Italy

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Location: Southern Europe

Bordering Countries: Slovenia, Switzerland, Austria, France (Vatican City & San Marino)

Capital City: Rome

Other Main Cities:  Milan, Naples, Sardinia, Venice, Florence, Pisa, Turin, Palermo, Genoa, Verona, Bologna, Capri, Pompeii, Lake Como, Lake Garda, Amalfi, Sorrento, Perugia, Positano, Bergamo, Portofino

Language(s): Italian

Population: 61 million +

Religion: Catholicism (88.6%), No Religion (8.8%), Other (1.3%), Other Christian (0.8%), Jehovah’s Witnesses (0.6%)

Currency: Euro (EUR)

National Airlines: Alitalia

Known for: pasta, pizza, Colosseum, Vatican City, Fiat, coffee, Leaning Tower of Pisa, gelato, Florence, coasts, countryside, Tuscany, wine, The Pope, spaghetti, the accent, vineyards, cheese, fashion, Venice, the language, Mount Etna Ferrari, Lamborghini, Leonardo Da Vinci, Rome, architecture, painters, writers, football, literature, olive oil, hot springs, mountain baths, skiing, volcanos, the government, mafia, the Roman Empire, Armani, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci

Celebrations and Festivals: Carnavale, La festa della Sensa (Venice),  Battle of the Oranges (Ivrea), Game of the Bridge (Pisa), Festa della Madonna Bruna (Basilicata), La Corsa dei Cheri (Gubbio), Ballet Festival (Rome), Spolento Festival, Venice Film Festival, Rome Cinema Festival, Buskers Festival (Ferrara)

Fun Facts…

  • The real name for Italy is ‘The Italian Republic’
  • Italy is slightly larger than Arizona
  • There are over 3,000 museums in Italy
  • Italy is home to Europe’s only 3 active volcanoes; Etna, Stromboli and Vesuvius
  • Vatican City in Rome, is the smallest country in the world
  • Lillie’s are the national flower of Italy
  • Venice is home to the oldest film festival in the world. It started in 1932
  • Italy holds the Guinness World Record for the most elevators
  • Pinocchio was first published in an Italian newspaper
  • The use of pasta in Italy can be traced as far back as the 4th Century B.C
  • Italy has 50 UNESCO heritage sites. This is more than any other country in the world
  • The first thermometer was invented by an Italian
  • Italy has only been a country for 153 years
  • Italy is the 4th most visited country in the world
  • The national bird of Italy is the bluebird
  •  Italy has more famous fashion designers than any other nation