Italy is a 100-150
mile-wide peninsula, about the size of the U.S. States of Florida
and Georgia combined, Italy is a major economic force on the continent
and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. It
is safe to say that no country has given the world more fashion,
paintings, sculptures, architectural styles, operas and of course...food.
The capital city is Rome, the currency is the Euro and language
A population of 56,686,000
is 20 regiions within 294,060 sq km (116,334 sq miles).
The predominantly Mediterranean weather is hot and dry in the south,
with cool winters. In the far north, Alpine winter conditions at
42° 50'N, 12° 50'E
Italy is a boot-shaped peninsula surrounded by four seas. In the
north the Alps dominate, drained by the Po Valley. The remaining
land is mostly mountainous and rugged. Apennine Mountains run the
length of the country. The Italian islands of Sardinia and Sicily
are off the southwestern coast.
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