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20 Fun & Interesting Facts about Italy

Updated on May 27, 2012

1. One of the most famous cities in the world is Rome, Italy. Providing thousands of years of history, traditions, and culture.

2. Rome, Italy is the largest city in Europe having more people that live in the city than any other city in Europe. There are an estimated 10 million people in the city of Rome as of the last national census in 2010

3. Italy is considered the boot of Europe. Mainly because of the shape of the country is in the shape of a boot.

4. Italy is an unusual country that is situated right tin the middle of everything. It is surrounded by 6 countries and 5 separate seas. Making it a central trading post, for thousands of years.

5. Italy has a persona as being one of the most romantic cities in Europe. Many of it themes are centralized around providing newlyweds from around the world a romantic escape they will never forget.

6. Italy has been a very inventive country. They were the first country in the world to introduce the world to the thermometer and the thermostat.

7. Wine is considered essential to every meal the average Italian consumes up to 26 gallons a year

8. One of the worst epidemics in Italian history was the Bubonic Plague killing up to one third of population in the late 14th century.

9. Italy has a unique national treasure in many animals. None so more than the Blue Bird. Which the governing body decided, in 1950, to make the national bird.

10. Mont Blanc is the highest point in Italy located in the Alps. Which are still considered the highest mountains in Europe.

11. University of Bologna, founded in 1088 is the oldest university still teaching today. They are considered one of the top universities in the world for philosophy and technology.

12. Italy has introduced the world to many of the fine arts that mankind has treasured. Nothing more treasured then Opera. Opera was first sung at the coliseum during the times of the Romans and continues to be popular throughout the world.

13. The majority of old world art is in Italian museums

14. Italy was the first country in the world to assist people with their eyesight. They were the first to invent the eye glasses.

15. Italy is such a popular destination for travelers they have more hotel rooms than any other European country

16. Everyone knows that Italy’s most popular dish to eat and serve is pasta along with many of the famous pasta dishes including pizza we love today

17. Italy’s national sport is soccer. Soccer is taken very seriously in Italy and has resulted in the fans causing riots after a game they have lost.

18. Italy consist of 20 different regions or states along with 6 separate islands

19. Rome is the capitol to the catholic religion in the Vatican. However, Italy does practice freedom of religion it is highly discouraged in Rome.

20. The Vatican holds hundreds of secrets not available to the general public in the Vatican archives some more then 1000 years old


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    Theresa Ast 6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

    Fun and informative facts. I liked running across a couple that my students and I covered in Western Civ class.

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    Kadmiels 6 years ago from Florida

    @ coolman your welcome :)

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    Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

    Interesting list of facts; I learned a few things about Italy I didn't know before. Thanks for sharing

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    Kadmiels 6 years ago from Florida

    @victorG I also have german heritage so it is great to learn about the countries on where some of our ansectors are from :) thanks for your comment

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    Kadmiels 6 years ago from Florida

    @c123 it is a wonderfully beautiful country

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    VictorG 6 years ago from USA

    I have Italian heritage, so always love learning about it, although to the chagrin of my Grandmother, I do not know anywhere as much as I should about it! I never knew that Italy was made up of 20 different regions, I had always assumed it was much smaller than that!

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    C123 6 years ago

    This is so interestng and informative Italy looks so Beautiful.