ITALY: Capital: Rome
Population: about 61 Million
Currency: Euro € To type the Euro symbol (€) in Microsoft Word for Windows, press CRTL + ALT + E
TV system: PAL. (USA TV’s and DVDs wont work)
Healthcare: Italy’s National Health Service (Servizio Sanitario Nazionale) provides universal coverage
largely free of charge to all citizens and any EU citizen (with card) but you are paying for it in your taxes.
Driving: on the right
Rentals: furnished or unfurnished Both furnished and unfurnished are available but probably very different from our definition. Arredato means furnished. If you read an ad without it, you could infer that the apartment is
unfurnished ( non-arredato ). Unfurnished apartment, unlike in the U. S., are totally bare, they don’t even have any essential kitchen appliances. You will just find the rooms, toilet and sinks, perhaps not even any lighting fixtures, and
an empty kitchen.
Voltage / plug: 220 volts/ 50 HZ
Interesting info: Vatican City in Rome is the smallest country in the world.
Up until 1999 children only had to attend school until they were 14.
The use of pasta in Italy can be traced back to 4th century B.C.
Italy is the world’s largest exporter of wine.
I bet you didn’t know around € 3000 is thrown in the Trevi Fountain every day by tourists; all of it is collected and
donated to charity.
Italy has only been a country for 153 years.
Italy is home to Europe’s only 3 active volcanos; Etna, Stromboli, and Vesavius.
Common words: Mi scusi. ( Excuse me.)
Non parlo bene l’italiano. (I don’t speak Italian well.)
Parla inglese? ( Do you speak English?)
Parlo inglese. ( I speak English.)
Most people in Italy speak Italian as well as English.
Food: The creation of the modern pizza is typically traced back to Naples. Traditional or authentic pizza, as you
will find in Italy, is widely regarded as the best.
The Mediterranean diet, which has come to be regarded as one of the healthiest diets today, is traditional in southern Italy, and comprises of plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables and fish, typically dressed in olive oil.
Weather: Italy experiences hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters, but the overall temperature and weather depends on the location within Italy.
Units of measurement: metric system since the 1800s
Strange facts: When McDonald’s opened in 1986 in Rome, food purists outside the restaurant gave away free
spaghetti to remind people of their culinary heritage!
Italy is slightly larger than Arizona.
The official name of Italy is the Italian Republic ( Repubblica Italiana ).
Italy is said to have more masterpieces per square mile than any other country in the world.
Religion: Most Christians in Italy adhere to the Catholic Church, whose headquarters are in Vatican City, Rome.
Italy is Famous: for some of the most famous historical structures in the world, including the Colosseum and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Italy also houses many big name fashion houses like Armani, Gucci, Benetton, Versace and Prada. Ferrari’s have been built in Maranello, Italy since 1940. Venice, is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. It has no roads, just canals and the famous Gondola’s.
Italian Drinks: Italy is most strongly associated with coffee, and the drink is widely consumed within the country too.Espresso and cappuccino are the most popular. Italy also has a number of unique and well reputed alcoholic beverages, including limoncello, grappa, and of course Italian wine.
Tipping: In Italy, waiters / taxi drivers are getting spoiled with foreigners leaving tips and are now often
expecting them. But tipping is not necessary in Italy.
Government: Republic, Unitary state, Constitutional republic, Parliamentary republic.
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