

Pizza, Ragu alla Bolognese

Football (Soccer) Teams


National Parks


Miles of coastline