Most people love to travel, and travel is considered the best way to experience adventures, meet other cultures and people, learn something new, but also see beautiful landscapes like Italy.
However, it is also possible to see the world in the comfort of your own home – if you are curious enough, and these are some interesting facts about Italy that you may not have known:
The official name of this country is the Italian Republic (ital. Repubblica Italiana) and includes the Apennine Peninsula and three islands in the Mediterranean Sea – Sicily, Sardinia, and Elba.
Italy shares the land border with France, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia, and within its territory are the independent states of San Marino and the Vatican.
Italy is the origin of the Roman Empire – one of the greatest in human history.
The capital, and also the largest city in Italy, is Rome, with a population of about 2.7 million.
The Colosseum began to be built in 72 AD during the reign of Emperor Vespasian and was completed 10 years later when his son, Emperor Titus, was in power. Originally the Colosseum was called the Flavian Amphitheater, and it could accommodate 50,000 spectators who had the opportunity to watch gladiatorial battles during that time.
The wrong tower in Pisa is the bell tower of the cathedral located in the part of Pisa. After bending over so much that it became dangerous to visit, it was closed to the public, and correcting it cost more than € 25 million.
Venice is the only city in the world to be built on so many islands – as many as 118 that are separated and connected by countless canals and bridges.
Italy has three active volcanoes in its territory – Vesuvius, Etna, and Stromboli.
Among the most famous Italian inventions are ice cream cone, the espresso machine, glasses, the typewriter, viola, piano, violin, cello, mechanical clock …
One of the few words that are understood in all languages of the world is – pizza, this is also one of the most popular dishes around the world and was created in Naples around 1860.
According to the Guinness Book of Records, Italy is the country with the most lifts!
The oldest university in the world was founded in 1088 in Bologna. It is still active and consists of 23 colleges with almost 100,000 students studying.