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60,231,214 National Flower Of Italy is the tulip National Flag Of Italy
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Mens 77.5 National Soccer Team of Italy Spaghetti Limited traffic areas have been created in most of the historical centers of Italian cities. This measure has been taken to increase pedestrian areas, commercial activities, and reduce pollution to preserve historical sites.In these limited traffic areas only authorized vehicles are allowed to drive, such as: buses, police cars, ambulances, etc. Residents have access as well. All of the authorized vehicles have their license plate registered with the Municipal Police.If a vehicle crosses a limited traffic area, cameras will take a picture of the license plate. The photo is automatically sent back to a computer of the Municipal Police and if the license plate is not registered a violation ticket is generated and sent to the owner of the vehicle.The limited traffic areas are clearly indicated with a sign marked with a white circle with red borders (see picture above), stating the hours in which the area is restricted.
Transportation Area: 301,225 sq. km. (116,303 sq. mi.); about the size of Georgia and Florida combined.
Cities: Capital--Rome (pop. 2.8 million, 3.7 million metro). Other cities--Milan (1.3 million, 3.9 metro), Naples (975,000, 3 million metro), Turin (900,000, 2.1 million metro).
Terrain: Mostly rugged and mountainous.
Climate: Generally mild Mediterranean; cold northern winters.
Geography Principal Government Officials
Prime Minister--Silvio Berlusconi
Foreign Minister--Franco Frattini
Minister of Defense--Ignazio LaRussa
Minister of Finance--Giulio Tremonti
Minister of Justice--Angelino Alfano
Minister of the Interior--Roberto Maroni
Ambassador to the United States--Giulio Terzi di Sant'AgataType: Republic since June 2, 1946.
Constitution: January 1, 1948.
Branches: Executive--president (chief of state), Council of Ministers (cabinet) headed by the president of the council (prime minister). Legislative--bicameral parliament: 630-member Chamber of Deputies, 315-member Senate (plus a varying number of "life" Senators). Judicial--independent constitutional court and lower magistracy.
Subdivisions: 94 provinces, 20 regions.
Political parties: People of Liberty, Democratic Party, Northern League, Italy of Values, Union of the Center, Movement for Autonomy.
Suffrage: Vote for House is universal over 18; vote for Senate is universal over 25.
Goverment Age Structure Age structure: 0-14 years: 13.5 (male 4,056,156/female 3,814,070)
15-64 years: 66.3 (male 19,530,696/female 18,981,084)
65 years and over: 20.2 (male 4,903,762/female 6,840,444) Literacy Rate
Lunch of course is the big meal in Italy, typically eaten between 12:00 - 2:00pm. Like in most towns and cities around Italy, shops in Vicenza close down just before 1:00pm and everyone heads home for lunch. A typical lunch consists of a starter (antipasto), a first course (pasta, risotto or soup), a second (meat, chicken or fish), cheese and dessert (dolce), all topped off with coffee. Still hungry?
food 43 Italy 98.9 Italy has a long sporting tradition. In almost all sports, both individual and team, Italy has good representation and many successes. The most popular sport is Football. Basketball Volleyball are the next most popular/played, with Italy having a rich tradition in both. Italy won the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and is currently the second most successful football team in the world, after Brazil, having won 4 FIFA World Cups. Italy has also got strong traditions in cycling, tennis, athletics, fencing, winter sports and rugby. Sports Currency THe currency in italy is the euros Italy map Language The language Spoken in Italy is Italian Climate and Weather Summer temperatures in the south are far hotter than in the north especially in the mountain regions which have heavy winter snowfalls. The north is the wettest area, while the wettest months are October to December. Italy is a great destination to visit year round, though for the warmest and most reliable weather April to June is the prime tourist season. Most Italians take their holiday in July and August so prices can soar during these months.
NAtural Resources coal, mercury, zinc, potash, marble, barite, asbestos, pumice, fluorspar, feldspar, pyrite (sulfur), natural gas and crude oil reserves, fish, arable land coal, mercury, zinc, potash, marble, barite, asbestos, pumice, fluorspar, feldspar, pyrite (sulfur), natural gas and crude oil reserves, fish, arable land Religion Catholicism is by far the largest religious group in Italy. (Catholics make up 87.8 of the population, with 36.8 considering themselves practicing Catholics and 30.8 attending Church every Sunday.) However, there are also some important religious minorities.
According to the most recent Eurobarometer Poll 2005:
74 of Italian citizens responded that they believe there is a God;
16 answered that they believe there is some sort of spirit or life force;
6 answered that they do not believe there is any sort of spirit, God, or life force.
Holiday and tradicion Christmas, as it is celebrated in Italy, has two origins: the familiar traditions of Christianity blended with the pagan traditions predating the Christmas era. The greatest feast of the ancient Roman Empire, "Saturnalia" (a winter solstice celebration), just happens to coincide with the Christmas celebrations of the Advent. Consequently, Christmas fairs, merry-making and torch processions, honor not only the birth of Christ, but also the birth of the "Unconquered Sun." "Natale," the Italian word for Christmas, is literally the translation for "birthday."
A delightful, but rapidly disappearing tradition in Italy, is the ushering in of the coming festivities by the "Piferari" or fifers. They descend from the mountains of the Abruzzo and Latium playing inviting and characteristic tunes on their bagpipes, filling the air with anticipation for the joyous celebration to come.
Another tradition is the burning of the Yule log, which must stay alight until New Year's Day. This, again, is an example of pagan and Christian blending. The pagan belief explains the purifying and revitalizing power of fire, and that with the burning log, the old year and its evils are destroyed. Christian legend tells how the Virgin Mary enters the homes of the humble at midnight while the people are away at Midnight Mass and warms her newborn child before the blazing log.
Timeline (900 BC) Iron Age: communities established in river valleys in Etruria
(800 BC) Greeks settled in Southern Italy and Sicily
(753 BC) Legendary founding of Rome by Romulus
(715-673 BC) Numa Pompilius reigned as second King of Rome
(616 BC) Etruscans became rulers of Rome
(509 BC) Last Etruscan king forced out of Rome; Roman Empire established
(30 BC) Mark Antony and Cleopatra committed suicide in Egypt
(27 BC) Augustus became first Roman Emperor
(80) Coliseum hosted first games
(125) Pantheon rebuilt by Hadrian
(161-180) Marcus Aurelius reigned
(216) Baths at Caracalla completed
(270) Aurelian Wall built
(320) The first St. Peter's church built
(324) Constantine became ruler of Rome
(476) Odoacer sacks Rome; Roman Empire ends
(485) Atilla the Hun invaded Italy
(535) Byzantine Empire took over most of Italy
(564) Lombards invaded Italy
(774) Charlemagne defeated Lombards, subsequently conquered all of Italy
(800) Charlemagne crowned Holy Roman Emperor
(878) Saracens took control of Sicily
(962) Otto the Great crowned Emperor
(1084) Normans pillaged Rome
(1139) Naples incorporated into Sicily
(1155) Frederick Barbarossa crowned Holy Roman Emperor
(1198) Frederick II named King of Sicily
(1204) Constantinople pillaged
(1220) Frederick II crowned Holy Roman Emperor
(1271) Marco Polo left for China
(1281) Sicilian Vespers fought against French in Palermo, 2,000 French soldiers killed
(1296) Construction on the Duomo in Florence began
(1347-49) Black Death pandemic occurred; hundreds of thousands died
(1347) Cola di Rienzo tried to reestablish Roman Republic
(1354) Cola di Rienzo killed in Rome
(1442) Naples captured by Alfonso of Aragon
(1458-64) War between Aragon and Anjou over Naples
(1494) Charles VIII of France invaded Italy
(1512) Michelangelo completed ceiling of Sistine Chapel
(1519) Charles I of Spain became Emperor Charles V of Holy Roman Empire
(1541) Michelangelo completed Last Judgment in Sistine Chapel
(1542) Inquisition established in Rome
Export and imports
Metals, fuel oil railway equipment are fastest-growing Italian exports to U.S. while pharmaceutical preparations precious metals lead American imports into Italy.
With a population of some 58.1 million, Italy exported US32.7 billion worth of merchandise to the United States in 2006. That represents a 5.3 increase from 2005 and a 34.8 gain over the past 4 years.
Italian imports from the U.S. rose 9 to 12.6 billion in 2006, up 25 since 2002.
In terms of the merchandise flow between the two countries, America’s trade deficit with Italy was 20.1 billion in 2006, up 42 from 2002. The U.S. trade deficit with Italy increased 3.1 in 2006 down from the 12.1 deficit increase in 2005 from the year earlier.
In Italy they use a lot of boats Did you know? THe kids in Italy have six day of school
School start at 8:30a.m. and it ends at 1:30p.m. Weather GRaph Climate Graph