10 Things about Italy
Italia in Italian, has an official name called the Italian Republic and is shaped like a boot. Rome, the capital, has a population of 3 million and is nicknamed the ‘Eternal City’. It borders Austria, France, Vatican City, San Marino, Slovenia and Switzerland. Its longest border is with Switzerland.
Before converting to the Euro as their currency and legal tender, Italy was using the lira.
Italy gave us the Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Alfa Romeo and Vespa the motor scooter.
It also gave us the opera, thermometer, typewriter, violin, piano, optical glasses and telephone, to name a few.
Some famous Italians include Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Archimedes, Galileo Galilei, Antonio Stradivari, Carravagio and Bernini.
It has the highest number of cultural sites recognised by UNESCO World Heritage. It is also said that Italy has over 3,000 museums and 60% of the world’s art treasures.
The Bubonic Plague (or ‘
Black Death‘) in the 14th century wiped out 1/3 of Italy’s population. The city of Pompeii was completely buried after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD.
Most of the Italians are registered as Roman Catholics but less than a third are practising members.