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Italy remained the homeland of the Romans and the metropole of the Roman Empire. During the Early Middle Ages , Italy endured sociopolitical collapse and barbarian invasions , but by the 11th century, numerous rival city-states and maritime republics , mainly in the northern and central regions of Italy, rose to great prosperity through shipping, commerce and banking, laying the groundwork for modern capitalism.
The Renaissance began in Italy and spread to the rest of Europe, bringing a renewed interest in humanism , science , exploration and art.
Italian culture flourished, producing famous scholars, artists and polymaths such as Michelangelo , Leonardo da Vinci , Raphael , Galileo and Machiavelli.
By the midth century, rising Italian nationalism and calls for independence from foreign control led to a period of revolutionary political upheaval.
After centuries of foreign domination and political division, Italy was almost entirely unified in , establishing the Kingdom of Italy as a great power.
Following the liberation of Italy and the rise of the resistance , the country abolished the monarchy , reinstated democracy, enjoyed a prolonged economic boom and, despite periods of sociopolitical turmoil e.
As an advanced economy, it has the sixth-largest worldwide national wealth , and is ranked third for its central bank gold reserve. Italy has a very high level of human development , and it stands among the top countries for life expectancy.
The country plays a prominent role in regional and global economic, military, cultural and diplomatic affairs, and it is both a regional power   and a great power.
As a reflection of its cultural wealth, Italy is home to 54 World Heritage Sites , the most in the world , and is the fifth-most visited country.
Hypotheses for the etymology of the name "Italia" are numerous. Lat vitulus "calf", Umb vitlo "calf". Greek historian Dionysius of Halicarnassus states this account together with the legend that Italy was named after Italus ,  mentioned also by Aristotle  and Thucydides.
The name Italia originally applied only to a part of what is now Southern Italy , according to Antiochus of Syracuse , the southern portion of the Bruttium peninsula corresponding to the modern province of Reggio , and part of the provinces of Catanzaro and Vibo Valentia.
But by his time Oenotria and Italy had become synonymous, and the name also applied to most of Lucania as well. The Greeks gradually came to apply the name "Italia" to a larger region, but the Peninsula and its borders expanded over time.
Later the term was extended by Romans to include the Italian Peninsula up to the Rubicon , a river located between Northern and Central Italy.
It was during the reign of Emperor Augustus that the term was expanded to cover the entire peninsula until the Alps.
Thousands of Palaeolithic -era artifacts have been recovered from Monte Poggiolo and dated to around , years before the present, making them the oldest evidence of first hominins habitation in the peninsula.
Excavations throughout Italy revealed a Neanderthal presence dating back to the Palaeolithic period some , years ago,  while modern Humans appeared about 40, years ago.
Archaeological sites from this period include Addaura cave , Altamura , Ceprano , and Gravina in Puglia. The main historic peoples of possible non-Indo-European heritage include the Etruscans , the Elymians and the Sicani in Sicily, and the prehistoric Sardinians , who gave birth to the Nuragic civilisation.
Other ancient populations being of undetermined language families and of possible non-Indo-European origin include the Rhaetian people and Cammuni , known for their rock carvings in Valcamonica , the largest collections of prehistoric petroglyphs in the world.
The first foreign colonizers were the Phoenicians , who initially established colonies and founded various emporiums on the coasts of Sicily and Sardinia.
Some of these soon became small urban centers and were developed parallel to the Greek colonies; among the main centers there were the cities of Motya , Zyz modern Palermo , Soluntum in Sicily and Nora , Sulci , and Tharros in Sardinia.
Between the 17th and the 11th centuries BC Mycenaean Greeks established contacts with Italy     and in the 8th and 7th centuries BC a number of Greek colonies were established all along the coast of Sicily and the southern part of the Italian Peninsula, that became known as Magna Graecia.
The Greek colonization placed the Italic peoples in contact with democratic government forms and with elevated artistic and cultural expressions.
Rome , a settlement around a ford on the river Tiber conventionally founded in BC, was ruled for a period of years by a monarchical system, initially with sovereigns of Latin and Sabine origin, later by Etruscan kings.
The tradition handed down seven kings: In BC, the Romans expelled the last king from their city and established an oligarchic republic.
The long and triumphant reign of the first emperor, Augustus , began a golden age of peace and prosperity. The Italian Peninsula was named Italia and, as the territory of the city of Rome and the metropole of the empire, maintained a special status which made it "not a province, but the Domina ruler of the provinces ".
The Roman Empire was among the most powerful economic, cultural, political and military forces in the world of its time, and it was one of the largest empires in world history.
At its height under Trajan , it covered 5 million square kilometres. The Western Empire , under the pressure of the barbarian invasions , eventually dissolved in AD, when its last Emperor Romulus Augustulus was deposed by the Germanic chief Odoacer , while the Eastern half of the Empire survived for another thousand years.
The invasion of another Germanic tribe , the Lombards , late in the same century, reduced the Byzantine presence to the rump realm of the Exarchate of Ravenna and started the end of political unity of the peninsula for the next 1, years.
Invasions of the peninsula caused a chaotic succession of barbarian kingdoms and the so-called " dark ages ". The Lombard kingdom was subsequently absorbed into the Frankish Empire by Charlemagne in the late 8th century.
The Franks also helped the formation of the Papal States in central Italy. Until the 13th century, Italian politics was dominated by the relations between the Holy Roman Emperors and the Papacy, with most of the Italian city-states siding with the former Ghibellines or with the latter Guelphs from momentary convenience.
However, the conflict for the investiture controversy a conflict over two radically different views of whether secular authorities such as kings, counts, or dukes, had any legitimate role in appointments to ecclesiastical offices and the clash between Guelphs and Ghibellines led to the end of the Imperial-feudal system in the north of Italy where city-states gained independence.
It was during this chaotic era that Italian towns saw the rise of a peculiar institution, the medieval commune. Given the power vacuum caused by extreme territorial fragmentation and the struggle between the Empire and the Holy See , local communities sought autonomous ways to maintain law and order.
In a league of city-states, the Lombard League , defeated the German emperor Frederick Barbarossa at the Battle of Legnano , thus ensuring effective independence for most of northern and central Italian cities.
In coastal and southern areas, the maritime republics grew to eventually dominate the Mediterranean and monopolise trade routes to the Orient.
They were independent thalassocratic city-states, though most of them originated from territories once belonging to the Byzantine Empire.
All these cities during the time of their independence had similar systems of government in which the merchant class had considerable power.
Although in practice these were oligarchical, and bore little resemblance to a modern democracy , the relative political freedom they afforded was conducive to academic and artistic advancement.
The four most prominent maritime republics were Venice , Genoa , Pisa and Amalfi. The wealth such business brought to Italy meant that large public and private artistic projects could be commissioned.
The republics were heavily involved in the Crusades , providing support but most especially taking advantage of the political and trading opportunities resulting from these wars.
In the south, Sicily had become an Islamic emirate in the 9th century, thriving until the Italo-Normans conquered it in the late 11th century together with most of the Lombard and Byzantine principalities of southern Italy.
In Sardinia , the former Byzantine provinces became independent states known in Italian as Giudicati , although some parts of the island became controlled by Genoa or Pisa until the Aragonese annexation in the 15th century.
The Black Death pandemic of left its mark on Italy by killing perhaps one third of the population. In the 14th and 15th centuries, northern-central Italy was divided into a number of warring city-states , the rest of the peninsula being occupied by the larger Papal States and the Kingdom of Sicily , referred to here as Naples.
Though many of these city-states were often formally subordinate to foreign rulers, as in the case of the Duchy of Milan , which was officially a constituent state of the mainly Germanic Holy Roman Empire , the city-states generally managed to maintain de facto independence from the foreign sovereigns that had seized Italian lands following the collapse of the Western Roman Empire.
The strongest among these city-states gradually absorbed the surrounding territories giving birth to the Signorie , regional states often led by merchant families which founded local dynasties.
War between the city-states was endemic, and primarily fought by armies of mercenaries known as condottieri , bands of soldiers drawn from around Europe, especially Germany and Switzerland, led largely by Italian captains.
This peace would hold for the next forty years. The Renaissance , a period of vigorous revival of the arts and culture, originated in Italy due to a number of factors: The Medici became the leading family of Florence and fostered and inspired the birth of the Italian Renaissance,   along with other families of Italy, such as the Visconti and Sforza of Milan , the Este of Ferrara , and the Gonzaga of Mantua.
Artists like Leonardo da Vinci , Brunelleschi , Botticelli , Michelangelo , Giotto , Donatello , Titian and Raphael produced inspired works — their paintwork was more realistic-looking than had been created by Medieval artists and their marble statues rivalled and sometimes surpassed those of Classical Antiquity.
Humanist historian Leonardo Bruni divided the history in the antiquity, Middle Ages and modern period.
In the meantime, the discovery of the Americas , the new routes to Asia discovered by the Portuguese and the rise of the Ottoman Empire , all factors which eroded the traditional Italian dominance in trade with the East, caused a long economic decline in the peninsula.
Italian explorers and navigators from the dominant maritime republics played a key role in ushering the Age of Discovery and the European colonization of the Americas.
The most notable among them were: Christopher Columbus , who led led the first European expeditions to the Caribbean and Central and South America, and he is credited with discovering the New World and the opening of the Americas for conquest and settlement by Europeans;  John Cabot , the first European to explore parts of the North American continent in ;  Amerigo Vespucci , who first demonstrated in about that the New World was not Asia as initially conjectured, but a fourth continent previously unknown to people of the Old World America is named after him ;   and Giovanni da Verrazzano , renowned as the first European to explore the Atlantic coast of North America between Florida and New Brunswick in Following the Italian Wars to , ignited by the rivalry between France and Spain, the city-states gradually lost their independence and came under foreign domination, first under Spain to and then Austria to In particular, Southern Italy was impoverished and cut off from the mainstream of events in Europe.
In the 18th century, as a result of the War of Spanish Succession , Austria replaced Spain as the dominant foreign power, while the House of Savoy emerged as a regional power expanding to Piedmont and Sardinia.
The Congress of Vienna restored the situation of the late 18th century, but the ideals of the French Revolution could not be eradicated, and soon re-surfaced during the political upheavals that characterised the first part of the 19th century.
The birth of the Kingdom of Italy was the result of efforts by Italian nationalists and monarchists loyal to the House of Savoy to establish a united kingdom encompassing the entire Italian Peninsula.
Following the Congress of Vienna in , the political and social Italian unification movement, or Risorgimento , emerged to unite Italy consolidating the different states of the peninsula and liberate it from foreign control.
A prominent radical figure was the patriotic journalist Giuseppe Mazzini , member of the secret revolutionary society Carbonari and founder of the influential political movement Young Italy in the early s, who favoured a unitary republic and advocated a broad nationalist movement.
His prolific output of propaganda helped the unification movement stay active. The most famous member of Young Italy was the revolutionary and general Giuseppe Garibaldi , renowned for his extremely loyal followers,  who led the Italian republican drive for unification in Southern Italy.
However, the Northern Italy monarchy of the House of Savoy in the Kingdom of Sardinia , whose government was led by Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour , also had ambitions of establishing a united Italian state.
In the context of the liberal revolutions that swept through Europe, an unsuccessful first war of independence was declared on Austria.
In —, Garibaldi led the drive for unification in Naples and Sicily the Expedition of the Thousand ,  while the House of Savoy troops occupied the central territories of the Italian peninsula, except Rome and part of Papal States.
This allowed the Sardinian government to declare a united Italian kingdom on 17 March Finally, in , as France abandoned its garrisons in Rome during the disastrous Franco-Prussian War to keep the large Prussian Army at bay, the Italians rushed to fill the power gap by taking over the Papal States.
The new Kingdom of Italy obtained Great Power status. The Constitutional Law of the Kingdom of Sardinia the Albertine Statute of , was extended to the whole Kingdom of Italy in , and provided for basic freedoms of the new State, but electoral laws excluded the non-propertied and uneducated classes from voting.
The government of the new kingdom took place in a framework of parliamentary constitutional monarchy dominated by liberal forces. As Northern Italy quickly industrialised, the South and rural areas of the North remained underdeveloped and overpopulated, forcing millions of people to migrate abroad and fuelling a large and influential diaspora.
The Italian Socialist Party constantly increased in strength, challenging the traditional liberal and conservative establishment. In , male universal suffrage was adopted.
The pre-war period dominated by Giovanni Giolitti , Prime Minister five times between and , was characterized by the economic, industrial and political-cultural modernization of Italian society.
Starting from the last two decades of the 19th century, Italy developed into a colonial power by forcing Somalia , Eritrea and later Libya and the Dodecanese under its rule.
The country gave a fundamental contribution to the victory of the conflict as one of the " Big Four " top Allied powers. The war was initially inconclusive, as the Italian army got stuck in a long attrition war in the Alps, making little progress and suffering very heavy losses.
Eventually, in October , the Italians launched a massive offensive, culminating in the victory of Vittorio Veneto. The Italian victory    marked the end of the war on the Italian Front, secured the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and was chiefly instrumental in ending the First World War less than two weeks later.
During the war, more than , Italian soldiers and as many civilians died  and the kingdom went to the brink of bankruptcy. The socialist agitations that followed the devastation of the Great War, inspired by the Russian Revolution , led to counter-revolution and repression throughout Italy.
The liberal establishment, fearing a Soviet-style revolution, started to endorse the small National Fascist Party , led by Benito Mussolini.
Over the next few years, Mussolini banned all political parties and curtailed personal liberties, thus forming a dictatorship. These actions attracted international attention and eventually inspired similar dictatorships such as Nazi Germany and Francoist Spain.
In , Italy annexed Albania , a de facto protectorate for decades. During the interwar period, the fascist Italian government undertook a campaign of Italianisation in the areas it annexed, which suppressed Slavic language, schools, political parties, and cultural institutions.
During World War II, Italian war crimes included extrajudicial killings and ethnic cleansing  by deportation of about 25, people, mainly Jews, Croats, and Slovenians, to the Italian concentration camps , such as Rab , Gonars , Monigo , Renicci di Anghiari and elsewhere.
In Italy and Yugoslavia, unlike in Germany, few war crimes were prosecuted. Meanwhile, about , Italians and anti-communist Slavs fled to Italy in the Istrian exodus.
An Allied invasion of Sicily began in July , leading to the collapse of the Fascist regime and the fall of Mussolini on 25 July. Mussolini was deposed and arrested by order of King Victor Emmanuel III in co-operation with members of the Grand Council of Fascism , who lost faith in him for having led Italy to ruin by allying with Germany.
The Germans helped by the Italian fascists shortly succeeded in taking control of northern and central Italy.
The country remained a battlefield for the rest of the war, as the Allies were slowly moving up from the south.
The post-armistice period saw the rise of a large anti-fascist resistance movement , the Resistenza. In late April , with total defeat looming, Mussolini attempted to escape north,  but was captured and summarly executed near Lake Como by Italian partisans.
His body was then taken to Milan , where it was hung upside down at a service station for public viewing and to provide confirmation of his demise.
Nearly half a million Italians including civilians died in the conflict,  and the Italian economy had been all but destroyed; per capita income in was at its lowest point since the beginning of the 20th century.
Italy became a republic after a referendum  held on 2 June , a day celebrated since as Republic Day. This was also the first time that Italian women were entitled to vote.
The Republican Constitution was approved on 1 January Italy also lost all of its colonial possessions, formally ending the Italian Empire.
Fears in the Italian electorate of a possible Communist takeover proved crucial for the first universal suffrage electoral outcome on 18 April , when the Christian Democrats , under the leadership of Alcide De Gasperi , obtained a landslide victory.
The Marshall Plan helped to revive the Italian economy which, until the late s, enjoyed a period of sustained economic growth commonly called the " Economic Miracle ".
From the late s until the early s, the country experienced the Years of Lead , a period characterised by economic crisis especially after the oil crisis , widespread social conflicts and terrorist massacres carried out by opposing extremist groups, with the alleged involvement of US and Soviet intelligence.
In the s, for the first time since , two governments were led by non-Christian-Democrat premiers: In the early s, Italy faced significant challenges, as voters — disenchanted with political paralysis, massive public debt and the extensive corruption system known as Tangentopoli uncovered by the Clean Hands investigation — demanded radical reforms.
The scandals involved all major parties, but especially those in the government coalition: During the s and the s, centre-right dominated by media magnate Silvio Berlusconi and centre-left coalitions led by university professor Romano Prodi alternately governed the country.
In the late s, Italy was severely hit by the Great Recession. From to , the country suffered 42 months of GDP recession.
The economic crisis was one of the main problems that forced Berlusconi to resign in The government of the conservative Prime Minister was replaced by the technocratic cabinet of Mario Monti.
Following the general election , the Vice-Secretary of the Democratic Party Enrico Letta formed a new government at the head of a right-left Grand coalition.
The new government started important constitutional reforms such as the abolition of the Senate and a new electoral law.
On 4 December the constitutional reform was rejected in a referendum and Renzi resigned after few days on 12 December; the Foreign Affairs Minister Paolo Gentiloni was appointed new Prime Minister.
Italy was affected by the European migrant crisis in as it became the entry point and leading destination for most asylum seekers entering the EU.
Since , the country took in over , migrants and refugees,  mainly from sub-Saharan Africa,  which caused great strain on the public purse and a surge in the support for far-right, euroskeptic or eurocritical political parties,   which ended in the general election.
The election was characterized by a strong showing of the Five Star Movement and the League and the university professor Giuseppe Conte became the Prime Minister at the head of a populist coalition.
To the south, it consists of the entirety of the Italian Peninsula and the two Mediterranean islands of Sicily and Sardinia , in addition to many smaller islands.
The five largest lakes are, in order of diminishing size: These territories are the comuni of: Apennine landscape in Marche.
Coastline of Scoglio il Morto island, Sardinia. The Scala dei Turchi in Sicily. Four different seas surround the Italian Peninsula in the Mediterranean Sea from three sides: Other well known of these subalpine lakes are Lake Maggiore Lake Como , known for its environment with prestigious villas, is often cited as the most beautiful lake in the world.
Pink flamingos at Delta of the Po river. The Riviera in Liguria. The country is situated at the meeting point of the Eurasian Plate and the African Plate, leading to considerable seismic and volcanic activity.
There are 14 volcanoes in Italy , four of which are active: The latter one is the only active volcano in mainland Europe and is most famous for the destruction of Pompeii and Herculanum in the eruption in 79 AD.
Several islands and hills have been created by volcanic activity, and there is still a large active caldera , the Campi Flegrei north-west of Naples.
Until the s, Italy was the first and only country to exploit geothermal energy to produce electricity in the Larderello area, and later in the Mount Amiata area.
The high geothermal gradient that forms part of the peninsula makes potentially exploitable also other provinces: After its quick industrial growth, Italy took a long time to confront its environmental problems.
After several improvements, it now ranks 84th in the world for ecological sustainability. However, air pollution remains a severe problem, especially in the industrialised north, reaching the tenth highest level worldwide of industrial carbon dioxide emissions in the s.
Many watercourses and coastal stretches have also been contaminated by industrial and agricultural activity, while because of rising water levels, Venice has been regularly flooded throughout recent years.
Waste from industrial activity is not always disposed of by legal means and has led to permanent health effects on inhabitants of affected areas, as in the case of the Seveso disaster.
The country has also operated several nuclear reactors between and but, after the Chernobyl disaster and a referendum on the issue the nuclear programme was terminated, a decision that was overturned by the government in , planning to build up to four nuclear power plants with French technology.
This was in turn struck down by a referendum following the Fukushima nuclear accident. Italy has the highest level of faunal biodiversity in Europe, with over 57, species recorded, representing more than a third of all European fauna.
Italy also receives species from the Balkans , Eurasia , the Middle East. Italian fauna includes endemic animal species, such as the Sardinian long-eared bat , Sardinian red deer , spectacled salamander , Brown cave salamander , Italian cave salamander , Monte Albo cave salamander , Sardinian brook newt , Italian newt , Italian frog , Apennine yellow-bellied toad , Aeolian wall lizard , Sicilian wall lizard , Italian Aesculapian snake , and Sicilian pond turtle.
There are mammals species in Italy , such as the Alpine marmot , Etruscan shrew the smallest mammal in the world , and European snow vole ; notable large mammals are the Italian wolf , Marsican brown bear , Pyrenean chamois , Alpine ibex , rough-toothed dolphin , crested porcupine and Mediterranean monk seal.
Italy has also recorded bird species and invertebrates species. The flora was traditionally estimated to comprise about 5, vascular plant species.
Italy is a signatory to the Berne Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats and the Habitats Directive both affording protection to the Italian fauna and flora.
Because of the great longitudinal extension of the peninsula and the mostly mountainous internal conformation, the climate of Italy is highly diverse.
In most of the inland northern and central regions, the climate ranges from humid subtropical to humid continental and oceanic. In particular, the climate of the Po valley geographical region is mostly continental, with harsh winters and hot summers.
The coastal regions have mild winters and warm and generally dry summers, although lowland valleys can be quite hot in summer.
Winters can vary widely across the country with lingering cold, foggy and snowy periods in the north and milder, sunnier conditions in the south.
Summers can be hot and humid across the country, particularly in the south while northern and central areas can experience occasional strong thunderstorms from spring to autumn.
Italy has been a unitary parliamentary republic since 2 June , when the monarchy was abolished by a constitutional referendum. The President is elected for a single seven years mandate by the Parliament of Italy and some regional voters in joint session.
Italy has a written democratic constitution , resulting from the work of a Constituent Assembly formed by the representatives of all the anti-fascist forces that contributed to the defeat of Nazi and Fascist forces during the Civil War.
Italy has a parliamentary government based on a mixed proportional and majoritarian voting system. The parliament is perfectly bicameral: The Prime Minister and the cabinet are appointed by the President of the Republic of Italy and must pass a vote of confidence in Parliament to come into office.
To remain the Prime Minister has to pass also eventual further votes of confindence or no confidence in Parliament.
The office is similar to those in most other parliamentary systems , but the leader of the Italian government is not authorised to request the dissolution of the Parliament of Italy.
Another difference with similar offices is that the overall political responsibility for intelligence is vested in the President of the Council of Ministers.
By virtue of that, the Prime Minister has exclusive power to: A peculiarity of the Italian Parliament is the representation given to Italian citizens permanently living abroad: In addition, the Italian Senate is characterised also by a small number of senators for life , appointed by the President "for outstanding patriotic merits in the social, scientific, artistic or literary field".
Former Presidents of the Republic are ex officio life senators. During the general election these three parties won out of seats available in the Chamber of Deputies and out of in the Senate.
The Italian judicial system is based on Roman law modified by the Napoleonic code and later statutes. The Supreme Court of Cassation is the highest court in Italy for both criminal and civil appeal cases.
Since their appearance in the middle of the 19th century, Italian organised crime and criminal organisations have infiltrated the social and economic life of many regions in Southern Italy , the most notorious of which being the Sicilian Mafia , which would later expand into some foreign countries including the United States.
A report identified comuni which have a strong Mafia presence, where 13 million Italians live and These ones are relatively low figures among developed countries.
Law enforcement in Italy is provided by multiple police forces, five of which are national, Italian agencies. Along with patrolling, investigative and law enforcement duties, it oversees the security of transportations.
The Carabinieri is the common name for the Arma dei Carabinieri, a Gendarmerie that also serves as the military police for the Italian armed forces.
The Guardia di Finanza , English: Financial Guard is a corps under the authority of the Minister of Economy and Finance, with a role as police force.
The Corps controls financial, economic, judiciary and public safety. The Polizia Penitenziaria Prison Guards, literally Penitentiary Police operate the Italian prison system and handle the transportation of inmates.
Its recent or upcoming turns in the rotating presidency of international organisations include the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in , the G7 in and the EU Council from July to December Italy is also a recurrent non-permanent member of the UN Security Council , the most recently in Italy strongly supports multilateral international politics, endorsing the United Nations and its international security activities.
Italy supported international efforts to reconstruct and stabilise Iraq , but it had withdrawn its military contingent of some 3, troops by , maintaining only humanitarian operators and other civilian personnel.
Since , military service is voluntary. The Italian Army is the national ground defence force, numbering , in Its best-known combat vehicles are the Dardo infantry fighting vehicle , the Centauro tank destroyer and the Ariete tank , and among its aircraft the Mangusta attack helicopter , in the last years deployed in EU, NATO and UN missions.
It also has at its disposal a large number of Leopard 1 and M armoured vehicles. The Italian Navy in had 35, active personnel with 85 commissioned ships and aircraft.
The Italian Air Force in had a strength of 43, and operated aircraft, including combat jets and helicopters.
While the different branches of the Carabinieri report to separate ministries for each of their individual functions, the corps reports to the Ministry of Internal Affairs when maintaining public order and security.
Italy is subdivided into 20 regions regioni , five of these regions having a special autonomous status that enables them to enact legislation on some of their local matters.
Italy has a major advanced  capitalist mixed economy , ranking as the third-largest in the Eurozone and the eighth-largest in the world.
This has produced a manufacturing sector often focused on the export of niche market and luxury products, that if on one side is less capable to compete on the quantity, on the other side is more capable of facing the competition from China and other emerging Asian economies based on lower labour costs, with higher quality products.
Its largest EU trade partners, in order of market share, are Germany The automotive industry is a significant part of the Italian manufacturing sector, with over , firms and almost , employed people in ,  and a contribution of 8.
Italy is part of the European single market which represents more than million consumers. Several domestic commercial policies are determined by agreements among European Union EU members and by EU legislation.
Italy introduced the common European currency, the Euro in Its monetary policy is set by the European Central Bank.
A gaping North—South divide is a major factor of socio-economic weakness. Italy has a strong cooperative sector, with the largest share of the population 4.
According to the last national agricultural census, there were 1. The remainder is primarily dedicated to pastures This geographical indication certificate , which is attributed by the European Union , is considered important in order to avoid confusion with low-quality mass-produced ersatz products.
In the transport sector in Italy generated a turnover of about In , about 34,, passenger cars cars per 1, people and 4,, goods vehicles circulated on the national road network.
In Italy maintained a civilian air fleet of about , units and a merchant fleet of ships. Italy does not invest enough to maintain its drinking water supply.
The Galli Law, passed in , aimed at raising the level of investment and to improve service quality by consolidating service providers, making them more efficient and increasing the level of cost recovery through tariff revenues.
Despite these reforms, investment levels have declined and remain far from sufficient. Through the centuries, Italy has fostered the scientific community that produced many major discoveries in physics and the other sciences.
During the Renaissance Italian polymaths such as Leonardo da Vinci — , Michelangelo — and Leon Battista Alberti — made important contributions to a variety of fields, including biology, architecture, and engineering.
Galileo Galilei — , a physicist, mathematician and astronomer, played a major role in the Scientific Revolution. His achievements include key improvements to the telescope and consequent astronomical observations, and ultimately the triumph of Copernicanism over the Ptolemaic model.
Other astronomers suchs as Giovanni Domenico Cassini — and Giovanni Schiaparelli — made many important discoveries about the Solar System.
Luca Pacioli established accounting to the world. Physicist Enrico Fermi — , a Nobel prize laureate, led the team in Chicago that developed the first nuclear reactor and is also noted for his many other contributions to physics, including the co-development of the quantum theory and was one of the key figures in the creation of the nuclear weapon.
Other prominent physicists include: Antonio Meucci is known for developing a voice-communication device which is often credited as the first telephone.
In biology, Francesco Redi has been the first to challenge the theory of spontaneous generation by demonstrating that maggots come from eggs of flies and he described parasites in details and Marcello Malpighi founded microscopic anatomy , Lazzaro Spallanzani conducted important research in bodily functions, animal reproduction, and cellular theory, Camillo Golgi , whose many achievements include the discovery of the Golgi complex , paved the way to the acceptance of the Neuron doctrine , Rita Levi-Montalcini discovered the nerve growth factor awarded Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
In chemistry, Giulio Natta received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in for his work on high polymers. Giuseppe Occhialini received the Wolf Prize in Physics for the discovery of the pion or pi- meson decay in Italy is the fifth most visited country in the world, with a total of At the end of , Italy had 60,, inhabitants.
However, the distribution of the population is widely uneven. The most densely populated areas are the Po Valley that accounts for almost a half of the national population and the metropolitan areas of Rome and Naples, while vast regions such as the Alps and Apennines highlands, the plateaus of Basilicata and the island of Sardinia are very sparsely populated.
The population of Italy almost doubled during the 20th century, but the pattern of growth was extremely uneven because of large-scale internal migration from the rural South to the industrial cities of the North, a phenomenon which happened as a consequence of the Italian economic miracle of the —s.
High fertility and birth rates persisted until the s, after which they started to decline. The population rapidly aged.
At the end of the s decade , one in five Italians was over 65 years old. From the late 19th century until the s Italy was a country of mass emigration.
Between and , the peak years of Italian diaspora , approximately , Italians emigrated each year. In , Italy had about 5.
Starting from the early s, until then a linguistically and culturally homogeneous society, Italy begun to attract substantial flows of foreign immigrants.
An equally important source of immigration is neighbouring North Africa in particular, Morocco , Egypt and Tunisia , with soaring arrivals as a consequence of the Arab Spring.
Furthermore, in recent years, growing migration fluxes from Asia-Pacific notably China  and the Philippines and Latin America have been recorded.
The number of unregistered Romanians is difficult to estimate, but the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network suggested in that there might have been half a million or more.
The distribution of immigrants is largely uneven in Italy: The official language is Italian. Standardisation was further expanded in the s and s due to economic growth and the rise of mass media and television the state broadcaster RAI helped set a standard Italian.
Twelve historical minority languages are formally recognised: French in the Aosta Valley ;  German in South Tyrol , and Ladin as well in some parts of the same province and in parts of the neighbouring Trentino ; and Slovene in the province of Trieste , Gorizia and Udine.
Because of recent immigration, Italy has sizeable populations whose native language is not Italian, nor a regional language.
According to the Italian National Institute of Statistics , Romanian is the most common mother tongue among foreign residents in Italy: Other prevalent mother tongues are Arabic spoken by over , people; In , the proportion of Italians who identified themselves as Roman Catholic was It is recognised by other subjects of international law as a sovereign entity, headed by the Pope , who is also the Bishop of Rome , with which diplomatic relations can be maintained.
In , minority Christian faiths in Italy included an estimated 1. One of the longest-established minority religious faiths in Italy is Judaism , Jews having been present in Ancient Rome since before the birth of Christ.
Italy has for centuries welcomed Jews expelled from other countries, notably Spain. Soaring immigration in the last two decades has been accompanied by an increase in non-Christian faiths.
There are more than , followers of faiths originating in the Indian subcontinent with some 70, Sikhs with 22 gurdwaras across the country, .
The Italian state, as a measure to protect religious freedom, devolves shares of income tax to recognised religious communities, under a regime known as Eight per thousand.
Donations are allowed to Christian, Jewish, Buddhist and Hindu communities; however, Islam remains excluded, since no Muslim communities have yet signed a concordat with the Italian state.
Education in Italy is free and mandatory from ages six to sixteen,  and consists of five stages: Primary education lasts eight years.
Students are given a basic education in Italian, English, mathematics, natural sciences, history, geography, social studies, physical education and visual and musical arts.
Secondary education lasts for five years and includes three traditional types of schools focused on different academic levels: In , the Italian secondary education was evaluated as slightly below the OECD average, with a strong and steady improvement in science and mathematics results since ;  however, a wide gap exists between northern schools, which performed significantly better than the national average among the best in the world in some subjects , and schools in the South , that had much poorer results.
Tertiary education in Italy is divided between public universities , private universities and the prestigious and selective superior graduate schools , such as the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa.
The Italian state runs a universal public healthcare system since The public part is the Servizio Sanitario Nazionale , which is organised under the Ministry of Health and administered on a devolved regional basis.
Healthcare spending in Italy accounted for 9. Life expectancy in Italy is 80 for males and 85 for females, placing the country 5th in the world for life expectancy.
During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, a number of magnificent courts competed for attracting the best architects, artists and scholars, thus producing a great legacy of monuments, paintings, music and literature.
The country has had a broad cultural influence worldwide, also because numerous Italians emigrated to other places during the Italian diaspora.
This has created a highly diverse and eclectic range in architectural designs. Italy is known for its considerable architectural achievements,  such as the construction of arches, domes and similar structures during ancient Rome , the founding of the Renaissance architectural movement in the lateth to 16th centuries, and being the homeland of Palladianism , a style of construction which inspired movements such as that of Neoclassical architecture , and influenced the designs which noblemen built their country houses all over the world, notably in the UK, Australia and the US during the late 17th to early 20th centuries.
Several of the finest works in Western architecture, such as the Colosseum , the Milan Cathedral and Florence cathedral , the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the building designs of Venice are found in Italy.
The Leaning Tower and the Duomo of Pisa. The Royal Palace of Caserta. Temple of Concordia in the Valley of the Temples , Agrigento.
Italian architecture has also widely influenced the architecture of the world. British architect Inigo Jones , inspired by the designs of Italian buildings and cities, brought back the ideas of Italian Renaissance architecture to 17th-century England, being inspired by Andrea Palladio.
The history of Italian visual art is one of the most important parts of Western painting history. Roman art was influenced by Greece and can in part be taken as a descendant of ancient Greek painting.
However, Roman painting does have important unique characteristics. The only surviving Roman paintings are wall paintings, many from villas in Campania , in Southern Italy.
Panel painting becomes more common during the Romanesque period, under the heavy influence of Byzantine icons. Towards the middle of the 13th century, Medieval art and Gothic painting became more realistic, with the beginnings of interest in the depiction of volume and perspective in Italy with Cimabue and then his pupil Giotto.
From Giotto on, the treatment of composition by the best painters also became much more free and innovative. They are considered to be the two great medieval masters of painting in western culture.
The Italian Renaissance is said by many to be the golden age of painting; roughly spanning the 14th through the midth centuries with a significant influence also out of the borders of modern Italy.
In Italy artists like Paolo Uccello , Fra Angelico , Masaccio , Piero della Francesca , Andrea Mantegna , Filippo Lippi , Giorgione , Tintoretto , Sandro Botticelli , Leonardo da Vinci , Michelangelo Buonarroti , Raphael , Giovanni Bellini , and Titian took painting to a higher level through the use of perspective , the study of human anatomy and proportion, and through their development of an unprecedented refinement in drawing and painting techniques.
In the 15th and 16th centuries, the High Renaissance gave rise to a stylised art known as Mannerism.
In place of the balanced compositions and rational approach to perspective that characterised art at the dawn of the 16th century, the Mannerists sought instability, artifice, and doubt.
The unperturbed faces and gestures of Piero della Francesca and the calm Virgins of Raphael are replaced by the troubled expressions of Pontormo and the emotional intensity of El Greco.
Subsequently, in the 18th century, Italian Rococo was mainly inspired by French Rococo, since France was the founding nation of that particular style, with artists such as Giovanni Battista Tiepolo and Canaletto.
In the 20th century, with Futurism , primarily through the works of Umberto Boccioni and Giacomo Balla , Italy rose again as a seminal country for artistic evolution in painting and sculpture.
Futurism was succeeded by the metaphysical paintings of Giorgio de Chirico , who exerted a strong influence on the Surrealists and generations of artists to follow.
Formal Latin literature began in BC, when the first stage play was performed in Rome. The Romans were also famous for their oral tradition, poetry, drama and epigrams.
Francis of Assisi was considered the first Italian poet by literary critics, with his religious song Canticle of the Sun.
Another Italian voice originated in Sicily. The most important of these poets was the notary Giacomo da Lentini , inventor of the sonnet form, though the most famous early sonneteer was Petrarch.
Guido Guinizelli is considered the founder of the Dolce Stil Novo , a school that added a philosophical dimension to traditional love poetry.
This new understanding of love, expressed in a smooth, pure style, influenced Guido Cavalcanti and the Florentine poet Dante Alighieri , who established the basis of the modern Italian language ; his greatest work, the Divine Comedy , is considered among the foremost literary statements produced in Europe during the Middle Ages ; furthermore, the poet invented the difficult terza rima.
The two great writers of the 14th century, Petrarch and Giovanni Boccaccio , sought out and imitated the works of antiquity and cultivated their own artistic personalities.
Petrarch achieved fame through his collection of poems, Il Canzoniere. Italian Renaissance authors produced a number of important works.
The lyric poet Torquato Tasso in Jerusalem Delivered wrote a Christian epic, making use of the ottava rima , with attention to the Aristotelian canons of unity.
Giovanni Francesco Straparola and Giambattista Basile , which have written The Facetious Nights of Straparola — and the Pentamerone respectively, printed some of the first known versions of fairy tales in Europe.
In the 18th century, playwright Carlo Goldoni created full written plays, many portraying the middle class of his day.
The Romanticism coincided with some ideas of the Risorgimento , the patriotic movement that brought Italy political unity and freedom from foreign domination.
Italian writers embraced Romanticism in the early 19th century. The works by Alessandro Manzoni , the leading Italian Romantic, are a symbol of the Italian unification for their patriotic message and because of his efforts in the development of the modern, unified Italian language; his novel The Betrothed was the first Italian historical novel to glorify Christian values of justice and Providence, and it has been called the most famous and widely read novel in the Italian language.
In the late 19th century, a realistic literary movement called Verismo played a major role in Italian literature; Giovanni Verga and Luigi Capuana were its main exponents.
In the same period, Emilio Salgari , writer of action adventure swashbucklers and a pioneer of science fiction, published his Sandokan series.
Filippo Tommaso Marinetti wrote Manifesto of Futurism , called for the use of language and metaphors that glorified the speed, dynamism, and violence of the machine age.
Italian theatre can be traced back to the Roman tradition. Although Rome had a native tradition of performance, the Hellenization of Roman culture in the 3rd century BCE had a profound and energising effect on Roman theatre and encouraged the development of Latin literature of the highest quality for the stage.
As with many other literary genres, Roman dramatists was heavily influenced or tended to adapt from the Greek. Travelling troupes of players would set up an outdoor stage and provide amusement in the form of juggling , acrobatics and, more typically, humorous plays based on a repertoire of established characters with a rough storyline, called canovaccio.
Plays did not originate from written drama but from scenarios called lazzi , which were loose frameworks that provided the situations, complications, and outcome of the action, around which the actors would improvise.
The characters of the commedia usually represent fixed social types and stock characters , each of which has a distinct costume , such as foolish old men, devious servants, or military officers full of false bravado.
The main categories of these characters include servants, old men, lovers, and captains. Carlo Goldoni , who wrote a few scenarios starting in , supersed the comedy of masks and the comedy of intrigue by representations of actual life and manners through the characters and their behaviours.
He rightly maintained that Italian life and manners were susceptible of artistic treatment such as had not been given them before. From folk music to classical , music has always played an important role in Italian culture.
Instruments associated with classical music, including the piano and violin, were invented in Italy,   and many of the prevailing classical music forms, such as the symphony , concerto, and sonata , can trace their roots back to innovations of 16th- and 17th-century Italian music.
Modern Italian composers such as Berio and Nono proved significant in the development of experimental and electronic music.
While the classical music tradition still holds strong in Italy, as evidenced by the fame of its innumerable opera houses, such as La Scala of Milan and San Carlo of Naples the oldest continuously active venue for public opera in the world ,  and performers such as the pianist Maurizio Pollini and tenor Luciano Pavarotti , Italians have been no less appreciative of their thriving contemporary music scene.
Italy is widely known for being the birthplace of opera. La Scala operahouse in Milan is also renowned as one of the best in the world.
Introduced in the early s, jazz took a particularly strong foothold in Italy, and remained popular despite the xenophobic cultural policies of the Fascist regime.
Today, the most notable centres of jazz music in Italy include Milan, Rome, and Sicily. In the early s, the first star to emerge from the Italian hip hop scene was singer Jovanotti.
Italy was also an important country in the development of disco and electronic music , with Italo disco , known for its futuristic sound and prominent use of synthesisers and drum machines , being one of the earliest electronic dance genres, as well as European forms of disco aside from Euro disco which later went on to influence several genres such as Eurodance and Nu-disco.
By the latter half of the s, a subgenre of Eurodance known as Italo dance emerged. Taking influences from Italo disco and Italo house, Italo dance generally included synthesizer riffs, a melodic sound, and the usage of vocoders.
Producers such as Giorgio Moroder , who won three Academy Awards and four Golden Globes for his music, were highly influential in the development of electronic dance music.
The Italian film industry was born between and with three companies: Other companies soon followed in Milan and in Naples. In a short time these first companies reached a fair producing quality, and films were soon sold outside Italy.
After the war, Italian film was widely recognised and exported until an artistic decline around the s. The mids to the early s was the heyday of neorealist films , reflecting the poor condition of post-war Italy.
As the country grew wealthier in the s, a form of neorealism known as pink neorealism succeeded, and other film genres , such as sword-and-sandal followed as spaghetti westerns , were popular in the s and s.
Actresses such as Sophia Loren , Giulietta Masina and Gina Lollobrigida achieved international stardom during this period. Erotic Italian thrillers, or giallos , produced by directors such as Mario Bava and Dario Argento in the s, also influenced the horror genre worldwide.
In recent years, the Italian scene has received only occasional international attention, with movies like Life Is Beautiful directed by Roberto Benigni , Il Postino: More than 3, productions have been made on its lot, of which 90 received an Academy Award nomination and 47 of these won it, from some cinema classics to recent rewarded features such as Roman Holiday , Ben-Hur , Cleopatra , Romeo and Juliet , The English Patient , The Passion of the Christ , and Gangs of New York.
The most popular sport in Italy is, by far, football. Other popular team sports in Italy include volleyball , basketball and rugby. Lega Basket Serie A is widely considered one of the most competitive in Europe.
Rugby union enjoys a good level of popularity, especially in the north of the country. Italy ranks as a tier-one nation by World Rugby.
Italy has a long and successful tradition in individual sports as well. Bicycle racing is a very familiar sport in the country.
Alpine skiing is also a very widespread sport in Italy, and the country is a popular international skiing destination, known for its ski resorts.
Tennis has a significant following in Italy, ranking as the fourth most practised sport in the country. Italian professional tennis players won the Davis Cup in and the Fed Cup in , , and Motorsports are also extremely popular in Italy.
Italian Scuderia Ferrari is the oldest surviving team in Grand Prix racing, having competed since , and statistically the most successful Formula One team in history with a record of wins.
Historically, Italy has been successful in the Olympic Games , taking part from the first Olympiad and in 47 Games out of Italian sportsmen have won medals at the Summer Olympic Games , and another at the Winter Olympic Games , for a combined total of medals with golds, which makes them the fifth most successful nation in Olympic history for total medals.
The country hosted two Winter Olympics in and , and one Summer games in Italian fashion has a long tradition , and is regarded as one most important in the world.
Also, the fashion magazine Vogue Italia , is considered one of the most prestigious fashion magazines in the world. Italy is also prominent in the field of design, notably interior design, architectural design , industrial design and urban design.
The country has produced some well-known furniture designers, such as Gio Ponti and Ettore Sottsass , and Italian phrases such as "Bel Disegno" and "Linea Italiana" have entered the vocabulary of furniture design.
The Italian cuisine has developed through centuries of social and political changes, with roots as far back as the 4th century BC.
Italian cuisine in itself takes heavy influences, including Etruscan , ancient Greek , ancient Roman , Byzantine , and Jewish.
The Mediterranean diet forms the basis of Italian cuisine, rich in pasta , fish, fruits and vegetables and characterised by its extreme simplicity and variety, with many dishes having only four to eight ingredients.
A key factor in the success of Italian cuisine is its heavy reliance on traditional products; Italy has the most traditional specialities protected under EU law.
Public holidays celebrated in Italy include religious, national and regional observances. There are many festivals and festivities in Italy.
The prestigious Venice International Film Festival , awarding the " Golden Lion " and held annually since , is the oldest film festival in the world.
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