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A website about Italy, Italian people, Italian life and all things Italian

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Where is Italy?

Where is Italy? Italy is located in southern Europe. To the north, Italy is bordered by France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. To the south, the famous, boot-shaped Italian peninsular extends out into the Mediterranean sea..

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Understanding Italy is full of information to help you find out all about italy, italia, italian people and italian life.

Finding out about Italy will provide a lifetime of interest and entertainment. It is a journey that will examine the history of Italy, its complex politics and the whole spectrum of italian culture. It will explore the wonderful, contrasting landscapes of the Italian countryside, the unique pleasures of Italian food and Italian wine, and the extraordinary warmth and hospitality of the Italian people.

Finding out about the history of Italy includes many of the most significant and memorable events of European history such as: the rise and fall of the Roman Empire; the birth of Christianity; the destruction of Pompei and Herculaneum by Mount Vesuvius; the emergence of the Venetian superpower; Napoleon Bonaparte; Garibaldi's unification of Italy and the rise of Fascism under Mussolini.

Finding out about the culture of italy is very rewarding. Italian culture is extraordinarily rich and is recognised and celebrated around the world with the writings of Virgil, Plutarch and Dante, the great paintings, sculptures and architecture of the Renaissance masters, the unique genius of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Galileo and the sublime music of Rossini, Verdi and Puccini. But Italian culture is not all in the past... Today, Italy has a vibrant, home-grown music industry and is a world leader in cinema, fashion design and engineering.

For tourists wanting to find out about Italy, Rome, with the wonderful sites of the Colosseum, the Basilica of St Peter and the Trevi fountain guarantees an unforgettable holiday. Visitors going further afield to Lake Como, Venice, Siena, Amalfi, Naples and Sicily will experience the stunning variety of scenery, and the many unique cultural sites that Italy has to offer. Italy has more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other country in the world! You will find plenty of information about italian tourist sites in our pages.

Traditional Italian food is an important part of Italian life and includes pasta, salami, pizza and ice cream, olives, pesto and Sicilian Caponata as well as fresh fish and meat. Italian fruit and vegetables are bursting with freshness, taste and smell, and the famous wines of Italy: Chianti, Valpolicella and Barolo glow deep red in the Italian sunshine.

Italia is a land rich in culture, history and beauty. From the majestic mountains of Aosta, to the sublime beaches of Calabria, it is an unmatchable experience that once experienced, will never be forgotten. Explore our site and find out about the wonderful country of Italy!

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The Island of Capri
Capri is an island located to the west of the Sorentine peninsular, on the south side of the bay of Naples. It is a famous holiday destination and has been so since Roman times.
The Emperor Caligula
The emperor Caligula is a man usually associated with extravagance, insanity, cruelty and extreme sexual depravity.
Italian Gelato
There is no doubt that gelato is much better for you than ice cream. In fact, so little milk is consumed in most parts of Italy, particularly the south, that they really do consider gelato to be good for you.
Prada
The Prada brand was first established in 1913, when Mario Prada opened a luxury store in the Galleria Vittoria Emanuele II in Milan.
Leaning Tower of Pisa
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a quintissential Italian image that is recognised all over the world.
Italian Playing Cards
Playing card games is a very popular pastime in Italy with the most popular games being Scopa and Briscola. There are a total of 16 styles of packs which are used across 4 different areas of Italy.
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The Mona Lisa, painted by Leonardo da Vinci, was the artist's favourite work.
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Madame Butterfly, written by Giacomo Puccini, was the composer's favourite opera.
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Italian food varies enormously depending on which region you are in. Click Here to explore each region's favourites.
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