Information about Italy.
The total area of Italy is approximately 302, 000km2.
Approximately 58 million people live in Italy, so Italy is one of the largest countries of Europe.
Italian is mainly spoken but in different regions people also speak a little Serbian, German and French.
The country is divided into 20 political regions:
Aosta Valley, Piedmont, Lombardy, South Tyrol-Trentino, Veneto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Liguria, Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany, Umbria, brands, Abruzzo, Molise, Lazio, Puglia, Campania, Basilicata, Calabria and the islands of Sicily and Sardinia.
These regions are further divided into 110 provinces.
The mainland is a peninsula from the Northwest to the Southeast and takes in most regions of the Mediterranean.
In the North Italy borders on France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia and Croatia.
East and West Italy is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea which is the border.
The peninsula is very famous because it looks very much like a boot.
The West Coast is known as the Italian Riviera and the East Coast as the Italian Adriatic Sea.
The currency is the European €uro.
The main religion is Roman Catholic. The Italian families are very religious and therefore there are many churches which are crowded on Sundays.
In Northern Italy a large industry has been built and probably the cost of living is slightly higher than in the south where more agriculture is situated.
Agriculture is very successful because there is a lot of sun and the hot climate.
Life in the south is more rural and cheaper because houses do not need much heat in the winter because in winter the climat is very warm.Perfect for the agrculture.
In the north most people live in modern apartment buildings and the rent is relatively high.
The Italians are very family orientated.
Most of the families live together in one household until the children get married. Then they are look for an apartment or house near their parents. You will find more apartments because the houses are more expensive than in the south.
Families will dine together at least once every day. The meals are very important for the families and therefore they spend a long time preparing the food. Often, friends and family are invited.
The children occupy a very important place in the family. There are many kindergardens where children spend their mornings or afternoons until they are 5 years old.
After the kindergarden they go to primary school for 5 years. The children only spend a half day in school. They then go to middle school for 3 years before going to high school to complete there education.
In Italy it is compulsory to go to school until they are 18 years old.
Italy is one of the oldest cultural countries, it has much history and there are many churches, museums, sculptures and magnificent historical buildings.
It has a long Roman history, Florence the world-famous artists city with a long history.
Rome is the capital city with the world-famous Coliseum.
Venice the city which was built on a hundred islands and rivers as highways is one of the most famous towns in the world.Also well known for the extraordinary Carnival.
The national libraries of Rome and Venice are a must.
One must also visit Milan the fashion capital of the world. Many world famous designers have their fashion houses in Italy. Also Italian designers are known worldwide.
And here’s the joke:
An Italian drives his Fiat at 69 km per hour through the city of Naples where the speed limit is 70kmh. Many other cars overtake him.
The police stop him.
He wants to complain about being stopped but the policeman explains that as he was the only one driving within the speed limit, he will get an award of 500 Euro.
The man was very happy and said to the policeman ‘That’s great now I can finally get my driver’s license”
You have to be between 18 and 30
You earn pocket money: 65, – € per week
You have to work 30 hours per week for the family