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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:
Amid the speculation to which country will be king of Football in the world, the much awaited FIFA World Cup 2014 is all set to begin today in Brazil. However each and every match of the World Cup is crucial and much hyped, but the first one of the tournament which will be played between Croatia and the host Brazil will be crucial one.
Sao Paulo, June 12 (IANS) Brazil, host team and big favourites to win World Cup 2014, are looking to begin the campaign with a victory in Thursday's opening match, and the underdogs Croatia would need do quite a bit to avoid a defeat in Sao Paulo.
Madrid, June 11 (IANS/EFE) While Brazil are the tournament favourites, the majority of Spanish fans believe that the Spain would successfully defend the title like Italy in 1938 and Brazil in 1962.
Los Angeles, June 11 (IANS) Singer Miley Cyrus' friendship with Selena Gomez reportedly "turned sour" in 2008 because of Nick Jonas.
Rio de Janeiro, June 11 (IANS) Luis Suarez moved a step closer to proving his fitness for the FIFA World Cup by training with the Uruguay squad.
Rome, June 10 (IANS) Italian Defence Minister Roberta Pinotti Tuesday reiterated the country's stand rejecting India's jurisdiction in the case of two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen two years ago.
Santiago (Chile), June 10 (IANS) Chilean national football team midfielder Marcelo Diaz has described Australia as the team to beat at the preliminary group phase of the 2014 Brazil World Cup.
Los Angeles, June 10 (IANS) Actor George Clooney will reportedly marry his fiancee in a romantic ceremony in Venice, Italy.
Milan, June 9 (IANS) Italian Serie A side AC Milan has dismissed its first team manager, Dutchman Clarence Seedorf, and appointed Filipo Inzaghi as his replacement, the club announced Monday.
Rio De Janeiro, June 9 (IANS) Holders Spain were among three former World Cup winners to arrive in Brazil ahead of football's showpiece tournament.
Rio de Janeiro, June 9 (IANS) Ciro Immobile bagged a hat-trick as Italy warmed up for the FIFA World Cup with a 5-3 victory over Brazilian Serie A club Fluminense.
Miami, June 8 (IANS/EFE) The English national football team's last FIFA World Cup warm-up match ended in a goalless draw against Honduras here Sunday at the Sun Life Stadium.
Rome, June 7 (IANS) Rating agency Standard & Poor's (S&P) has confirmed the BBB rating for Italy, saying the outlook remained negative while noting the "encouraging intentions" of the current government.
Rio de Janeiro, June 7 (IANS) Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has insisted his team's unimpressive form will have no bearing on their World Cup fortunes in Brazil.
Paris, June 7 (IANS) The results Friday at the French Open, the 13th day of the season's second Grand Slam tournament at Roland Garros (prefix number denotes seeding), were as follows, according to Xinhua.
Zagreb, June 6 (IANS) Ivan Rakitic's transfer from Sevilla to FC Barcelona is all but done, local media reported Friday.
New Delhi, June 6 (IANS) National passenger carrier Air India Friday started its maiden operations to Italy with direct flights on its fleet of newly-acquired Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Rio De Janeiro, June 5 (IANS) Brazil jumped one spot to No.3 while Argentina leapt two places to No.5 in the latest FIFA world rankings announced Thursday.
London, June 4 (IANS) A new nondestructive technology to gauge degradation of ancient paper art can save a famous self-portrait of Leonardo da Vinci that is fading fast.
London, June 2 (IANS) Even though you may risk hypertension and heart disease but can't do without that extra pinch of salt in your meal, blame it on your genes for a gene related to taste pathways could be conspiring against you, researchers have found.
Mugello (Italy), June 1 (IANS) Mahindra Racing's Miguel Oliveira displayed all his skills to claim a resounding fourth place in an extremely close Moto3 Italian Grand Prix at the Mugello Circuit here Sunday.
Los Angeles, June 1 (IANS) Actress Angelina Jolie says her fiancé and actor Brad Pitt's newly-engaged close friend and actor George Clooney will walk down the aisle before them.
Rio de Janeiro, June 1 (IANS) Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, who is injured, has been included in Uruguay's final 23-man squad for the World Cup.
Rio de Janeiro, June 1 (IANS) Group D or the group of death at the 2014 FIFA World Cup has three former champions in the mix - Italy, Uruguay and England - and the fourth team, Costa Rica, qualifiers from the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association (CONCACAF), are no pushovers.
Paris, June 1 (IANS) The results Saturday at the French Open, the seventh day of the season's second Grand Slam tournament at Roland Garros (prefix number denotes seeding), were as follows, according to Xinhua.
Brussels, June 1 (IANS) The G7 Summit, set to be held in Brussels next week, will focus on Ukraine situation, ties with Russia, global economy and energy security, according to preliminary agenda unveiled by the European Union (EU).
Rome, June 1 (IANS) Italian navy pulled nearly 3,000 African sea migrants to safety early Saturday, media reports said.
Mumbai, May 30 (IANS) Godrej Process Equipment here completed and shipped a 57-metre tall high pressure/low pressure flash column for a US fertiliser project, being constructed by Egypt's Orascom, an official said Friday.
Paris, May 30 (IANS) The collated results Thursday at the French Open were as follows, according to Xinhua.
Milan, May 30 (IANS) As many as 38 students suffered injuries in Italy when a bus carrying them for swimming championships veered off the road, media reports said.
Paris, May 30 (IANS) Defending champion Rafael Nadal reached the third round of French Open after thrashing Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 here Thursday.
Los Angeles, May 28 (IANS) Model Christine Teigen, known as Chrissy Teigen, is exhausted of listening how talented her husband and singer John Legend is.
Los Angeles, May 28 (IANS) Actress Nicole Kidman has scrapped a British TV appearance after falling ill with bronchitis.
Montevideo, May 27 (IANS) Uruguay's national team has a good chance at Brazil 2014 World Cup "with or without" the presence of its main star, forward Luis Suarez, who is recovering from meniscus surgery, coach Oscar Tabarez said.
Rome, May 27 (IANS) Italy's former environment minister Corrado Clini Monday was put under house arrest on embezzlement charges, the media reported.
Los Angeles, May 27 (IANS) TV personality Rob Kardashian reportedly missed his sister Kim Kardashian's wedding because he didn't want to be in the family photos.
Ireland, May 26 (IANS) Reality TV star Kim Kardashian and rapper Kanye West have reportedly arrived in Ireland for a five-day honeymoon at a private country estate following their wedding in Italy.
Los Angeles, May 25 (IANS) Rob Kardashian reportedly left Florence, Italy, before his sister Kim got married to Kanye West because some major family drama went down.
London, May 25 (IANS) The mummy of a pharaoh's foster brother that Egyptologists could not trace for years may have now been found -- researchers suspect a skeleton at a former monastery in Italy to be that of Qenamun.
Paris, May 24 (IANS) Italian fashion designer Valentino Garavani served socialite Kim Kardashian with a diet wedding cake here.
Rome, May 24 (IANS) Italian Football Association (FIGC) vice president Demetrio Albertini has voiced his support to Rome's bid for Euro 2020.
Montevideo (Uruguay), May 23 (IANS) Luis Suarez insists he will be fit for Uruguay's World Cup campaign after undergoing surgery to his left knee.
Santiago (Chile), May 22 (IANS) When Chile plays Australia June 13 at Cuiaba's Pantanal Arena, on the second day of the 2014 Brazil World Cup, it will mark the ninth time the country has competed in football's ultimate championship.
New York, May 22 (IANS) In a breakthrough, astrophysicists have discovered the most-distant known galaxy cluster that would give them a unique opportunity to study old galaxies in detail and better understand their origins.
Buenos Aires, May 22 (IANS) Argentina's national football team coach, Alejandro Sabella, dropped four players from his 2014 FIFA football World Cup line up including Lisandro Lopez, Fabian Rinaudo, Franco Di Santo and Gabriel Mercado, Xinhua reported.
Geneva, May 22 (IANS) The European Union (EU) has requested to hold consultations with Russia in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) over the latter's anti-dumping duties imposed on light commercial vehicles (LCVs) from Germany and Italy, the world trade watchdog said.
Rome, May 21 (IANS) A woman in Italy could face 18 months in prison for allegedly killing her tenants' three dogs over unpaid rent, the media reported.
London, May 21 (IANS) The truth is out. It is not only the short duration of lovemaking that sexually frustrate majority of women but the fact that the man suffering from premature ejaculation is focused too strongly on delaying ejaculation.
Rio de Janeiro, May 21 (IANS) Brazilian authorities ramped-up the security for the FIFA football world cup due this year to ensure fans' safety as part of largest security setup ever deployed in a world cup event.
Minsk, May 20 (IANS) The results from the 11th day of the world ice hockey championship in Minsk Monday were as follows, according to Xinhua.
Buenos Aires, May 19 (IANS) Former Argentine soccer players who played in several World Cups believed that Argentina's national team will reach the final in Brazil seeking its third title.
Paris, May 19 (IANS) Following is the revised France World Cup squad after Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda withdrew due to a neck injury Sunday and was replaced by Saint-Etienne's Stephane Ruffier, Xinhua reported.
Milan, May 19 (IANS) Silvio Berlusconi, the AC Milan president, has said he will make decision after May 25 over the future of his club which could begin a new era.
Los Angeles, May 18 (IANS) The details about Socialite Kim Kardashian and rapper-fiance Kanye West's wedding keep filtering in and the latest rumour claims that they will marry Saturday in the Orangerie Garden at the Palace of Versailles, France.
Rome, May 17 (IANS) Police in Florence Friday arrested 18 people, including two agents working in Italy's government and parliament, in a probe on mafia infiltration in the area, media reports said.
Rome, May 16 (IANS) FIGC vice president Demetrio Albertini has announced he will resign from the Italian football governing body after the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Rome, May 16 (IANS) Italy's parliament Thursday authorised the arrest of a parliamentarian belonging to the ruling centre-left Democratic Party (PD).
London, May 15 (IANS) If you are the eldest among all your siblings, chances are that you would be averse to change and prefer conformity than those who follow you in the family, a study said.
Rome, May 15 (IANS) Two smugglers were arrested for their alleged involvement in the migrant shipwreck which killed 17 people, police said Thursday.
Rome, May 14 (IANS) Italy head coach Cesare Prandelli unveiled his 30-man provisional squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Montevideo, May 14 (IANS) Uruguay will give their all to advance as far as possible in the 2014 Brazil World Cup, team captain Diego Lugano said, as he arrived in the capital here for group training.
Rio de Janeiro, May 14 (IANS) Brazil striker Fred has revealed his desire to meet Argentina in an all-South American FIFA World Cup final in July.
Los Angeles, May 13 (IANS) Actor George Clooney will reportedly splurge some $2 million for his wedding with British lawyer Amal Alamuddin.
Montevideo, May 13 (IANS) Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez included star strikers Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani and Diego Forlan in a provisional 25-man squad for the FIFA World Cup to be held in Brazil.
Rome, May 13 (IANS) At least 14 people were killed and 200 went missing after a boat packed with migrants sank near Italy Monday, media reported Tuesday.
Rome, May 12 (IANS) At least 10 migrants were killed while crossing from North Africa to Italy when their ship capsised south of the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, local reports said Monday.
Rome, May 12 (IANS) A ship packed with migrants sank 100 miles off the coast of southern Italy, leading to the death of several people on board, the Italian coast guard said Monday.
Tripoli, May 12 (IANS) Dozens of bodies have been recovered after a boat carrying migrants capsized off Libya's coast, security sources said Sunday.
Minsk, May 11 (IANS) The group standings of the World Ice Hockey Championship after Saturday's matches were as follows, according to Xinhua.
Minsk, May 11 (IANS) The results from the second day of the world ice hockey championship here Saturday were as follows, Xinhua reported.
Rome, May 9 (IANS) Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi arrived Friday at a Catholic care home to do one-year community service for tax fraud, a media report said.
New York, May 9 (IANS) Liver transplant recipients who relapse to alcohol have a poorer survival rate than abstinent patients, medical evidence suggests.
New York, May 9 (IANS) What if a smart phone app can gauge mood swings via voice analysis and alert you to handle the person accordingly?
Madrid, May 9 (IANS) The results of the sixth day of the combined ATP Madrid Masters and WTA Madrid Open Thursday were as follows, according to Xinhua.
Montevideo, May 8 (IANS) Uruguay are satisfied with the progress being made on their designated training and lodging complex for the 2014 Brazil World Cup.
Rio de Janeiro, May 8 (IANS) Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff cheered the selection of the national team to compete in the upcoming 2014 World Cup, minutes after the 23-member line-up was announced.
Madrid, May 8 (IANS) Serena Williams swept into the last 16 with a comfortable 6-2, 6-3 victory over China's Peng Shuai, while Rafael Nadal began defence of his crown with a crushing 6-1, 6-0 win over Argentina's Juan Monaco in Madrid Tennis Open Wednesday.
Rome, May 8 (IANS) Italy's coalition government Wednesday won a confidence vote in the Senate on a labour decree which is going through parliamentary procedure to be converted into law.
Los Angeles, May 7 (IANS) Actor-director George Clooney had to propose to lawyer Amal Alamuddin twice because she initially thought he was joking.
Rome, May 6 (IANS) Italy head coach Cesare Prandelli confirmed Monday that his side will play a pre-World Cup friendly with Luxembourg at the Stadio Curi in Perugia June 4.
New Delhi, May 5 (IANS) SONY SIX, India's sports and entertainment channel, Monday launched an exclusive line-up of content that will feature as an onset to the run-up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Rome, May 4 (IANS) Roma head coach Rudi Garcia has admitted that the Italian Serie A title race was over already as Juventus are set to win it Monday.
New York, May 1 (IANS) In a groundbreaking research, scientists have developed a tool that can trace back the place where your DNA was formed up to 1,000 years ago.
London, April 30 (IANS) England manager Roy Hodgson will reveal his squad for the FIFA World Cup May 12, a day after the Premier League season ends, the Football Association announced Wednesday.
Brussels, April 29 (IANS) The European Union (EU) said Tuesday it has imposed travel bans and assets freeze on 15 Russian officials.
Rome, April 29 (IANS) Sri Lankans living in Italy have opposed the use of "Buddha" on a bar's name board, a media report said Tuesday.
London, April 28 (IANS) Seeking to broaden sanctions on Russia, European Union (EU) leaders will meet to decide on adding more names to a list of proscribed Russian individuals alleged to have links to separatist actions in Ukraine, a media report said Monday.
Rio de Janeiro, April 26 (IANS) Brazilian sports minister Aldo Rebelo has vowed that England's FIFA World Cup training base here will be ready in time before the team arrives June 8.
New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) Having undergone an intensive camp for a fortnight at the National Institute of Sports (NIS) in Patiala, a 10-member Indian table tennis contingent has left for the World Championships to be held in Tokyo from April 28 to May 5.
London, April 26 (IANS) The US said that Russian military aircraft entered Ukrainian airspace amid rising tension in the east of the country and called it "dangerously destabilising" and "very provocative", a media report said Saturday.
Lisbon, April 25 (IANS) Benfica beat Juventus 2-1 in the Europa League semifinals with goals by Garay and Lima.
Chennai, April 23 (IANS) Yuvaraj Bose says his upcoming Tamil directorial debut "Irumbu Kuthirai", about bike racing, is a mix of Hollywood-type action sequences and 'desi' emotions.
Milan, April 23 (IANS) A series of landslides over the past few days have disrupted traffic near Courmayeur, a renowned tourist resort in the Italian Alps, forcing temporarily closure of Mont Blanc tunnel, local reports said Tuesday.
Rome, April 22 (IANS) Fabio Capello has said that he plans to retire from football after the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Rome, April 22 (IANS Fabio Capello has planned to retire from football after the 2018 World Cup tournament, Xinhua reported Tuesday.
Rio de Janeiro, April 21 (IANS) Midfielder Nilton has played down a possible move to Europe this summer.
Prague, April 20 (IANS) Czech Republic women's tennis team advanced to the Fed Cup final Sunday for the third time in four years.
Rome, April 20 (IANS) The oldest manuscript of Persian epic book in the world "The Shahnameh" (The Book of Kings) has been published digitally in Italy.
Prague, April 20 (IANS) The Czech Republic leads 2-0 over Italy in tennis Fed Cup semifinal after the two singles games that were played Saturday.
Ostrava (Czech), April 19 (IANS) Czech women tennis players lead Italy 2-0 in the Fed Cup semi-final after the two singles matches played here Saturday.