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Interesting Facts about Italy

Italy Interesting Facts

Italy, officially the Italian Republic, is a country in Europe. Here are some interesting facts about Italy:

  • One of the youngest countries in Western Europe is Italy.
  • Rome is over 2,000 years old.
  • Tourists throw €1,000,000 into the Trevi Fountain each year.
  • The famous children's story "Pinocchio" was written by an Italian and was first published in an Italian newspaper.
  • Italy has more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other country.
  • There are only three active volcanoes in Italy.
  • The world's smallest country - the Vatican City is located in Italy.
  • Italy is the fifth most visited country in the world.
  • There are more than 1500 lakes in Italy.
  • Batteries were invented in Italy.
  • Christopher Columbus was Italian. He was born in Genoa in 1451.
  • The first ever bank started in Italy. It was the bank of San Giorgia in Genoa. It was opened in 1149.
  • Eyeglasses were invented by Italians.
  • Pizza was invented in Naples, Italy.
  • Italy borders Austria, France, Vatican City, San Marino, Slovenia, and Switzerland. Its longest border is with Switzerland.
  • The piano was invented by an Italian.
  • Famous Italian explorers include Christopher Columbus, Marco Polo, John Cabot, and Amerigo Vespucci.
  • Italian ancient city of Pompeii was destroyed by the volcano.
  • Before adopting the euro, Italy's currency was known as the lira.
  • The espresso machine hails from Italy.
  • The telephone was created by an Italian.
  • The national protest song of Italy is Bella Ciao. It was made famous by Italian partisans in WWII, and can be heard at almost any protest.
  • 98% of Italians are Roman Catholic and the Roman Catholic Church is based in Italy.
  • Rome's nickname is "The Eternal City".
  • The largest city in Italy is Rome.
  • Italy shares land borders with France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, San Marino, and Vatican City.

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