CIAO!!!. Italy. Click here to begin!!. Contents. Country fact file Historical aspects of Italy Geographical aspects of Italy Economy National symbols Language Tourism in Italy Food Religion Grazie. Country fact file. Population: 58,147,733 (July 2007 est.)
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The President of the Italian Republic is Giorgio Napolitano. As the head of State of Italy, he is intended to represent national unity rather than a particular political tendency. His term of office lasts for seven years.
He was elected the President of the Republic on May 10, 2006 at the fourth ballot and he became the eleventh President on the 15th of May, 2006.
The President resides in Rome at the Quirinal Palace, and also has at his or her disposal the presidential holdings of Castelporziano, near Rome, and Villa Rosebery, in Naples.
The Euro is now the official currency of 12 EU member states (including Italy). The first Euro coins and notes were introduced in January 2002; the Italian Lira was still in circulation until 28 February 2002, when it was completely replaced by the Euro. Euro (€) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2, 1 and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.
adopted on January 21, 1919. The modern Italian flag,
the famous tricolour, is derived from an original design
by Napoleon. It consists of three vertical bands of equal width, displaying the national colours of Italy: green, white and red. Green was said to be Napoleon's favourite colour.
the Italian Republic since 5 May 1948. The emblem comprises
a white five-pointed star, with a red border, superimposed on
a five- spoked cogwheel which stands between an olive branch
on its left and a branch of oak on its right; the branches in turn
are bound by a red ribbon bearing the legend "REPVBBLICA
ITALIANA" (Italian Republic)
To listen to and see the lyrics of the
National Anthem, click on the
black box. (click on it again to
pause the video)
The official language of Italy is Standard Italian, a descendant of the Tuscan dialect and a direct descendant of Latin (Some 75 percent of Italian words are of Latin origin).
Numbers 1 – 10 in Italian :
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Click here to view a magnificent picture of the Colosseum!
The magnificent Colosseum
A view of Rome from the top of the castle
Click here to view a scary picture of Castel Sant’Angelo
Castel Sant'Angelo from the bridge. The angel statue on the top depicts the angel from whom the building derives its name.
Palazzo del Principe
San Lorenzo Cathedral
Fontana di Trevi
of Italy. 85% of native-born citizens are
nominally Catholic. There are mature
Protestant and Jewish communities and a
growing Muslim community, the latter made
up primarily of new immigrants. All religious faiths are provided equal freedom by the constitution. Before the adoption of Christianity as the official religion of the state, in the fourth century, the country was officially pagan and worshipped the Roman gods, although there was great religious tolerance.
Stuffed Italian Style Turkey Breast
Roasted Eggplant Salad
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