Curious facts about Italy

Curious facts about Italy

Italy is one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world. Here you find some interesting facts that you might not know about the country.

  • With 61 million inhabitants, Italy is the fifth most populous country in Europe.
  • Italy is home to the largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Italy is home to Europe’s only three active volcanoes: Etna, Stromboli and Vesuvius.
  • The Vatican City, which is located in Rome, is the smallest country in the world.
  • Pizza was invented in Naples and dates back to 1860.
  • The name “Italy” comes from Greek “italos”, which means calf. It was originally given to the region of Calabria by Greek settlers in the 8th century BCE, and was extended to the whole peninsula under Roman emperor Augustus.
  • Italy is actually called the Italian Republic.
  • Fourteen billion espressos are consumed in Italy each year and Italians use 3.7 kg of coffee per capita.
  • Swiss GuardVatican City is the only nation in the world that can lock its own gates at night. It has its own Phone Company, radio, T.V. stations, money, and stamps. It even has its own army, the historic Swiss Guard.
  • Italy is the largest producer of wine in the world.
  • More than a third of single Italian men between the ages of 30 and 35 live with their parents.
  • Galileo’s middle finger is on display at a museum in Florence.
  • In Venice all gondolas are required to be painted in black by law.
  • Italy’s contributions to science include the barometer, the electric battery, nitroglycerin, and wireless telegraphy.
  • Famous Italian explorers include Christopher Columbus, Marco Polo, John Cabot, and Amerigo Vespucci.
  • Italian farms produce grapes, potatoes, sugar beets, soybeans, wheat and olives. They rear cows and produce meat and dairy.
  • The automobile is one of Italy’s greatest products.  In addition to the Fiat brand, Fiat owns the Lamborghini, Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo and Chrysler brands.

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