Italy's Oscar-winning "Life Is Beautiful" (1998) took in $57
million in its initial run.
Mickey Mouse is known as "Topolino" in Italy.
France and Italy produce over 40 percent of all wine
consumed in the world.
In Italy the Apennine Mountains form the peninsula's
backbone; the Alps form its northern boundary.
Italy adopted the euro as its currency in Jan. 1999.
In Ivrea, Italy, thousands of citizens celebrate the
beginning of Lent by throwing oranges at one another.
The actual smallest sovereign entity in the world is the
Sovereign Military Order of Malta. It is located in Rome and
has an area of two tennis courts.
In Italy, Santa Claus is called Babbo Natale.
Florence was the first city to mint its own gold coins in
Italy is bounded by France, Switzerland, Austria, and
Slovenia to the north.
Every year there is a doggy disco held in Italy where owners
can dance with their dogs.
The largest of Italy's northern lakes is Garda.
The Po is Italy's principal river.
Canned herring were called "sardines" because the canning
process was first developed in Sardinia.
Sicily and Sardinia are Italy's largest islands.
Napoleon had conquered Italy by the time he was 26 years
The Bank of America was originally called the Bank of Italy
Cantaloupes are named after the gardens of Cantaloupe, Italy
where this melon is believed to have first been grown.