Patrice has been one busy girl lately. I hardly get to see her these days! She has been hard at work building new sims for the Italian government, or tourist board, or something like that.
First there was Toscana, which is the province that English-speakers call Tuscany. Toscana is a lovely, rural sim, with lots of grass and trees and grazing animals, as well as a small village. It's a great place to cycle or ride your scooter or just walk. There is even an area with huge picnic tables for one of those outdoor Italian feasts, although you'll have to imagine the food and wine.
The most recent Italiam sim to open is Venezia, also known as Venice, which Patrice did not work on (she's been working on another that will open soon -- this is a correction per Patrice's comment). Just as Toscana is a miniature reproduction of Tuscany, Venezia is a miniature reproduction of Venice, city of gondolas and canals. Indeed, one of the best ways to get a look at the place is by hopping into gondola and typing GONDOLA GO. You'll get a brief view of what there is to see from canal level. In fact, that's what Patrice and I did when we were there. It was wonderfully romantic! Maybe they should include kissing animations in the gondolas.
I'm afraid I don't know my Venetian geography. I'm sure there are famous churches and museums and palaces and other buildings like that of which I am woefully ignorant. So I don't really know specifically what we were looking at from the gondola. But you can find out for yourself. The sim is now open.