Amazing Facts

Italian Facts

  1. Rome is further North than New York City. New York City is about
    the same latitude as Naples Italy
  2. In Rome and Naples, it only snows briefly once every several
    years while in New York snow is very frequent in the Winter
  3. Pizza was "invented" in Naples around 1860s
  4. Pizza is one of the very few words which is understood all over the world
  5. Italy is slightly larger than Arizona.
  6. Almost 20% of Italy's population is over 65 years old.
  7. Italy borders Austria, France, Vatican City, San Marino, Slovenia, and Switzerland.
  8. Its longest border is with Switzerland.
  9. The average Italian family has 1.27 children.
  10. Everybody 18 and over can vote, however you have to be at least 25 to vote in Senate elections.
  11. The Italian flag is inspired by the French flag introduced during
    Napoleon's 1797 invasion of the peninsula.
  12. The average Italian makes $26,700 a year, however those in the
    more prosperous north make almost $40,000.
  13. The thermometer is an Italian invention.
  14. Italy's unemployment rate is around 8.6%, but it is as high as
    20% in the more impoverished south.
  15. Eyeglasses are an Italian invention.
  16. The average Italian is 41 years old.
  17. Italy has 16 regions and 4 autonomous regions.
  18. Before adopting the euro, Italy's currency was known as the lira.
  19. Before Rome became a republic and an empire, it had seven kings.
  20. Milan is home to Italian fashion and finance.

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