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Transcript of Italy
Italy is on the continent of Europe, about 9 hours by airplane from New York City.
Italy is a peninsula, surrounded on 3 sides by water and shaped like a boot. Sicily is an island that is part of Italy and looks like a ball that the boot is 'kicking'.
Alps - Northern Italy
Po River Valley farmland
Italian farmland Po Valley
Naples - Amalfi Coast
Sorrento - Amalfi Coast
Isle of Capri - Amalfi Coast
Amalfi Coast - world famous beaches
Mt. Etna - volcano
Mt. Vesuvius - one of the world most dangerous volcanoes with 3,000,000 people living nearby. Scientists keep a close eye on it.
3 Italian volcanoes have erupted in the last 100 years: Mt. Etna, Mt. Stromboli, and Mt. Vesuvius
Pompeii is an ancient city near Naples that was buried under about 20 feet of ash when Mt. Vesuvius erupted over 2000 years ago. The city was discovered in 1599 well preserved for centuries because of the lack of moisture and air.
Pompeii - Ancient Italian city
Rome is the capital of Italy. It was founded in 753 B.C. - 2,700 years ago. That is over 2,400 years older than the United States. It is one of the most beautiful cities in the world with many museums, palaces, parks, churches, gardens, fountains and villas.
Trevi Fountain - Rome has over 2000 fountains, more than any other city in the world.
Spanish Steps - Rome is one of the most visited cities in the world, receiving more than 20 million visitors each year.
Venice is a city made by 117 small islands separated by canals and joined by bridges. Its canals are like roads and people ride in gondolas like cars.
Hope, faith, charity.
Venetian Glass is a type of glass made in Venice, primarily on the island of Murano. It is world famous for being colorful, elaborate and skillfully made.
Italian National Sports and Pastimes
Soccer is Italy's national sport and by far the most important in Italy. Italian soccer fans are among the most dedicated and crazed fans in Europe. Italy has won the World Cup four times, the latest in 2006.
Italians love racing of all kinds; not surprising in a country that makes the fastest cars in the world. The Italian Grand Prix is run every year at the Autodromo di Monza "Temple of Speed".
Other Pastimes and Activities
Popular Foods of Italy
More popular foods of Italy
Zuppa di Pesce (fish stew)
Most popular Italian desserts
It is said that Italian Emperor Claudius Caesar Nero invented Italian Ice in the 1st Century when he sent people up to the mountains to collect snow and ice which would then be flavored with fruit and honey.
olives, olive oil
cured meat and ham
Mona Lisa - DaVinci
Sistine Chapel - Michelangelo
Portrait of a Woman - Boticelli
Italian Words and Phrases
Buongiorno! - Hello
Arrivederci! - Good-bye
Grazie - Thank you
Buona Sera - Good night
Come si chiama? - What is your name?
Ti Amo - I love you.
Ciao - Hello or good-bye
Mangia! - Eat!
Don't call spaghetti macaroni. Macaroni are shapes and tubes. Spaghetti is long strands.
Don't overcook it. It should not be mushy. It should be al dente (to the tooth).
Don't drown your spaghetti in sauce.
Don't twirl your spaghetti on a spoon. Twirl it onto your fork.
NEVER CUT YOUR SPAGHETTI!
Don't slurp your spaghetti - EVER. Absolutely no noise!
Don't use your napkin like a bib. It's not cool!
Bib is not cool!
Don't do this!
Blue Grotto - a sea cave on the
coast of the Isle of Capri. The
sun shines through the sea-
water creating a blue reflection.