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15 Interesting Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Italy

Italy is best known for its fascinating art, beautiful structures, and delicious cuisine, but there are many other interesting things about Italy that people may not know. Curious? Check out our list of 15 interesting facts about Italy!

 

Italy is best known for its fascinating art, beautiful structures, and delicious cuisine, but there are many other interesting things about Italy that people may not know. Curious? Check out our list of 15 interesting facts about Italy!

 

1. Italy’s Nickname is Bel Paese which means beautiful country.

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Photo by Kévin Langlais on Unsplash

2. 90% of people in Italy are Christian or Roman Catholic.

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Photo by Matthew T Rader on Unsplash

3. Italians don’t use a spoon when eating spaghetti.

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Photo by Matthew T Rader on Unsplash

4. Ice-cream (gelato) is an Italian invention.

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Photo by Felipe Portella on Unsplash

5. So is pizza. It was invented in Napoli in the late 1800s

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Photo by Alexandra Gorn on Unsplash

6. The Italian Flag represents three virtues: Green=Hope, White= Faith, and Red= Charity

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Photo by Mauricio Artieda on Unsplash

7. There are over 200 different pasta shapes.

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Photo by Hüseyin on Unsplash

8. Leonardo da Vinci was the first to prove the world is round, not flat.

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Photo by Kyle Glenn on Unsplash

9. In the Second World War, Italy sided with Nazi Germany.

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Photo by Christian Wiediger on Unsplash

10. Italy has the most volcanos compared to any other European country.

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Photo by Alessandro Valenzano on Unsplash

11. The author who wrote Pinocchio, Carlo Collodi was Italian.

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Photo by Wikipedia

12. Between 1861 & 1985, more than 26 million people left Italy for a better life.

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Photo by VanveenJF on Unsplash

13. Tourism in Italy provides approximately 63% of their national income.

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14. Because Italy’s birthrate is the second lowest in the world, political and church leaders offer rewards to couples who have more than one child.

 

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Photo by Jens Johnsson on Unsplash

 

15. There is a fountain in central Italy (Abruzzo) that flows free red wine 24/7.

 

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Photo by Terry Vlisidis on Unsplash

Do you know any other fun & interesting facts about Italy? Let us know in the comments!

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Main Photo by Mathew Schwartz [Unsplash]

 

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