Italy Fun & Facts

Italy Facts: Here you find out the latest, amazing and interesting fun and facts like; Geography, Maps, Flag, History, Current ruler, Area, Population, Capital, Largest cities, Languages, Race, Religion, Literacy rate and Economy of it.

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  • With 61 million inhabitants, Italy is the 5th most populous country in Europe.
  • Italy has the eighth-largest economy in the world.
  • Italy is home to the largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites with 50.
  • Excavations throughout Italy revealed a Neanderthal presence dating back to some 200,000 years ago, while modern Humans arrived about 40,000 years ago.
  • Italy is the largest producer of wine in the world.
  • Located within Italy, San Marino is the world's oldest republic (301 A.D.) and holds the world's oldest continuous constitution.
  • The Italian mafia accounts for 7% of Italy's GDP.
  • More than a third of single Italian men between the ages of 30 and 35 live with their parents.
  • 51% of Italians can't afford a vacation.
  • Italian Traffic Police has two Lamborghini Gallado in service.
  • 500,000 Italians visit an exorcist every year.
  • Whatsapp is cited in nearly half of all Italian divorce proceedings.
  • In Italy, there is a submerged bronze statue of Jesus Christ of 2.5 metres tall.
  • Galileo's middle finger is on display at a museum in Florence, Italy.
  • At age 10, Mussolini was expelled from a religious boarding school in Italy for stabbing a classmate in the hand.
  • In Venice, Italy, all gondolas are required to be painted in black by law.
  • Poveglia is an island near Italy that is so dangerously "haunted" that public access is not permitted.
  • In Milan, Italy, it's a legal requirement to smile at all times, except during funerals or hospital visits.
  • "Ferrari" as a last name is the Italian equivalent of "Smith".
  • In 2013, an Italian man under house arrest asked to go to prison to escape his wife.
  • Italian artist Piero Manzoni filled 90 tin cans with his feces, called it "Artist's sh*t" and sold them for up to 124,000 a tin.
  • A cat inherited a fortune of US$13 million from its owner in Italy.
  • Italian serial killer Leonarda Cianciulli was famous for turning victims into tea cakes and serving them to guests.
  • Italy's PM Benito Mussolini tortured his enemies by forcing them to swallow massive doses of castor oil.
  • It's illegal to die in Falciano del Massico, a town in Italy, because the cemetery is full.
  • In 2012, a court in Italy ruled that telling a man he has "no balls" is a crime, punishable with a fine.
  • In Italy, "pepperoni" refers to bell peppers. There's no Italian salami by that name.
  • Tomatoes came from America and weren't introduced in Italy until the 1540s.
  • Europe's oldest university in continuous operation is the University of Bologna, in Italy, founded in 1088.
  • Rastafarians are legally allowed to possess marijuana in Italy due to it being a 'sacrament' to the religion.
  • In 2008, wine started flowing through taps in dozens of homes during a grape festival in Italy due to a technical error.
  • A man can be arrested in Italy for wearing a skirt in public.
  • A 14th-century medieval tower rises out of Lake Reschensee, in Italy. It's the only visible building of a submerged village.
  • There's a restaurant built into a grotto in Italy.
  • Soccer fans in Italy are called "tifosi", meaning "carriers of typhus", because their fanatism is like a fever.
  • In 1968, a man built a platform off the coast of Italy and declared himself the President of his micronation. The Italian government seized control and blew it up with explosives.
  • In Italy, the same voice actor will follow an American actor throughout their filmography and career.
  • There is a 180-foot (55-meter) long stuffed pink bunny on top of a hill in Italy.
  • The fork came to Italy before any other European country because of pasta.
  • About 3,000 Euros are thrown into the Trevi fountain, in Italy, each day.
  • 37% of the Argentine population are of Italian descent, about 12,8 million people.
  • The population of Italy almost doubled during the 20th century.
  • One-third of Italians have never used the Internet.