101 Italy Facts that Will Inspire You Wanderlust.

53 – Fashion is one of the fields that Italy excels in. World famous couturiers like Armani, Valentino, Versace, Prada, and Gucci are Italians.

54 – Venice, that most romantic place in the world. Sadly, Venice is slowly but surely sinking into the water.

55 – Currently, Venice is sinking at a rate of 7.8 inches every 100 years.

56 – The Catholic Church finally issued an apology to Galileo Galilei is 1992. His crime was saying that the earth revolves around the sun. An offense for which he was arrested and later he was put to death.

57 – Today Italy is known for its production of high-end cars that has made car lovers drool over since they have hit the market. Brand names like Maserati, Lamborghini, Alfa Romeo, and the Ferrari are highly coveted among car addicts.

58 – Around 4/5ths of the country are Roman Catholics, the other 1/5th is made of up Protestants, Muslims, Jews, and other religious (or nonreligious) minorities.

59 – Inside Italy there is another country – San Marino which is the 5th Smallest Country in the world.

60 – Italy was one of the six countries to found the EU.

61 – The witches of Sardinia, which are still around today, they brew healing potions and talk in a secret language that survived by being passed to their daughters.

62 – One interesting fact about Italy is it has an independent state under it; the Vatican. Which is the world’s smallest country.

63 – The Vatican has its own electric company, TV and radio stations.  It even has its own money. When sightseeing in Rome, the Vatican should be one of your first stops. One of the best ways to see the Vatican is on a Walks of Italy tour. My favorite tour company in Italy – see my whole Walks of Italy Rome Review here.

64 – Even a thousand years after its founding the University of Bologna still exists and is still well known as a great place to go to university in Italy.

65 –In WWI Italy was on the side of the US and UK.

66 –However, in WWII Italy sided with Germany and Japan.

67 – After WWI Benito Mussolini came into power. He was a ruthless dictator.

68 – There were seven kings of Rome before it was turned into a republic.

69 – Italy has more earthquakes than all the other countries in Europe. Some of them very deadly like the Sicily earthquake in 1693 where over 100,000 people died.

70 – Even today they are discovering and opening ancient sites in Rome. The latest is Nero’s Palace which was just opened in April 2019.

71 – Today Italy has a population of 60,590,000.

72 – Because the cemetery is full in the town of Falciano del Massico it is illegal to die.

73 – In Italy, the number 17 is bad luck. This is because the Roman numeral XVII can rearranged to read VIXI which in Latin means “My life is over”.

74 – Poveglia, an island in the north of Italy, is considered one of the most haunted places in the entire world.

75 – This is because it was a quarantine zone for the plague, and later a mental asylum. Nowadays, it is forbidden to go there.

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