Asked • 03/16/19

Why do we say "a Bologna" but "in Italia"?

Why do I say *io vado **a** Bologna* (city) and *io vado **in** Italia* (country)?For example, I can’t say *io vado **ad** Italia*.Why do we always use *in* (not *a*) for countries and *a* (not *in*) for cities?

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Lucia A. answered • 03/28/19

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Piero C. answered • 03/16/19

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Piero C.

of course the same is for Countries, and Cities and Regions: vado in Italia, in Toscana, a Firenze, e poi in un piccolo paesino vicino a Siena, nel Chianti.
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