Ten Interesting Facts About Italy

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Denis Foynes – Would you like to impress your friends with interesting facts from around the globe? Live and Invest Overseas News can help.

This is the series in which each week you can read ten facts about one of our destinations. This week we have beautiful Italy.

Here are ten facts about Italy:

1. It’s worth noting that the best restaurants in the country often do not have signboards. You can discover it only by recommendation.

2. There are two countries within Italy: the Republic of San Marino and the Vatican City. Despite the Vatican being the smallest country in the world, it has its own phone company, radio stations, television stations, currency, and stamps.

3. Many airports in the country are named after great Italians:

  •  Pisa, Galileo Galilei Airport
  • Venice, Marco Polo Airport
  • Bologna, Guglielmo Marconi Airport
  • Roma, Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport, (although this is generally called Fiumicino)
  • Parma, Giuseppe Verdi Airport
  • Rimini-Miramare, Federico Fellini Airport
  • Genoa, Cristoforo Colombo Airport

4. Italy is one of the few European nations where the brown bears still live in the wild. There is a repopulation scheme currently under way to increase their declining numbers.

5. Italy suffers more from earthquakes than any other European country. The worst death toll in a recent quake in Italy occurred in Naples in 1980, killing 3,000 people. Italy also has the most volcanoes in Europe.

6. Italy has only existed as a unified nation for 150 years. The different states united in 1861. However, the Republic of Italy has only been around since 1946.

7. Italy is one of the most overregulated countries in Europe. Italy has around 5 to 12 times the laws of Germany and France.

8. The famous astronomer and mathematician Galileo Galilei was born in Pisa in the year 1564. He invented the first atmospheric thermometer.

9. Strangely, although Shakespeare set many of his plays in Italy (for example, Romeo and Juliet was based in Verona), he never visited the country.

10. When McDonalds first opened in Rome in 1996, protestors stood outside the location and gave away free pasta to remind the public of their culinary heritage.

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