Italy

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Italy, officially Repubblica Italiana, is a country located partly on the European Continent and partly on the Italian Peninsula in Southern Europe and on the two largest islands in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily and Sardinia. Italy[Read more]

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Rocca di Calascio (1)
Rocca di Calascio (1)

Abruzzo

Coordinates: 42° 19′ 42″ N, 13° 41′ 23″ E

Abruzzo is a region in central Italy, its western border lying less than 80 km east of Rome. Abruzzo borders the region of Marche to the north, Lazio to the west and south-west, Molise to the south-east, and the Adriatic Sea to the… [Read more]

Alberobello (1)
Alberobello (1)

Apulia

Coordinates: 40° 46′ 55″ N, 17° 14′ 13″ E

Apulia is a region of Italy in Southern Italy bordering the Adriatic Sea in the east, the Ionian Sea to the south-east, and the Strait of Otranto and Gulf of Taranto in the south. Its southernmost portion, known as Salento peninsula,… [Read more]

Castelmezzano (2)
Castelmezzano (2)

Basilicata

Coordinates: 40° 31′ 49″ N, 16° 2′ 48″ E

Basilicata, also known as Lucania, is a region in the south of Italy, bordering on Campania to the west, Apulia (Puglia) to the north and east, and Calabria to the south, having one short south-western coastline on the Tyrrhenian Sea[Read more]

Morano Calabro (1)
Morano Calabro (1)

Calabria

Coordinates: 39° 50′ 20″ N, 16° 8′ 20″ E

Calabria, known in antiquity as Bruttium or formerly as Italia, is a region in southern Italy, forming the “toe” of the Italian Peninsula. The capital city of Calabria is Catanzaro. The most populated city and the seat of the Calabrian[Read more]

Procida (1)
Procida (1)

Campania

Coordinates: 40° 45′ 41″ N, 14° 1′ 58″ E

Campania is a region in southern Italy. The region has a population of around 5.8 million people, making it the second most populous region of Italy; its total area of 13,590 km² makes it the most densely populated region in the… [Read more]

San Leo (1)
San Leo (1)

Emilia-Romagna

Coordinates: 43° 53′ 49″ N, 12° 20′ 47″ E

Emilia-Romagna is an administrative Region of Northern Italy, comprising the former regions of Emilia and Romagna. It has an area of 22,446 km², and about 4.4 million inhabitants. Emilia-Romagna is one of the richest, most developed… [Read more]

Foro Romano (2)
Foro Romano (2)

Lazio

Coordinates: 41° 53′ 24″ N, 12° 29′ 28″ E

Lazio is one of the 20 administrative regions of Italy, situated in the central peninsular section of the country. With about 5.7 million residents and a GDP of more than 170 billion euros, Lazio is the third most populated region of [Read more]

Manarola (1)
Manarola (1)

Liguria

Coordinates: 44° 6′ 22″ N, 9° 43′ 38″ E

Liguria is a coastal region of north-western Italy, where Genoa is the capital. The region is popular with tourists for its beaches, towns, and cuisine. Liguria is bordered by France to the west, Piedmont to the north, and Emilia-Romagna[Read more]

Certosa di Pavia (1)
Certosa di Pavia (1)

Lombardy

Coordinates: 45° 15′ 23″ N, 9° 8′ 44″ E

Lombardy is one of the 20 regions of Italy. The capital is Milan. A sixth of Italy’s population lives in Lombardy and about a fifth of Italy’s GDP is produced in the region, making it the most populous and richest region in the country… [Read more]

San Marino - Urbino (1)
San Marino - Urbino (1)

Marche

Coordinates: 43° 56′ 12″ N, 12° 26′ 49″ E

Marche is one of the 20 regions of Italy. In English, this region is also known as the Marches. The name of the region derives from the plural name of marca, originally referring to the medieval March of Ancona and nearby Marches of [Read more]

Castelpetroso (1)
Castelpetroso (1)

Molise

Coordinates: 41° 32′ 59″ N, 14° 18′ 38″ E

Molise is a region of Southern Italy. Until 1963, it formed part of the region of Abruzzi e Molise, alongside the region of Abruzzo. The split, which did not become effective until 1970, makes Molise the newest region in Italy. The… [Read more]

Palermo (1)
Palermo (1)

Sicily

Coordinates: 38° 6′ 51″ N, 13° 21′ 23″ E

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea; along with surrounding minor islands, it constitutes an autonomous region of Italy, the Regione Siciliana (Sicilian Region). Sicily is located in the central Mediterranean. It… [Read more]

Firenze (1)
Firenze (1)

Tuscany

Coordinates: 43° 46′ 11″ N, 11° 15′ 19″ E

Tuscany is a region in central Italy with an area of about 23,000 km² and a population of about 3.8 million inhabitants. The regional capital is Florence (Firenze). Tuscany is known for its landscapes, traditions, history, artistic… [Read more]

Assisi (1)
Assisi (1)

Umbria

Coordinates: 43° 4′ 28″ N, 12° 36′ 21″ E

Umbria is a region of historic and modern central Italy. It is the only region having neither a coastline nor a common border with other countries; however, the region includes the Lake Trasimeno and is crossed by the Tiber River. The… [Read more]

Carnevale di Venezia 2011 (16)
Carnevale di Venezia 2011 (16)

Veneto

Coordinates: 45° 26′ 3″ N, 12° 20′ 21″ E

Veneto is one of the twenty regions of Italy. Its population is about five million, ranking fifth in Italy. The region’s capital and largest city is Venice. Veneto, as part of the Republic of Venice, had been an independent state for… [Read more]

Description

Italy, officially Repubblica Italiana, is a country located partly on the European Continent and partly on the Italian Peninsula in Southern Europe and on the two largest islands in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily and Sardinia. Italy shares its northern, Alpine boundary with France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. The independent states of San Marino and the Vatican City are enclaves within the Italian Peninsula, and Campione d’Italia is an Italian exclave in Switzerland.

The land known as Italy today has been the cradle of European cultures and peoples, such as the Etruscans and the Romans. Italy’s capital, Rome, was for centuries the political centre of Western civilisation, as the capital of the Roman Empire. After its decline, Italy would endure numerous invasions by foreign peoples, from Germanic tribes such as the Lombards and Ostrogoths, to the Normans and later, the Byzantines, among others. Centuries later, Italy would become the birthplace of the Renaissance, an immensely fruitful intellectual movement that would prove to be integral in shaping the subsequent course of European thought.

Through much of its post-Roman history, Italy was fragmented into numerous kingdoms and city-states (such as the Kingdom of Sardinia, the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies and the Duchy of Milan), but was unified in 1861, a tumultuous period in history known as the “Risorgimento”. In the late 19th century, through World War I, and to World War II, Italy possessed a colonial empire, which extended its rule to Libya, Eritrea, Italian Somaliland, Ethiopia, Albania, Rhodes, the Dodecanese and a concession in Tianjin, China.

Modern Italy is a democratic republic. Italy enjoys a very high standard of living, and has a high nominal GDP per capita. It is a founding member of what is now the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Italy is also a member of the G7, G8 and G20.

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