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Population: 60,589,445
Capital City: Rome
Climate: Humid Subtropical

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Language: Italian
International Dialing Code: +39
President: Sergio Mattarella

Information on Italy: One Of The Most Culturally Rich Countries in Europe

If you’re looking for quintessential Old World lifestyle, Italy deserves your attention. The old towns are charming, and the countryside between is pleasant. Even excluding the big cities like Rome, there is enough here to keep your interest and to support a fully appointed life on the Continent. What’s more, life here can be much more affordable than back home.

Stitching together seascapes with lush mountain valleys, Abruzzo is one of Italy’s secret treasures—and you’ll love it. No over-crowding, no heavy industry. Hiding away down its curvy roads are castles, vineyards, and villages made of stone and memory. Life in the Abruzzo hasn’t changed that much over the years, and it’s like wandering into a gentler, kinder yesterday…a yesterday with little or no crime and neighbors who watch out for each other.

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As with so much in life, the truth is hard to find. While the mystery of coffee's origin might not have the mass-appeal of the Bermuda Triangle or Bigfoot, it’s spawned nearly as many theories. The consensus is that coffee was first discovered around 800 A.D., in Ethiopia. Goat herders noticed their goats became energized after eating the coffee berries. Putting two and two together, they sampled the beans for themselves. The rest is history. In the early days, perhaps...

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