State capital of Georgia, Atlanta is a city in the United States of America, with about 540,000 inhabitants, 5,280,000 people arriving including the metropolitan area. The city occupies a total area of approximately 343 km² and is situated approx 320 m above sea level and is located in the northwestern corner of the state of Georgia.
The city center is also known too for the famous headquarters of Coca-Cola and CNN television station, the city is located about 320 km northwest of the Atlantic and about 440 km north of the Gulf of Mexico. Surrounding Atlanta are quirky places to explore and old-fashioned cities where you can still taste something of the times gone by. The inhabitants are among the most progressive of the Southern United States and the population has many university students
Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport is located 12 miles south of the city centre, it is a major regional airport center and stopover international, with almost 85 million visitors a year. Direct flights to Hartsfield International Airport are operated by KLM and ITA Airways airlines from Malpensa Airport milan
The Greyhound Bus Terminal it's near the Marta Garnett station, south of downtown. Available destinations include Nashville, Tennessee, New Orleans, Louisiana, New York, Miami, Florida and Savannah, Georgia.
Amtrak's Crescent passes through Atlanta daily on its way between New York and New Orleans, the Amtrak station is located 5 km north of the city center.
The Hartsfield Airport International of Atlanta is served by MARTA, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, a rail network linking the airport with the city center and that it also includes some less important lines used mainly by commuters. From the airport there is also the Bus Shuttle, a nine-seater shuttle service that accompanies passengers to hotels scattered throughout the city from 6 in the morning until midnight. Many major car rental agencies have offices at the airport.
Driving on the streets of Atlanta is sometimes irritating, due to the considerable traffic, it is advisable to bring along a map of the city so you don't get lost. Taxis should be booked by telephone, it is easy to find them in airport.
Time zone, currency, electricity and telephone
The time zone is five hours behind the meridian of Greenwich, the currency used and the US dollar and the area code 404, 678 and 770, for calls from Italy dial 001 + area code. Electricity 110V, Weights and measures adopt the British system
The passport must have a residual validity of at least six months beyond the period of stay in the United States. The new Visa Waiver Program allows citizens of Italy and of many countries to enter the States United for up to 90 days without a US visa, by presenting the only valid passport. To be eligible for the Visa Waiver Program, your passport must be of the new machine-readable type if issued on or before 25 October 2005 and machine-readable with photo digital if released no later than October 25, 2006, electronic with an integrated microchip on which all holder data is stored, if issued after 26 October 2006.
The city center coincides with Five Points, the star intersection of some of the main streets of the city. East of downtown is Sweet Auburn, the most prominent African-American neighborhood in Atlanta. Continuing north from Sweet Auburn brings you to Little Five Points, downtown of Atlanta's college and alternative scene. North of downtown is Midtown, a rather exclusive area dedicated to leisure and nightlife. The West End, located west of downtown, it's the city's older neighborhood. The Olympic Stadium and Grant Park they are respectively south and southeast of downtown. For stays in hotels in Atlanta you can consult the website To compare the prices of flights and hotels, you can consult the website Booking.
The Atlanta metropolitan area is crossed by the perpendicular roads I-20 and I-75/85 and is served by the I-285, which forms the so-called 'the perimeter'. West Peachtree St is the main north-south thoroughfare, but be careful not to get confused, as there are 40 other streets, avenues and alleys called Peachtree.
Downtown is the heart of Atlanta, among the main attractions to visit we mention:
the Georgia Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the world, which opened on November 23, 2005, which houses over 100,000 animals and fish belonging to 500 different species.
Centennial Park is a large park created on the occasion of the Olympic Games which took place in Atlanta in 1996, in an area of 85,000 square meters there are sports fields and equipment, fountains with water games and music. In the area surrounding Centennial Park is the Georgia Aquarium and "Inside CNN" - where you can make visits to the CNN studios. Also worth seeing is the new Coca Cola museum, better known as "The World of Coca Cola", renovated and bigger than the current one located nearby Underground Atlanta.
Underground Atlanta is a shopping center located in the underground floors, offers over 100 shops with typical products and souvenirs from Georgia, restaurants, entertainments are also often organised;
Along Peachtree Street, but more decentralized than downtown, is the The High Museum of Art one of the most prestigious museums in the southeastern United States. The High Museum complex, designed by the architect Renzo Piano, it includes two buildings dedicated to painting and a suggestive terrace dedicated to sculpture as well as a "square";
Peachtree Street is the long thoroughfare through downtown Atlanta around which there are the most famous restaurants of the city and the big hotels.
The most famous part of downtown, that of the New York department store branches, is located around the modern Peachtree Center, bounded by Baker, Ellis, Williams and Courtland Streets. Traveling Southbound Peachtree Street or by taking the Underground, South Line, for one stop, you reach Five Point, the point where the 5 major city arteries converge. Near the subway station on Central Avenue and Upper Alabama Street is the Underground Atlanta, characteristic underground shopping center where hundreds of shops and rooms overlook cobbled streets lit by gas lamps. Next to the Underground, at 55 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, stands the World of Coca Cola Pavillon, where it is celebrated with movies, memorabilia and free tastings, the famous soft drink first produced in 1880 by pharmacist John Styth Pemberton. Ted Turner's CNN Headquarters, the other universally known building in Atlanta is located on Marietta Street at Teachwood Drive. The CNN Studio Tour highlights the activities of the famous network, e allows you to visit the building within which they are also located restaurants and shops, such as the Ted Turner Store, where Gone with the Wind gadgets are sold.
Also worth visiting is the northern area of Atlanta, where Peachtree Street takes the name of Peachtree Road. In the the city's most sought-after neighborhood, the Buckhead, live the descendants of the great noble families, within renovated antebellum residences or in villas built in the same style as those of their ancestors. To visit this fascinating part of Atlanta, one must go towards the Atlanta History Society complex. Immersed in a large park are the white Swan House, a patrician residence in the neoclassical style beautifully furnished, and the Tullie Smith House, a fully restored 1840's farmhouse. The Atlanta History Society also houses a museum featuring relics from the Civil War, while to admire other splendid residences it is necessary to walk West Paces Ferry, where stands the Governor's Mansion, also in the neoclassical style.