150 Intresting Facts About Italy

Facts About Italy: Italy is a country located in the south of the continent of Europe. Whose mainland is a peninsula. To the north of Italy are the Alps, bordering France, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia. Sicily and Sardinia, the two largest islands in the Mediterranean. Which is a part of Italy. Vatican City and San Marino are two independent countries under Italy.

Rome, the capital of Italy, has been the capital of the Roman Empire since ancient times. The Roman Empire established its dominance in the Mediterranean region around AD and beyond, making it the cornerstone of modern Europe in this culture and in other areas. And in the history of the Middle East (also called the Midwest from an Indian perspective) the Roman Empire also had and continues to have its influence. Greek culture has also influenced today's Italian culture.

The population of Italy in 2008 was 3 crore: 20 million. The area of ​​the country is around 3 lakh square kilometres. Corruption in the top echelons of the government was exposed in 1991, after which many changes have taken place in the political power and administration here. Rome is the capital and other major cities include Venice, Milan, etc.

150 Intresting Facts About Italy

Mind Blowing Facts About Italy

  • Cologne came out of Italy.
  • The piano hails from Italy.
  • Rome was founded in 753 BC.
  • Italy has over 3,000 museums.
  • Italy's national dish is pasta.
  • Italy was a kingdom until 1946.
  • Florence is home to Italian art.
  • The Po is Italy’s longest river.
  • 98% of Italians are Roman Catholic.
  • Eyeglasses are an Italian invention.
  • The average Italian is 41 years old.
  • Calzone: is simply a folded up pizza
  • The longest river in Italy is the Po.
  • Italy imports over 75% of its energy.
  • Italy is slightly larger than Arizona.
  • The espresso machine hails from Italy.
  • Rome's nickname is "The Eternal City."
  • Its longest border is with Switzerland.
  • The typewriter is an Italian invention.
  • Italians eat spaghetti only with a fork
  • The thermometer is an Italian invention.
  • A Roman Legion was made up of 6,000 men.
  • Gelato: ice-cream is an Italian invention
  • Over 75% of Italy is mountainous or hilly.
  • Italy has a population of over 58 million.
  • Italians refer to their country as Italia.
  • The Italian flag is green, white, and red.
  • Pizza: was invented in Napoli around 1860.
  • The ice cream cone is an Italian invention.
  • The city of Naples gave birth to the pizza .
  • A Roman Centurion commanded 100 hundred men.
  • The Roman Catholic Church is based in Italy.
  • The average Italian family has 1.27 children.
  • Over 40% of Italy's labor force is unionized.
  • Naples is the largest city in southern Italy.
  • Milan is home to Italian fashion and finance.

Facts About Italy for Kids

  • Italy has 16 regions and 4 autonomous regions.
  • The president of Italy is a ceremonial figure.
  • More than 98% of Italian’s can read and write.
  • Italy did not become a united country until 1861
  • The Italian Government is a Democratic Republic.
  • As of 2011 61 million people were living in Italy.
  • Italian is a romance language and derives from Latin.
  • Almost 20% of Italy's population is over 65 years old.
  • Italy is the world's fifth largest industrial economy.
  • The average Italian consumes 26 gallons of wine a year.
  • The telephone was created by an Italian (Meucci) *Note.
  • Italy has a resident foreign population of 1.27 million.
  • Italy's current constitution took effect January 1, 1948
  • Next to Rome, Milan is the second-largest city in Italy.
  • The average Italian consumes half a pound of bread a day.
  • The area around Venice is the wealthiest region in Europe.
  • The average Italian consumes 25 kilograms of pasta a year.
  • With over 5 million people, Rome is Italy's largest Italy.
  • The first king of Rome was its legendary founder, Romulus.
  • Religion is predominantly Christian (Roman Catholics 90%).
  • The automobile, Fiat , is one of Italy's greatest products.
  • Italy has more hotel rooms than any other nation in Europe.
  • During the Second World War, Italy sided with Nazi Germany.
  • Napoleon spent his first exile on the Italian island of Elba.

85 Interesting Facts About Italy

  • Enrico Fermi, inventor of the nuclear reactor, was an Italian.
  • Italy is home to two microstates, San Marino and Vatican City.
  • Before Rome became a republic and an empire, it had seven kings.
  • The Italian language evolved from the Latin of the Roman Empire.
  • Italy has three active volcanoes: Vesuvius, Etna, and Stromboli.
  • The currency is the Euro. Prior to 2001 it was the Italian Lira.
  • Italy is founding member of the European Union (EU) and the NATO.
  • The famous children's story, Pinocchio, was written by an Italian.
  • Barely a third of Italy's land is arable and suitable for farming.
  • The service sector accounts for almost 70% of the Italian economy.
  • The average life expectancy at birth for an Italian is 79.54 years.
  • Venice is a Lagoon City build on islands and known for its Carnival
  • Today's modern Italian language originated in the region of Tuscany.
  • Mozzarella: Italian cheese balls, originally made from buffalo milk.
  • The ancient city of Pompeii was destroyed by the volcano Mt. Vesuvius.
  • Since the end of WWII, Italy has seen almost 60 governments come and go.
  • Panforte (a hard and flat fruit cake) and almond pastries like amaretti.
  • The first Roman Emperor was Augustus Octavian, who came to power in 27 BC.
  • Since October 1946, the national anthem of Italy has been Inno di Mameli .
  • The national sport of Italy is soccer (known as football outside of America).
  • Most young people learn to speak English, French or German at school in Italy.
  • Mt. Vesuvius last erupted in 1944, destroying a number of neighboring villages.
  • The majority of Italian-American immigrants came from Naples and southern Italy.

Facts About Italy Food

  • An engineering marvel of the ancient world, Cloacus Maxima, is the sewer of Rome.
  • Italian pasta is renowned worldwide and there are more than 200 different shapes.
  • St. Francis of Assissi and Saint Caterina of Siena are the patron saints of Italy.
  • Lasagna: layered pasta dish with tomato, mozzarella cheese and mince meat filling.
  • Italy borders Austria, France, Vatican City, San Marino, Slovenia, and Switzerland.
  • Italy owes much of its prosperity to thousands of small private family enterprises.
  • With almost 40 million visitors, Italy is the fourth most visited country in the world.
  • The official language is Italian, but German and French are also spoken in some regions.
  • The prime minister serves as the head of government and is the one who runs the country.
  • There are delicious sweet cakes in Italy, like the Panettone (a yeast cake with raisins).
  • Italy has two large islands, Sicily and Sardinia , as well as a number of smaller islands.
  • Italy's biggest trading partners are Germany, France, the United States, and Great Britain.
  • Most of Italy's industry is centered around the northern cities of Milan, Turin and Genoa .
  • A vespa is an Italian-made motor scooter that many people ride around busy city streets on.
  • Italian farms produce grapes, potatoes, sugar beets, soybeans, grain, olives, beef, and dairy.
  • Italy is easy to recognise on any world map, as the country is shaped like a high-heeled boot.
  • Everybody 18 and over can vote, however you have to be at least 25 to vote in Senate elections.
  • In the Alps you will very likely see the marmots, which make a very high pitched calling sound.
  • Italy's north has warm summers and cool winters. Italy's south has hot summers and mild winters.

Facts About Italy Culture

  • The Italian island of Sicily is famous for being home of the illicit Mafia criminal organization.
  • Brown bears are a protected species in Italy, as there are only a few bears left in the wild now.
  • Italy's unemployment rate is around 8.6%, but it is as high as 20% in the more impoverished south.
  • Pesto is a thick green sauce with olives, herbs and olive oil, pine kernels and parmiggiano cheese.
  • Famous Italian explorers include Christopher Columbus, Marco Polo, John Cabot, and Amerigo Vespucci.
  • Agriculture used to make up over a third of Italy's economy. It now makes up less than three percent.
  • The Seven Hills of Rome are Aventine, Caelian, Capitoline, Esquiline, Palatine, Quirinal, and Viminal.
  • Vatican City is led by the Pope and is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, led by the Pope.
  • Italian families save more money than the Japanese and Germans, and three times more than Americans do.
  • The colors of the Italian flag represent three virtues: hope (green), faith (white), and charity (red).
  • The average Italian makes $26,700 a year, however those in the more prosperous north make almost $40,000
  • Leonardo da Vinci was a scientist and artist who was the first to prove the world is round and not flat.
  • The colours of the Italian Flag represent three virtues: hope (green), faith (white), and charity (red).
  • The Italian flag is inspired by the French flag introduced during Napoleon's 1797 invasion of the peninsula.
  • It’s proper name Repubblica Italiana (Italian Republic), Nickname: “Bel Paese” which means beautiful country.
  • The symbol SPQR can be found on many ancient buildings in Rome. It stands for "the senate and people of Rome."
  • Italy was unified as a nation by Garibaldi in 1861 and since then includes the islands of Sicily and Sardinia.
  • Italy's contributions to science include the barometer, electric battery, nitroglycerin, and wireless telegraphy.

100 Fun Facts About Italy

  • The Italian peninsula is surrounded by five seas (the Adriatic, Ionian, Tyrrhenean, Ligurian, and Mediterranean).
  • Italy is subdivided in 20 regions, like Tuscany (around Florence), Veneto (around Venice) and Lazio (around Rome).
  • Italians used to be known for having large families, however Italy is now known for having Europe's lowest birthrate.
  • Alessandro Volta, was the pioneer who studied in electricity, hence the name “Volt” describing a unit of electricity.
  • The Italian main dishes contain: pork and beef, seafood and potatoes, rice and pasta (wheat and egg noodles) products.
  • Italy lies in Southern Europe, a flight to Rome take roughly 2.5 hours from London/England, 8 hours from New York/USA.
  • Roma (Rome), the capital is often called “The Eternal City”, with 3.57 million inhabitants. It is Italy’s biggest city.
  • The Alps mountain range form part of Italy's northern border, and for a long time, protected the peninsula from invasion.
  • The Roman Empire fell in 476 AD, after its last emperor, Romulus Augustulus, was forced to abdicate by barbarian invaders.
  • The Apennines are another big mountain range which go all along the boot and separate the East and the West of the country.
  • The highest mountain of Italy can be found in the Alps. It is the Monte Bianco, better known as Mont Blanc, which is 4,807m.
  • "Ars longa, vita brevis" is a common saying in Italy. It means "art is long, life is short" and reflects the Italian love of leisure.
  • Sheep are held mainly in Southern Italy and the donkeys still help farmers in remote villages to carry heavy loads over steep terrain.
  • The national protest song of Italy is Bella Ciao. It was made famous by Italian partisans in WWII, and can be heard at almost any protest.
  • In the South of Italy you will find Italy’s three active volcanoes: Vesuvius near Naples, Etna on Sicily and Stromboli off the Coast of Italy.
  • In the North of Italy, the mountain range of the Alps separates Italy from the other European countries France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia.
  • Italy's major industries include tourism, machinery, iron and steel, chemicals, food processing, textiles, motor vehicles, clothing, footwear, and ceramics.
  • Italians love sports. Cycling, Skiing, Soccer and Motor Racing are just some of the sports Italians have very strong interest in and good teams of sportsmen and women.
  • Italy surrounds two of the world’s smallest countries-San Marino in Northern Italy, the oldest republic in the world and Vatican City in Rome, the smallest country in the world.
  • The Italian soccer league is followed by many Italians abroad too: Inter, Milan, Roma, Napoli and Juventus are just some of the Italian soccer teams which are favored by Italians.
  • The pronunciation is soft and very melodic and so is still used in opera and is popular by young musicians. Even German composers used the language in opera as it sounds much softer than German.
  • The Italian Republic does not have an official motto, but it does have a common phrase: "L'Italia e’ una Repubblica democratica, fondata sul lavoro" (Italy is a democratic Republic, founded on labor).
  • Pizza is surely one of the most famous exports and in Italy it is usually baked in a wood-fired oven and very thin, but loaded with fresh vegetables or thinly sliced ham, salami, artichokes or olives.
  • Not all people in Italy speak proper Italian, but one of its many Italian dialects. Some of the older people can neither speak Italian, but only the local dialect or will speak only German when living in the Northern Region of Alto Adige, or French dialect in the Valle d’Aosta.

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