10 Italy Facts You Might Interest

Italy, one of the calm countries in Europe and a place for the different types of things, has many Italian facts you need to know. Here you can learn about 10 Italy facts.

Italy has the highest volcanoes in Europe.

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Italy's grapes have a high value because of its rich grapes. The main reason for these grapes is that Italy has many volcanoes, which makes it possible to grow such fertile grapes. Etna, Vesuvius, Stromboli are three active volcanoes in Europe, all of which are located in Italy. Many volcanoes were active years ago. These volcanoes enrich Italian soil.

Italy has the highest number of UNESCO heritage sites.

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Italy is home for more than 50 UNESCO heritage sites. The several cities of the country are UNESCO heritage sites. The cities such as Pompei, Venice, and the mountain ranges, such as the Dolomites and places like Colosseum, are not only UNESCO heritage sites but also items that attract tourists from all over the world.

The smallest country in the world is situated in Italy.

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Vatican City, where the world's famous St Peter's Basilica and Sistine Chapel located, is not only the smallest country in the world but also the least populated country in the world. The country spread nearly 20 square meters, almost one forth by the land area of the second smallest country in the world. Vatican City, one of the dream destinations of Catholics, is also the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church.  

Italy has a shoe shape.

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Italy is easy to spot on a map because of the high-heeled boot of its. The Romans who ruled Italy did not find the shape of this shoe when they were mapping, because they did not have technology like satellites today. So in the old days like in the above picture, it didn't look like a shoe on the map and wasn't possible to recognize.

Italy has an ancient lake created during the Ice Age.

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Lake Garda, which is also the largest lake in Italy, runs nearly 50 kilometers. It was created about 2 million years ago, during the Ice Age, where several battles took place. This is where the battle between the German fleet and Claudius II of the Roman Empire, the Battle of Rivoli with Napoleon Bonaparte, took place.

Until 1861 there was no country named Italy.

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Under the influence of the Savoy-led Kingdom of Sardinia, Italy became a united state in 1861. In ancient times, the region was under the Roman Empire. Victor Emmanuel II, who ruled Italy from 1849 until 1861, became the first king of united Italy after Italy united.

Italy introduced the pizza you eat today.

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Italians introduced pizzas, which are now popular all over the world. The history of bread topped with spicey goes back a long time. In 1889, Queen Margherita ate fresh tomato and mozzarella cheese pizza after she arrived in Naples. Those pizzas are still on the market today from that name. The pizza was getting famous in France, England, and more, by Italian immigrants. Yet, until some time, no one knew that Italy was its inventor.

The name of Italy is believed to have two origins.

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Italus was known as one of Italy's first kings. According to Aristotle, the country's name was derived from his name. Another traditionally held view is that Italy means "the land of young cattle." However, there may be some other origins of the country name we didn't mention.

The second highest mountain in Europe is located in Italy.

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Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps and the second-highest mountain in Europe, has a height of more than 4800 meters. Climbing is a risk, and Michel-Gabriel Paccard became the first person to climb it in 1786

Italy is the home of the largest Amphitheatre in the world.

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The Colosseum, which located in Rome city, is the largest Amphitheatre in the world where gladiatorial contests were held. Averagely more than 60000 spectators can take seats on this. Colosseum entertained the early medieval era. The things taken when the Siege of Jerusalem happened in 70 A.D. was the fund of that massive building.

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