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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, April 15 (IANS) Football's governing body FIFA will Tuesday open the final sales phase for World Cup tickets.
Rome, April 14 (IANS/EFE) Italian motorcycle racer Emanuele Cassani died Sunday after a collision on the Misano World Circuit during the Trofeo Bridgestone 600, one of the events in the Coppa Italia 2014, organisers said.
Rio de Janeiro, April 13 (IANS) Italy are set to finalise their FIFA World Cup preparations with a friendly against Fluminense June 8.
Rome, April 13 (IANS) Italy is seeking to extradite ex-senator Marcello Dell'Utri, a mafia linked suspect and Silvio Berlusconi's former political ally, who was arrested in Lebanon, Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said Saturday.
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Rome, April 10 (IANS) The helmsman who was steering the Costa Concordia cruise ship when it struck a rock on the western coast of Italy in 2012, leaving 32 people dead, has been found in Indonesia by international police agency Interpol, the media reported.
Madrid, April 10 (IANS) Spanish pop singer Ana Torroja admitted three charges of tax evasion Wednesday and will have to pay about 1.4 million euros (over $1.90 million) to the Spanish Treasury.
New York, April 9 (IANS) Jalebi is one of the favourite sweets of Indians, but it has
Kuala Lumpur, April 8 (IANS) Asian golf stars Anirban Lahiri and Siddikur Rahman will compete in the Maybank Malaysian Open April 17-20 with renewed self-belief that they can compete on a level playing field against the world's best players.
Moscow, April 8 (IANS) Russia Monday drew Kiev's attention over media reports that a Ukrainian military-space enterprise had allegedly been negotiating with third countries on missile technology sale.
Rockingham (Northamptonshire), April 7 (IANS) Sixteen-year-old Tarun Reddy from Chennai marked his debut in the 2014 Protyre Formula Renault championship with two sixth-place finishes and an eighth spot in the triple-header here over the weekend.
Geneva, April 6 (IANS/EFE) The Kazakh duo of Andrey Golubev and Oleksandr Nedovyesov stunned the Swiss team of Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 7-6 (8-6) in Davis Cup doubles action Saturday, giving their country a 2-1 lead in that quarterfinal tie.
London, April 4 (IANS) Is the popular depiction of Jesus Christ's crucifixion inaccurate?
London, April 4 (IANS) This discovery may leave many artworks showing the crucifixion of Jesus Christ inaccurate. According to researchers, the Shroud of Turin that shows a crucified man suggests that the victim was suspended from a cross in a Y-shape position- arms above head and not outstretched horizontally on a cross or 'T' shape.
Panaji, April 3 (IANS) It's time for Goa to bid goodbye to mass tourism and focus on specific sectors, a top official has said.
Rome, April 3 (IANS) A major haul of 215 kg cocaine worth $59 million was seized and 23 people arrested by Italian police Wednesday as part of its anti-drug operations.
Brussels/Rome, April 2 (IANS) Italy Wednesday called upon the international community to emphasise the principle of 'functional immunity' for two Italian marines, accused of killing two Indian fishermen off the Kerala coast in 2012.
Rome, April 2 (IANS) Parma head coach Roberto Donadoni has confirmed that Antonio Cassano has been ruled out of the rescheduled game against Roma due to an ankle injury.
Montevideo, April 1 (IANS) Uruguay reportedly faces exclusion from this year's FIFA World Cup after its entire executive committee quit amid a crisis that has reached the office of President Jose Mujica.
London, April 1 (IANS) A die-hard fan of Earl Grey tea! It is good for your heart as a cup of Earl Grey tea daily can lower 'bad' cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease, scientists say.
Rome, April 1 (IANS) Italy Soccer Association (FIGC) president Giancarlo Abete has praised Cesare Prandelli for doing a good job as the head coach of the Azzurri.
Rome, March 31 (IANS) A court in Italy awarded $28,000 to an Italian couple who suffered a bad sex life following a car accident, the media reported Monday.
New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) A court here Monday adjourned, to July 31, the hearing in a case against two Italian marines allegedly involved in the killing of two Indian fishermen in 2012, after it was told the apex court ordered proceedings before the special court be kept in abeyance.
Panama City, March 31 (IANS) Cyclist Ramon Carretero, 23, will be the first Panamanian to participate in the Tour of Italy (Giro d'Italia).
London, Mar 31 (ANI): Italy's disgraced former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi thinks that being kind to animals will provide his party with the boost it needs in the May European Elections.
Milan (Italy), March 30 (IANS) AC Milan midfielder Kaka scored twice at his 300th appearance for Milan in the 3-0 win over Chievo at San Siro Saturday.
New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) The Supreme Court Friday issued notice to the Indian government on a plea by two Italian marines challenging the investigation by the NIA into the killings of two Indian fishermen off Kerala coast in 2012.
Srinagar, Mar. 28 (ANI): Kashmir organised a one- day seminar on information, communication and technology, highlighting the need for value education to ensure a better future.
Rome, March 28 (IANS) Former Italy head coach Giovanni Trapattoni is expecting a close match between Napoli and Juventus Sunday as the current 20-point gap does not reflect the real quality difference.
Madrid, March 28 (IANS) El Greco broke away with the canons of painting and the treatment of 16th century religious figures by using colours differently and distorting perspective to the point that several experts consider him a creator of alternative worlds.
Rio de Janeiro, March 28 (IANS) Fans have already bought 2.56 million tickets for this year's World Cup, according to football's governing body FIFA.
London, Mar 27 (ANI): World No.2 Novak Djokovic has ended defending champion Andy Murray's title challenge in the Sony Open by defeating him in a high-quality quarter-final clash on Wednesday at Miami.
Rome, March 27 (IANS) Water contaminated from an illegal toxic dump has been distributed over the course of years to residents of a large area in central Italy, the Italian Higher Institute for Health (ISS) said in a report Wednesday.
Rome, March 27 (IANS) The autonomous island of Sardinia plans to hold an online referendum on independence from Italy, Russia Today reported Wednesday.
Rome, March 26 (IANS) The Italian government will raise the case of two Italian marines held in India for the deaths of two fishermen during meetings Thursday with US President Barack Obama, Italy's special envoy in the case said Wednesday.
Bangalore, March 26 (IANS) Europe took a 6-4 lead over Asia-Pacific after reigning European amateur champion Ashley Chesters and compatriot Ryan Evans won both morning and afternoon matches for the Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy at the KGA course here Wednesday.
Tokyo, Mar 26 (ANI): Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has won the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize.
Rome, March 26 (IANS) Former AC Milan midfielder Demetrio Albertini has called for the Rossoneri to work hard to overcome their current crisis.
Bangalore, March 25 (IANS) The Karnataka Golf Association, having missed the 2010 edition that was cancelled, is all decked up to host the three-day Bonallack Trophy amateur golf tournament played between Europe and Asia-Pacific teams commencing here Wednesday.
Rome, March 25 (IANS) Residents of the coastal town of Fiumicino near Rome in Italy can encash on their love for petsafter local authorities announced a 50 percent discount on their trash collection tax on adopting a cat or dog from the local pound.
Rome, March 25 (IANS) Italy's former head coach Dino Zoff has praised Cesare Prandelli's contract renewal as an important sign.
Brussels, March 25 (IANS) In 2013, 435,000 asylum applicants were registered in the European Union (EU), 100,000 more than last year, according to a report published Monday by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
Miami, March 25 (IANS/EFE) Spain's David Ferrer, the world No. 4, has defeated Italy's Andreas Seppi 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the round of 16 at the Sony Open in Key Biscayne, Florida.
Rome, March 25 (IANS) Italian police Monday arrested two former officials of the government-controlled Finmeccanica, Italy's biggest defence and aerospace group, in an investigation into allegations of bribery and corruption, media reported.
Wellington, March 22 (ANI): A nun has captured the attention of the world with her amazing singing voice after she appeared on the talent show 'The Voice of Italy'.
Thiruvananthapuram, March 21 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Friday urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to see that India does not budge under pressure from international agencies trying to get the two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen to escape without trial.
Valletta, March 21 (IANS) Some 90 African refugees have been rescued at sea off Malta by a Maltese armed forces patrol vessel, a government statement said.
Rome, March 21 (IANS) Italy will take on Ireland in a soccer friendly match in London May 31.
Paris, March 21 (IANS) Following are the Europa League last 16 second leg results Thursday, according to Xinhua.
Rome, March 21 (IANS) Two tonnes of cocaine has been seized in Italy's southern region of Calabria during a major anti-mafia operation against international drug smuggling, a media report said.
Washington, March 20 (ANI): Scientists working on the world's leading particle collider experiments joined forces, combined their data and produced the first joint result from Fermilab's Tevatron and CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC), past and current holders of the record for most powerful particle collider on Earth.
Washington, March 20 (ANI): Russell Crowe, who lobbied hard but could not get Pope Francis to see his biblical drama 'Noah', reportedly settled for a quick meeting with the pontiff at the Vatican with his film crew.
London, March 20 (IANS) Following are the Champions League leading scorers in the 2013/2014 tournament following the conclusion of the last 16 Wednesday, reported Xinhua.
Berlin, March 19 (IANS) German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that Russia remains a member of the G8 in response to reports saying it was booted out of the group after signing a treaty accepting Crimea as a part of the Russian territory, a German government statement said.
Rome, March 19 (IANS) AC Milan striker Stephan El Shaarawy is expected to return to action in April.
Rome, March 19 (IANS) Italy's highest court Tuesday upheld a ban for former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi from holding public offices for two years, media reports said.
Genoa (Italy), March 17 (IANS) Genoa head coach Gian Piero Gasperini was hurt by his side's last-gasp defeat to Juventus at home here.
Genoa (Italy), March 17 (IANS) Andrea Pirlo curled in a last-minute free-kick to give Juvenus a 1-0 win against Genoa here.
Genoa (Italy), March 17 (IANS) Italian football club Juventus' head coach Antonio Conte has praised his side, calling them great after they beat Genoa 1-0.
Berlin, March 16 (IANS) Russia is likely to be booted out of G8 over the Ukrainian crisis as the other seven members are considering to choose London as an alternative meeting place for a G8 summit planned in Sochi, sources from the German government were quoted by the media as saying Saturday.
Sao Paulo, March 16 (IANS/EFE) Soccer star Rivaldo, the 1999 world player of the year and a key member of Brazil's 2002 World Cup-winning squad, announced Saturday that he is retiring from the sport at age 41.
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.