Luigi De Chiara
Italian Ambassador to Mexico.
Italy’s capital, Rome, was for centuries the political and cultural center of Western civilization.
Additionally, it is the holy city of the Catholic Church, with the Pope being the Bishop of Rome and the Vatican microstate being in the city.
The country is made up of 20 regions, which in turn are integrated by 110 provinces
It has 59.55 million inhabitants
Italy is the fifth most visited country in the world
Nearly 65 million people arrive in Italy each year and most go to Rome, Florence and Pisa
Leonardo da Vinci
Francesco Totti, former footballer
Valentino Rossi, motorcyclist
How does Italy rank in the world?
According to Traveler’s Digest magazine, ITALY is the seventh country with the most handsome men in the world.
According to a study by the condom brand DUREX, ITALY is the fifth country in the world where people have the most sex
According to Tinder, ITALY is one of the best countries to flirt, especially in ROME
According to Resonance, a consulting firm that publishes the ranking of the best cities in the world every year, ROME is one of the cities with the best nightlife in the world.
the Italian language
It is one of the most beautiful languages in the world.
Many musical terms are written in Italian because the first Renaissance composers were Italian.
Of all the Romance languages, Italian is the closest to Latin.
From Venetian to Sicilian, dozens of Italian dialects are used throughout the country.
There are only 21 letters in the standard Italian alphabet.
The Italian alphabet DOES NOT HAVE THE LETTERS J, K, W, X or Y.
Italy: arts and sciences
It has the oldest university in the world, the University of Bologna, founded in 1088.
Some of the most famous artists and authors, including Dante, Da Vinci and Michelangelo, hail from Italy.
Ballet emerged in Italy in the 15th century and it was Catherine de Medici who brought it to France later.
Many of the most influential scientists and mathematicians were born in Italy, such as: Galileo Galilei and Alessandro Volta.
Italy and gastronomy
The Italian consumes an average of 25 kg of pasta per year
Italy is the world’s leading wine exporter. However, it is the second largest wine producer after France.
On average, Italians eat half a pound of bread a day.
Bread is not an appetizer. Italians use it instead to clean the sauce from the dish.
From Cappelletti to Cavatelli, there are more than 140 types of pasta. Some of these pastes are only native to specific regions.
Italians consume more than 45 bottles of wine per year per capita.
Italy and sport
Italy has hosted the Olympics three times in 1956, 1960 and 2006.
Italy have won the World Cup four times
Volleyball is a very popular sport in Italy. In fact, the Italian Volleyball League is one of the most respected and talented leagues in the world.
Italy is home to one of the three most famous cycling tours in Europe, the “Giro d’Italia”
Italy is the only country with more than 50 UNESCO World Heritage sites: these include the Amalfi Coast, the historic center of Florence and the famous Venetian lagoons.
Tourists throw a lot of money into the Trevi Fountain
Toss a coin in the Trevi and you will return to Rome, says the legend.
Tourists throw about 3,000 euros A DAY into the fountain.
This equates to approximately €1,000,000 each year, all of which is donated to charity.
The Sistine Chapel welcomes more than 20,000 visitors every day
Michelangelo completed the Sistine Ceiling in 1512 and today the Sistine Chapel is one of the most visited monuments in the world.
It is also the official residence of the pope, as well as the site of the papal conclave: the process of selecting new popes.
Italians are superstitious
Here are some examples of everyday superstitions:
Drop olive oil in a bowl of water to check Malocchio (The Evil Eye)
Wear the Corno (Devil’s Horn) amulet to ward off curses and the evil eye
Always put a loaf of bread face up, so as not to offend Jesus Christ
If you’re single, don’t let a broom touch your feet when someone is mopping the floor. The saying goes, “you want to fall in love and get married”, so if a broom touches your feet, it means you will never fall in love!
You will be lucky if you hear a cat sneeze.
Don’t be surprised if your hotel in Italy doesn’t have a 17th floor. Italians believe this number is unlucky because when rearranged, the Roman numeral 17 (XVII) resembles VIXI, which means “I lived”, a symbol associated with death.
Things that were invented in Italy
The piano was invented by an Italian.
Leonardo da Vinci may be famous for the Mona Lisa, but he was also an inventor and his theory was that the world was round.
In 1948, Roy Jacuzzi invented the jacuzzi
The espresso machine is an Italian invention built by Angelo Moriondo in 1884.
Pretzels were actually first made in Italy in 610 by an Italian monk who gave them to children who learned his prayers.