Interesting and Random Facts About Italy
Italy is one of the richest nations in the world and is a member of the G8. Here are some important and interesting facts about Italy.
1. Italy was derived from Italus (or Italos), the name of a legendary king of the Sicels or Oenotrians, who were among the earliest inhabitants of Italy.
2. Italians are among the longest-living people in the world. They were ranked 12th highest worldwide in life expectancy in 2010.
3. The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci is the most popular and most reproduced portrait and religious painting of all time.
4. There are more than 500 different types of pasta that are eaten in Italy.
5. The Leaning Tower of Pisa, one of the Medieval Wonders of the World, is located in Pisa, Italy.
6. The three major volcanoes of Italy are Etna, Stromboli and Vesuvius. All of which are active.
7. Christopher Columbus, Marco Polo, John Cabot, and Amerigo Vespucci are all famous Italian explorers.
8. Italy did not become a united nation until 1861.
9. Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), Francesco Petrarch (1304-1374), and Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375) are the three “most popular Italian authors of all-time”. They are collectively known as the “Three Fountains”.
10. The Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, which is located in Florence, has the world’s biggest brick dome.
11. The city of Venice, which is one of the unique and most popular cities in the world, was built on 117 islands.
12. Italy completely encircles two small independent states; San Marino which is located east of Florence, and Vatican City in Rome.
13. Italy is the seat of papacy and the world center of the Roman Catholic.
14. There is only one poisonous snake in Italy, the Viper.
15. Three of the most popular consumable products of Italy are Chianti wine, Gorgonzola and Parmesan cheese and Bologna sausage.
16. Italy is one of the leading wine producers in the world.
17. Italy is one of the world’s leading tourist countries. Millions of tourists visit the country annually.
18. The major tourist destinations in Italy are the Riviera and the Amalfi coast.
19. Most famous Italian scientists were Galileo Galilei, Alessandro Volta, Guglielmo Marconi, Enrico Fermi and Amadeus Avogadro.
20. Automobile racing is one of the major spectators sport in Italy. The annual Grand Prix race covers 436 km.
21. Calico or soccer is the national sport of Italy.
22. To the Italians, the finest of all entertainment is Opera.
23. Ironic it seems, but divorce is legal in Italy despite the fact that it is a Roman Catholic country.
24. In 1985, Roman Catholicism was disestablished as the state religion.
25. Among the most recognizable structural landmarks of Italy are the Colosseum, Pantheon and Tower of Pisa.