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Pizza Margherita is now 120 years old
Almost 20% of Italy's population is over 65 years old.
Italy borders Austria, France, Vatican City, San Marino, Slovenia,
and Switzerland.
Its longest border is with Switzerland.
The average Italian family has 1.27 children.
Everybody 18 and over can vote, however you have to be at least 25 to vote in Senate elections.
The Italian flag is inspired by the French flag introduced during Napoleon's 1797 invasion of the peninsula.
The average Italian makes $26,700 a year, however those in the more prosperous north make almost $40,000.
The thermometer is an Italian invention.
Italy's unemployment rate is around 8.6%, but it is as high as 20% in the more impoverished south.
Italian farms produce grapes, potatoes, sugar beets, soybeans, grain, olives, beef, and dairy.
The average life expectancy at birth for an Italian is 79.54 years.
bullet The famous children's story, Pinocchio, was written by Carlo Collodi, an Italian.
bullet The city of Naples gave birth to the pizza.
bullet The piano hails from Italy.
bullet The longest river in Italy is the Po.
bullet The average Italian consumes half a pound of bread a day.
bullet Italy's contributions to science include the barometer, electric battery, nitroglycerin, and wireless telegraphy.
bullet Famous Italian explorers include Christopher Columbus, Marco Polo, John Cabot, and Amerigo Vespucci.
bullet Today's modern Italian language originated in the region of Tuscany.
bullet Enrico Fermi, inventor of the nuclear reactor, was an Italian.
bullet 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.
bullet With almost 40 million visitors, Italy is the fourth most visited country in the world.
bullet Italy is home to two microstates, San Marino and Vatican City .
bullet Besides Julius Caesar, Shakespeare also set in Italy ( entirely or partially): Romeo and Juliet, Othello, The Merchant of Venice, Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus, Cymbeline,Much Ado About Nothing, Othello,The Taming of the Shrew, Titus Andronicus, The Two Gentlemen of Verona,The Winter's Tale
bullet Cologne came out of Italy.
bullet The ice cream cone is an Italian invention.
bullet The majority of Italian-American immigrants came from Naples and southern Italy.
bullet Mt. Vesuvius last erupted in 1944, destroying a number of neighboring villages and the city of Pompeii.
bullet Eyeglasses are an Italian invention.
bullet The average Italian is 41 years old.
bullet Italy has 16 regions and 4 autonomous regions.
bullet Before adopting the euro, Italy's currency was known as the lira.
bullet The average Italian consumes 26 gallons of wine a year.
bullet Italy's major industries include tourism, machinery, iron and steel, chemicals, food processing, textiles, motor vehicles, clothing, footwear, and ceramics.
bullet Italy has more hotel rooms than any other nation in Europe.
bullet The espresso machine hails from Italy.
bullet Italy is the world's seventh largest industrial economy.
bullet Barely a third of Italy's land is arable and suitable for farming.
bullet Italy's biggest trading partners are Germany, France, the United States, and Great Britain.
bullet Over 40% of Italy's labor force is unionized.
bullet The telephone was created by an Italian (Meucci ) * See Note *.
bullet Most of Italy's industry is centered around the northern cities of Milan, Turin and Genoa .
bullet Since the end of WWII, Italy has seen almost 60 governments come and go.
bullet The area around Venice is the wealthiest region in Europe.
bullet Over 75% of Italy is mountainous or hilly.
bullet The typewriter is an Italian invention.
bullet Italians used to be known for having large families; however Italy is now known for having Europe's lowest birthrate.
bullet Italy owes much of its prosperity to thousands of small private family enterprises.
bullet Most unmarried children live with their parents
bullet The average Italian consumes 25 kilograms of pasta a year.
bullet The Jewish Ghetto in Rome is now one of the most expensive real estate area in the city
bullet With over 5 million people, Rome is Italy's largest city
bullet Italy has a population of over 58 million.
bullet Italians refer to their country as Italia.
bullet Italy imports over 75% of its energy.
bullet The service sector accounts for almost 70% of the Italian economy.
bullet Agriculture used to make up over a third of Italy's economy. It now makes up less than three percent.
bullet The official language is Italian, but German and French are also spoken in some regions.
bullet Italy's north has warm summers and cool winters. Italy's south has hot summers and mild winters.
bullet The Seven Hills of Rome are Aventine, Caelian, Capitoline, Esquiline, Palatine, Quirinal, and Viminal.
bullet The symbol SPQR(Senātus Populusque Rōmānus) can be found on many ancient buildings in Rome. It stands for "the senate and people of Rome."
bullet Rome was founded in 753 BC.
bullet Italy did not become a united country until 1861
bullet Every kid between the ages of 6-14 goes to mandatory school. More than 90 percent of them attend public schools considered better for learning than private schools.
bullet Before Rome became a republic and an empire, it had seven kings.
bullet The first king of Rome was its legendary founder, Romulus.
bullet "Ars longa, vita brevis" is a common saying in Italy. It means "art is long, life is short" and reflects the Italian love of leisure.
bullet An engineering marvel of the ancient world, Cloacus Maxima, is the sewer of Rome.
bullet The first Roman Emperor was Augustus Octavian, who came to power in 27 BC.
bullet The Roman Empire fell in 476 AD, after its last emperor, Romulus Augustulus, was forced to abdicate by barbarian invaders.
bullet A Roman Centurion commanded 100 hundred men.
bullet A Roman Legion was made up of 6,000 men.
bullet Italy has a resident foreign population of 1.27 million.
bullet Italy's current constitution took effect January 1, 1948
bullet The president of Italy is a ceremonial figure.
bullet The prime minister serves as the head of government and is the one who runs the country.
bullet Since October 1946, the national anthem of Italy has been Inno de Memeli
bullet Family recreational activities in small villages include taking a traditional Sunday passeggiata (family stroll)
bullet The colors of the Italian flag represent three virtues: hope (green), faith (white), and charity (red).
bullet The Italian Republic does not have an official motto, but it does have a common phrase: "L'Italia e' una Repubblica democratica, fondata sul lavoro" (Italy is a democratic Republic, founded on labor).
bullet St. Francis of Assissi and Saint Caterina of Siena are the patron saints of Italy.
bullet 95% of Italians are Roman Catholic but only about 30 percent of all Italians attend church regularly
bullet The Roman Catholic Church is based in Italy.
bullet Italy has over 3,000 museums.
bullet The national sport of Italy is football.
bullet Italy's national dish is pasta.
bullet The Italian language evolved from the Latin of the Roman Empire.
bullet The Italian peninsula is surrounded by five seas (the Adriatic, Ionian, Tyrrhenean, Ligurian, and Mediterranean).
bullet Italy has two large islands, Sicily and Sardinia , as well as a number of smaller islands.
bullet The Italian island of Sicily is famous for being home of the illicit Mafia criminal organization.
bullet Napoleon spent his first exile on the Italian island of Elba.
bullet The Alps mountain range form part of Italy's northern border, and for a long time, protected the peninsula from invasion.
bullet Italy has three active volcanoes: Vesuvius, Etna, and Stromboli.
bullet Naples is the largest city in southern Italy.
bullet Next to Rome, Milan is the second-largest city in Italy.
bullet Milan is home to Italian fashion and finance.
bullet Rome's nickname is "The Eternal City."
bullet Florence is home to Italian art.
bullet Vespa is an Italian-made motor scooter that many people ride around busy city streets on.
bullet Italian has many dialects
bullet Rome is further North than New York City. New York City is about the same latitude as Naples Italy
bullet In Rome and Naples, it only snows briefly once every several years while in New York snow is very frequent in the Winter
bullet There is no minimum drinking age in Italy