Travel to Italy:
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The capital of Italy is Rome.
a Map of Italy.
The flag of Italy is three equal vertical bands of green (hoist
side), white, and red; inspired by the French flag, brought to Italy by Napoleon in 1797.
Italy became a nation-state in 1861; when the regional states of
the peninsula, along with Sardinia and Sicily, were united under King Victor Emmanuel II.
An era of parliamentary government came to a close in the early 1920s
when Benito Mussolini established a Fascist dictatorship.
His disastrous alliance with Nazi Germany led to Italy's defeat in
World War II.
A democratic republic replaced the monarchy, in 1946, and economic
Italy was a charter member of NATO and the European Economic Community
(EEC). It has been at the forefront of European economic and political unification,
joining the Economic and Monetary Union in 1999.
Persistent problems include illegal immigration, organised crime,
corruption, high unemployment, sluggish economic growth, and the low incomes and technical
standards of southern Italy compared with the prosperous north.
Southern Europe - a peninsula
extending into the central Mediterranean Sea; north-east of Tunisia.
(regioni, singular - regione)
Abruzzo; Basilicata; Calabria; Campania; Emilia-Romagna; Lazio
(Latium); Liguria; Lombardia; Marche; Molise; Piemonte (Piedmont); Puglia (Apulia);
Toscana (Tuscany); Umbria; Veneto.
5 autonomous regions:
(regioni autonome, singular - regione autonoma)
Friuli-Venezia Giulia; Sardegna (Sardinia); Sicilia (Sicily);
Trentino-Alto Adige (Trentino-South Tyrol); Valle d'Aosta (Aosta Valley).
17th March, 1861: Kingdom of Italy proclaimed although Italy was not
finally unified until 1870.
Republic Day: 2nd June.
Where to stay in Italy, if you prefer not to use hotels.
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