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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:
Rio de Janeiro, Dec 8 (IANS) World football's governing body FIFA has changed the kickoff timings for seven 2014 World Cup matches, including three in the Amazonian city of Manaus.
Madrid, Dec 7 (IANS) Spain's coach Vicente del Bosque reacted diplomatically after the draw for the FIFA 2014 World Cup finals.
Costa do Sauipe (Brazil), Dec 7 (IANS) Hosts Brazil will play Croatia in the opening match of the 2014 World Cup June 12 in Sao Paulo as the draw was completed here.
London, Dec 7 (ANI): Italy's football coach has said he will allow his team to have pre-match sex during the World Cup in Brazil next year, according to reports.
Johannesburg, Dec 7 (ANI): Champions Spain were drawn against the team they beat in the 2010 World Cup final, the Netherlands at the official 2014 Brazil World Cup draw ceremony in Costa do Sauipe on Friday, according to reports.
Costa do Saupie (Brazil), Dec 7 (IANS) Comments from the coaches after Friday's World Cup draw, according to Xinhua.
Costa do Saupie (Brazil), Dec 7 (IANS) Hosts Brazil will play Croatia in the opening match of the 2014 World Cup June 12 in Sao Paulo, as the draw was completed here Friday.
Pune, Dec 6 (IANS) Kazakhstan's Kamila Kerimbayeva ousted fourth seed Gioia Barbiery of Italy in straight sets to enter the singles final where she will meet the tournament's top seed Magda Linette in the NECC-ITF women's $25,000 event at Deccan Gymkhana here.
Pune, Dec 5 (IANS) Kazakhstan's Kamila Kerimbayeva proved to be too good for Prerna Bhambri, the lone Indian left in the singles draw at the NECC-ITF women's $25,000 tennis event at the Deccan Gymkhana here Thursday.
Baku, Dec 5 (IANS) As many as 23 teams have so far confirmed their participation in the IWF Grand Prix & 2nd Baku International Cup that is expected to swing off here Dec 5-8, National Weightlifting Federation of Azerbaijan announced Wednesday.
London, Dec 4 (IANS) The annual Turner Prize for art, the most prestigious contemporary art prize in Britain, has gone to French artist Laure Prouvost.
Washington, Dec. 4 (ANI): Researchers have found that Neanderthals used to organize their living spaces in ways that were familiar to modern humans, a discovery that once again shows similarities between the close cousins.
London, Dec 4 (ANI): German driver Nico Hulkenberg will return to Force India in 2014 after signing a multi-year deal, according to reports.
New Delhi, Dec 3 (IANS) Automobile major Hero MotoCorp Tuesday said it has entered a joint venture (JV) agreement with Magneti Marelli of Milan, Italy, to produce engine systems for the two-wheeler market.
Washington, Dec. 3 (ANI): Researchers have taken a major step towards building the first nanorobot that would facilitate targeted transport of medications to the diseased cells in the body for faster and more beneficial effect.
Washington, Dec 02 (ANI): The properties of the lead bricks recovered from ancient Roman shipwrecks are ideal for experiments in particle physics and scientists have begun to use them to study dark matter and neutrinos, but archaeologists have raised alarm about the destruction and trading of cultural heritage that lies behind this.
London, Dec 1 (ANI): France has topped the poll of the best place to emigrate.
Rome, Nov 30 (IANS/AKI) Europe's oldest person Emma Morano, who lives in Italy's Verbania town, celebrated her 114th birthday Friday.
Rome, Nov 30 (IANS/AKI) The case of the two Italian Marines facing trial in India for murder will not be resolved by Christmas, Rome's envoy in the case has said.
New Delhi, Nov 29 (IANS) Germany is opening its doors to international labour, particularly in medical care, as a majority of the country's population is ageing, an international consultant on vocational training of the country said here Friday.
Mexico City, Nov 29 (IANS) Mexico climbed four spots to 20th while Chile slipped three rungs to 15th in the latest FIFA rankings.
London, November 29 (ANI): A mafia don in Italy was fed alive to pigs by rival gangsters to take revenge for a 60-year-old feud involving the death of a mob Godfather, it has been revealed.
London, Nov 29 (IANS) Following are the results of Europa League matches Thursday, reports Xinhua:
Rio de Janeiro, Nov 29 (IANS) Five-time World Cup winners Brazil have returned to the top 10 in the latest FIFA rankings released Thursday.
Paris, Nov 28 (IANS) France's top tennis player Richard Gasquet has appointed two-time Roland Garros winner Sergi Bruguera as his new coach.
Paris, Nov 28 (IANS) France's top tennis player Richard Gasquet has appointed two-time Roland Garros winner Sergi Bruguera as his new coach.
London, Nov. 28 (ANI): The Italian Senate has voted to expel former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi from parliament over his conviction for tax fraud.
Paris, Nov 27 (IANS) Following are the results of UEFA Champions League Tuesday, according to Xinhua.
Johannesburg, Nov 27 (ANI): Dutch side Ajax has boosted their chances of qualifying for the Champions League last 16 by beating Spanish giants Barcelona 2-1 in their Group H clash on Tuesday at their home in Amsterdam Arena.
Trieste (Italy), Nov 27 (IANS) Italy and Russia signed as many as 28 agreements in finance, energy and industry sectors at the Italian-Russian summit held here Tuesday.
New Delhi, Nov 26 (IANS) The prime accused in the Rs.2,276 crore "Speak Asia" scam -- in which almost 24 lakh people across India were duped -- has been arrested, police said Tuesday.
Dubai, Nov 24 (IANS) Ireland and Afghanistan qualified for the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014 after winning their respective matches in the ICC World Twenty20 qualifier UAE 2014 Sunday.
New Delhi, Nov 23 (IANS) Focusing on concepts like creativity, exploration and innovation, a new exhibition seeks acquaint Indians with taking education beyond the confines of bookish knowledge.
Shimla, Nov 23 (IANS) Blaming China for the self-immolations in Tibet, Tibetan prime minister-in-exile Lobsang Sangay said here Saturday that "the situation there is tragic and unfortunate".
Milan, Nov 23 (IANS) AC Milan head coach Massimiliano Allegri said that his side will have to win the game against Genoa at home Saturday night.
New York, Nov 23 (ANI): A former Miss Italia finalist has been busted in Milan as part of an alleged international cocaine trafficking ring, according to the police.
Rome, Nov 22 (IANS) Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti has insisted that he is not considering coaching Italy's national football team after next year's World Cup tournament.
Panaji, Nov 22 (IANS) Freedom of expression has been extremely difficult in Italy in the last 20 years, especially under Silvio Berlusconi, say makers of an Italian film which is being screened at the 44th edition of IFFI here.
Rome, Nov 22 (IANS) Roma goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis has ruled out the possibility of returning to the Italy squad for the next year's World Cup.
Rome, Nov 20 (IANS) Italy head coach Cesare Prandelli has warned that his side would adopt an attacking approach at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Abu Dhabi, Nov 20 (IANS/CMC) Two Canadian bowlers were instrumental in putting three defeats behind them when they registered a 44-run victory over Uganda in their Group A match of the ICC World Cup Twenty20 qualifiers here.
Los Angeles, Nov 20 (IANS) Singer Justin Bieber took to Twitter to appreciate One Direction band's song "Diana" from their new album "Midnight Memories", which was recently leaked online.
Panaji, Nov 19 (IANS) Goans are literate, but they litter the tourist state with carefree abandon, Deputy Chief Minister Francis D'Souza has said.
Abu Dhabi, Nov 19 (IANS) Opener Irfan Ahmed struck a century and Munir Dar claimed four wickets as unbeaten Hong Kong thrashed Canada by 53 runs in a Group A match of the ICC World Cup Twenty20 qualifiers at the Sheikh Zayed Nursery 1 ground here.
Washington, Nov. 19 (ANI): Researchers analyzed modern and fossil plant resins to reconstruct the composition of the Earth's atmosphere of the last 220 million.
Rome, Nov 19 (IANS) Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Angelino Alfano has announced that a "revolutionary" new law is to be adopted to transform stadiums.
Prague, Nov 19 (IANS) Czech Football Association (FACR) chairman Miroslav Pelta confirmed Monday that Pavel Vrba will be the new coach of the Czech national team. He said Vrba will take up the post Jan 1, 2014.
Tirana, Nov 19 (IANS) About 400 kg of hashish, destined for Italy, has been seized from an Albanian village while being carried in a vehicle, Xinhua reported Monday.
Rome, Nov 18 (IANS/AKI) Italy's coalition government is more stable after the centre-right party of Silvio Berlusconi split at the weekend, Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta said Monday.
Turin (Italy), Nov 18 (IANS) Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini has said the exceptional psychological expertise Antonio Conte masters, has made him a great coach.
Washington, Nov 18 (ANI): Matthew Mcconaughey and Scarlett Johansson have won the Best Actor and Best Actress award at the Rome Film Festival in Italy.
Milan, Nov 17 (IANS) Andrea Barzagli is forced to miss Italy's friendly against Nigeria in London due to muscle problem.
Madrid, Nov 17 (IANS) Real Madrid's hopes for the season have suffered a setback with the confirmation that German midfielder Sami Khedira will be out of action for the rest of the season.
Wellington, Nov. 16 (ANI): The Vatican has brushed off concerns after officials warned that Pope Francis could become the target of the mafia for campaigning against corruption.
Milan, Nov 16 (IANS) Italy maintained their unbeaten streak against Germany since 1995 Friday when they drew 1-1 with the Nationalmannschaft in an international friendly.
New Delhi, Nov 14 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee Thursday said there is an "urgent need to incorporate skill development and vocational training in the process of economic growth".
New Delhi, Nov 14 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee Thursday said India should focus on skill development and vocational training to reap the demographic dividend.
Washington, Nov. 14 (ANI): New insights into the origins and development of folk tales are being provided by the application of scientific analysis that are more commonly used by biologists to produce an evolutionary tree of life diagram.
Bhubaneswar, Nov 14 (IANS) At least 20 artists from countries like Japan, Norway and Sweden would enthrall audiences at a nine-day Biennale commencing in this Odisha capital on Sunday, a Japanese exponent of Odissi dance who has made Orissa her home, said here.
Washington, Nov. 14 (ANI): Apple is under investigation for allegedly evading more than 1.35 billion dollars in taxes in Italy.
London, Nov. 14 (ANI): Pope Francis has brought on himself the wrath of mafia after campaigning against corruption, a leading anti-mob prosecutor has warned.
Rome, Nov 13 (IANS/AKI) The case of the two Italian marines charged with murder in India and a murky multi-million euro helicopter deal with the Indian government must be treated as separate issues, a senior Italian diplomat said Wednesday.
London, Nov. 13 (ANI): The wrecked Costa Concordia's engine room crew has said "Captain didn't care if they died", while revealing harrowing details of the incident in the court during the trial of Captain Francesco Schettino.
Gurgaon, Nov 12 (IANS) India as chair of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) was successful in its endeavour to steer the 51-member forum from dialogue to deliverables with member countries agreeing that Asia and Europe should form joint responses to regional and global challenges and also for growth and development.
Agra, Nov 12 (IANS) The seventh edition of the international "Meet at Agra" Leather, Footwear Component and Technology Fair will be held here Nov 15-18.
New Delhi, Nov 12 (IANS) The 33rd India International Trade Fair (IITF) is all set to begin Thursday at the Pragati Maidan with Japan as partner country.
Washington, Nov. 12 (ANI): The wrecked Costa Concordia's captain, Francesco Schettino, has been accused of abandoning the ship even before all passengers were evacuated.
Madrid, Nov 12 (IANS) Diego Costa will have to wait until 2014 to make his debut for the Spanish national team after the Brazilian born forward was forced to pull out of the squad for the forthcoming friendly matches against South Africa and Equatorial Guinea with a torn muscle in his groin.
Rome, Nov 12 (IANS) Struggling Sampdoria have fired coach Delio Rossi, who is a former Lazio and Fiorentina coach, the Italian Serie A club said.
Washington, Nov 11 (IANS) The number of international students in US colleges and universities increased by seven percent to a record high of 819,644 in the 2012/13 academic year, the US Institute of International Education said Monday.
New Delhi, Nov 11 (IANS) India needs a law to curb corruption in sports like South Africa, Portugal, Italy and Sri Lanka, law minister Kapil Sibal said Monday.
Washington, Nov 11 (ANI): A new study has revealed that workaholics work hard, but still have poor job performance mainly because of high mental and physical strain.
New Delhi, Nov 10 (IANS) Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen will miss the final two races of the 2013 Formula 1 season as he will be undergoing a back surgery next week.
Beijing, Nov 10 (ANI): Italian legendary coach Marcello Lippi, who has become the first coach to win both the European and Asian club Championships with Guangzhou Evergrande, has said that the win reflects the progress made by Chinese soccer.
Guangzhou (China), Nov 10 (IANS) Former World Cup-winning manager Marcello Lippi said here that the historical title-taking feat of Guangzhou Evergrande reflected the progress made by Chinese football.
Berlin, Nov 9 (IANS) Germany coach Joachim Loew called up his squad for the upcoming friendlies to invite Weidenfeller for the first time.
Madrid, Nov 8 (IANS) Spain coach Vicente del Bosque named Brazilian-born striker Diego Costa in his squad for the friendly games against Equatorial Guinea and South Africa Nov 16 and 19.
London, Nov 8 (IANS) Following are the results of UEFA Europa League matches Thursday, according to Xinhua.
Bergamo (ITALY) Nov 7 (IANS/AKI) The president of the Italian region of Lombardy has demanded an investigation Thursday after an elderly man and his son died when a train collided with an ambulance in northern Italy.
London, Nov 7 (IANS) Lionel Messi scored a brace as FC Barcelona beat AC Milan 3-1 while Aaron Ramsey's winner against Borrusia Dortmund put Arsenal in pole position in Group F of UEFA Champions League.
Johannesburg, Nov. 7 (ANI): Microsoft needs to reinvent itself to avoid being 'old and tired', company's CEO Steve Ballmer has said.
Islamabad, Nov. 7 (ANI): The Federal Bureau of Investigation has added two Pakistanis, Farhanul Arshad and Noor Azizuddin, in Cyber's Most Wanted List, with 50,000 dollars rewards offered for each.
New Delhi, Nov 6 (IANS) Michael Schumacher enjoyed a long and illustrious career, much like Sachin Tendulkar. As Tendulkar plays in his swansong series, the Formula 1 legend says retirement is something the cricketing icon can look forward to.
Madrid, Nov 5 (IANS) Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has again piled praise on striker Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of his side's Champions League tie away to Juventus Tuesday night.
Johannesburg, Nov 4 (ANI): Italy have cruised to a fourth Fed Cup title on Sunday after Sara Errani gave the hosts an unassailable 3-0 lead with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Russian Alisa Kleybanova.
Abu Dhabi, Nov 3 (IANS/WAM) Twenty of the world's top tour operators are in Abu Dhabi as part of an intensive campaign to woo them over to the emirate that has the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Washington, Nov. 3 (ANI): A team of researchers conducted a study and found compelling evidence that congenitally blind individuals are hypersensitive to pain caused by thermal stimuli.
Rome, Nov 3 (IANS) Following are the results from the Fed Cup final between Italy and Russia at the Tennis Club Cagliari of Italy Saturday, reported Xinhua:
Guangdong (China), Nov 2 (IANS) Gaurav Gill created history by becoming the first Indian driver to win the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) title after finishing Day 1 of the Rally of China at the wheel of his Team MRF Skoda Fabia S2000.
Rome, Nov 2 (IANS) Soccer ace David Bechkam spent six months going to culinary school when he lived in Italy.
Cagliari (Italy), Nov 2 (IANS) The International Tennis Federation (ITF) Saturday unanimously voted to suspend Tunisia from the 2014 Davis Cup.
Buenos Aires, Nov 1 (IANS) Argentina Friday announced a 22-man-squad for the November friendlies against Ecuador and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Washington, Nov 1 (ANI): Kim Kardashian has confessed that she and her fiance Kanye West are hoping to exchange vows next year in summer.
Washington, Nov. 1 (ANI): In a major new survey of the early universe conducted from the NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have identified the most distant, thus the earliest galaxy ever detected.
London, Oct. 31 (ANI): The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has denied reports of eavesdropping on the phone calls of the Pope and his cardinals as part of their international spying operation as alleged by the Italy's Panorama magazine.
London, Oct. 30 (ANI): A dancer on the capsized Costa Concordia cruise ship has admitted to being on the bridge with her lover captain Francesco Schettino, who is on trial for manslaughter.
Washington, Oct 30 (IANS) US National Security Agency Director General Keith Alexander Tuesday told lawmakers that the recent media reports about the agency's spying on European allies were "completely false".
Washington, Oct. 29 (ANI): A new study has suggested that oxygen-free and hydrogen sulfide-rich waters extended across roughly five percent of the global ocean 93.9 million years ago.
London, Oct 29 (ANI): Eccentric AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli has reportedly crashed his car into another car in front of him while waiting at a set of traffic lights in Italy.
Johannesburg, Oct 28 (ANI): Spain's Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano has won the BMW Masters in Shanghai by a single shot from Italy's Francesco Molinari and Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee after finishing on 11-under par on Sunday.