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Italy Introduction

Italy is a country in southern Europe. It is known for its cultural heritage, which is rich and varied, and the natural beauty of its landscape. Its cities have spectacular churches and large central squares.

Their museums contain some of the world's best-known art. The countryside has warm, sandy beaches; high, glacier-topped mountain peaks; and rolling hills covered with green fields and vineyards.

A Short Background

Italy became a nation-state belatedly - in 1861 when the city-states of the peninsula, along with Sardinia and Sicily, were united under King Victor EMMANUEL.

An era of parliamentary government came to a close in the early 1920s when Benito MUSSOLINI established a Fascist dictatorship. His disastrous alliance with Nazi Germany led to Italy's defeat in World War II. 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 European Monetary Union in 1999.

Persistent problems include illegal immigration, the ravages of organized crime, corruption, high unemployment, and the low incomes and technical standards of southern Italy compared with the more prosperous north.

1UpTravel's Guide to Italy

Topography of Italy - Read more about the geography and topography of Italy

History of Italy - Presents a detailed historical background and culture of Italy

Life & People of Italy - Study the characteristics, background, and details on the people of Italy

Local Cuisine of Italy - Find out delicious local cuisines of Italy

Holidays in Italy - Check out a list of the local holidays in Italy

Festivals in Italy - Learn about the festivals in Italy

Embassies of Italy - Provides an Embassy database for Italy

Administration facts of Italy - Learn about the governmental administration facts of Italy

Newstands in Italy - Browse through a collection of local online newspapers of Italy

Attractions in Italy - Discover the best places to visit, sight seeing, and tourist attractions in Italy

Maps of Italy - Discover a detailed map of Italy

Map Database of Italy - Browse a large collection of city, country, historical, political, thematic, and shaded relief maps of Italy

Flags of Italy - Uncover the flag images and description of the flag of Italy. Includes historical flags, symbols, and related information

Weather for cities of Italy - Browse weather forecast, hourly conditions, temperature, sunrise, sunset, and other weather related reports for the cities of Italy

Shopping in Italy - Find out the best places for shopping in Italy

Restaurants in Italy - Browse a list of eat-outs in Italy

Geography of Italy - Highlights the location, map references, area, land boundaries, climate, natural resources, land use, natural hazards, environment, and geography of Italy

People of Italy - Learn about the population, age structure, birth and death rate, sex ratio, nationality, ethnic groups, religions, languages, and literacy in Italy

Government and Politics in Italy - Profiles the country name, government type, administrative divisions, independence, national holiday, constitution, legal system, suffrage, executive, legislative, and judicial branches, political parties and leaders, and a flag description of Italy.

Economy of Italy - Study the GDP, growth rate, per capita, inflation, labor, budget, industries, exports, imports, currency, exchange rates, and economy of Italy

Communications in Italy - Browse statistics on telephones, mobile and cellular lines in use, radio broadcast stations, televisions, internet country code, ISP's, internet users, and facts on communications in Italy

Transportation in Italy - Offers statistical details on the railways, highways, waterways, ports & harbors, airports, and other facts on transportation in Italy

Military of Italy - Provides statistics on military branches, army, air force, navy, manpower, military service, expenditure, and facts on military in Italy

Transnational Issues of Italy - Explore international disputes and transnational issues of Italy


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