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Transcript of ITALY
Geographic and Demographic overview
Overall population- 61,261,254 (July 2012 est.)
Rome, the capital, with 3.357 million people, has the highest population in Italy
Religious population- Christians/Roman Catholics 80% and Atheists/Agnostic 20%
Slightly bigger than the state of Arizona
Mostly a Mediterranean climate
Mostly mountainous and rugged terrain
Monte Bianco is the highest peak in Italy, reaching 15,781 feet tall
Current political and
Type of Government- Republic
Italy proclaimed it's independence on the 17th of March 1861
Current President is
Italy is currently in its longest recession since WWII,
has been bearing the brunt, and has been put under special administration by the central bank
Pope Benedict, decides to live in the Vatican after resigning, to ensure extra protection from any attempt to prosecute him in connection with sexual abuse cases around the world. He scheduled a meeting with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano for Saturday, February 23 to discuss securing immunity and protection from prosecution.
Cultural Traditions and Practices
Italy currently has an unemployment rate of 10.9%.
The number of those receiving food assistance has doubled in the past two years.
The scariest thing is that Italy is witnessing a youth unemployment of up to 40%, this happens to be the worst youth unemployment rate in Europe.
We all know that Italy is home to some of the most delicious food in the world; so when it comes to the culture of the plate, respect it because it's a huge factor in the Italian culture, along with religion... so you know it's big.
Quick tips for the table
Rest your forearms on the edge of the table not your elbows
Napkins are on the right and bread can be found on the left
Similar to most countries you start with the outside cutlery and move your way in after each course
The Italian tradition is full of exciting festivals, celebrating events honoring saints, holidays and significant events in Italian history.
Carnivale di Venezia
Held in the early spring, and usually lasts around 2 weeks. Consisting of parties, parades, live performances of music and, most famously, the extravagant masquerade balls. For those who participate, many masks are worn, ranging from elaborate full face and costume ones called bauta, to simple half faced masks. Even though Carnivale consists of some family-friendly events, the parties and mysterious masks give it that atmosphere of "anything goes."
Scoppio del carro
Held in Florence, it marks the first crusade, labeled as an Easter festival , you can be sure to find the majority of italian families partaking in these Easter traditions. These traditions consist of celebrants putting together elaborate carts in the shape of a tower. They have oxen pull the carts to the square outside the cathedral called Piazza del Duomo, the oxen are then led away and the Easter mass is held. During the mass's climax the cart towers are lit with fireworks and erupt in magnificent colors until it is eventually burnt to the ground.
Christmas in Italy starts eight days before Christmas and lasts till after the Feast of Epiphany. The special Novena of prayers and church services begin. It all ends Christmas day, the 23rd of December. A very strict fast is observed 24 hours before Christmas, after this a meal of many dishes (but no meat) is served. A traditional Christmas dinner (Cenone)... consists of spaghetti and anchovies, fresh broccoli, tossed salad, fruits, an assortment of fish, and sweets. The Urn of Fate is an ornamental bowl that holds gifts, each family member chooses one until they are all distributed amongst the family. Canons are fired atop the Castle of Saint Angelo in Rome to mark the opening of the Holy Season. Children hang their stockings on the Feast of Epiphany, January 6th, celebrating the visit of the Three Kings. Instead of Santa children await the arrival of Befana a witch-like character who rides atop a broom. She gives presents to the good children of Italy and coal to the bad children. Much like Santa. On the last day of the year a New Years feast is served, as much food as the family can afford, and this time there is meat.
Things the Italians hold close to their hearts and greatly respect
Keeping in touch with family/friends
Food and Wine
Weddings and Baptist Ceremonies
Cultural Pastimes and Interests
BOCCE! An old Italian pastime played by the Romans before them and far beyond that. From the most expensive bocce games to playing on the streets of Italy with stones, most italians enjoy this game.
Soccer! A commonly played sport in Italy, you can find it everywhere there. Every major city has a professional soccer team.Practicaly everyone joins in on the commonly held soccer games.
Current events in the News
Dario Gambarin, an Italian artist, who recently used a tractor to carve a 328 foot portrait into the earth. The portrait was of Pope Francis. He chose Pope Francis because he was struck and pleased with the worldwide day of fasting and prayer for peace Francis had announced he would conduct on the 7th of September in Syria.
Pope Francis poses for a selfie with a group of teenagers at the Vatican, reporters are calling it a "Papal selfie." (August 31st)
Tragic bus crash in Italy takes the lives of 37 people, and hospitalizes eleven, two of which are in critical condition. It plunged 100 feet off of a highway, taking out cement blockers and railing.
Recommendations of products/services
Statistics have shown that 11 of every 20 italians wear reading glasses and or prescription glasses
Statistics have shown that on average Italians drink 450 gallons of coffee per year
Conducting a higher education reform
Ranks among the 8 most industrialized countries in the world