The Republic of Venice was the longest lasting republic in human history, clocking in 1100 years from 697 until its dissolution in 1797.
Anyone for cake?
The name of the famous Italian dessert, the tiramisù, literally means 'pick-me-up'.
Thanks for coming
Italy is the fifth most visited country in the world, welcoming some 46 million visitors annually.
Italy's Mount Etna is the world's most active volcano, and has been spewing lava on a daily basis since 1999.
- Official Name: Republic of Italy
- Capital: Rome
- Population: 61.5 million
- Official Language: Italian
- Currency: Euro
- Government Type: Republic
- Academic Year
Semester 1: September to December
Semester 2: February to July