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Italy: Roman Country with Rich Past
In the 3 rd century the Roman Civilisation had laid everlasting cultural, social and political foundation of Italy. Italy became a nation in 1861 when the regional states of the peninsula, along with Sardinia and Sicily, were united under King Victor Emmanuel II. In 1920 Benito Mussolini established his fascist dictatorship and allied with Germany in the Second World War that ended in a humiliating defeat for the Axis powers. A democratic republic replaced the monarchy in 1946 and economic revival followed. Italy was a charter member of NATO and the European Economic Community (EEC). It has been at the forefront of European economic and political unification, joining the Economic and Monetary Union in 1999.
Italy Profile: Overview of Facts and Figures
Geographical Information on Italy :
Italy is located on the Italian Peninsula in Southern Europe, and on the two largest islands in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily and Sardinia. Italy shares its northern Alpine boundary with France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. The independent states of San Marino and the Vatican City are enclaves within the Italian Peninsula.
The climate of Italy is highly diverse ranging from Mediterranean type along the sea to continental climate in the northern regions with snow covered Alps.
Italy Culture, Cuisine and Tradition:
Italian culture has contributed significantly to the advancement of world culture since ages. Italy has produced some fine gems who have contributed in all cultural spheres of literature, music, architecture and sculptures.
The Italian cuisine comprises of food that are naturally derived and high on nutritious value. Italian dishes are full of green vegetables and pulses. Even in non-vegetarian dishes the green vegetables are primarily used. Cheese, fish, meat and desserts are all part of a meal. Pasta, pizza, noodles, spaghettis are all part of Italian cuisine . These foods are served both, in dry form as well as gravy.
Tourist Attractions of Italy:
Tourist attractions in Italy are diverse and endless, attracting millions of visitors every year from all over the world. The diversity of Italy lies in its scenic natural landscapes, rich cultural heritage, fascinating art and architecture, or modern cities and beautiful countryside. The most popular tourist attractions in Italy are its amazing architectural masterpieces, museums and art galleries that have excellent collections of art and artifacts.
The Duomo of Milan is the largest and most intricate gothic structure in Italy and the second largest Catholic cathedral in the world. Vatican City, an independent state situated in the center of Rome, also has several world-famous tourist attractions, including the famous St Peter's Basilica , the Sistine Chapel and the world-renowned Vatican Museum.
Venice is another most popular tourist destination in Italy, known for its beautiful canals and gondolas. The Grand Canal Venice of Venice is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Italy. Florence, the capital of beautiful Tuscany region of Italy, is the artistic capital of the country. The Uffizi Gallery in Florence is one of the finest museums in the world, displaying wonderful collections of paintings, including masterpieces by renowned artists such as Giotto, Filippo Lippi, Botticelli, Fra Angelico, Raphael, Leonardo, Michelangelo.
Major Sight-seeing Places in Italy include:
Kiev/Simferopol/Moscow, March 14 (IANS) Crimea is seeking to join Russia rather than win independence like in the case of Abkhazia, Crimean Prime Minister Sergey Aksenov said Friday even as it was announced that some 50 foreigners from 21 countries will be present as international observers during Sunday's referendum.
Kiev, March 14 (IANS) Some 50 foreigners from 21 countries will be present during Sunday' s referendum as international observers, the chief of the autonomous republic of Crimea's commission on preparing and holding the all-Crimean referendum said Friday.
Wellington, Mar 14 (ANI): Women tennis' world number two Li Na and male Ukrainian player Alexandr Dolgopolov have advanced into the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, California on Thursday.
Rome, March 14 (IANS) The European Central Bank (ECB) has warned Italy over lacking results in reducing its budget deficit.
Minsk, March 13 (IANS) Belarus has asked Russia to deploy up to 15 more warplanes in Belarus in the light of NATO's intensified activities close to the Belarusian border.
Rio de Janeiro, March 12 (IANS) Football's governing body FIFA will Wednesday make available the final batch of World Cup tickets on a first-come, first-served basis.
London, March 10 (IANS) The change in your bowel pattern or abdominal pain has more to do with your diet and balance of beneficial and harmful gut bacteria than with your mood, studies show.
Manaus (Brazil), March 10 (IANS) The Arena da Amazonia here became the ninth FIFA World Cup stadium to officially open.
Rome, March 10 (IANS) Roma head coach Rudi Garcia conceded that Juventus have realistically won this season's Italian Serie A title following his side's 0-1 loss to Napoli.
Kuala Lumpur, March 9 (IANS) A Malaysia Airlines plane that went missing after taking off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing Saturday may have turned back before it disappeared, a civil aviation official said Sunday.
London, Mar. 09 (ANI): Manchester United striker Robin van Persie is reportedly willing to 'cold-shoulder' the 10 million pounds loyalty bonus he has been by the club and plans to leave boss David Moyes' squad this summer.
Rome, March 8 (IANS) Two people, an Italian and an Austrian, whose names were on the passenger list of the Malaysian Airlines plane that went missing while on way to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur early Saturday, reportedly did not board the aircraft.
Rome, March 8 (IANS) Italian passenger Luigi Maraldi, who was thought to be on the missing Malaysian Airlines aircraft, is not in the aircraft as his passport was stolen in Thailand last August, local investigators announced Saturday.
London, March 8 (IANS) Excess bad cholesterol can lead to heart disease or stroke, so take into account a few steps to manage your cholesterol levels.
Johannesburg, Mar 8 (ANI): Manchester United manager David Moyes has reportedly said that Serbian player Nemanja Vidic will remain in his post as captain of the Old Trafford side until the end of the season despite Inter Milan announcing the defender will join them in the summer.
London, Mar. 07 (ANI): Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has reportedly ignited speculations that AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli will join his squad this summer.
Madrid, March 7 (IANS) Brazil-born Diego Costa looks certain to be included in Spain's squad for the forthcoming World Cup finals in Brazil despite a disappointing international debut.
London, March 7 (ANI): Researchers have built a system that uses the depth-sensing, motion-capture camera in Microsoft's Kinect to determine the emotion that's conveyed by a person's body movements.
New Delhi, March 7 (IANS) You may not always have the company of your parents, friends or partner, but who's stopping you from travelling the world? A burgeoning number of social clubs offering secure women-only tours are turning out to be a treat for those looking out for a fun getaway.
Rome, March 7 (IANS) Italy's chief football coach Cesare Prandelli confirmed that either he would renew his contract with Italy Football Association (FIGC) or take a break from football.
Crimea/Brussels/Moscow, March 6 (IANS) Parliamentarians in the Ukraine's autnomous region of Crimea Thursday voted to formally become part of the Russian Federation, with the verdict going for a referendum likely.
Rome, March 6 (IANS) Top diplomats of the US, Italy, France, Germany and Britain will hold informal talks on Ukraine in Rome Thursday.
New Delhi, March 6 (IANS) Manufacturers of music accessories Skullcandy have roped in Brazilian football international Thiago Silva as their brand ambassador.
Johannesburg, Mar. 6 (ANI): Pope Francis has said he is not a 'superman' who will bring sweeping reforms to the Roman Catholic Church.
Madrid, March 6 (IANS/EFE) Pedro Rodriguez's goal in the 63rd minute gave Spain a 1-0 victory over Italy here in an international friendly.
Washington, March 6 (ANI): During the winter solstice, the Sun is filtered into the Monastery at Petra, Jordan, which illuminates the podium of a deity. Just at this moment, the silhouette of the mountain opposite draws the head of a lion, a sacred animal.
Johannesburg, Mar 6 (ANI): Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic will reportedly join Italian club Inter Milan this summer, ending an eight-year connection with the Old Trafford side, with whom he has won five Premier League titles and one Champions League trophy.
London, Mar 5 (ANI): The government of Italy has revealed that it will unblock 2 million euros in emergency funding to save the ancient city of Pompeii, after flooding caused the walls to collapse.
Madrid, March 4 (IANS) All eyes will be on Brazil-born forward Diego Costa when Spain entertain Italy in the Vicente Calderon Stadium on Wednesday night.
Rio de Janeiro, March 4 (IANS) Brazilian football World Cup winner Mazinho has expressed his sadness that son Thiago is now playing for Spain instead of Brazil.
Washington, March 4 (ANI): French and Italian men take the cake when it comes to infidelity, according to a new survey.
Rome, March 4 (IANS) Italy head coach Cesare Prandelli's code of ethics stirred up a controversy as former Italy international Angelo Di Livio criticised his decision to drop Daniele De Rossi from his squad.
Moscow, March 4 (IANS) Decision by the Group of Eight (G8) to suspend preparations for the summit due in Russia this summer is groundless, the Russian foreign ministry said Monday.
Washington, March 3 (ANI): Alfonso Cuaron-helmed 'Gravity' has won a total of 7 trophies, including the Best Director, Best Cinematography and the Best Film Editing, at the 86th Annual Academy Awards.
Los Angeles, March 3 (IANS) Italy's 'The Great Beauty' pipped movies from across the world to be named the best foreign film at the 86th Academy Awards ceremony here Sunday.
New York, Mar 1(ANI): The head of the Sicilian mafia sent a hit man to America to arrange the murder of Rudy Giuliani in the 1980s, according to reports.
Rio de Janeiro, Feb 28 (IANS) AC Milan are reportedly preparing a summer move for highly rated Brazilian pair Doria and Gabriel.
Sao Paulo, Feb 28 (IANS) Following are the results from the fourth day of the ATP Brazil Open Thursday (prefix number denotes seedings), according to Xinhua.
Sao Paulo, Feb 27 (IANS) Second-seeded Nicolas Almagro of Spain, a three-time winner in the Brazilian Open clay court event here, has been upset by Federico Delbonis of Argentina 6-3, 3-6, 2-6.
Rome, Feb 27 (IANS) Gender-based violence persisted at high levels in Italy despite a recent law targeting perpetrators with stricter penalties, and victims were increasingly found in women belonging to medium and upper classes, a report released Wednesday showed.
Washington, Feb. 26 (ANI): A team of researchers has found that incorporating antioxidant-rich strawberries into a daily diet may help lower cholesterol and boost cardiovascular health.
New Delhi, Feb 26 (IANS) India Wednesday said the prosecution of two Italian marines accused of killing Indian fishermen has "complicated" relations between the two countries.
London, Feb 26 (IANS) Strawberries can dramatically reduce the levels of bad cholesterol and triglycerides, reveals new research.
Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 26 (IANS) In a keenly fought online contest, the state's tourism department has selected 25 of the world's leading travel bloggers from 13 countries to write on Kerala.
London, Feb 26 (IANS) Following are the fixtures for Thursday's Europa League last 32, second leg matches, according to Xinhua.
Rome, Feb 26 (IANS) Italy's new government headed by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi Tuesday won the confidence vote in the Lower House, hours after the Senate gave its approval.
New Delhi, Feb 25 (IANS) India's top double trap shooter Ronjan Sodhi has a clear cut goal for 2014 -- He wants to defend his Asian Games title and do enough at the World Championships to secure a qualifying spot for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
London, Feb 25 (ANI): The manager of the England football team has reportedly brought in cycling chief Sir Dave Brailsford to boost England's World Cup preparations and may bring a psychologist in to help with penalties.
New Delhi, Feb. 25 (ANI): External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid has justified India's stand to drop plans to prosecute the two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen under a tough anti-piracy law, offering a chance to end the diplomatic row with Italy.
Rome, Feb 25 (IANS) The Italian new government won the vote of confidence in the Senate early Tuesday, after Prime Minister Matteo Renzi pledged to work for radical and immediate changes to revive the country's recession-gripped economy.
Rome, Feb 25 (IANS) Italy's new Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in his first speech in the Senate to ask to vote confidence in his government Monday said his group will work on "radical" choices to give fresh life to troubled Italy.
New Delhi, Feb.24 (ANI): Commenting on the Central Government's decision to withdrew anti-piracy charges in the Supreme Court against the two Italian marines, charged with the killing of fishermen, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said the issue is about holding the culprits accountable under the Indian law and also hoped that justice is meted out in the case.
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Monday accused the central government of meekly giving in to pressure from Italy in the case of its marines who killed two Indian fishermen.
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) The central government Monday told the Supreme Court that it was not invoking the anti-piracy SUA Act against the two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen off the coast of Kerala in 2012.
New Delhi, Feb. 24 (ANI): The Centre withdrew anti-piracy charges in the Supreme Court against the two Italian marines, charged with the killing of fishermen on Monday, an incident that soured diplomatic relations between both the countries.
Rome, Feb 24 (IANS) Italian head coach warned that his side's opponents in the Euro2016 qualifiers are not as easy to handle as many consider.
Kochi, Feb 24 (ANI): Defence Minister AK Antony has said that there is no question of any compromise in case relating to the two Italian marines.
Rio de Janeiro, Feb 23 (IANS) Top-seeded Rafael Nadal suffered a fright before progressing to the final of the Rio Open with a 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (10) win over fellow- Spaniard Pablo Andujar.
Rome, Feb 22 (IANS) Italy's new Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his cabinet ministers were sworn in Saturday by President Giorgio Napolitano, starting their task of accelerating reforms and reviving the troubled economy.
Sochi, Feb 22 (IANS) Germany's Anke Karstens nipped Austrian Julia Dujmovtis by 0.72 seconds to win the women's snowboard parallel slalom gold medal at the Sochi Winter Olympics Saturday.
Rome, Feb 22 (IANS) After three days of consultations, Italy's center-left leader Matteo Renzi has formally accepted the position of prime minister and presented his cabinet list to President Giorgio Napolitano.
Brasilia, Feb 22 (IANS) Fans have already purchased 2.3 million tickets for this year's World Cup following this week's second lottery-style sales phase, world soccer governing body FIFA said Friday.
Sochi (Russia), Feb 22 (IANS) Following is the list of countries' standing as per medals won till Friday at the ongoing Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia.
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) India Friday said it has sensitised Italy about hate mails, including a bullet, received by its mission in Rome over a case concerning two marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen, and hoped necessary security measures would be taken.
London, Feb 21 (IANS) In a first such case where humans have transferred bacteria to a plant, scientists have reported bacteria that cause acne in humans have now gone to grapevines!
Sochi, Feb 21 (IANS) The following are the Olympic women's figure skating results here Thursday:
Rio de Janeiro, Feb 21 (IANS) World No.1 Rafael Nadal advanced to the quarterfinals of the Rio Open with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over fellow Spaniard Albert Montanes.
Rio de Janeiro, Feb 21 (IANS) Following are the results Thursday from the fourth day of the ATP and WTA Rio Open (prefix number denotes seeding), according to Xinhua.
Trivandrum, Feb.20 (ANI): Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Wednesday said that there were no lapses on the part of his government in the Italian Marines case.
London, Feb 20 (ANI): A former Australian motor-racing driver has reportedly restored an iconic Ferrari belonging to Hollywood legend Steve McQueen to the design which the late actor opted for.
Dubai, Feb 20 (IANS) Venus Williams, the former world's number one and currently ranked 44, defeated here Wednesday Serbia's Ana Ivanovic 6-2, 6-1.
Johannesburg, Feb 20 (ANI): Spanish side Atletico Madrid has defeated Italy's AC Milan 1-0 in their Champions League last-16 first-leg game on Wednesday away at the San Siro Stadium.
London, Feb 19 (IANS) In path-breaking research, scientists are developing a vaginal device containing 'good' probiotic bacteria for the treatment of vaginal thrush.
New York, Feb 19 (IANS) Watching activity videos before carrying simple tasks may boost the brain's plasticity and increase motor skills, shows research.
Washington, Feb. 19 (ANI): A new study has found that looking at how-to videos before carrying out simple tasks may boost the brain's plasticity and increase motor skills.
Rio de Janeiro, Feb 19 (IANS) Following are the results from the second day of the ATP Rio Open Tuesday (prefix number denotes seeding), according to Xinhua.
Rome/New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) Italy Tuesday summoned the Indian envoy in Rome to voice its "dismay" over the "unacceptable delay" in the trial of two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen.
London, Feb 18 (ANI): The manager of the England national football team has backed Brazil to host a successful World Cup despite potential problems with stadiums and protests.
New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) The Supreme Court Tuesday asked the central government to categorically spell out its stand about the law under which to try the two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen.
Johannesburg, Feb 18 (ANI): Argentine tennis player Juan Martin del Potro has reportedly announced his intention of not playing in the Davis Cup tournament for his country this year over an ongoing dispute with his country's federation. Del Potro, who has not represented his country in the Davis Cup since a losing semi-final against the Czech Republic in 2012, has complained that the Argentinian federation does not show him sufficient respect and fails to take into account his court surface preferences.
Rome, Feb 17 (IANS) The leader of Italy's centre-left Democratic Party (PD), Matteo Renzi, was appointed as the country's new prime minister Monday.
Los Angeles, Feb 17 (IANS) Actress Emily Blunt is blessed with a daughter.
Sochi, Feb 17 (IANS) The following are Sunday's short dance results of ice dancing at the Winter Olympics figure skating here:
Sochi, Feb 17 (IANS) The following is the medals table of the Winter Olympics Sunday (tabulated under gold, silver, bronze and total medals):
Buenos Aires, Feb 17 (IANS/EFE) Spain's David Ferrer defeated Italy's Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-3 Sunday in the final of the Copa Claro clay-court event, winning his third straight title in Buenos Aires.
Borovetz (Bulgaria), Feb 16 (IANS) Victor Muffat-Jeandet of France won the men's Alpine Skiing European Cup Giant Slalom here, followed by Giovanni Borsotti of Italy and Manuel Feller of Austria.
Sao Paulo, Feb 16 (IANS) FIFA chief medical officer Jiri Dvorak has played down fears that heat could pose a threat to players during this year's World Cup in Brazil.
London, Feb 16 (ANI): French pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie has broken one of the oldest standing world records in the sport held by former Ukrainian Olympic great Sergey Bubka with a 6.16m leap in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk.
Rosa Khutor, Feb 15 (IANS) Following are the women's Super-G results at the Sochi Winter Olympics on Saturday:
Buenos Aires, Feb 15 (IANS) Top-seeded David Ferrer defeated fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos 6-1, 6-2 to reach the semifinals of the Copa Claro ATP tournament.
Milan, Feb 15 (IANS) Italian international striker Mario Balotelli scored a stunning long-range goal as AC Milan beat Bologna 1-0 at home in a Serie A match.
Caracas, Feb 15 (IANS/EFE) Repsol signed a financing deal Friday with Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA that calls for the Spanish energy major to invest $1.2 billion to boost the output of the companies' Petroquiriquire joint venture.
Rome, Feb 15 (IANS) Italian President Giorgio Napolitano began consultations to form a new government Friday, following resignation of Prime Minister Enrico Letta.
Rome, Feb 14 (IANS) Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta officially submitted his resignation to President Giorgio Napolitano Friday.
Rio de Janeiro, Feb 14 (IANS) Brazil rose one spot to the ninth in FIFA'S February rankings.
Rotterdam, Feb 14 (IANS) Following are the results from the fourth day of the $1.3 million ATP World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam Thursday (prefix number denotes seedings), according to Xinhua.
Rome, Feb 14 (IANS) Italy's Prime Minister Enrico Letta announced Thursday that he would resign in the next 24 hours, after his own Democratic Party (PD) and major force in the ruling coalition asked for a new cabinet to be formed.
Buenos Aires, Feb 13 (IANS) Second-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy and third-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain reached the quarterfinals of the Copa Claro Wednesday.
Mumbai, Feb 12 (IANS) Ritesh Batra, who has been on an awards winning spree for his film "The Lunchbox", has been missing from the events. He says he was busy promoting the film in the US.
Washington, Feb 12 (IANS) Here comes a tracking system that makes 3D movies of living sperm to detect potential infertility-causing anomalies - such as the 'bent tail' that prevents the cells from swimming straight.