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All about Italy

Cool facts about Italy and its culture!
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jayde dawson

on 8 March 2013

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Transcript of All about Italy

Foods Like most countries, Italy is a nation of regions and each village, town, and city developed a way of cooking unique to the area. Sauces, pastas, sausages, wines, cheeses, and breads differ not just from region to region, but from town to town. Authentic Italian food known today came into existence over many years of trial and error, mixing new ideas with old, and creating dishes with the freshest ingredients available.
The most popular food item of Italy is pasta. When you analyze the variety of pasta recipes that you will be able to find in the country you get an idea as to why and how Italy’s cuisine is as extensive as it is. Each region does not only have its own favorite pasta dish rather they use different kinds of pasta as well. For example the southern areas are fond of eating hard boiled spaghetti whereas the Northern regions are known to like soft egg noodles. The different kinds of pasta are also available and used in different sizes. Facts about Italy Population: 61 million people live in Italy (2011)
Capital: Roma (Rome), which is often called "Eternal City", with 3.57 mio inhabitants and Italy’s biggest city.
Name: Repubblica Italiana (Italian Republic), Nickname: "Bel Paese" which means beautiful country.
Government: Democracy, Republic.
Literacy: More than 98% can read and write.
History: The country has a long history, as Rome its capital city today was founded in 753BC. After the Roman Empire broke down in 395AD, there were many separate kingdoms and city states. However, Italy became one nation only in 1861 and since then includes the islands of Sicily and Sardegna. It was a kingdom until 1946 after the second World War, where Italy sided with the German Nazis. Italy is founding member of the European Union (EU) and the NATO
Flag: The colors represent these virtues: hope (green), faith (white), and charity (red).

Cultural Literacy Project
By: Jayde Dawson Italy Languages Italian is an official language of Italy, San Marino, Switzerland, Slovenia and Vatican City
Italian is the official language of Italy, and 93% of population are native Italian speakers. Around 50% of population speak a regional dialect as mother tongue. Many dialects are mutually unintelligible and this considered by linguists as separate languages, but are not officially recognized. Friulian, one of these dialects, is spoken by 600,000 people in the north east of Italy, which is 1% of the entire population. Today nearly one fifth of he population of Italy profess to be either Atheists or Agnostics, while much of the remainder of people in Italy who do profess a religion do not necessarily follow it that strictly.
About 80% of people in Italy identify themselves as followers of the Catholic religion, although regular church attendees represent only between 30-40% of the population of Italy.
Today the Muslim religion is the second largest religion in Italy. The total number of followers of the Muslim religion in Italy currently stands at about 700,000.
While there are other denominations of the Christian religion represented in Italy, these are very small in number. Perhaps the most significant of these religions are the Jehovah Witnesses who number approximately half a million people. Other interpretations of the Christian religion in Italy include the Protestants. Religions
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