Italian Republic

Repubblica Italiana

 

Pizza   -   Capri   -   Romeo & Juliet   -   Fashion   -   Colosseum   -   Sophia Loren   -   Tuscany   -   Vesuv   -   Caesar   -   Chianti                                    

CAPITAL

Rome

41°54′N 12°30′E

LANGUAGE

Official and national language:

Italian

POPULATION

April 2018 - 59,931,773

AREA

301,338 km2

CURRENCY

Euro

World Heritage Sites

54

Italy has around 61 million inhabitants, the fourth most populous EU member state. Located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea it shares open land borders with France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, San Marino and Vatican City.

Italy has a cultural heritage of immense value. It rightly has the most UNESCO sites in the world. Artistic sights, historical places, home to many of the greatest works of art, architectural masterpieces and the world-famous gastronomy.

It has strongly influenced Western culture.The capital Rome is home to the Vatican and also has many landmarks from its long history. The Forum Romanum is an area in the middle of the city where Roman temples, squares and government buildings have been excavated, some are over 2000 years old. The Colosseum a Monumental Roman amphitheater, once used for gladiatorial games attracts thousands of visitors annually. Italy has many facets. From skiing in the Italian Alps to the hilly vineyards of Tuscany and Umbria, down to Napoli and the breathtaking Amalfi Coast. Attractions are the remains of Pompeii that was spilled 2000 years ago by the still active volcano Vesuvius. The leaning Tower of Pisa. Cities like Florence, with Renaissance masterpieces such as Michelangelo's "David" or the famous Florence Duomo Cathedral known for its red-tiled dome, colored marble facade & elegant Giotto tower. The lagoon city of Venice and the fashion capital Milan.