Welcome to Italy!

The Repubblica Italiana (Italian Republic or Republic of Italy) or simply Italia is nicknamed 'Bel Paese' which means beautiful country. It is located in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, in Southern and Western Europe.

Italy shares its borders with 6 countries: France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, Vatican City, and San Marino. The population of Italy is about 60 million and it is the 10th largest country in Europe.

Facts

Climate: Varies from dry, warm to to wet, moderate

Population: 61 million people

Capital: Roma (Rome)

Government: Democracy, Republic

Regions: 20 regions

Languages: Italian (German, French and Ladin are offical minority languages)

Religion: Christians

Literacy: 98% can read and write

Currency: Euro (Italian Lira before 2001)

Economy: World's top wine producer

National Anthem: "Canto degli Italia"

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History

  • 753 BC - Rome founded by twin Romulus & Remus
  • 700s BC - Greeks settle southern Italy & Sicily
  • 509 BC - Roman Republic established
  • 334 BC - Romans colonize and take over Italy
  • 146 BC - Rome conquers Greece
  • 27 BC - Roman Empire founded, Augustus emperor
  • 100s - Empire expands to most of Mediterranean
  • 395 AD - Roman Empire breaks apart
  • 476 - The fall of the Roman Empire
  • 1494 - France invades northern Italy
  • 1796 - Napoleon conqueres Northern Italy for France
  • 1814 - Napoleon is defeated, Italy is divided up
  • 1815 - The reunification of Italy begins
  • 1861 - Italy became one nation (Kingdom of Italy)
  • 1922 1945 - Benito Mussolini, sided with Nazis
  • 1935 - Italy invades Ethiopia.
  • 1940 - Italy invades Greece.
  • 1946 - Italy becomes a Republic

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